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Gruhn Guitars Fairbanks Whyte Laydie

1907 Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No. 7

The Whyte Laydie line of banjos from the Boston-based Fairbanks company are among the most beautiful creations -- in sound as well as looks -- of the "classical" banjo era. This 1907 Whyte Laydie No. 7 (inv. #JA2679) is a particularly fine example of the banjo maker's art.

The ornate appointments include elaborately engraved fingerboard inlay and a carved neck heel. It has a 10 15/16" head diameter, cobra hooks and the original "short bump" hard case.

This instrument was pictured on the album cover of Clawhammer Banjo Volume 3 (County 757). In exceptionally fine condition, this banjo is priced at $9,750.

This instrument is SOLD

Also of interest... a rare1923 Fairbanks-Vega Deluxe original 5-string.

For further enjoyment...

Upper area of fingerboard

Lower area of fingerboard


Back of headstock

Neck heel

Full back shot

Close of back

Back of rim

Banjo in case with LP recording