Clifford Essex Special 5 String Banjo - Commission Sale **SOLD**

Clifford Essex

**Lovely sounding banjo** Circa early 1900's Clifford Essex Special 5 string openback Banjo. Excellent tone and playability with a decent action. Features 24 Bracket hooks and nuts, ebony fingerboard, decorative mother of pearl inlays and side dot markers and a handmade brass nut. Hardly any fretwear at all. See below for more details

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 Clifford Essex Special 5 String Openback Banjo Features

  • 24 Bracket shoes
  • 24 Round Hooks and Round nuts
  • Brass knotched and plated tension hoop
  • Mahogany 1 piece neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Ebony heelpcap with MOP inlay
  • Clifford essex shield inlay in headstock
  • Rear facing friction tuners (Original eccentric geared tuners included)
  • Remo frosted top head
  • 3 footed 5/8" maple /ebony/bone insert tipped bridge
  • Clifford essex tailpiece

Individual Serial Number: No

Tuning: gDGBD

Finish: Gloss

Case/Gig Bag: Original case included but in poor condition. 

More information about Clifford essex
Clifford Essex (1869 – c1946) was an English banjoist, music teacher, and musical instrument manufacturer, during the Victorian and Edwardian era's
Essex established his own firm in Piccadilly, London in 1900, originally as Clifford Essex And Co, the company that would eventuate into a private entity under varying titles, existing until 1977. The Company was revived after a long hiatus in 2007, by former employee and prominent Banjoist Clem Vickery. Essex manufactured banjos and mandolins, wrote books on playing the banjos, performed in various bands, in particular "The Clifford Essex Banjo Band", described as a Banjo Orchestra and gave music lessons in London from 1883 until his death around 1946.[1]
In 1903 he founded BMG magazine, an acronym for Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar which is still being published in England.


Banjo Type
5 String Banjo
Number of Strings
5 String


Pot Type
Open back

Used Status

Used Instrument

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