Clifford Essex Concert Grand Plectrum Banjo **SOLD**

Clifford Essex
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**SOLD** Circa 1930's, very playable Clifford Essex Concert Grand Plectrum Openback Banjo from the glory days of the plectrum banjo. Excellent punchy tone with a nice low action. Features Whyte Ladye tone ring, 28 Bracket hooks and nuts with bracket band, ebony fingerboard, decorative mother of pearl headstock inlay and side dot markers. Hardly any fretwear at all. See below for more details

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 Clifford Essex Concert Grand Plectrum Openback Banjo Features

  • Maple and Rosewood pot construction
  • 24 Bracket shoes
  • 24 Round Hooks and Round nuts
  • Whyte Ladye tone ring
  • Chrome plated bracket band
  • Scalloped knotched and plated tension hoop
  • Maple spliced 1 piece neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Ebony heelpcap with MOP inlay
  • Mother of pear side dots
  • Clifford essex shield inlay in headstock
  • Rear facing friction tuners (Original eccentric geared tuners included)
  • Remo Smooth top head
  • 2 footed 1/2 " maple /ebony tipped bridge
  • Clifford essex tailpiece

Individual Serial Number: No

Tuning: CGBD but can be tuned to other tunings

Finish: Natural Satin

Case/Gig Bag: Original case included but in very 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
Pot Diameter


Number of Frets


Tuning Pegs
Rear facing friction tuners


Right or Left Handed
Right Handed

Used Status

Used Instrument

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