Clifford Essex Paragon 19 Fret Tenor Banjo with Hard Shell Case - Commission Sale **SOLD**

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**SOLD** **The Ultimate Classic Irish Tenor Banjo as played on the Irish scene by all the greats!** Early 1920's Clifford Essex Paragon 19 Fret Tenor Banjo in original condition. Serial Number 71. Not much fret wear for such an old classic model. Very rare to find one with such a low serial number and in such superb condition. Since the phot we have now fitted a new white smooth top head and strings. See below for details. Supplied in an Ozark hard shell case. Commission Sale

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 Clifford Essex 'Paragon' 19 Fret Tenor  Banjo Features

  • Maple and mahogany pot construction with checquered inly pattern.
  • 28 bracket hooks and nuts
  • Maple and Rosewood spliced 3 piece neck
  • Maple Resonator with checquered inlay pattern
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Ivroid Binding with side dots
  • Paragon shield inlay on headstock
  • Rear facing eccentric geared tuners
  • Nickel plated armrest
  • Remo white smooth top head
  • Clifford essex maple /ebony tipped bridge
  • Clifford essex adjustable tailpiece 

Individual Serial Number: 71


Finish: Natural Satin

Case/Gig Bag: Ozark Hard Case

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.


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4 String Banjo
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Right or Left Handed
Right Handed

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Used Instrument

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