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❌SOLD❌ Pattison Whyte Laydie 5-String Black Walnut Banjo


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Once again we have a locally sourced Ian Pattison Whyte Laydie style open back banjo in Black Walnut from Pattison Stringed Instruments in Guelph, Ontario. The original Whyte Laydie banjos were made by A C Fairbanks starting around 1901 and ending in 1904 when the Fairbanks shop was destroyed in a fire, and the Vega company took over production.

This lovely Pattison Whyte Laydie banjo features a Whyte Laydie tone ring by Rickert from Aurora, Ontario and a Renaissance head. The pot is black walnut with birds-eye maple accents. The neck is Maple with a birdseye maple heel cap and Indian Rosewood fingerboard with maple duck inlays, and a bookmatched black walnut overlay. A Rubio dark walnut finish protects the wood. For hardware, there’a No-Knot tailpiece and Gotoh tuners.

The Pattison Whyte Laydie is sold without case, but we can supply a suitable gig bag or hard shell case. 

Here’s Ian Pattison on building instruments:

“My studio of stringed instruments has 40 plus years of history in creating and building –not only the status quo — but, pieces that are unique and one of a kind.
All of my instruments… banjos, mandolins, guitars and dulcimers are individually handcrafted by me from the designing, selection of all the materials, hand shaping the parts, inlaying and applying all finishes.
It is my attention to the fine details that complete the artistic craftsmanship and upon completion allow these pieces to be timeless and in some cases, have become family heirlooms.
My love for music – the playing, writing, learning, listening and most importantly the sculpting of new instruments – is essential for the journey I have travelled. My taste in music encompasses a broad spectrum and is reflected in the diversity of instruments I enjoy building.”


Price: $2,149.00 CAD
  • Model: Whyte Laydie
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Walnut Stain
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New, 65B, built 2017 shown
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 31/08/2020

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Instrument Weight: 7.128lbs 3.24kg
  • Scale Length: 26.25in 666.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.188in 30.18mm
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