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❌ SOLD ❌ Williams and Son Echo Style 15 Open Back Banjo, 1895


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Here’s an 1895 R S Williams and Son Echo Style 15 Open Back Banjo strung with nylon, built in Oshawa, Ontario.  To the Depression era, R S Williams was a prominent manufacturer of instruments, including pianos, guitars, banjos, mandolins and violins.

Fully qualifying as an antique yet also in good working order, this Echo Style 15 uses an SS Stewart pot, spun brass over a maple lining, and a Williams neck of Cherry with Ebony fingerboard. The peghead has an Ebony overlay and a single Mother of Pearl star inlay.

This wonderful piece of Canadiana, a fully functional historical item was serviced by Grant MacNeill. Here’s what he has to say about it:

“This is an amazingly original example of a late 19th century R S Williams banjo. Williams bought their pots and hardware from S.S. Stewart then built their own necks. These necks are very slim yet deep and feel like a vintage mandolin neck at the 1st fret zone. This is a stable and straight neck. The pot has a recently replaced calfskin head. The original ebony Friction pegs work fine but could be upgraded to the modern ‘Peghedz’ faux Friction pegs, which use a concealed planetary gear for modern accuracy yet retain vintage look. Overall a very playable banjo!

A newer gig bag is included.

Price: $669.00 CAD
View Spec Sheet (PDF)
  • Model: Echo Style 15
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Natural
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 6986
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 25/06/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Instrument Weight: 4.9lbs 2.23kg
  • Scale Length: 26.75in 679.5mm
  • Nut Width: 1in 25.4mm
Williams and Son Website View Spec Sheet (PDF)

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