Photos of My 1925 Granada DeLuxe Banjo

A Conversion Instrument With Sullivan Ball Bearing to Flathead Tone Ring

Front View of Converted Instrument

Back of Converted Instrument

Back of Resonator

Side of Banjo Body

Front of Banjo Body

Original Headpiece -- Front and Back View

Conversion Headpiece -- Front and Back View

Original Tenor Neck

Closeup of Neck Purfling

Inside of Body

Closeup of body purfling

Tailpiece Engraving Original and Conversion

Information About This Banjo

I purchased this banjo as a tenor from Mike Longworth in September of 2001. I took it to the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Louisville KY, in October and left it with First Quality Musical Supplies

Randy Broyles matched the neck woods quite well. Randy made the neck under the close watch of Bill Sullivan. The fingerboard is Brazilian Rosewood. Normally, a Granada DeLuxe will have fancy purfling along the sides of the neck and the fan and oval headpiece shown above in the back of the headpiece. However, because it was impossible to find the original style of purfling and the fan and oval were, to our knowledge, never inlaid on a headpiece without the fancy purfling on the neck, we opted to use a plain Granada binding instead, and no rear peghead inlays.

The original neck had strange characteristics. First, it was a 16 fret neck -- quite short. Second, there is no truss rod.

The new tone ring is a drop-in conversion called the “Sullivan Conversion -- Ball Bearing to Flathead” tone ring. The gold plated version is number 3G in their catalog.

The tailpiece is a Price Straight Line tailpiece, which has been custom engraved for this instrument.

All of the original parts are still usable, and the banjo can be restored to its original configuration anytime I wish.

I am extremely pleased with the look, feel and sound of this instrument. I plan to keep it a long time.

And I plan to do a lot of business with First Quality Musical Supplies in the future!

Randy Broyles, who did the neck work on this instrument, has now set up shop in New Albany, Indiana, right across the Ohio River from Louisville. His company is called Mid-America Instrument Repair.

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