A 5 string, long-neck or ‘Pete Seeger’ banjo made by Framus in Germany, probably in the early 1970s. In very good playing condition with attractive resonator and original tuners. The Framus branded head has a repaired tear in it but seems to be stable. Could be replaced with a standard 11″ head. Unusual hex-screw lugs and chunky adjustable tailpiece. There is some crazing to the varnish on the back of the neck and headstock as pictured.
The late Pete Seeger was an American folk singer, songwriter and political activist who devised this style of banjo in the mid 1940s. It is essentilly a standard 5 string banjo, but with three extra frets, added effectivley allowing it to play as low as the key of E. This type of banjo became very popular with folk singers during the heyday of the folk club era, with many famous manufacturers making versions of them.
Overall length 111cm, scale length 81.5cm (32″).