Old Kraftsman 5 string banjo by Kay - circa mid 1950s
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Originally manufactured by Kay Instrument Co., Old Kraftsman banjos were sold through the Spiegel Catalog. This instrument is from the 1950s and is in very good condition. There were 'railroad spikes' installed in the frets of the '5th' string at one point, and they have been removed. However the 'rail' they work with is still installed. This 'rail & spike' system is a built in capo style adjustment for the 5th string. The rail is in perfect working condition. The instrument is in very good condition; good action, good intonation, great tone. It has it's original resonator backplate. Very little wear. Comes with chipboard case.