Stolen instrument alert – 1926 TB-3 conversion

Stolen TB-3 detailsWe received a note over the weekend from Buddy Woodward with Dixie Bee-Liners, with possibly the saddest news any picker can hear.

Buddy’s friend, and former Bee-Liner banjo man, Sam Morrow, had a number of instruments stolen from his home in Bristol, VA last Friday. Of chief interest here is his pre-war conversion banjo, an arch top TB-3 with a wreath inlay neck.

A few details that set this banjo apart:

  • The neck inlay has the pearl normally set in the 10th fret at the 9th instead.
  • The label inside the rim has the words “Jake Taylor” on it in pen.
  • Serial number is 26-5.

Buddy shared a few more bits of info…

“It’s a very distinctive banjo, and looks a lot like Ralph Stanley’s classic instrument, an archtop with a fiddle headstock and an un-frosted head. If you see this instrument anywhere in the Tri-Cities area, or anywhere else, please get in touch with Sam immediately. Also stolen were his son’s red Gibson SG Standard, and a Baby Taylor acoustic guitar.

Sam asks that anyone with information of any kind about his banjo, or the two guitars, please contact him at 276-591-6862.

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