Basic Banjo Anatomy
"How to find your way around the round thing"
Let's look at some basics about banjo anatomy, and then how to find the serial number.
The two main parts of the banjo are the Neck and the Pot. The Neck has the frets and a headstock with tuners.
The Pot is the round part and everything connected to it.
The resonator is the "Back" of the banjo, normally held on with either 3 or 4 Thumbscrews.
The Thumbscrews are visible from the top, and very easy to remove, which allows
the resonator to come off:
Once you get the resonator off, you can look for a decal and/or serial
number inside the rim:
This is a Mastertone decal, used from the mid 1920's to through the 1930's
A typical serial number (Factory Order Number) stamp from the 1930's.