One of the rarest and most desirable instruments of the jazz era is this gorgeous Epiphone plectrum banjo, known as the "Dragon" model. The neck is Gaboon ebony and features a peg head inlaid with the exquisitely engraved pearl dragon, with mother of pearl inlays on the fretboard. The side of the neck has ivoroid binding combined with a wood marquetry design, with fancy carved heel. The resonator is equally spectacular, constructed of walnut with a rosette pattern in the center utilizing alternating strips of wood marquetry, surrounded by an inlaid wood motif which echoes the neck binding, as does the edge of the resonator. All metal parts are gold-plated, including the Grover DeLuxe tuners with mother of pearl buttons, with the original Oettinger tailpiece.
The instrument is in excellent much-played yet all original condition, including hard shell case, with just a hint of wear on the frets, finish crazing and tarnishing of the plating on the engraved ?clover leaf? resonator flange. The neck is straight, but perhaps the best feature is that wonderful jazz age tone which emerges effortlessly from this rare and beautiful Epiphone banjo.