Somewhat newer instrument, used for the banjo work on Chicken Butt
A rather unusual instrument that I’ve owned for a very long time - the only Sho-Bud banjo I’ve ever seen, as a matter of fact. Sho-Bud is really known pretty much exclusively as a pedal steel brand - I played a double neck Sho-Bud pedal steel for years. Sho-Bud was founded by Shot Jackson and Buddy Emmons. I used this banjo on Fourty Niner, the main body of the song, and on Goin’ To The Country.
I call this the “Walecki Banjo” because it was given to me by one of my favorite people in the whole world, the amazing Fred Walecki. Fred was the proprietor of Westwood Music, or Westwood Musical Instruments, which was founded by his father, and Fred knows more about musical instruments in general than anybody alive - just ask Chris Martin, the head of Martin Guitars, who said in an interview once that really the interviewer should ask Fred Walecki the more in depth questions about Martin Guitars, as Fred knows more than anybody about the history and details. Anyway, Fred gave me this banjo, which has no name or logo of any kind. It was definitely made in the 1800s, at a time before “branding” was particularly prevalent on “folk” instruments of this type. I used this on the old time frailing banjo part at the end of Fourty Niner.