It is 1980's Whitestar five string, serial number 1663. It has the block rim which I have always favoured. In my opinion the tone of these banjos was better than the later 3 ply rims. The banjo is an unstained model in good condition, and all original parts. I have changed the bridge to a snuffy smith but I am sure that somewheree I also have the original stelling one. It also has 2 Keith pegs. I am looking for £1600 +p/p
It is ebony. Should have known as I have played it for the last 27 years and been a professional luthier for the last 22. I came across Ebanol while I was training in the late 80's (it was called something different this side of the pond). Never really liked the stuff. Work well for a synthetic material but was vey hard on the tools.