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"1892 Electric Banjo" Musical Oddities Poster Series #3 - 18x12 reprint of a vintage U. S. Patent



We present the "Electric Banjo": a historical musical instrument patent poster from our Musical Oddities Series of breathtaking, oddball instruments.  Art.  History.  Inspiration.

This is probably the earliest patent ever for an electric stringed instrument.  It’s also one of the most beautiful artwork sketches in our series.  A true curiosity.

Learn more about this marvelous contraption from this old electrical inventions review published in 1892.

About our Musical Oddities Series

These vintage musical instrument patents straddle the line between Da Vinci brilliance and lunatic ranting.

  • Many of the instruments came to fruition and were offered on the market.
  • Some were sold door-to-door by snake oil salesmen.
  • Others simply vanished over time, leaving no trace… save for their beautiful patent.

Your purchase of this inexpensive poster helps support our research and historical preservation work, ensuring that more gems like this will be re-discovered and made available to the homemade instrument community!

Printed on 12 x 18" brown kraft paper, it would be a perfect decoration for your workshop, man cave or music room. They also make great gifts for the music lover in your life! Designed and printed in the USA!


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