Visiting Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs

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5 Responses to Earl Scruggs

  1. J Cole says:

    any idea what year this is?

  2. Michael Thornton says:

    Looks like a 1934 TB-11 raised-head banjo in his hands so it couldn’t be any older than that. I believe he used this on the earliest recordings with Bill Monroe eg. Sunny Side of the Mountain featuring Monroe, Flatt, Scruggs, and Martin. Sounded GREAT. Earl was born in 1924, and was obviously still a teenager in this photo so I agree with Peter who said it was probably around 1940.

    • Michael,
      Thanks for the comments. I can’t really explain how much I enjoyed that visit! And yes, a couple of really historic banjos there. Earl was delighted that I mentioned Uncle Dave Macon, and shared some insights. I made some connections I will never forget.

  3. Arkansas Red says:

    That must be the capo Earl made in 1945 and used up until the sixties. I have tried to find overall pictures of the capo, but can only find top and one side. I’d like to find this capo if Earl hadn’t thrown it away. All anyone except Charlie Cushman seem to think that all Earl used was the Scruggs-Ruben capo, but the earlier one he made looks more like a McKinney/Elliott type.

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