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All banjos sold as shown with calf vellum or plastic head fitted, except as detailed in description - please check if unsure. We are happy to change as required but will charge accordingly - please let us know prior to purchase

Abbott

c.1930s, sunburst maple neck, mahogany resonator, spunover rim, nickel plated parts, ebony fbd/phd  with fancy pearl inlay, crown cutout flange (as per banjoleles),  Grover geared tuners, almost unplayed original condition, bright tone ideal for folk or string band stylings, EC, OHC

£875

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Deering “Sierra”

c 2008, satin finish nat.mahogany, nickel, ebony fbd, dot inlays, flathead, 1 pce flange, Schubb 5th string capo added, no repairs and very little playwear, good solid bluegrass favourite, EC, OHC

£1,150

£975

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Gibson RB-250

“Mastertone” Hybrid

late 1960s black lacquered thin rim, flathead tonering, new 5-star head, 1 pce flange, sunbst mahogany resonator with 2 concentric rings, chrome hardware (some later parts), c.1975 mahogany neck (modified to fit), ebony fbd with fancy inlays, ‘fiddle’ phd with replacement tuners, a nice looking and easy playing Gibson ‘bitsa’ for that classic bluegrass sound at a realistic price, VGC, HC

£1,250

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Emile Grimshaw

c.1930s, nat.mahogany, 11” wood rim with simple alloy tonering, ebony fbd & phd overlay with pearl inlays, original friction tuners work fine but upgrade to new geared 'Planets' available for extra £60,

nice easy player for folk & Americana, VGC, HC

SOLD

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Stelling “Super Star”

c.1982, sunburst flamed maple, nickel hardware, ebony fbd, fancy pearl inlays, custom 3 pce neck, Keith tuners, old style block rim, discontinued model, architypal bluegrass powerhouse with very little playwear, EC, OHC

£2,850

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Tanglewood TB24

(China) recent, stained mahogany, flathead tonering, 1 pce flange, rosewood fbd with fancy pearloid inlays, geared tuners, easy playing ‘Masterclone’ at a budget price, EC, HC.

£285

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Warwick Grover (Coventry)

c.1980s, golden brown stained flamed maple, nat.maple binding, ebony fbd with fancy pearl inlays, cast bronze flathead tonering, 1 pce flange, nickel plated, high quality Mastertone style bluegrass banjo from esteemed maker (now in New Zealand), EC, HC

£1,450

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5-string Banjos - Resonator

WE BUY, SELL AND EXCHANGE all fretted instruments - guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, Hawaiians, resophonics - in fact, anything cool, interesting or unusual!


Worldwide courier delivery can be arranged at cost.

Abbreviations


Features

b/s = back and sides : btn = button : inl = inlaid

fbd = fingerboard : pgd = pickguard : phd = peghead : pce = piece

tpce = tailpiece : t’shell = tortoiseshell

mop = mother of pearl : aba = abalone : adj = adjustable

HC = newer hard case : OHC = original hard case

OSC = original soft or semi-hard case : GB = gig bag


Condition

Mint/as new = all original unplayed condition

EC (Excellent Condition) = all original, no repairs/refinish unless noted, some playwear

VGC  (Very Good Condition) = basically all original, may have minor repairs/refinish but no other issues unless noted, moderate playwear

GC (Good Condition) = generally sound, possibly some repairs/refinish, may need work as noted, moderate to heavy playwear

PC (Poor Condition) =  Issues and work required as noted

5-string Banjos - Open Back & Zither

Bob Flesher

“Plantation”

recent, natural finish, 11” maple rim with hardwood cap, short 23” scale, flamed maple neck, ‘scooped’ ebony fbd, scroll phd, modern interpretation of early minstrel style with steel strings and geared tuners, thus:

http://www.flesherbanjos.com/claw6.html

Easy player with warmth and projection, pretty much unplayed

(new price US$ 2,350), EC, GB

£950

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Bob Thornburg

Fretless

c.2005, mahogany neck & 11” tackhead rim, rosewood scooped fbd & phd overlay, wooden friction pegs, gut/nylon strung, charming folksie banjar for the minstrel/US Civil War enthusiast, EC, GB.

£575

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Cammeyer

Zither Banjo

c.1920s, all beautifully figured Brazilian rosewood construction, ebony fbd with ornate engraved pearl inlays, exceptional original condition with no damage or repairs, good player, EC, GB

£350

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Cole’s “Man in the Moon” Eclipse

c.1894, 10 ½” half spun rim, 26 ½” scale length, mahogany neck, ebony fbd with elaborate engraved pearl inlays, ebony phd overlay with ‘man in the moon’ inlay, this rare and historical banjo has been extensively restored by Dave Stacey, master luthier & banjo maker, some replaced inlays and hardware, refinished neck, new Planet tuners with vintage buttons, a player’s grade instrument that looks wonderful and sounds great, period HC, EC

£1,950

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Eastman EBJ-WL

NEW, recreation of 1903 A C Fairbanks “Whyte Laydie #2”, natural maple, 10¾” rim, 26” scale, ebony fbd with engraved inlays and “gryphon” in phd, updated with geared tuners and carbon fibre rod in neck, outstanding value for a high quality instrument OHC

£1,350

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J.E. Dallas

c.1910, 10 ½” spunover rim, 27” scale length, mahogany neck with beautiful floral heel carving, ebony fbd/phd with fancy pearl inlays, new geared tuners, set up with new calfskin head and nylon strings, sweet player with rich & full tone, GB, EC

£975

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Unmarked

“Oriental deLuxe”

recent, nat.maple, 11” rim with 'no hole' flathead tonering, rosewood fbd & phd overlay with fabulous 'tree of life' abalone inlay, carved heel, geared tuners, nickel plated parts, fancy Far East confection that plays easy and has plenty of power and projection, EC, HC.

£850

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Appalachian Fretless Banjo by R K Smith, Georgia

Recent USA (professional quality), stained maple, 8” head set into zither banjo style closed body, violin friction pegs, steel strung, plenty of old time fun to be had with this one, EC, GB.

£475

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S.S.Stewart

Banjeaurine

c.1890,  19 ¾” scale mahogany neck, 12 5/8” nickel rim spunover birdseye maple, 17 fret (4 over body), ebony fbd & phd overlay with fancy pearl inlays, patent friction tuners, replaced dowel stick and some refinish, a beautiful example of a rare short scale/large rim banjo designed by S. S. Stewart for orchestral solo work and usually tuned to C, VGC, period semi-hard case

£650

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Vega “Little Wonder” Conversion

original c.1920s Vega 10 15/16” rim with spunover tonering, 26” scale, nickel pltd hardware,  new neck in the style of a Vega ‘Whyte Laydie’ no.2, nat.maple, ebony fbd with fancy engraved inlays and ‘Gryphon’ phd, original calfskin head, new geared tuners & ‘no knot’ tpce,  easy playing frailer with a vintage vibe, HC, EC (Optional period resonator available as shown in pics +£60)

£975

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All these instruments are set up with steel strings unless otherwise noted. Originally, however, these banjos were usually strung with gut and we are happy to set up the instrument of your choice in the 'classical' style with the modern nylon string equivalent and a slightly higher action to suit.


Please let us know your requirements.

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