John Alvey Turner
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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

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.



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


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

Clifford Essex

“XX Special” Melody Banjo

c.1910s,  4 string, nat.maple, 13” mandolin scale, open back 11” rim with Whyte Ladye style tonering (later called 'Concert Grand'), rosewood fbd with engraved pearl inlays, slotted phd, extremely rare model with exquisite early CE workmanship, EC



All these instruments are set up with steel strings unless otherwise noted.

Originally, however, some of these banjos were often 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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