New Calton 5-String Banjo DeLuxe Case Banjo 'On Hold'
New. White exterior and beautifully plush wine interior. Protect your banjo with one of the best cases around. This particular one sold but please let us know if we can order one for YOU!
Calton Flight Case for Banjo 'In Stock'
Gently used blue Calton 5-string banjo case with grey plush lining. Has a bumper sticker with Earl Scruggs' signature on it. All latches and handle functional.
1990 Deering GDL Limited Edition Banjo 'In Stock'
Exc(-) condition. Limited edition high model from Deering that shows handwork by Greg Deering.
Very high grade of Figured Walnut in resonator, showing tight burl figure. Straight grained Walnut neck. Ebony flat fingerboard and peghead overlay, showing ornate inlays in fingerboard and headstock. Deering inlaid near top of peghead; Banner with GDL engraved at 19th fret.
Very nice bindings and purflings - top and back edge of resonator have Ivoroid bindings and multiple strip of abalone below the ivoroid; Fingerboard shows same, Ivoroid main bindings with multiple strip of abalone purfling beneath the ivoroid; Peghead has multiple Ivoroid bindings showing on side and top edges, but no abalone; Heelcap is Ivoroid with abalone purflings benesth the ivoroid.
This instrument was lightly played, but just enough to put some light wear on it. Back of neck and back of resonator show normal shirt scuffing marks from handling. Frets show light-to-moderate wear, but do not need any attention (no buzzing).
$3,250.00 w/ OHC
Recent Deering Golden Eagle II Banjo 'In Stock'
VG(+) condition. 1 1/4" width at nut. 26 1/4" scale length. 13 7/8" resonator diameter. 11" top frosted medium crown head.
Maple neck and resonator stained a dark red mahogany to match. White binding on resonator. 3-ply violin-grade maple rim. Ebony fingerboard with eagle engraved inlays. Ebony nut. Fully adjustable truss rod. 22 pressed in nickel silver frets. True Tone Deering tailpiece. Planetary tuners with geared 5th string peg. Deering brass notched tension hoop. Nickel-plated hardware including 24 round hooks, bracket shoes, and 1/4" hex nuts. Eagle two-piece flange. Nickel armrest. 5/8" maple bridge with ebony top.
The Eagle II features a new innovation for Deering: the patented brass Twenty Ten Tone Ring. This makes it sound quite a bit better than some other Deering banjos you may have played, and works for both bluegrass and clawhammer/frailing. Strong mid-range with clear highs and decent lows. A great affordable banjo.
$1,395.00 w/ OHC
Like New Deering Vega Old Tyme Wonder Banjo 'In Stock'
Like new unplayed condition. Previously-owned but no signs of player wear. This banjo is in remarkably new original condition. Nice 1/2" maple 6-ply wood rim dressed black at bottom. Flamed maple neck. Ebony flat fingerboard with dot position markers. Last few frets scalloped away for playing in the "sweet spot". Gotoh tuners with cool creamy white buttons that look like Tiffany glass. Currently set up to play, and it plays nicely.
$1,550.00 w/ OHC
Mid 1930's Gibson Kel Kroydon KK-11 Banjo 'In Stock'
Exc.(-) condition. Made by Gibson, marketed under the "Kel Kroydon" brand. This is the same banjo that Gibson named "Style 11." All-orignal hardware in great condition, except for newer Presto tailpiece. Flange shows very litle warping.
Double-conversion - This banjo was originally a tenor with a bead, brass tone-ring on the 3-ply Maple rim. Now it is converted to 5-string with a radiused Ebony neck, with Bella Voce inlay. Also, the bead ring was removed, and the 3-ply Maple rim was cut to fit a Tennessee-20 flathead tonering. All of the work was done very well, new Waverly tuners with Ivoroid buttons were installed in the new neck. The color of this TB-11 was the dark blue color on the rim and resonator sidewall, and the neck color is a great match to the original color of the resonator and rim. The neck has a full profile with a 1 1/4" width at nut
This banjo is really setup well, it sounds and plays great.
Exc condition. Rare mahogany Style 4 from 1932, converted to 5-string in about 1994 with a neck by Greg Boyd. Almost all original parts.
Original pot metal 1-piece flange and pot metal tension hoop. Original Mahogany resonator with White/black/white bindings and 2 concentric circles. Binding along neck matches resonator bindings. Original 40-hole archtop tone ring. Original coordinator rods, L-brackets, hooks and nuts, and Grover Patent "Pancake" tuners with ivoroid buttons. Newer 5-Star fifth string tuner. Newer Presto tailpiece. Mahogany neck with fiddle peghead and 'Flying Eagle' inlay pattern.
Gibson changed their RB-4 banjos around 1930 or so. In 1920's they were almost always Mahogany neck and resonator with multiple white bindings and multiple white concentric circles. In the 1930's they were Walnut with multiple white bindings, but with wooden marquetry concentric circles in resonator back. Mostly you can find Hearts & Flowers inlays from the 1920's, but usually a Flying Eagle version on most 1930's versions. So this one is a little bit of a rarity, being serial numbered from early 1930's and having the 1-pc pot metal flange and pot metal tension hoop usually seen in 1930's, but having the Mahogany throwback to 1920's... (Did I lose you?)...
This is a very nice banjo and is very collectible because of its condition, its rarity and also because of its great sound.
$12,950.00 w/ HC
1932 Gibson RB-1 Banjo 'In Stock'
Excellent condition. Original mid-1930's Gibson 5-string banjo with 3-ply Maple rim, pot metal tension hoop and one-piece flange. Comes with original hardshell case. Case is in good shape but missing handle.
Simple appointments made this an affordable banjo for the 1930's. It is built very similar to all major Gibson "Mastertone" banjos, except this banjo has a bead brass ring under the head instead of a heavy flathead tone ring. As a consequence, these banjos are much lighter than full Mastertone-styles, but people readily agree that the sound is fabulous and is very close to those same pre-War Mastertones. This great sound is causing many banjophiles to realize the importance of the rim is at least as great as the tone ring. These banjos are full of resonance and physically vibrate in your hands while you're playing them. Many people comment that they cannot tell the banjo does not have a major tone ring when they hear it played at a festival or a jam.
Plain maple construction: neck and resonator, stained darkly. Cream bindings on top and back of resonator and along neck. Flat Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with gull wing inlays. Fiddle peghead with old-style Gibson script inlay and flourish. Original dog-ear Grover tuners and original friction peg for 5th. Single co-rod construction inside. Presto tailpiece installed on banjo and working fine. Newer master-quality hide head. Some natural hand wear through finish on back of neck and some random scratches on resonator. Original pot metal flange and tension hoop are both in fine shape.
Banjo sounds and plays great.
Discussion of tuners: most people agree that these simple bead ring Gibsons sound wonderful. But many people are scared of the tuners because they were cheap for the period and the friction 5th tuner can drive people crazy. It is a very easy thing to change the 5th string tuner to a nice geared 5th such as a Schaller. The dog-eared Grovers on the peghead work fine, but work better if you're patient to learn their feel first. The point is, don't ignore this banjo by fear of the tuners.
$10,950.00 w/ OHC
c 1930 Gibson TB-3 Conversion Banjo 'In Stock'
Exc (-) condition. Very nice and clean pot, with original archtop rim cut and fitted with bonafide pre-War flathead unplated tone ring. Serial number 158-18. Original finish on rim and resonator. Comes with what appears to be a period original Gibson Plectrum neck that has been widened into a 5-string neck. This job was done painstakingly by removing existing fingerboard and glueing Mahogany as "wings" on left and right side of period neck. Old Gibson "Wreath" pattern fingerboard was cut into blocks containing the inlays; these blocks were inset into the new fingerboard to preserve the original inlay as well as the old Brazilian Rosewood around the inlays. Not trying to be redundant, but I'll reiterate below:
We are not sure when or how the neck came to this banjo. We don't know when it was converted from Plectrum, or who did the job, but it was a very involved process. Remember, a plectrum neck is exactly the same thing as a 5-string neck as far as scale length and number of frets. The only difference is no fifth string. This conversion was done by removing the fingerboard, adding mahogany to the left and right side of neck, and then installing a new fingerboard. The new fingerboard has old original inlays in the original fingerboard wood at 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, fret positions. The inlay at 22nd fret is newer. At a casual glance, it looks like an original fingerboard. Cosmetically, the work was done such that it appears an original 5-string neck at first inspection, with bindings matching the original bindings of resonator quite well. Wood color and grain are also a good match. Old repaired cracking at heel. Some areas of belt buckle wear on back of resonator. Antique'd cream bindings along fingerboard and along top and back of resonator. Antique'd concentric circles in back of resonator. Original Grover Pat. Pancake tuners in peghead with friction 5th string, all with original screws and original ivoroid buttons. Original one-piece flange is in great shape, slightly bowing upward but no signs of cracking and no bad bends. Banjo comes with what appears to be all original hardware. Currently has old 5th string Presto installed. Coordinator rods, resonator hardware, hooks & nuts and pot metal tension hoop are all original and all in good shape. Frets have only very light wear. Armrest looks like pre-War "new old stock" but could be original to the banjo.
The unplated pre-War flathead tone ring has been authenticated by several knowledgeable people and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Curtis McPeake.
The tone of this banjo is very strong, with great timbre and resonance. It has that beautiful "Brrr" sort of Growl. Comes in a modern era Gibson Hard Case.
$52,500.00 w/ 1990s Gibson HC
1928 Gibson TB-3 Conversion Banjo 'In Stock'
Exc. (+) condition. Hardware appears to be 100% original with one exception. The tension hoop appears to be pot metal and is usually associated with banjos from the 1930s, so it could have been replaced. Beautiful condition original 3-ply maple rim with no-hole archtop ring. Two-piece tube and plate flange. Original Presto tailpiece and armrest. Neck is probably a first-quality neck blank finished out by previous owner of banjo, using original Grover Patent offset tuners and a period friction peg for 5th. *The friction peg works great. Frets show no wear. Neck appears to have varnish finish. Resonator in great shape with just cursory amount of scratches and dings. Beautiful cream binding around top and back edge of resonator.
The banjo plays and sounds great.
Comes with a period 1960s hard shell case with handle in good shape.
$4,750.00 w/ HC
1927 Gibson TB-4 "No Hole" Conversion - Frank Neat 5-str Neck Banjo 'In Stock'
Exc. condition. Almost no sign of playing on the frets. Some scratching on back of resonator and sidewalls. Appears to be all original hardware, except newer tailpiece replacement. Excellent conversion and setup with 5 railroad spikes at 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12th frets, for capoing in A, Bb, B, C, and D.
No-hole archtop from the peak of their construction. Mahogany banjo with multiple white-black-white bindings around top and back edge of resonator, with black line showing above, below, and on the sides. Wonderful 5-string neck by Frank Neat with hearts and flowers inlay and multiple binding along Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and multiple-bound heelcap. Very high-grade Krishot pre-War style "pancake" tuners, with Schaller 5th. Two-piece tube and plate flange,
This is a very fine sounding banjo. No-hole archtops are preferred by many over 40-hole archtops, because of the ability to reach a lower center of resonance and produce a strong presence. This banjo comes all set up with a great neck and tuners and good newer hardcase with 5 latches and leather handle. Also includes a period hardshell case, which has been previously marked "TB-5" and has a sticker identifying it as being in the Tsumura collection. This period case contains "extras". Original tenor neck is intact with original Grover Patent tuners. Original neck is in fine shape with hardly any fretwear. Also included is the original Oettinger-style 4-string tailpiece and old Elton armrest in great shape.
Banjo in great shape and sounds great.
$6,950.00 w/ Good HC
1957 Gibson Tom McKinney Parts Banjo "General Lee" Banjo 'In Stock'
Exc condition. Frets are nearly immaculate.
This banjo was made by Tom McKinney starting with a 1957 Gibson TB-100 or 150. The rim was cut and fitted with a Blaylock tone ring and a beautiful Silvio Ferretti mahogany neck with early Style 3 inlays. Resonator is of unknown origin. It could be from a 1940s or 50s Gibson. The resonator is maple and shows dark finish to match the neck. Cream bindings on top and back edge of resonator. Tuners are wonderful, with two Krishot "pancake" tuners at 1st and 4th, two Scruggs/Keith D-tuners at 2nd and 3rd, Schaller 5th. Nickel Presto tailpiece with Granada engraved. Solid pearl truss rod cover with Tom McKinney's initials THM engraved.
Several years ago, our friend Walt Timmerman was recording an album, and hired Tom McKinney as his banjo player for the project. Tom McKinney brought this General Lee banjo for the session and Walt was so impressed by it, he had to have it. The name "General Lee" is not named after the famous Confederate general, but rather is named after the car from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show. This is a professional banjo built by a professional banjo player that does deliver professional sound. It has no problems, and is ready for your next recording session.
$3,895.00 w/ TKL Faux Alligator HC
c. 2000 Hatfield Celebrity Banjo 'In Stock'
Beautifully figured Maple resonator and neck. Resonator and fretboard have single cream binding. Flat rosewood fingerboard with elaborate pearl inlays and "celebrity" inlay at 21st fret. Gold hardware including Schaller tuners and D-tuners. Ebony peghead overlay with elaborate pearl inlay and Hatfield logo. Very few signs of player wear - some belt wear in back of resonator. Some lacquer chipping at top of peghead face.
Sound is a very nice professional grade - smooth but strong attack, good presence, great tone.
$3,250.00 w/ HC
New Huber VRB-75 Reno Banjo 'In Stock'
Classic Mahogany banjo. Double-cut peghead with Huber logo near top and "Reno" inlay pattern. Flat, Rosewood fingerboard with "Flying Eagle" inlay. "Truetone" inlay at 21st fret. Antiqued cream bindings around resonator top and bottom edge, and along fingerboard. Antiqued concentric circles in back of resonator. Nickel Waverly tuners with 5-star 5th string peg, all with matching Ivoroid buttons. *We would be happy to substitue for Amber Tulip buttons if desired. Antiqued Nickel parts. Presto tailpiece.
Really has the correct "old" Mahogany banjo sound, with lots of growl and presence.
$5,295.00 w/ HC
New Huber Workhorse - Maple Banjo 'On Hold'
This instrument has sold, but we are leaving it up on display for a while on our website to show it is available to order.
Very nice, highly figured Maple neck and resonator. White bindings around resonator and along fingerboard. Double-cut peghead, flat Ebony fingerboard. "Leaves & Bows" pattern in the peghead and fingerboard. Huber logo at top of peghead. "Workhorse" inlay at 21st fret. As with all Huber banjos, excellent 3-ply rim with traditional flathead tonering, and pot-metal one-pc. flange. Nickel waverly tuners in peghead, with 5-star 5th tuner, all with matching Ivoroid buttons.
This is a great sounding banjo with great playability, and a very big, solid sound. A bargain for a hand-made banjo at the price.
$2,950.00 w/ HC
New OME Tupelo 12" Rim Open-Back Banjo 'In Stock'
New. 1 5/16" width at nut.
12" Maple rim with varnish finish. Mahogany neck with ebony heelcap. Ebony flat fingerboard with small dot pearl inlays. R.R. spikes at 7th and 9th frets for capo-ing. "Antiqued" brass hardware with amber tuner buttons. 25 1/2" scale. Fretboard is "scooped out" at end for ease of playing. Bottom of pot bound with tortoise inside and out. Adjustable dowel stick construction. Renaissance head. Bone nut. Beautiful rosewood overlay on the simple-cut peghead that hearkens back to 1900 and earlier. Decorative light wood strip beneath ebony fingerboard.
$2,150.00 w/ HC
New OME Wizard - 12" Banjo 'In Stock'
New. Made in America open-back banjo from Boulder, Colorado.
Satin-finish 12" 2-ply maple rim with 26 brackets. Back of rim is capped with tortoise showing on side. Beautifully-grained South American mahogany neck. Ebony flat fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Hardened nickel-silver frets. Side dots inlaid. Mother of pearl star inlay in peghead and fingerboard scoop. Ebony peghead veneer, heelcap and truss rod cover. Antiqued brass hardware including OME planetary tuners with amber buttons. 2-way adjustable truss rod and adjustable wood rim rod. Railroad spikes installed at 7th and 9th frets. Bone nut. Renaissance head.
Previously Owned Prucha Bat Custom with Maple Massif Resonator Banjo 'In Stock'
Pre-owned Prucha Bat model, with custom flamed maple Massif resonator. More information and photos coming soon.
$4,450.00 w/ HC
Un Played Condition Prucha Legend - Custom Burled Walnut Resonator Banjo 'In Stock'
Excellent(+) condition. There is no wear on frets, no dings, no repairs. All original parts. Original Remo head only shows slight evidence of prior ownership.
Beautiful Walnut banjo with tasteful dark-ish sunburst... Straight-grained neck with beautiful Burled Walnut resonator. Multiple Ivoroid bindings, with black line showing between the ivoroid on all quarters of the resonator - seen from the upper and lower sidewall of resonator, as well as top and back of resonator and along the side of the neck. Multiple ivoroid concentric circles in back of resonator. Fiddle cut peghead. Ebony peghead overlay with JPrucha abalone logo and abalone Hearts & Flowers inlay. Beautiful Rosewood flat fingerboard with more abalone Hearts & Flowers inlays.
Nickel hardware. Pre-war style 2-band offset main tuners, with Schaller 5th tuner, all with beautiful creamy tuner buttons. R.R. spikes professionally installed by Mr. Prucha at A, Bb, B & C positions. Bone nut. 4-hump clamshell tailpiece.
This Walnut banjo has the great presence and voice that you expect from a Prucha banjo. Big growly sound with bouncy attack. This banjo is in such good shape, it comes with transferable warranty.
Fresh out of the box from Prucha.
New. Mahogany banjo with simple, yet tasteful inlays.
Good straight-grained Mahogany neck and resonator, with radiused Rosewood fingerboard. Nice mother of pearl inlay pattern in peghead. Cut diamond inlays in fingerboard. Black bindings on resonator and along fingerboard. PIONEER ingraved in fingerboard. Matte finish. Nickel hardware. Cream tuner buttons.
These Pioneer banjos are, of course, made with the same high grade rims and hardware used in the higher priced models, so you get a real professional tone.
This banjo is set up very well and comes complete with r.r. spikes installed at A, Bb, B & C for 5th string capo'ing.
And... they all come with good hard case and lifetime warranty.
Previously Owned Prucha Spirit Maple Banjo 'In Stock'
More information coming soon.
New Rukavina Gourd Banjo 'In Stock'
Beautifully-made gourd banjo tenor banjo (mandola) from local Missoula builder Ryan Rukavina.
Gourd pot with mahogany face (head). Walnut "thru"-neck. When held in playing position, the pot is a winking, smiling face complete with elegantly carved armrest which appears as a lock of hair. You have to look at the photos or ideally come in to check it out in person, but it just a remarkable piece of art and beautiful instrument that plays great as a tenor banjo or mandola.
White Mountain 11" Open-Back Banjo 'In Stock'
Exc.(++) Condition. There are just a couple of very, very light touches on the back of the neck, and the back of the rim. Banjo has had recent professional set-up and "no-knot" tailpiece installed.
8-piece matched Maple rim. Very nice wooden binding/marquetry along the edge of the rim. Mahogany neck multiple bound with white/black/rosewood. Flat Ebony fretboard with pearl inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with 2-ply binding and White Mountain decal/truss rod cover and pearl inlay. Donut "resonator" with Whyte Ladie tonering.
This banjo is playing and sounding very good. Comes with great fitting hard case.
$1,495.00 w/ HC
2008 Williams "Kenny Ingram" No 16 Banjo 'In Stock'
Exc(+) original condition. This banjo shows only the slightest signs of prior ownership. Head is slightly worn, armrest slightly discolored, and resonator shows a few slight small marks here and there. No fret wear!
Only 25 banjos of the official run were made. There are four prototypes, marked #"0", and #"00", "000" and "0000"... and there is one "floorsweep model" at the end of the run.
Mahogany neck and resonator with Rosewood fingerboard. Cream bindings around top and back edge of resonator and along fingerboard. Concentric white/black/white circles in back of resonator. Double-cut peghead with variation of "Flying Eagle" pearl inlay in headstock and fingerboard. Flat Rosewood fingerboard. Railroad spikes on 7th & 9th frets.
Nickel hardware, including Keith "Standard" main 4 tuning pegs, with Schaller 5th - all with matching Ivoroid buttons.
Burlile unplated flathead tone ring mounted on "old factory floor" 3-ply Maple rim. 1-pc pot metal flange. Presto tailpiece. Banjo construction and rim authenticity are documented inside the banjo, along with Kenny Ingram's endorsement of the banjo.
These special banjos, specifically made to sound very close to pre-war Mahogany flatheads. This is a fine professional banjo made with a high level of skill and top key components that shows only moderate use. Greg says - this banjo has wonderfully solid 4th string, and the high "D" string is not "metallic" and shrill at all. Really great sound with lots of power.
$5,450.00 On Sale... $4,950.00 w/ HC and nice case cover
2008 Williams "Kenny Ingram" No 20 Banjo 'In Stock'
Exc.(+) Condition. Only has slight signs of prior ownership. Head shows some wear. Neck and frets are both in great shape. Slight area of button marring on back of resonator. "Zero-glide" nut has been professionally installed.
Bound Mahogany resonator with two concentric circles. Cream binding on rosewood fingerboard. Jim Burlile tonering, Maple "old-floor" 3-ply rim. Mahogany neck. Flat Rosewood fingerboard with elaborate pearl inlays. Keith standard tuning pegs with Ivoroid buttons. Schaller 5th with matching Ivoroid button. Railroad spikes on 7th & 9th frets.
These limited run banjos (only 25 were made), were designed and 'dialed-in' to perform with the tone and timbre of pre-war RB-3 and RB-75 Mahogany flathead banjos of the 1930's. All the key parts are not only top notch, but were thoughtfully fit and mated for tonal performance... and it works. The player is rewarded with a very strong resonant banjo, with great presence, a growly, fuzzy sound when playing slides, and a sure attack when hitting the string with your pick.
$5,450.00 On Sale... $4,950.00 w/ HC and nice case cover