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This is a list of previously sold instruments for archive use. Please visit our instruments in stock pages by following the links on the left.

Here is a listing of instruments that have passed through our hands. Please browse and gain an idea of what we stock regularly. Instruments Models marked "Available to Order" can be ordered through the House of Fine instruments. Other instruments are one of a kind. However if one catches your eye feel free to contact us and we'll see if we can't track another one down.




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 Jimmy Cox "Fairchild" 5-string 1
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New Jimmy Cox "Fairchild" 5-string Banjo 'Sold'

Nearly New condition. #11 in a limited run. Fine Maple banjo with lots of great curly figure in the neck and resonator. Multiple bindings. Gold hardware, with some parts tastefully engraved. This exact model banjo is no longer offered by Jimmy Cox, so if you are a Raymond fairchild fan, here is a very fine example of a hard to find banjo.
w/ OHC.

 
 Mastertone Copy Style 3 1
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1999 Mastertone Copy Style 3 - Owned & used by Bill Emerson Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Great copy of a pre-war Style 3 Mastertone. Binding, finish, neck, and fit and set-up by John Hamlett, former craftsman with Stelling. Pot is a mid-1980's pot that Bill Sullivan hand-selected parts for, for Bill Emerson. Cox 3-ply Maple rim. White bindings on resonator and fingerboard, with multiple wh/blk/wh purfling concentric circles in back of resonator.
    Rosewood fingerboard with "diamonds & bows" pre-war style 3 pattern inlay. Peghead is double-cut. Banjo has D-tuners installed at 2nd & 3rd strings. 5th string has r.r. spikes installed at A, Bb, B & C positions.
     This banjo was used by Mr Emerson on live shows and studio for 2-3 years. It is in fine playing condition and needs nothing.
   
w/ HC

 
 Robin Smith "Force 5" Deluxe 1
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2003 Robin Smith "Force 5" Deluxe Banjo 'Sold'

Excellent original cond. Highly figured maple neck and resonator, blonde finish. No side-mounted fifth-string peg - fifth string tunnels from fifth fret to peghead, where it emerges and is tuned on a standard peghead tuner. All gold-plated hardware with engraved tension hoop, tailpiece and armrest. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and peghead overlay. Unique and tasteful floral inlay pattern on headstock springs from flowerpot-shaped, flamed maple truss-rod cover. Special fingerboard inlay is an expansion of Hearts & Flowers concept. Multiple tortoise bindings on resonator and fingerboard. This banjo is in fine original condition with some slight scratches on resonator back (that are hard to find) and moderate wear on frets, but no fret buzz. Plays very well and sounds great - lots of power and lots of tone.
w/ OHC

 
Alvarez Ventura 1
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c. 1978 Alvarez Ventura Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(-) Condition. Banjo is in nice shape, just a little sign of wear on the frets. There is a small mark on the back of the resonator as well.
     Rosewood resonator with decorative art. Mahogany neck, radiused rosewood fingerboard with"bowtie" inlays. Resonator is multiple bound. Rosewood peghead overlay with elaborate pearl inlay and Ventura logo. Nickel hardware.
      Good sound and playability. This is a great "first" banjo.

w/ HC


 
Aria  1
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Aria Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) condition. This is a good banjo... Its a nicer banjo than most people use for a "starter" banjo.
     The pot has a wooden rim with full flathead tone ring. The neck is straight-grain Mahogany. The resonator has beautiful Rosewood on back and sides. Multiple bindings on top and back of resonator. Rosewood fingerboard with bowtie inlays.
     Professionally set-up.
    
 

w/ HC

 
Bacon & Day Belmont Tenor 1
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c1925 Bacon & Day Belmont Tenor Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) conditiion. This banjo is in nice original condition, but has one area to take note of. Resonator sidewall at bottom end of resonator is missing about 1 3/4" of celluloid covering.
     Original hide head is in good shape. Original friction tuner pegs.

w/ OHC

 
Bacon & Day Guitar/Banjo 1
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1938 Bacon & Day Guitar/Banjo Fairly Rare Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. All original parts, frets, Grover Pat. tuners... even the bridge and head. Has some scratches through finish on edge of resonator. Moderate hand wear on back of neck.
     Plays great and sounds great, even with old strings.

w/ OHC

 
Bacon & Day Peerless 1
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1930 Bacon & Day Peerless Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Original Condition. Maple Banjo with Bird's Eye Maple resonator. Hand wear on back of neck through finish. All-original hardware. Original Grover Pat. pancake tuners with Ivoroid buttons in fine working shape. Original frets show moderate wear in first two positions. Currently has old hide head installed that works and sounds fine.
     Set up to play very well.

w/ HC

 
Bacon & Day Silver Bell No.2 Plectrum BK
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1925 Bacon & Day Silver Bell No.2 Plectrum Banjo 'Sold'

      Exc condition. Formerly owned and played by the reknown player, Dick Lewis, affectionately known as "Montana Red". Before that, it was owned by Buddy Wachter, an even more celebrated fine 4-string banjoist.
     Anyone who knew Dick Lewis knew that he kept his banjos in immaculate condition. This banjo is no exception. Yes, you can see some usual light wear on the wood parts, but nothing major. Frets are in fine playing condition with no wear.
     Highly figured Maple resonator and neck with handsome sunburst finish. Concentric in resonator back. Two-piece neck with 3-pc stringer down the center line. Multiple layers of wood under fingerboard, in back of peghead and at heel cap. Ebony fingerboard with cream binding. Elaborate "Silver Bell" peghead inlay with tasteful pearl inlays in fingerboard.
     Hardware is all intact and in fine condition. Knee mute may be off a later banjo - reads "B&D Soft Pedal". Richelieu gold engraved pick holder installed. Original "Planet Patent Pend" tuners with solid pearl buttons. Plating is in beautiful condition and has a nice silvery soft patina. Oetinger finger tailpiece. Armrest is engraved with "Bacon Special Silver Bell".
     Bas Relief carving on the neck heel. Inlay in back of peghead.
     This is a fine machine that has been owned by fine professional players. It has no problems.

w/ Newer Hard Case

 
Bacon & Day Silverbell 1
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c.1934 Bacon & Day Silverbell Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) condition. This is a nice playing original Silver Bell tenor that has had one fairly major repair. The banjo sustained a major neck break quite a few years ago and was repaired very well. There are two brass pins that were used to dowel the repaired area. Everything is secure, and the area feels good to your hand when playing. You wouldn't easily know the neck was repaired if not for the two brass dowels.
     Highly figured Maple resonator with concentric rings in center. Maple neck with Ebony fingerboard. Multiple wood layers on top and back of peghead, under fingerboard and heelcap. 2-pc neck with multiple strips of wood along center. Elaborate B & D Silver Bell logo in peghead along with nice floral inlay pattern. Comes with original adjustable Oettinger tailpiece. Knee mute intact. All original hardware intact and in great condition. Hide head in good condition. Original Grover Pat 2-band tuners with original ivoroid buttons in good shape.
     Ok, ok... I know neck repairs are unfortunate... but this banjo feels great, sounds great, and is very original.
w/ OHC

 
Bacon & Day Silverbell No. 4 Heel2
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1927 Bacon & Day Silverbell No. 4 Plectrum Banjo 'Sold'

     Pot is Exc(+) condition. Neck has old repaired peghead crack (repaired very well - not easily seen). Call for more details... 406/327-9925.

w/ OHC

 
Bart Reiter Galax 1
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c. 2005 Bart Reiter Galax Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. There are some matched bolts but with different plating inside the rim holding the shoes. Otherwise the banjo is in fine original shape. Frets show just the barest signs of playing. Neck has no problems. Even the bridge is in good shape.
     Mahogany neck, Maple 3-ply rim. 11" head. Peal dot inlays in fretboard, and star inlay in peghead. Flat Ebony fretboard. Five-star Nickel tuners with pearloid buttons. Ebony heel cap.
     Whyte Laydie tone ring. "No-Knot" tailpiece. 1 1/4" width at nut. Scale length is ~26.25". Currently the banjo has an almost new condition Remo "fiber-skyn" head installed.
     Sound and playability are very good.
 

w/ OHC

 
Boyd "Mastertone Style" 1
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2005 Boyd "Mastertone Style" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Some evidence of player wear. Figured Maple neck and resonator. Slightly wider neck (1 5/16 at nut"), with a wider string spacing at nut as well as at the bridge.
     Construction started with an actual Gibson "Scruggs Flint Hill Special" neck blank, and Prucha pot. Neck hand-shaped by Greg Boyd. Peghead is bound in solid mother-of-pearl. Fingerboard and resonator bound in multiple ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings. Radiused ebony fingerboard. Set up with Ptacek 2-band tuners, and r.r. spikes at A, Bb, B & C positions.

w/ OHC


 
Chuck Lee 11" Open-Back 1
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2014 Chuck Lee 11" Open-Back Banjo 'Sold'

     Mint Condition. No player wear to speak of whatsoever. Serial number 669.
     11" open-back rim. Dobson tone ring. Complex abalone and yellow pearl rose inlay in peghead. Ebony peghead overlay. Ebony fingerboard with with stylized abalone dot markers inlaid at the side. Beautifully double-scalloped fingerboard scoop. Extra decorative wooden layers below the fingerboard and peghead overlay. Nickel Waverly main tuners with Five Star fifth, all with matching yellow amber buttons. Very high grade two-piece walnut neck, bookmatched down the middle with ebony stringer. Large neck profile with huge heel, reminiscent of 1800's banjos. 3-ply maple rim with maple cap at the bottom. Scalloped bone nut. Slotted tension hoop. Original hide head.
      Materials and construction are extremely high. This is a wonderful banjo with great tone.

w/ OHC


 
Crafters of Tennessee "Tennessee Classic" 1
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c.2000 Crafters of Tennessee "Tennessee Classic" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. Just a few small dings here and there on resonator and some normal clouding of the nickel hardware.
     Mahogany neck and resonator with white binding along top and back of resonator and fingerboard. Rosewood fingerboard with tasteful inlays.
     The inlays are quite nice, with elaborate peghead overlay inlays of pearl and abalone. The fingerboard also has strikingly good inlays, with the overall effect quite good.
     This banjo comes with Schaller D-tuners installed. We have taken time to set this banjo up and it does sound very good, with lots of growl and power.
w/ HC

 
Deering Boston 1
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Deering Boston Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(++) Condition. This banjo looks very nearly new. The only telltale signs of player wear are the marks on the head, and one little spot on the resonator near the binding.
     Mahogany resonator with single binding. Mahogany neck, Ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Nickel hardware.
     Good strong sound, nice playability.

w/ OHC

 
Deering Boston 6-String 1
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2003 Deering Boston 6-String Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional nearly-unplayed condition. One tiny ding on the side of the back of the neck where you don't feel it when you play (see englarged photo). 6-string banjo-guitar. Very nice mahogany banjo with white binding around top and back edge of resonator. Flat ebony fingerboard with dot position markers. 1 11/16" width at nut. 26 3/8" scale length. Gotoh tuners.
     Be the first on your block to amaze your friends playing guitar sounding like a banjo ---- magic!

w/ OHC

 
Deering DeLuxe 1
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1995 Deering DeLuxe Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) condition. There are some wear spots on the banjo - Resonator has one large and one small area of wear thru lacquer, back and end of peghead with finish worn away, back of neck has areas of finish wear and dings in finish. Almost no sign of fretwear. Top of resonator lip is worn in one area from a strap. R.R. spikes installed at A, Bb, B & C position for 5th string capo'ing.
     Mahogany resonator and neck. Ebony flat fingerboard with cut diamond inlays. Resonator is bound with cream bindings on top and back edge.
     This banjo has been in use for years by a serious player of several instruments. The banjo is set-up good and sounds very good.

w/ OHC

 
Deering GDL - Greg Deering Limited 1
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mid-1980's Deering GDL - Greg Deering Limited Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Custom banjo from Deering, built in limited quantities. Beautiful Walnut neck and resonator. Resonator shows highest grade of Walnut quilted burl figuring. Ivoroid bindings on resonator, along neck and peghead. Colorful abalone purflings around sides of resonator and neck. Elaborate yet tasteful pearl inlays in Ebony peghead overlay and in Ebony fingerboard. Original 5-star planetary tuners with Amber buttons.
    This banjo was recently dismantled and all parts polished. It looks great - and plays great with a fresh new fret job. Some marks on back of resonator, but nothing major. Treble side of neck has marks on side near binding. Tone ring upgraded to Prucha/Ptacek tone ring in about 2002 for the previous owner. The newer tone ring showed immediate positive results then, and it still does now.
     This model now sells new from Deering for $5029, with a "list price" of over $6700. Even used ones usually sell for $3600... Take advantage of a great price on this great sounding example we have and save some serious money...
     The set-up is good, with nice med/low action. It sounds really great. The sound is very strong and full, with just the right amount of growl.
w/ HC

 
Deering Golden Era 1
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2002 Deering Golden Era Banjo 'Sold'

Exc. Condition with just a few minor button trails on resonator also some minor fret denting. Highly flamed maple resonator and neck. Ebony fingerboard with Hearts and Flowers inlays. Nickel hardware. Keith tuners installed on 2nd and 3rd strings.  
w/ OHC

 
Deering Maple Blossom 1
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1999 Deering Maple Blossom Banjo 'Sold'

     Nearly new condition! No wear anywhere. Nice Maple with Walnut stain finish. Not even any signs of playing on the original head.
     In shop for set-up. More description soon.
w/ OHC

 
Deering Sierra 1
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2004 Deering Sierra Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc original condition. No problems, no wear.
     Mahogany banjo. Resonator bound top and bottom with cream-colored binding. Ebony flat fingerboard with dot inlays. 3-ply maple rim with no-hole flat head tone ring and one-piece flange.
     This is a very well-made American banjo. Good and heavy. Good enough to draw a crowd and beat them back if they get too crazy!

w/ OHC

 
Deering Sierra 1
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1995 Deering Sierra Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. There are marks on the underside of the fretboard that appear to be from a ring rubbing against it. Otherwise the banjo is in fine condition. No fret wear, no other marks.
     Bound Mahogany resonator. Nice 3-ply Maple rim. Mahogany neck, Ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Bell-bronze tone ring. The resonator pops on and off easily, the banjo works equally well as an open back.
     Good action, easy playability and nice tone. Good sounding banjo at a good sounding price.

w/ OHC

 
Deering Vega Tubaphone Number 2 1
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c.2007 Deering Vega Tubaphone Number 2 Banjo 'Sold'

Great condition! Truly fine shape, with no signs of prior ownership.
Maple neck and rim, with tuba-phone tonering. Outside of rim has metal band under shoes. Ebony fingerboard. This banjo is not only in fine original condition, but also plays and sounds very nice. These banjos list for $3959 nowadays, so take advantage of this one in new condition for a fraction of that cost!
     
w/ Bump Case

 
DP Hopkins Janice Martin 1
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DP Hopkins Janice Martin Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc original condition. Mahogany banjo with tasteful appointments and professional grade sound.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. 3-ply professional Maple pre-war style rim with Hopkins Flat Head tone ring fitted. Very tasteful multiple Ivoroid bindings alnong fingerboard and top and back edge of resonator. Ivo multiple concentric circles inset into resonator back.
     Flat Ebony fingerboard with pearl "Holly Leaf" inlay pattern. Double action truss-rod. 5 matching 2-band pre-war style Waverly tuners with matching ivoroid buttons. Nickel Kirschner tailpiece. Hopkins Bridge.
     Currently set up a little thumpy with the head around F# pitch. Has good smooth growl and resonance. This banjo costs around $4295 for a new one today from Paul Hopkins. This one has so little fret wear you'd swear it was brand new!

w/ HC

 
Enoch Custom Fretless 1
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Recent Enoch Custom Fretless Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. 12" Pot. Just like a new banjo except for 2 or 3 very small and insignificant touch marks.
     This is a custom banjo that blends several historic features that are highly desired today. Ebony fretless fingerboard with metal plates inset into the Ebony at top, bottom and center of fingerboard. This metal appears to be German Silver, but I am not sure. The work is amazing, though. The metal is truly inset perfectly into the Ebony and feels great.
     Highly figured 2-pc Maple neck with Ebony stringer down the middle. "Oh Gee" styling behind neck at 5th string area. Ebony peghead overlay inlaid with elegantly engraved abalone floral pattern. Ebony heelcap. Maple pot with inside and outside bound with ivoroid. Rolled brass bead tone ring. Waverly pre-war style 2-band tuners with ivoroid buttons. No knot tailpiece. Currently set up with Renaissance head.
     This is a fine banjo in great original condition that is set-up to play.

w/ Bump Case

 
Epiphone  1
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c.1980 Epiphone Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. This is a mastertone-style banjo. Mahogany neck and resonator. Rosewood fingerboard with large cut diamond inlays. Pot has wood rim with Gibson-style 1-pc flange, tension hoop, resonator and Flathead tonering. Antiqued white bindings along fingerboard and on top and back of resonator. Original Shaller-style tuners.
w/ Newer Lightweight Hard Case

 
Epiphone Masterbuilt 1
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c1987 Epiphone Masterbuilt Banjo 'Sold'

     Near Mint condition. Made in Japan. Highly figured Maple resonator with Mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboared. Nickel hardware. Full dimension wood rim with 'shoe and plate' flange.
     Maple resonator has multiple concentric circle purfling in back. Cream bindings on resonator and along fingerboard. Dot inlays in fingerboard.
     This is a fine banjo for a young player. It is set up good and plays great - and, it comes with extras!

w/ Beat Orig HC

 
Epiphone MB-20 1
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c.2005 Epiphone MB-20 Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. This is a nice starter banjo. Aluminum pot construction, with mahogany (or similar wood), neck and resonator. Has a variation of Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern. Comes set up to play. Price includes a padded gig bag for the banjo.
w/ Gig Bag

 
Epiphone MB-250 1
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Recent Epiphone MB-250 Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. No problems, no appreciable wear. This is a nice banjo in good shape that is all set up to play. Enhanced with professional bridge and set-up by Greg Boyd.
     Wood rim with full flathead tone ring. Rosewood fingerboard with hearts & flowers inlay pattern.

w/ OHC

 
Epiphone MB-250 1
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Recent Epiphone MB-250 Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. Pre-owned Mahogany banjo that has good solid tone and in nice condition.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. White bindings along fingerboard and around top and back of resonator. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern. "Masterbuilt" name inlaid in upper fingerboard. Wood rim construction with full pre-war style tone ring. Nickel hardware.

w/ OHC

 
Fairbanks & Cole Open Back 1
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c.1880's Fairbanks & Cole Open Back Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Nylon or gut string banjo. 11 1/2" pot. Friction tuners, with newer 5th friction tuner. Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard. Spunover pot. Early 1900's No Knot tailpiece. One nut replaced on one hook. Newer hide head professionally installed. Repaired heel crack - it looks fine and is a good tight repair.
     This banjo is set-up to play well and has a good tone.

w/ No Case

 
Fairbanks/Vega Tubaphone Front
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c.1917 Fairbanks/Vega Tubaphone w/ Doug Unger 5-string Neck Banjo 'Sold'

Excellent. Tubaphone model "S" pot, with newer neck by Doug Unger. 10 1/8" pot diameter. Original Grover Patent Pending locking tuners, with original ivoroid buttons. The Doug Unger neck has Ivoroid bindings, elaborate engraved inlays, excellent carving on heel, and scalloped nut. All hardware is original except new No-Knot Tailpiece, and possibly the 5th string Tuning Peg. The banjo sounds great and is all set up to play.
    It is easy to see why Mr Doug Unger has such a fine reputation for reproducing old instruments, in part and in whole, and for his painstaking restorations... The neck feels much more like an old original neck than a newer neck, and the degree of exact feel for the inlays and the heel carving is astonishing.
w/ Newer Hard Case

 
Fender Artist 1
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c.1970 Fender Artist 5-String Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. Walnut neck and resonator. These Fender banjos were the top model except for the Gold-plated "Concertone". The "Artist" model was known for having a multi-laminate wood rim. This banjo was retro-fit in the 1970's with a "Buck's County" 3-ply Maple rim and tonering, and this combination really does sound great on this banjo. Also, the original Fender Rim and Tonering are included. This banjo is set up to play. It has no problems and sounds great.
w/HC


 
Fender FB-54 1
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Recent Fender FB-54 Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(-) Condition. This banjo has some slight fret wear, but is in otherwise great condition.
     Mahogany resonator. Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard. Nickel tuners with pearloid buttons.
     Good beginner banjo, set up to play with nice, low action.

w/ HC

 
Fender FB-55 1
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c.2007 Fender FB-55 Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional condition. Never really used!
     Mahogany neck and resonator with wood rim. Shoe and plate flange. Rosewood fingerboard with traditional "Flying Eagle" style inlays.
     These banjos usually cost about $550 with hard cases. Here is one that is "like new" at 25% off of that price. Even the case is in great shape. This banjo sounds good and is set-up good.
w/ OHC

 
Fender FB-58 1
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Previously Owned Fender FB-58 Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional condition. Never really played - no wear, no dings, no dents, nothing out of adjustment.
     Maple banjo with wooden rim and flat head tonering and 1-pc flange. Elaborate yet tasteful inlays in peghead and fingerboard. Back of resonator shows strong Maple flame figure. Multiple bindings on back of resonator and heelcap. top of resonator and fingerboard bound with single white binding.
     This is a nice bluegrass banjo that was just set-up by Greg Boyd. It plays and sounds fine, with no hidden problems. It comes with a good hard case.

w/ HC

 
Flinthill Kel Kroydon 1
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2010 Flinthill Kel Kroydon Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. Only slight evidence of fret wear. Black finish, combined with Pearloid back of resonator and headstock overlay. Flat rosewood fingerboard. Pearl "gull wing" inlays in fingerboard. All original except newer Prucha Presto tailpiece. Nickel hardware, including Gotoh tuners.
     This is a nice banjo, and would be a good "next step" banjo for a promising picker. It is set up well and plays great with good solid tone.

w/ OHC

 
Gibson 'Earl Scruggs' Copy by Frank Neat 1
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c.1994 Gibson 'Earl Scruggs' Copy by Frank Neat Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Moderate fret wear. Area at back edge of resonator where finish rubbed through. One mark on back of neck below 6th fret. Small amount of slight marks on back of resonator.
     Highly figured Maple Resonator and neck. Multiple ivoroid bindings around resonatro and fingerboard. Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern in flat Ebony fingerboard. Five star tuners, with waverly 5th. R.R. spikes installed at 7th, 9th and 11th frets for 5th string capo'ing.
     I think this banjo would be close to Frank Neat's current "Kentucky" model, but comes from an era where many makers would take commissions to hand-build "Gibson" copies. This banjo does have Gibson logo inlaid in Ebony peghead overlay, as well as Mastertone block inlaid at 20th fret.
     This banjo sounds good. It has no problems and is ready to play.
w/ OHC


 
Gibson "RB-7" 1
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1997 Gibson "RB-7" Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

Exc. cond. Faithful re-issue of the most popular pre-war Top Tension banjo from Gibson. Carved resonator made of solid bookmatched flamed maple. 1-piece flamed maple neck. White bindings on resonator, fingerboard and peghead. Original (1997) cast top tension hoop broke and was replaced in 2005 w/ superior Prucha/Ptacek machine top tension hoop. *Prucha/Ptacek tension hoop has been a Gibson OEM part for several years now.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson Bow Tie Copy by "First Quality" 1
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1995 Gibson Bow Tie Copy by "First Quality" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Some light marks on banjo. Frets recently lightly milled. Tailpiece is pushed to one side to make strings line up better over the bridge and along the neck.
     Traditional Gibson "Bowtie" copy by First Quality. Mahogany neck and resonator. 3-ply maple rim mounted with Kulesh 20-hole tone ring. Rosewood fingerboard with MOP bowtie inlay pattern. Peghead has Gibson logo inlaid in pearl and the Gibson crown inlay below the logo. Engraved Mastertone block inlaid at 21st fret.
     White bindings throughout, including bound peghead. Concentric rings in back of resonator. Nice sunburst 'shading' on resonator and back of neck.
     Comes with Keith 'Scruggs' D-tuners installed at 2nd & 3rd strings. Waverly 1st & 4th tuners.
     You know how sometimes you encounter a banjo that just "has it"? Well, this is one of those. The entire instrument vibrates and resonates when it is played and it has great tone through a wide range of head tensions. Right now it is set at typical "G#" tuning... but it also sounded great when even below G, right at G, and at A pitch.
   
w/ HC


 
Gibson Copy Mastertone-Style Parts 1
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Gibson Copy Mastertone-Style Parts Banjo 'Sold'

     Very good (+) condition.
     Styled after a "Wreath" model, this banjo has mahogany neck with double-cut peghead. Ebony fingerboard and traditional wreath inlays. Maple resonator, stained to match mahogany neck, with concentric rings in back. Antiqu'ed cream binding along top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Fingerboard shows evidence of earlier railroad spikes and evidence of side-mounted capo. 20-hole flathead tonering. Pot metal one-piece flange. Serial number shows 7076-39. Tuners are Montana-made Waverly with Schaller 5th. Railroad spikes currently installed at 7th, 9th, and 10th frets. Frets show moderate wear, but in good shape. Kirschner tailpiece.
     Recent professional setup makes this banjo sound good and stage-ready. This would be a heck of a banjo for someone's first good banjo.

w/ HC

 
Gibson Earl Scruggs 1
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Recent Gibson Earl Scruggs Banjo 'Sold'

Gold Hardware. Exc(-) condition. Hardly any player wear. Excellent flamed Maple on this Scruggs model. The original owner of this banjo upgraded most of the hardware to gold plated hardware. Gold plated Tension Hoop, Flange, Engraved Armrest, Tailpiece, Hooks and Nuts. Tonering and a few other parts remain Nickel. Original Keith D-tuners.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson Earl Scruggs 1
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2002 Gibson Earl Scruggs Banjo 'Sold'

Exc(+) condition. This is a nice example. Used politely for a few years, but not abused. The Maple is highly figured in the neck and resonator. The amber sunburst is tastefully done, and brings out the strong Maple figure very well. Ebony fingerboard has been freshly cleaned and oiled. Entire banjo has been taken apart for inspection, re-assembly, and set-up, by Greg Boyd. All original metal parts freshly polished.
    Some player finish wear on side of neck at 1st fret. No belt buckle marks on back of resonator. Frets are in fine playing condition. Original set up with 2 Keith Scruggs tuners at 2nd & 3rd strings. Comes with r.r. spikes installed at 7th and 9th frets for 5th-string capo'ing.
    This banjo is set up well, and plays and sounds great.
 
* An interesting note: Label reads "10-31-02 Boo!", to celebrate that it was made on Halloween, 2002.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson Earl Scruggs 1
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c.1985 Gibson Earl Scruggs Banjo 'Sold'

Excellent original condition. #0657. No belt buckle marks on back of resonator, no dings on back of neck. Some fret wear on the original frets, but the instrument plays fine with no buzzing.
    Nicely figured Maple neck and resonator, with Ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings on resonator and side of fingerboard. Hearts & Flowers inlays, with the extra inlay at 1st fret. Ebony fingerboard. Comes with Keith/Scruggs tuners. This banjo is set-up to play, and works fine with no problems or surprises.
 
w/ newer HC

 
Gibson Earl Scruggs 1
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c.1987 Gibson Earl Scruggs Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) condition. Original early Earl Scruggs banjo with signed label, but no serial number. Original "honey-amber" finish, with finish partially removed from back of neck for ease of hand movement. The story we got wih this banjo is that it was a Gibson employee
     Peghead break repaired professionally - the repair is done quite well, but there is one chip of lacquer below the nut that reveals the repair. Recent new professional fret job.
w/ HC

 
Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard 1
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1997 Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard w/ especially nice Maple Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(++) condition. This is a one-owner banjo that was enjoyed a lot, but always cared-for. Hardly any signs of player wear - just a small 'touch mark' here and there... No belt buckle marks on resonator, no dings on back of neck, etc. Frets have been recently professionally milled and are in fine playing condition with no wear.
     Very nice highly figured Maple in the neck and resonator... strong vibrant flame figure that is perfectly showcased by the excellent sunburst finish. Multiple white/black/white bindings on resonator and along fingerboard. On the resonator, the bindings show the black line on top and back edge and along sidewalls of resonator.
     Hearts & Flowers pearl inlay in Ebony fingerboard, with extra flower at 1st fret. Nickel engraved Waverly 2-band tuners at 1st and 4th string, Keith/Scruggs D-tuners at 2nd and 3rd. Nickel engraved Waverly 5th peg. All tuners have matching ivoroid buttons. Engraved tension hoop, armrest and tailpiece. Resonator thumbscrews have large abalone dots inset into the top.
     This is a very nice banjo that was enjoyed for 12 years by John Swigert, a good friend of ours who was an icon in our local bluegrass community. John was a serious musician who played several instruments and not only was in several bands over a period of about 45 years, but was also a regular at jams, and spent lots of time helping other players get started on instruments. John passed away recently and his family has made this fine banjo available for you to buy.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson Granada 1
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2000 Gibson Granada Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. Hearts & Flowers inlay in Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard. Nicely figured Maple neck & resonator, with resonator having a satisfying "smoky" figure around the flame figure. Barely any evidence of prior ownership. No marks on resonator or back of neck. Slight marks on side of heel from previous strap. Photos soon...
w/ OHC

 
Gibson Granada Conversion 1
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1926 Gibson Granada Conversion Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional condition. This banjo began as a 1926 ball-bearing Gibson Mastertone Granada Tenor. Converted in recent times to 5-string. SN 8250-33.
     Very good matched flamed maple Granada copy neck by Frank Neat, with fiddle peghead and Hearts and Flowers inlay pattern in flat rosewood fingerboard. Banjo was converted to flathead tonering with a Blaylock conversion ring that required no alteration of the original rim (no re-cutting, re-turning, etc). Tube and plate flange. Original gold parts in great condition. Original Kerschner tailpiece missing backscrew.
     Beautiful one-piece maple veneer resonator showing brown amber figure. Concentric circles of wood marketry. Multiple white-black-white binding seen on sides, top and back of resonator, and along fingerboard with black line on the side. Original gold planetary tuners in peghead with solid pearl buttons. Newer gold Schaller 5th tuner with matching solid pearl button. Tailpiece, armrest, and tension hoop are gold and engraved.
     Great sound. Big presence, very resonant. This is a very fine example of great condition in one of the oldest Granadas, from the first years of construction.
     Comes with Saga molded flight case with nice green plush interior.

w/ HC

 
Gibson Handmade RB-4 1
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c.1993 Gibson Handmade RB-4 Tube & Plate - 100% Orig Gibson Parts Banjo 'Sold'

     Hand Made w/ all Gibson Parts.
     Exc(+) condition. Walnut RB-4 style banjo handmade by Greg Boyd from 100% authentic Gibson parts. We produced several of these banjos, and local players refer to them as a "GB-4".
     That's right... in the early 1990's we were very fortunate to have purchased a regular supply of authentic parts direct from Gibson. We purchased raw resonators (unsanded, unbound, unfinished), raw necks (inlaid by Gibson, but unfinished, unbound, unfretted and not shaped), raw unturned 3-ply rims, Kulesh tone rings, 1-pc flanges, tension hoops, and even this 2-pc Tube & Plate flange on this banjo. There were only a very few of the Tube & Plate flanges to buy, and I am sure it was the very old stock, as they match the late '20's and early '30's flanges and were nothing like the larger tubes on 1970's Gibsons. We had to buy the tuners ourselves, but used same tuners Gibson was using at the time.
     Many people can scoff and say this is not possible... but I was there picking up the armloads of necks, boxes of stacked resonators and rims, writing the checks and loading them into my vehicle.
     All in all we produced only about 20 or so of these banjos using all Gibson parts. This particular banjo was made by me for one of my best friends, Dave Kraus, a great area guitar player and singer, who never "took" to playing banjo. So... while this banjo does have some 16 years of clouding of the nickel, it is essentially hardly played. It does show signs of handling over the years, as I am sure it was taken out of the case for players to enjoy at Dave's famous pickin' sessions, but it has no problems and no significant fret wear.
     Neck was hand-shaped and bound by me, fretted and finished by our staff in our former store. Resonator was bound by me and finished in our store as well.
     There is no label, but there is writing on top of rim, below tonering, that states I made the banjo, and it is signed.
     After sitting for so long, we have replaced the 16-year old strings, polished up the nickel a little, and given the banjo a fresh set-up.
     It sounds great. It has big presence and a growly attack. And... it is essentially a true "Gibson", even though it was not assembled at the Gibson facility.
w/ OHC


 
Gibson Kel Kroydon KK-11 1
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1931 Gibson Kel Kroydon KK-11 Double-Conversion Banjo 'Sold'

    VG(+) condition. This is a double-conversion banjo. Converted from Tenor to 5-String and converted from bead brass ring to full flathead tonering. Mostly original hardware: pot metal tension hoop, pot metal one-piece flange with approximately 6" segment of outer edge broken/missing. Second coordinator rod added. Appears to be original armrest, hooks and nuts, L-brackets. Newer Presto tailpiece, and tailpiece bracket. Nice feeling Mahogany 5-string neck by unknown maker, shows elaborate Bella Voce inlay in double-cut peghead and older style 3 pattern in ebony fingerboard. Pre-War style pip for 5th string nut.
     This banjo's rim was cut and fitted with an excellent Dannick 3.4lb flathead tone ring. Irt's obvious to anyone playing this banjo that the rim and ring are a good match for tone! Newer Waverly two-band offset tuners with Waverly two-band 5th tuner. This banjo sounds GREAT.

w/ period HC

 
Gibson Mandolin Banjo (MB) 1
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c 1936 Gibson Mandolin Banjo (MB) Banjo 'Sold'

     100% original Gibson parts, except tailpiece cover missing. Dark stained maple neck and resonator. Ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay. Gibson script silkscreen logo. 4-on-a-plate open-back tuners with cream buttons to match cream binding along fingerboard and top and back of resonator. Shoe and plate construction, with plate flange being one-piece with hexagonal cutouts. Pearl dot position markers in fingerboard. Brass bead ring on top of rim beneath original hide head. Period bridge. Appears to be all original frets and nut as well. Excellent art piece or parts banjo.

with period HC

 
Gibson Mastertone Copy 1
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1982 Gibson Mastertone Copy w/ Bella Voce inlay Banjo 'Sold'

     VG condition. Some player wear: V-dents in frets, nicks here and there and some flaking finish on top edge of resonator and on back of resonator. Made with mostly First Quality parts.
     Figured Maple neck and resonator. Ebony flat fingerboard with Bella Voce pearl inlay pattern in fingerboard and headstock. Original gold plated tone ring mixed with mostly Nickel hardware, with exception of newer gold Presto tailpiece. Nickel 5-star planetary tuners with Schaller 5th peg, all with matching pearloid buttons.
     This banjo was built by Don Elkins, here in Montana, for the pre-eminent banjo player in Montana at the time, Johnny Bebinger. Johnny was truly a great player and was constantly in demand for gigs, lessons, jams and studio recording sessions. This was his main banjo for several years until he sold it to Greg Boyd, so he could build a fancier gold, engraved banjo for himself.
     Used for several years (and many gigs), by Greg Boyd, until he sold it in about 1994. Now it is back here in the store.
     This banjo has a great sound, with lots of presence and tone.
   
w/ HC

 
Gibson Mastertone-Style Parts 1
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Gibson Mastertone-Style Parts Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. Banjo is built around a 1954 Gibson rim, with other high-grade metal and wood parts newer. Rim appears to be from a 1954 Gibson RB-100, with serial number 6483-53.
     Double-cut figured mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard. Single binding along fingerboard. Gibson logo inlaid at top of headstock. Hearts and Flowers pattern inlaid in headstock and fingerboard. Solid pearl truss rod cover. Nickel Krishot pre-War style "Pancake" tuners, with nickel Waverly 5th. One-piece pot metal flange. One coordinator rod. Blaylock unplated 20-hole flathead tone ring. Highly figured maple resonator, with multiple white-black-white bindings.
     The resonator is from an old Gibson TB-00. It has been re-bound and refinished. You can still see the yellowish color on inside of resonator and also the former 3 holes for reso wall lugs.
     This banjo plays great and has that buttery growl you are looking for. Very resonant. This is a bargain banjo for the tone. You'd be hard pressed to find a banjo that sounds this good for the money.

w/ HC

 
Gibson Mastertone-Style Parts 1
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Recent Gibson Mastertone-Style Parts Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition.
     This is a double-cut peghead on a mahogany neck with "wreath" inlay. Ebony peghead overlay and ebony flat fingerboard. Plain maple resonator stained to match mahogany neck. Neck has cream binding along the sides. Cream binding also along top and back edge of resonator. Back of resonator has 3-ply concentric circles. Serial number inside is marked as Gibson did it in pre-War time. Almost no fretwear. Four Waverly tuners for main peghead tuners with Schaller 5th string. This banjo is rated exc(-) because of installation and removal of former 5th string side-mount capo along edge of neck as well as two mars on the side edge of the peghead. Banjo construction show major hardware with 3-ply maple rim, full flathead tonering, Kerschner tailpiece...in other words, it's built with major components.
     Great rolling resonance in the 4th string. Really nice growly sound even on the first string. Recent professional setup by Greg Boyd.
 

w/ HC

 
Gibson PB-3 1
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1927 Gibson PB-3 Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) all original condition. Original armrest top plate missing.
     "No-Hole" Archtop with Plectrum neck. Plain Maple neck and resonator, with the classic handsome look of brown lacquer over cherry red wood stain. Diamond inlay pattern. Original small frets. Original nut. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard.
     All original hardware (except for armrest plate), with the Nickel plating in very good shape. Presto tailpiece. Grover "Pat." pancake tuners. Two-pc 'tube-and-plate' flange.
     These "No-Hole" tonerings represent the earliest "major" tone ring that Gibson used. Simply put, it is the same ring as a "40-Hole" tone ring, but without any holes drilled into the inside wall of tone ring. Comes with old Calfskin head in excellent condition.
     Excellent banjos for converting to 5-string - all you do is put a neck on it that is cut for 2-pc flange (and buy one more string).
 

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Gibson RB-1 PH
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c.1934 Gibson RB-1 All Original Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent original condition. All original parts, including: frets, nut, 5th string nut, 1-pc flange, tension hoop, tailpiece, tuners, reso hardware, armrest, tuners, hooks & nuts, etc... Even the hard case is original and working, but has a newer replaced handle.
     * If you are looking to buy this banjo and convert it to a full flathead version, I suggest you buy a different banjo. There is nothing wrong with the sound of this banjo and in the future you will probably regret cutting the rim...
     Original 5-string neck, resonator and rim. Rim has original brass bead ring for tonering. 5-string neck is in very good shape and has never been cracked or repaired. All finish is original.
     These original Gibsons with bead brass for tone ring make you aware that a tone ring is really only a facilitator for tone to resonate and develop thru the rim (and neck and resonator). When someone is playing this banjo and you are approaching it, you cannot tell that it doesn't have a full flathead tone ring - all you hear is great tone.
     Maple banjo with brown finish. Some finish worn on back of neck, and some various scratches on resonator. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with gull wing inlays. Gibson pearl logo inlaid in peghead along with pearl flourish inlaid in center of peghead. Resonator and fingerboard bound with cream binding. Original Grover Pat. "dog-ear" tuners in peghead, with friction tuner 5th peg (works fine). Original matching cream buttons.
     Original 1-pc pot metal flange is in very good shape, with no cracks and no bad bending. Original pot metal tension hoop shows a little outward lean, but is in good shape and shows no cracks.
     Comes set-up to play with an old Remo head that shows finger wear and the former owner's name, Butch. New Prucha bridge. Now has recent professionally installed r.r. spikes for 5th string capo'ing.

w/ Original Hard Case

 
Gibson RB-11 1
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c.1934 Gibson RB-11 All Original 5-string Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) Original Condition.
     Parts are original and in fine working condition, including 1-pc pot metal flange and pot metal tension hoop.
     This is same model as used by Earl Scruggs during the early 1940's. The RB-11 is very similar to an RB-1, with both having a Maple 3-ply rim and a "brass bead ring", instead of a full 3-lb cast tone ring. In previous times, these 'simple tone ring' models from Gibson were relegated to junior status. But in today's world we seem to be actually listening with our ears and an open mind. Nowadays, the almost universal thought about these 'brass bead ring' banjos is that they sound surprisingly close to original Flathead banjos that have the full flathead tone ring.
    This banjo has the original blue finish with pearloid fingerboard, headstock overlay and resonator back. Instead of inlays, Gibson used silk screen art on the pearloid, and sealed it with lacquer. Some blue finish is worn on resonator sidewall, and back of neck shows significant wear and finish flaking.
     Original Grover Pat. offset dog-ear tuners, with original friction 5th peg - all with matching cream colored buttons. All are working well, and tuning can be accurately done without worrying about the tuners. Original 3-ply Maple rim is in great shape. No serial number or label inside rim, but batch number #9938 is written on neck heel. "4X" is written on inside back of resonator. All metal parts and all wood parts are original and in fine playing condition. This banjo has had recent new fret job - neck is very straight, frets are great...
     Now, about the tone... It has been observed many times by myself and others that when you hear one of these "brass bead ring" banjos in a great jam or on stage, the listener has no clue that they are hearing a lighter tonering. The player can feel the difference mainly because these lighter banjos tend to resonate to the point of shaking in your hand while you are playing. All-in-all, they have a very satisfying professional pre-war sound that is loud and full of expression and character.
     Nowadays, cost-wise, you can find a "retrofit", "converted" or "restored" old pre-war Gibson Flathead banjo for $40,000 and up. Fine examples with original 5-string necks (very rare), usually cost $65,000 and up. These RB-11's have great original pre-war sound at a fraction of the cost. And, these banjos have now been "discovered" by the general population, so buy now and watch the values go up from here.
     The price has recently been recently reduced (to expedite a motorcycle acquisition).
This fine old pre-war Gibson RB-11 comes with the original 5-string case (hardy shell; works, but hinges are separated)..

with Original 5-str Hard Case

 
Gibson RB-250 1
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1961 Gibson RB-250 Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent original condition. Bowtie. One-owner banjo.
     Mahogany neck and resonator with tasteful sunburst finish. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl bowtie inlays. Black peghead with Gibson logo at top and pearl crown inlay in center. All original wood and hardware. Original tailpiece is in case with period replacement installed on the banjo. Multiple antique'd cream bindings on top and back edge of resonator. Multiple concentric circles in back of resonator. Single antique'd cream binding along fingerboard and around peghead. Vega-style side-mounted sliding capo installed. Wide frets.

w/ OHC


 
Gibson RB-250 1
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c.1963/64 Gibson RB-250 w/ RB-800 Neck Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. This banjo is a "one-owner" RB-250 that had an RB-800 neck put on it by Gibson in about 1970. The owner was never happy with the original neck, and after some visits to local luthiers he began to understand that something about the neck and the frets was "off" in the construction. He spent many phone calls to Gibson with them not believing him that there could be a problem like he was suggesting. Finally he decided to take the banjo to Gibson to prove to them that it had a "bad neck".
     According to his wife (at the time), he used the rent money to buy a train ticket to Kalamazoo, and took the banjo. After seeing the banjo and agreeing that the problem was their fault and couldn't be corrected, they offered him any neck in the operation for his trouble. He chose this RB-800 neck, and Gibson installed it for him.
     The owner was a very popular and avid player in our area and this banjo was used for many gigs and jams in our area over many years.
     Please call us for more details.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson RB-250 1
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2004 Gibson RB-250 Banjo 'Sold'

Exc (++) condition. No signs of player wear. Mahogany neck and resonator. The "250" is the tried and true staple of the Gibson banjo line. This particular banjo was hardly touched since it was purchased. Everything is in great original condition. It does have that satisfying Mahogany buzzy growl.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson RB-250 1
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1976 Gibson RB-250 Banjo 'Sold'

    Exc(-) condition. With all original parts. One of the icons of the Gibson banjo world. Mahogany neck and resonator with antiqued white bindings on resonator and Ebony fingerboard. This banjo shows some moderate player wear: The resonator has some button marks and random nicks and scratches, but nothing big; The neck shows a small area of thumb wear into the finish. Recent fret job, with fingerboard milling. The word, "Mastertone" was sanded out of the pearl inlay block during fretboard milling.
    The banjo currently has 2 D-tuners installed at 2nd and 3rd string, but comes with the extra 2 original tuners. It is also set-up with a Kirschner style tailpiece, but also comes with original tailpiece in the case. This banjo is fully set-up and it plays fine. 
w/ OHC

 
Gibson RB-3 No-Hole Archtop 1
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1926 Gibson RB-3 No-Hole Archtop Conversion from tenor Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) Condition. All-original pot. Maple neck and resonator. Ivoroid binding around top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Very cool early Remo Weatherking head from the earliest period of manufacturing, circa 1950. Head is in good shape. First Quality replica neck with flat Rosewood fingerboard and diamond pattern Pearl inlay in fingerboard and peghead. Fiddle-cut peghead. Ptacek 2-band tuners, Schaller 5th string tuner, all with matching Ivoroid buttons. Railroad spikes professionally installed at 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th frets for 5th string capo'ing.
     Very early example of the full Mastertone construction. With original solid, no-hole archtop tonering and 2-pc. tube and plate flange. Huge presence, strong voice with a lot of resonance. Set up very well and has no issues.

w/ New TKL Hard Case

 
Gibson RB-3 Wreath 1
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1990 Gibson RB-3 Wreath Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Some slight evidence of prior playing, but nothing big. Mahogany banjo with "Wreath" inlay pattern.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. Double-cut peghead. Flat Rosewood fingerboard. Fairly rare pearl Wreath inlay pattern inlaid in headstock and fingerboard. Fingerboard bound with single antique'd white bindings. Mahogany resonator has antique'd white bindings and concentric circles in back. 3-ply pre-war style Maple rim and pre-war style flat head Tone Ring and pot metal 1-pc flange.
     This banjo was made during the "Greg Rich era". I should mention that it comes with 2 Gibson tailpieces - a Presto and a Kerschner, which is on the banjo right now.



 
Gibson RB-4 1
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1994 Gibson RB-4 Banjo 'Sold'

     VG+ Condition. Some general signs of use, but it was never abused. Recent professional fret work. Some light scratches in back of resonator and one slight ding in sidewall of resonator.
     Walnut banjo with Burled Walnut resonator and straight-grained Walnut neck. Resonator has nice wooden marquetry concentric circles. Tasteful cream multiple bindings on top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Flying Eagle inlay pattern in Rosewood flat fingerboard. Waverly pre-war style 2-band offset tuners with matching pearloid buttons.
     This banjo has been treated very well. Everything about it is nice, from finish to playability and tone.

w/ HC


 
Gibson RB-75 Custom 1
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1997 Gibson RB-75 Custom 1997 Rocky Grass Prize Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. condition. Has some compression dents in back of resonator and some wear on back of neck. Moderate fret wear but not buzzing.
     Choice Mahogany neck and resonator. Rosewood flat fingerboard. Cream bindings around resonator top and back and along fingerboard. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Traditional design, with double-cut peghead and "RB-75" version of "Flying Eagle" inlay pattern. Large pearl inlay block at 12th fret reads 25th Anniversary (of RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival). Large solid pearl truss-rod cover is engraved, and reads RockyGrass 97.
     This banjo is in good playable condition and has been recently polished and had a new Remo 'Renaissance' installed. So... its cleaned and polished and set-up and ready to go. It sounds very good.

w. OHC

 
Gibson Style No.2 Tenor 1
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c. 1922 Gibson Style No.2 Tenor Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) Condition. The back has heavy lacquer checking throughout, as well as some belt scratches. The back of the neck is in fairly clean condition, with just a few minor marks. Original parts and hardware.
     Maple resonator with cream binding. Maple neck with dyed pearwood fingerboard. Ebony peghead overlay with The Gibson logo.

w/ OSC

 
Gibson TB-100 Conversion 1
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1961 Gibson TB-100 Conversion "Double Conversion" Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. Converted to 5-string, AND to full Flathead tone ring version. Work performed by First Quality using a Kulesh 20-hole Flathead tone ring. This is a great sounding banjo. 
w/ good HC

 
Gibson TB-100 Dbl. Conversion 1
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1957 Gibson TB-100 Dbl. Conversion Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. The resonator has small amount of lacquer checking, and a few scratches. There is a small amount of fret wear.
     Maple resonator with single binding. One-piece flange. Three-ply Maple rim with McPeake 20-hole flathead tonering. Custom Mahogany neck made by Frank Neat with Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and "Wreath" inlays. Elton pancake tuners. Original hardware.
     Very good bonafide sound.

w/ HC

 
Gibson TB-11 Neck
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mid-1930's Gibson TB-11 Conversion to 5-string Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. There are a couple of acceptable ways to make a "correct" 5-string neck for a TB-11. One way is to copy the pearloid fingerboard, complete with the painted-on artwork that is done to look like inlays. The other way is like this banjo - true to original peghead shape, and blue color finish on back of neck, but with normal wood fingerboard inlaid with pearl renditions of the original artwork. The maker went even further on this neck and also inlaid abalone along the inside of the bindings in fingerboard "face". This banjo has most of the original hardware, and it's in fine condition. The Tension Hoop and Armrest have been replaced with newer parts. Original tailpiece comes with the banjo, but a newer tailpiece is mounted at this time. Professionally fitted with a Huber Flathead tonering mounted on the original 3-ply Maple rim. The original tuners are also installed in the neck.
w/ newer Hard Case

 
Gibson TB-11 1
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c.1934 Gibson TB-11 Banjo 'Sold'

Exc(+) condition. Original pre-war metal parts, including pot metal 1-pc flange and tension hoop. These banjos are increasingly popular among banjo enthusiasts. They convert quite easily to 5-string. We can sell you an excellent Flathead tonering to fit to the existing pre-war rim.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson TB-11 Double Conversion Resonator
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1934 Gibson TB-11 Double Conversion w/ Burlile Tone Ring Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent Condition. Mostly original pot with new neck by Arthur Hatfield. Newer armrest. Tension hoop appears to be newer, but not sure.
     This banjo has very nice condition original hardware, with almost no distortion in the original 1-pc pot metal flange.
     Will Williams fitted a new Burlile pre-war style unplated tonering to the original pot, and fitted the new 5-str neck to it. Comes set up with 2 Keith D-tuners at 2nd & 3rd, and Keith standard pegs at 1st & 4th.
     The sound is really good - it has lots of power, presence and authentic sound. Everyone comments on how great it sounds.
w/ Newer Hard Case

 
Gibson TB-250 Conversion 1
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1954 Gibson TB-250 Conversion w/ 1965 5-str nk Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc (+) condition. 1954 original "250" pot, with 1965 Gibson 5-string neck and period resonator.
     6-ply maple rim with archtop tone ring and one-piece pot metal flange. Four holes drilled in tone ring at inside corner with rim. Single co-rod construction.
     1965 RB-250 neck is mahogany with sunburst finish, flat Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with pearl bowtie inlays. Bound peghead with Gibson logo and flourish in center. Original heavy and clunky tuners replaced with 1970s "Gibson" two-band offset tuners and Schaller fifth. Maple-backed sunburst resonator is from a period RB-100. A top line of binding was added to match bottom line. The job was professional and you can't tell the binding was added.
     Banjo is all set up to play and sounds great.

w/ HC

 
Gibson TB-3 Conversion to 5-string 1
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1933 Gibson TB-3 Conversion to 5-string Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Almost all original TB-3 pot with faithful copy conversion 5-string neck. 40-hole archtop with newer 1-pc pot metal flange (original flange comes with banjo - missing a chunk around edge).
     Original 3-ply Maple rim and Mahogany resonator. Looks to be a 1970's armrest currently on the banjo. All other hardware seems to be original and correct.
     This banjo plays great and has a fine sound.
w/ 1980's Gibson HC

 
Gibson TB-6 1
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1928 Gibson TB-6 Checkerboard w/ Original 40-Hole Tone Ring Banjo 'Sold'

    Exc (+) condition. All parts appear to be original and in great shape. No apparent problems anywhere.
    These banjos are quite rare and are highly sought. "Presentation grade" maple neck and resonator, showing crazy grain in back of peghead and resonator. Ebony fingerboard in great shape. Checkerboard binding (black-white-black blocks) is in great shape. It is seen on side and top of peghead, side and top of fingerboard, and upper and lower side of resonator. Same checkerboard material used on heel cap, not cut blocky, but left as striping. Heelcap also shows multiple wood layering like the peghead. Outer antiqued cream bindings. Ebony peghead veneer, showing multiple wood layers, seen at the sides. Peghead overlay is incredibly ornate, inlaid with pearl with Gibson script logo near top. Fingerboard shows traditional Gibson "hearts and flowers" inlay pattern. 
     Elaborate engraving on most metal parts, including the top and side of tension hoop, top of armrest, side of tone ring, and face of flange plate. Gold Grover pre-War two-band tuners with solid pearl buttons. Original archtop 40-hole tone ring on original 3-play maple rim.
     Color is unique on resonator, back of neck, and bottom of rim. Gibson named it "Argentine Grey". It is an involved process using a black dye wash on the wood first, and adjusting the strength of the grayscale before putting a standard sunburst over this stain.
     Frets replaced with larger frets some time in the past. Customer believes it was sent to Gibson for this work. Originally, the banjo was owned by a noted player and music writer, Frank Victor. His name still appears engraved in the truss rod cover. Comes with original case in good shape.

w/ OHC


 
Gold Star G-20-JD Crowe  1
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1981 Gold Star G-20-JD Crowe First One Sold Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc (-) condition. This banjo, serial number 004, from 1981 is the first J.D. Crowe model sold to the public. No.'s 1, 2, and 3 went to owner of Saga, production head of banjos, and J.D. Crowe. This is the first one any member of the public could buy. Back in about 1982, this banjo sustained a peghead break around the volute. Our local luthier George Weisel did such perfect structural and cosmetic work that it is extremely difficult to find that it was ever broken. The repair is so clean, photographs don't show it. If you were not told about this repair, you would probably never know.
     Beautiful figured maple with red amber sunburst. Multiple cream bindings on resonator and fingerboard, with bindings on top and back edge of resonator showing multiple lines on all quarters. Fingerboard binding shows black line along the side. Rosewood flat fingerboard with Hearts and Flowers inlay and blank mother of pearl Mastertone block at 21st fret. Gold plating with engraved tension hoop and armrest similar to Granada. Original gold adjustable Presto-style tailpiece. Three original gold tuners with two nickel Keith D-tuners. Original Schaller tuners have solid mother of pearl buttons. Typical Mastertone construction that was acclaimed to greatly surpass Gibson during this timeframe. 20-hole flathead ring mounted on excellent 3-ply maple rim with one-piece flange.
     This banjo is extremely powerful, with a commanding voice. It is set up right now with a wonderful hide head and a newer Prucha bridge. Sounds great. Frets are in great shape with minimal signs of playing.

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Gold Star GF-100 1
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1979 Gold Star GF-100 Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. New neck. This is a very good Mahogany banjo from the first few years of the Japanese Gold Stars. Pot is 100% original. Original neck was broken at peghead during transit. New Wreath pattern GF-100 neck installed by Greg Boyd. This banjo is set up to play and does play well, as well as sounds just great. Lots of Mahogany growl.
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Gold Star GF-100 HF 1
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1984 Gold Star GF-100 HF Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) condition. Made in Japan. This banjo has been played and enjoyed, but by an experienced player who took great care of the overall condition. There are signs of playing, with frets having moderate wear (but not causing buzzing). Resonator has a couple of small dings, one on edge of back, one on sidewall. Back of neck is nice.
     Mahogany banjo with 3-ply maple rim and pre-war style flathead tone ring. Cream bindings along top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Gabon Ebony fingerboard with Heart & Flowers inlay pattern.
     These Gold Star banjos were highly prized during and after their introduction in the late '70's, with players regularly choosing them over Gibsons from the same period. This was because of consistency of workmanship, consistency of tone and also because the Saga Gold Star parts were actually closer to original Gibson parts than you could buy on a new Gibson from the period.
     This particular banjo has been treated well. It has been played professionally for about 5-6 years by a well-known local musician. It is in very good playing condition, sounds great and is ready to be your next banjo...!

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Gold Tone Banjola 1
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2002 Gold Tone Banjola Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. condition. Only a few minor touch marks on the instrument. No fret wear. Handmade armrest added.
     Figured Maple back and sides. Maple neck. Flat Rosewood fingerboard. 26 1/2" scale length. Old 'minstrel style' scroll peghead shape. Nickel Schaller tuners. Fingerboard has small dot inlays and also a very cool inlay at 5th fret.
     This instrument is fun to play. While there isn't the big, bold sound of a tone-ring banjo, it is still very nice sound.

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Gold Tone CC-100 1
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Gold Tone CC-100 Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) Condition. Back of neck has a few dents and dings. Tuners have been replaced. Small amount of wear on frets.
     Maple body and neck. Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Two-way adjustable truss rod.
     Decent sound, nice playability.



 
Gold Tone CEB-5 Banjo-Cello 1
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2008 Gold Tone CEB-5 Banjo-Cello Banjo 'Sold'

     Mint condition. No sings of any previous use.
     5-string Banjo Cello with 14" head. Has a deep, round tone. Tuned in 5ths like a standard banjo, but usually one octave lower. Has a 24 3/4" scale Maple neck, and a very wide fret board. Elaborate floral inlays on finger board and peghead. "Mule-ear" peg head with K & K tuners.
     This is a unique instrument that puts an interesting twist on any banjo piece played solo or with company.

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GTR  1
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c. 1975 GTR Banjo 'Sold'

     Nice pre-owned Mahogany banjo made in Japan. Hearts and flowers inlay in the fiddle-cut peghead and flat rosewood fingerboard. Planetary geared tuners with pearl buttons. Schaller 5th. Chrome hardware.
     Construction is major wood rim with major flathead tonering mounted on it. Resonanator bound top and back with cream binding. Concentric circles in back. Tube and plate flange. Recent professional setup by Greg Boyd.

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GTR 5-String Banjo 1
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c.1980 GTR 5-String Banjo Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. Mahogany banjo with flathead tonering and tube-and-plate flange. Ornate mother of pearl inlays in peghead and fingerboard. Full dimension multi-ply wood rim. This banjo comes highly recommended for any "up-and-coming" serious player. No one will sneer at the sound of this banjo. Comes with good hardshell case. 
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H.C. Dobson Open Back 1
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c.1880's H.C. Dobson Open Back Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent condition with some restoration. 11" Head. Recently fit with newer violin peg tuners. Newer hide head installed.
     Dobson was a true pioneer in banjo construction, having produced both the first banjo with a tone ring and also the first banjo for steel strings.
     High quality old world construction, with brass fingerboard extension after the 15th fret. Tailpiece replaced with vintage No-Knot tailpiece.
     For a nylon string banjo, this banjo sounds great, with lots of tone and plays excellently for clawhammer and other styles of frailing.

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Harmony 5-string Banjo
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c. late 60's Harmony 5-string Banjo Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condtion. Excellent beginner banjo. Bakelite rim. Everything all-original and working.
     Sounds pretty good.

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Hatfield Celebrity 1
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c.2008 Hatfield Celebrity Quilted Maple Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. NO Wear, no scratches. Very nice condition banjo with beauty and tone.
     Great high-grade Flamed Maple neck with tight tiger striping, and beautiful intensely Quilted Maple resonator. Rosewood fingerboard. Ornate pearl inlays in peghead and fingerboard.
     Ivoroid bindings on resonator and neck. Gold hardware throughout. Hatfield compensated bridge.
     This is a very good banjo. It is made very well and plays easy. The tone is big with a bounce. Up and down the neck it sounds good!
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Houghton Reliance No. 10 1
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New Houghton Reliance No. 10 Tunneled 5th String Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Made by George Houghton in England in late 1800's. Mr Houghton made instruments for several brands, but his own label was the "Reliance" Brand, which this banjo is.
     Walnut, with cut diamond and dot inlays in fingerboard overlay and a dot in peghead overlay. Tunneled 5th string. Original guitar tuner set has 6 tuners, though only 5 were ever needed for the banjo to be strung and tuned.
     Well made, with interesting design and construction. Neck heel is originally 2-pc and shows some separation at glue joint that needs repair.
    This is a nice banjo and is very collectible. It has all original parts and is playable. I have seen just enough of Mr Houghton's banjos with various brands on them that this is what I view as a "typical" English banjo.
     Comes with a newer hard case.
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Huber Kalamazoo 1
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2003 Huber Kalamazoo Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Radiused fingerboard. Some wear thru finish on back of neck, and button "trails" on back of resonator.
     This was the main banjo for a good local friend and customer of ours.  He played it avidly for 6 years in our area, attending many local festivals, campouts and jams. Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly a several months ago, so his banjo is available for someone else to enjoy as he did.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. Cream bindings on resonator and neck, with concentric circles in back of resonator. Waverly 2-band tuners in peghead, with Schaller 5th peg. Ivoroid tuner buttons. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with r.r. spikes installed at A & B position for 5th string capo'ing.
     I realize that almost every banjo you read about on almost every web page talks about 'how good' any particular banjo sounds... But I must say - everybody who plays in our area has commented on this banjo about how great it sounds. It is set-up well, and has a good "growl" and a flat 'brrr' sound even up high.
     Playability is fine and frets are in good shape with no divots or wear.
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Huber Lancaster 1
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New Huber Lancaster Banjo 'Sold'

     Yes, that's right... we are now an official Dealer for Huber Banjos! And we are happy to have the opportunity to showcase these banjos right alongside our other fine banjos. These banjos are all very well built, from high-grade materials, and deliver major tone and performance.
     The Lancaster model has Mahogany neck and resonator, with Rosewood fingerboard. White bindings on fingerboard and resonator. Tasteful peghead design that gives a tilt toward tradition without being a "copy". Inlays are tastefully done in a similar manner. Vintage style 2-band tuners. Concentric circles in back of resonator.
     This banjo sounds great and is set-up to play...
    
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Huber Lancaster 1
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c. 2007 Huber Lancaster Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. Moderate fret wear but no buzzing. You can tell it was played, but no bangs, dents or dings.
     Beautiful Mahogany banjo. White binding on top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard. Nickel hardware. Waverly 2-band tuners with Schaller 5th string tuner, all with matching Ivoroid buttons.
     We sold this banjo originally, and have it again now. It is basically unscathed except for a little fret wear. It's got the great Mahogany sound you're looking for.

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Huber Lexington - Gold Engraved 1
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2004 Huber Lexington - Gold Engraved Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. Only has a few light touch marks here and there. Nominal fret wear.
     Beautiful flamed Maple neck and resonator. Multiple white/blk/wh bindings on resonator and along fingerboard. Rosewood fingerboard. Gold engraved hardware. Gold 2-band Waverly tuners with ivoroid buttons.
     This banjo has exceptional sound - great attack, depth and presence.
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Huber Mahogany Workhorse 1
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New Huber Mahogany Workhorse Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Newest model for Huber.
     Mahogany banjo with white bindings on resonator and along fingerboard. Mahogany resonator has white concentric circles inlaid. Ebony fingerboard with pearl inlays. Nickel tuners with Ivoroid buttons. Ebony peghead overlay with pearl Huber logo. Matte finish.
     Sound is strong and present. It looks good, feels good and sounds good.

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Huber Roanoke VRB BK
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New Huber Roanoke VRB Beautiful Walnut Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Beautiful Walnut banjo. Hard to describe the figure in the Walnut resonator... Its sort of a 'Pastoral Scene' in the wood grain. Neck shows excellent straight-grain Walnut. Peghead is double-cut, with pearl inlays that are a departure to a Flying Eagle pattern. Its hard to describe the inlays in peghead and fingerboard - I'll let the photos do the talking.
     White/Black/White bindings on top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Resonator back has 2 concentric circles of wooden marquetry.
     Of course, this "VRB" banjo features the Huber "HR-30" pre-war style Flathead tone ring carefully fitted to their specially engineered 3-ply Maple rim. All this extra care in choosing the right mass of various parts to mate together works very effectively to deliver a beautifully resonant sound... sort of a 'rolling resonance' that you can feel and hear in the sound.
     Huber has dialed in these VRB banjos to have most of the desired aspects of tone that many pre-war banjos have. And they do it for 1/10th of the price of an original pre-war banjo.
     Note: this banjo has some mild lacquer check and a few slight dings from being demonstrated at festivals. We have taken a discount off the price to reflect this.

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Huber True-Tone VRB-75 1
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New Huber True-Tone VRB-75 Banjo 'Sold'

     This is a new banjo. However, it has just returned to the store from two winter festivals where it was available for many people to hear for themselves how great it plays and sounds. There are slight blemishes now in the finish. Please call to discuss these and any discounts that will apply.
     Mahogany resonator with two concentric circles. Single cream binding on the back and sides. Mahogany "speed neck" has finish removed from playing area on back of neck, for faster hand motion. Flat rosewood fingerboard with pearl inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with Huber logo inlay. Nickel Waverly tuners with amber "tulip" buttons.
     This banjo is a fine one. Lots of resonance and tone and plays easy.
 

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Huber TrueTone Kalamazoo 1
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New Huber TrueTone Kalamazoo Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Mahogany resonator. Flamed Maple "speed neck". Radiused Rosewood fingerboard with pearl inlays. Pearl Kalamazoo block inlay at 21st fret. Nickel hardware. Nickel tuners with Ivoroid buttons. Resonator has cream bindings and two concentric circles on the back. Ebony peghead overlay with Huber logo and Fleur de Lis inlay in pearl. "Truetone" trussrod cover.
     A lot has been said about these newer "Truetone" banjos. They really are quite close in tone and timbre to authentic 1930's Gibson flathead banjos. There is a quick, satisfying attack with nice resonant growl.
     Not only is this banjo made well, but it is also made using great materials, is set up well and has great projection and atttack.

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Huber VRB-3 1
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New Huber VRB-3 Banjo 'Sold'

     New instrument. Mahogany banjo similar in look, feel and in sound, to original 1930's Gibson "RB-3" flathead banjos.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. Concentric rings in back of resonator. White bindings around resonator top and back edges. White binding along fingerboard. Ebony fingerboard with RB-75 inlay pattern. Waverly 2-band tuners with ivoroid buttons. Schaller 5th tuner with matching ivoroid button. Nickel hardware. Aged 3-ply maple rim. Huber HR-30 tonering.
     This is a pretty impressive instrument. Mainly it is impressive because of the statement above. The day this banjo came in we had a mid-'30's Gibson flathead style 3 and also a 5-yr old Williams "Kenny Ingram" model. Both of these banjos were really dialed-in to great sound. This new Huber held its own with the original Gibson flathead and the excellent Williams "Kenny Ingram" model.
     The great sound is that "brrrrrr" sound. Many people call it 'the growl'. It is a very "sure" attack, but without shrill metalic shades. It has good sustain, but without too many overtones lingering around the primary tones. It is a powerful banjo, but not 'too loud'.
     * This particular VRB-3 is slightly customized from a standard example. Ours has Ebony fingerboard with RB-75 inlays, and ours has plain Nickel hardware, instead of 'antiqued' hardware.

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Huber VRB-4 1
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New Huber VRB-4 Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     American walnut banjo built very close to traditional pre-war walnut RB-4 banjos.
     Beautiful straight grain American Black Walnut neck, with highly figured burl Walnut resonator. Traditional wooden concentric circle purfling in resonator back. Multiple antiqued white/black/white bindings on top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Period double-cut peghead with flying eagle inlay pattern with ebony peghead overlay. Four main tuners are Waverly with Schaller fifth tuner, all with matching ivoroid buttons. Radiused rosewood fingerboard.
     True to the early 1930's style 4 banjos, this banjo has chrome hardware.
     These Huber TrueTone VRB banjos really do sound close to the original pre-war versions in tone and timbre. The engineered rim has been carefully mated with the HR-30 tone ring for maximal resonance that yields a strong growly sound. Many experienced players remark on this, saying that they hear the warmth, the growl, and other similarities to the old original banjos.

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Huber VRB-4 Custom 1
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New Huber VRB-4 Custom Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Burled Walnut resonator and mildly figured Walnut neck. Speed neck. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard faithful to vintage RB-4's with double-cut peghead and "Flying Eagle" inlay pattern. Ebony peghead veneer.

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Huber VRB-75 True Tone 1
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New Huber VRB-75 True Tone Banjo 'Sold'

     New.  Mahogany resonator with multiple bindings and two concentric circles inlaid in the back. Plain Maple neck with multiple cream bindings and flat Rosewood fingerboard with pearl RB-75 inlays. NIckel Waverly tuners with Ivoroid buttons. Nickel Presto tailpiece. Ebony peghead overlay with Huber logo inlay.
     Made with lots of thought in design and lots of thought in the finished product. This newer HR-30 tone ring mated to the 'Engineered Rim', really does give you the sound very close to original pre-war banjos. It does have that "Mahogany growl". The attack is fast and solid and the entire banjo comes alive with resonance.
    This banjo is an excellent banjo - great materials, workmanship and best of all, great sound.

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Huber Work Horse 1
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New Huber Work Horse Banjo 'Sold'

     New maple banjo. Excellent concept...this is a "Recession Model" built with nice appointments but still shaving costs of some expensive extras. Straight grain maple neck with uniquely figured resonator. Tasteful see-through milk chocolate lacquer matte finish.Simple traditional pearl inlay pattern in flat ebony fingerboard with Workhorse in the Mastertone block on 21st fret. Traditional double-cut peghead with Huber logo inlaid at top and inlay that matches fingerboard. All nickel hardware. Simple white bindings on top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Waverly tuners in peghead with Schaller 5th all with matching ivoroid buttons.
     The Work Horse banjos are consistently great from Huber. These banjos are remarkable because they sound really good even straight from Steve's shop. Ready to walk on stage. Very high grade workmanship that borders on perfection. Great neck shape. Great parts and great tone.

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Huber WorkHorse 1
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New Huber WorkHorse Maple Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Maple neck and resonator with single binding. 3-ply Maple rim. Huber tone ring. Ebony fingerboard with pearl inlays. Nickel hardware. Presto tailpiece.
     These banjos are the talk of the town. Many players who own $5000 Huber models are some of the most vocal supporters of these "Work Horse" models. These are banjos with simple appointments, yet so tastefully done that you are surprised the price is so low. Even the parts are top quality, with Waverly main tuners and Schaller 5th tuner as examples.
     We've been very happy with every Huber Work Horse banjo that we've seen.



 
Huber Workhorse 1
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New Huber Workhorse Banjo 'Sold'

     Pre-Order now! Advance orders will receive a strap, capo and tuner with the banjo.
     The Workhorse is the newest, and most affordable addition to the Huber banjo line. Available with Mahogany or Curly Maple neck and resonator. Ebony fingerboard, with MOP "Leaves & Bows" inlay. Double-cut peghead with Pearl Huber logo. Presto tailpiece. One-pc. flange.

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Ibanez Artist PH
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1976 Ibanez Artist Banjo 'Sold'

Exceptional original condition! No fret wear, belt buckle wear ETC... Maple neck and resonator. Chrome plated hardware. Fingerboard and resonator bound in Ivoriod with Marquetry purfling. Modified Wreath pattern inlay in Ebony fingerboard. Everything is original on this nice example.  
 
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Jimmy Cox Kentucky 5 1
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1990 Jimmy Cox Kentucky 5 Archtop Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. Some mild finish checking on resonator back, some moderate fret wear. No belt buckle marks on resonator, no dings or dents in back of neck.
     Walnut banjo with 40-hole archtop tonering and 1-pc flange. Cox 3-ply maple rim. Original Price "Straight-Line" tailpiece. Original Schaller 1st, 4th and 5th tuners and Keith "D-tuners" at 2nd and 3rd strings - all with nice original matching buttons. Flat Ebony fingerboard with Hearts & Flowers pearl inlay pattern. Banjo is fully bound with cream binding on top and back of resonator, along fingerboard and around headstock. Highest grade "burled" Walnut resonator back. Concentric circles in back of resonator.
     This is a very high quality banjo and is an excellent choice for an archtop enthusiast.
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Johnson JB-110 1
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c.2005 Johnson JB-110 Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Has a little bit of light fret wear and a few minor signs of playing and handling. Currently missing one thumbscrew for resonator.
     Mahogany banjo with aluminum 'uni-pot' construction. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays.
     This banjo is set up well and plays well.

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Kay  1
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Unknown Kay Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. Mahogany neck and resonator. Banjo has some signs of light normal use.
     Aluminum pot. Block inlays in Rosewood fingerboard. Planetary tuners. Cream bindings around top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Back of resonator has Eagle pattern in wood under the finish.
     This banjo is all set up to play and would make a fine starter banjo.

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Kay
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c1965 Kay Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent original condition. Great starter banjo! Bakelite (or similar) rim. Neck is very straight, frets are original and in great shape. All set up and ready to get someone off to a solid start playing banjo.

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Kay 5-string 1
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c. 1960 Kay 5-string Banjo 'Sold'

     In good shape, recently set-up, plays well.

w/ OSC (Beat up)

 
Liberty Backstep 1
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c.1980 Liberty Backstep Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. Two scratches on resonator sidewalls, a few very light marks on back of resonator and slight finish blemish at peaks of peghead.
     Mahogany banjo with Ebony fingerboard. White binding on top and back of resonator. Dot inlays in fingerboard. Thick multi-laminate rim with brass bead for tone ring. 'Shoes and plates' flange, so it can easily be converted to an open-back banjo. Tuners appear to be old vintage pancake tuners, but could be more modern re-makes. Friction 5th string tuner.
     This would be an excellent beginner's banjo, or one to buy for an "extra" banjo to take to a campout jam. The sound is good and crisp and it is set-up very well.
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Ludwig Ambassador 1
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c. 1930's Ludwig Ambassador Banjo 'Sold'

     VG+ condition. Original gold and engraved parts in very good condition (except as stated below).
     Inside the metal rim, a wooden "sistered" rim has been bolted in the interior (please see photos).
     Beautiful figured Walnut resonator and neck. Neck shows grafted heel piece from an old break. Neck is 7-ply - 2 main Walnut sides with colorful wood stringers in center. Multiple colorful strips of wood under fingerboard, showing at the sides. Elaborate pearl engraved inlays are all intact. Tonering is typical Ludwig archtop configuration. All original hardware intact and in good shape. 
     Yes, it has the strange side adjuster screws near end of fingerboard at binding.
     Modifications - who knows why someone built up a wooden rim inside the metal rim...? I am sure they were thinking that they were improving the banjo. At any rate, it didn't do much more than cause 12 holes to be drilled into the lower metal rim skirt.
     This banjo plays ok and sounds good. But it also has value as a 'wall-hanger', or object of art to marvel over.
 

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Morgan Monroe Rocky Top 24-Bracket 1
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Recent Morgan Monroe Rocky Top 24-Bracket Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. No fret wear, no problems. Very good starter banjo or student upgrade. This Rocky Top is made nicer than current ones, having 24 hooks and nuts instead of the 16 they are making now. Recently setup and ready to play! This banjo has a Schub side-mounted capo added professionally.
     Mahogany construction. Multiple white bindings on top and back of resonator. White bindings on fingerboard and heelcap. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Shoe and plate construction. Hearts and flowers inlay pattern. Double-cut peghead. Planetary geared tuners. Remo head.
 

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Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB2 1
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2003 Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB2 Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Some wear on frets, but not buzzing. Wood, lacquer and metal parts in good shape.
     Maple neck and resonator. Nice "Wreath" pattern inlays in headstock and fingerboard. Full wood rim and tone ring. Tube-and-plate flange. Nice bindings and coloration. This banjo has a good strong sound that isn't brash. It is set-up to play well and it has no problems. Comes with a good gig bag.
     These don't seem to be offered anymore by Morgan Monroe. I can't understand why, as it is a good solid banjo for an up-and-coming player.
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Nechville Eclipse Custom 1
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2003 Nechville Eclipse Custom Heli-mount Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc (-) Condition.
     Mahogany back, sides and neck with "Heli-mount" frame design. The "Heli-mount" design allows easy adjustment with even tension of the head. Back, sides and neck are all multiple bound with Ivoroid. Custom neck with radiused Rosewood fingerboard with no inlays (there are position marks on the side). Nechville Bevelled birdseye maple armrest added. The 5th string is tunneled so that the tuner is on the peghead, a $400 upgrade. Another upgrade is a "Corona" nickel frame which Nechville also charges $400 for.
    There is a moderate amount of fret wear on the fingerboard. The neck has a couple of light scratches, and the back has a few dings but the banjo is in great shape overall.
     This is a nice banjo, good sound and easy to play. If ordered today, a banjo from Nechville with these appointments will cost around $4000.

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Nechville Saturn 1
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c2009 Nechville Saturn w/ Coco Bolo Tone Ring Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional Original Condition. No dings, no dents, no scratches, no player wear.
     Walnut neck and resonator. Ebony flat fingerboard with tasteful pearl inlays of stars and the planet Saturn inlaid at 5th fret. Beautiful Coco Bolo Tone Ring sitting on ball bearings on top of the wooden rim. Normal Heli-Mount head tightening system that Nechville employs on his banjos. Nickel Gotoh tuners. Single black binding around top and back edge of resonator and along fingerboard. Black tension hoop system.
     This is a very nice banjo that sounds crisp with tonal depth. It is VERY LIGHTWEIGHT... around 7 lbs.

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Oak Leaf Open Back 1
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1979 Oak Leaf Open Back Tubaphone Banjo 'Sold'

     Extra Fine condition. Made in Mountain View, Arkansas by Bob Momich. Very nice banjo with all professional components. No wear anywhere - everything is crisp and clean.
     11" Maple block pot rim with traditional Tubaphone tone ring. The Maple rim is put together very well - it has multiple binding top and bottom, inside and out... And, it has an attractive Bird's-eye Maple cap on the bottom edge of rim. Beautiful Walnut neck with multiple wood stringer down the back center, and wood layers beneath peghead overlay and heelcap. Ebony heelcap has Oak leaf inlay. Five-star planetary tuning pegs with ivoroid buttons. Ebony fingerboard. Simple star and dot inlays in peghead and fingerboard. 26 1/4" scale length. Original Waverly "fibre-skyn" head. Original Waverly tailpiece.
     This is a great banjo for the money...
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ODE Kit 1
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c 1970 ODE Kit Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent original condition. Appears to be a kit banjo from the ODE shop, previously owned and played by a member of the Clancy Brothers.
     Aluminum uni-pot with shoe-and-hook construction. Beautiful mahogany neck. Friction tuners with matching cream buttons. Neck attaches with simple bolt system with no rods. Neck has no adjustable truss rod and does have slight bow in it but plays well.

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ODE Longneck 1
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1969 ODE Longneck used in The Clancy Brothers Band Banjo 'Sold'

     Rare banjo professionally used by the Clancy Brothers for 7 or 8 years. This banjo toured the world for much of the 1970s. The instrument is in good shape but professionally road-worn. Instrument has been maintained in good playing condition. Fingerboard and frets in fine shape. Mild wear on the peghead. Two repairs in the neck, one at the volute and one at the heel. Neck is great. One nut not matching the other nuts. Fifth string capo installed on side of neck. Strap button installed on heel of neck. All other parts original, possibly even the head.
     Brass ring inset at the top of the aluminum uni-pot. Wonderful mahogany neck with three-piece rosewood and maple stringer. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, heelcap, and peghead overlay showing lighter wood layer beneath. Truss rod adjustment works fine. Planetary main tuners with Schaller 5th, all with matching cream buttons.
     This banjo is unique and in excellent playing condition and is a proven stage performer.




 
ODE Style C 1
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1979 ODE Style C Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Banjo recently cleaned, polished and refurbished by Bishline Banjo. The banjo was taken apart and all original wood and metal parts were carefully cleaned and polished and reassembled. New fret job.
     Walnut neck and resonator. Ebony fingerboard with ODE's version of "Hearts & Flowers" inlay pattern inlaid in pearl
     It's all set-up and ready to play.
w/ OHC

 
OME Jubilee 1
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New OME Jubilee Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     12" pot w/ 2-ply solid maple rim and 2 coordinator rod system. Mahogany neck finished with Tung-oil varnish. Antique'd brass hardware. Railroad spikes on 7 & 9.
     26 1/4" scale length. Tasteful "Moon and Stars" abalone and pearl inlay pattern. Ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay with stylzed scallop for frailing without hitting frets. Hardened nickel-silver frets. Tuners are also antique'd to coincide with brass antique parts. Tuner buttons are sort of irridescent copper color. Bone nut. Sweetone tailpiece.
     These Ome banjos are built to the highest standard and we are proud to carry them for your playing pleasure.

w/ OHC

 
OME Monarch 1
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1984 OME Monarch Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. Minimal previous player wear - slight fret wear with no dents, some small dings and small lacquer chips.
     Nickel Schaller tuners. All original nickel hardware. Nicely figured flamed Maple neck and resonator and rim. The outer play of 3-ply rim shows very nice flame figure to match resonator side walls. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, peghead overlay and heelcap. Grained ivoroid bindings on resonator and neck. Two-pc neck, with attractive Rosewood stringers along center of back of neck with thin Maple between them. Very nice decorative multiple wood layers showing on sides of fingerboard, peghead and heelcap. Concentric circles in back of resonator. R.R. spikes at 7th, 9th and 10th frets for 5th string capo'ing. Tasteful inlays of abalone and pearl in peghead and fingerboard.
     Pot construction is with 3-ply Maple rim, bracket shoes and plate flange. This system allows a player to easily change from resonator "bluegrass" banjo to open-back frailing banjo, just by taking off the resonator and flange plate.
     This is a fine banjo that would be a nice addition to anyone's collection. It plays great and sounds fine.
w/ HC

 
OME Renaissance Tenor Custom 1
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1998 OME Renaissance Tenor Custom Rosewood Neck, Rim and Resonator Banjo 'Sold'

     Almost New Condition. Barely any sign of playing on the frets - no careless handling, no dings, no dents, no repairs, no problems.
     This banjo was made for our local famous 4-string player, Dick Lewis, also affectionately known around the U.S. as "Montana Red". Dick Lewis was a semi-professional musician from about age 5 and on throughout his life. He played all over the U.S. and some in Europe.
     Custom ordered with Rosewood neck, rim and resonator. Rosewood resonator back has light carving. Neck has elaborate and perfect 'bas relief' carving at heel and back of peghead. Multiple ivoroid bindings around resonator, along fingerboard and around peghead overlay. Beautiful ornate inlays of engraved pearl in peghead, fingerboard and heelcap. Gabon Ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay.
     Mostly Gold plated hardware with Chrome plated custom armrest and Chrome Richelieu pick holder. Exquisite deep-gouge master engraving throughout. Even the pick holder is elaborately engraved. "Montana Red" engraved into armrest. Gold Waverly 2-band pre-war style offset tuners with solid pearl knobs.
     This banjo, if ordered new today, would cost $10,375 with case. Take advantage of one in great condition for quite a bit less than that.
     This banjo is set up well and plays and sounds great.
 

w/ OHC

 
OME Single X 1
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1977 OME Single X Banjo 'Sold'

     VG+ condition. All original. Some lacquer worn on resonator sidewalls and back of neck at heel. Hardly any fret wear.
     Mahogany neck and resonator with Rosewood fingerboard. Flathead 'no-hole' tone ring. Tortoise binding on resonator. Brazilian Rosewood peghead overlay and fingerboard. Pearl dot inlays in fingerboard.
     This is a great banjo for a young player, or for an experienced player to have a good 'camping banjo'. It is set-up and ready to go.
w/ HC

 
OME Tupelo 1
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New OME Tupelo w/ 12" Pot Banjo 'Sold'

     New.  Great open-back banjo with 12" Maple rim and Mahogany neck.
     Beautiful looking banjo. Understated elegance, with 'squared' peghead, scalloped fingerboard, antique'd brass hardware, old style celluloid tuner buttons. These buttons look like 'irridescent copper' - they look like a piece of fancy root beer hard candy that your great aunt had in the bowl at Easter.
     H&K tuners. Brass hardware.  Wood tone ring - rim is machined so the top of rim acts as tone ring to transmit sound down into the rim.  14 hooks and nuts. Ebony fingerboard with small dot inlays and tasteful scallop at end of fingerboard to facilitate playing without fingernails hitting the frets.
     This is a very nicely constructed and great sounding banjo.

w/ OHC

 
OME Tupelo Custom 1
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New OME Tupelo Custom Maple w/ Antique Brass Hardware Banjo 'Sold'

     New. This is a customized "Tupelo" model open-back banjo from OME. The custom features are: Figured Maple wood and finish color and Antique Brass Hardware. Flat Ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Fingerboard scalloped at uppermost frets for ease of playing.

w/ OHC

 
Orpheum  1
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c1970 Orpheum Banjo 'Sold'

     VG+ condition. Resonator has scratches but no big dings. The neck is in great shape, very small amounts of fret wear on the fingerboard. There is a small piece of wood missing from the 22nd fret. The headstock has various little dings and dents. Non-conventional neck construction with screw showing near the heel to connect neck to body.
     Appears to be a rosewood Resonator with checkerboard marquetry along the top edge. Resonator and fingerboard have multiple bindings. Back of resonator has decorative inlays. Mahogany neck with radiussed rosewood fretboard and "bow-tie" inlays. All gold hardware including 5-star tuners.
     This would be a perfect beginner banjo. It's got a good sound for the price, and plays well.

w/ HC

 
Prucha  "Diamond Point" Top Tension 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Highly figured Maple neck and solid carved "massif" resonator. Multiple white/black/white & Marquetry bindings on resonator and neck. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with Abalone inlays. Vintage style Gotoh tuners with cream plastic buttons. R.R. spikes installed by Prucha at A, Bb, B & C positions for 5th-string capo'ing. Prucha's own Diamond Point inlays in neck and peghead. Nice mixture of Gold and Nickel hardware make this a very stylish banjo that is not overstated.
      The usual high-grade workmanship and materials you expect from Mr Prucha, and the sound that we've come to expect over the years. This is definitely a great banjo for sound, playabilty and collectability.

w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Basic Deluxe" 1
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New Prucha "Basic Deluxe" Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany banjo with single white binding on neck and resonator. Flat Rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlays. Nitro-cellulose gloss finish. High grade 3-ply rim and tonering. Banjo includes professional tuners, and r.r. spikes installed at 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th frets for 5th string capo'ing. This banjo is truly a handmade instrument and plays great and sounds great.
w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Basic DeLuxe" 1
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New Prucha "Basic DeLuxe" Custom Banjo 'Sold'

Maple neck and resonator, cut diamond inlays, and nice inlay in peghead. Prucha design peghead with nice inlay. White bindings on neck and resonator. Glossy nitro cellulose lacquer finish. Resonator has mildly "Tiger-striped" Maple, while the neck is fairly plain Maple. Like all of Jaroslav Prucha's instruments, it comes set up with professional tuners, and r.r. spikes at 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th frets for 5th-string capo'ing. 
w/ OHC.

 
Prucha "Basic Deluxe" 1
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New Prucha "Basic Deluxe" Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany banjo with single white binding on neck and resonator. Flat Rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlays. Nitro-cellulose gloss finish. High grade 3-ply rim and tonering. Banjo includes professional tuners, and r.r. spikes installed at 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th frets for 5th string capo'ing. This banjo is truly a handmade instrument and plays great and sounds great.
w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Basic DeLuxe"
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2005 Prucha "Basic DeLuxe" Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany banjo with single white bindings on neck and resonator. Flat rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlays. Nitro-cellulose glossy finish. Same great 3-ply hard Maple rim and Flathead tonering that all of the Prucha banjos have. Comes with high-grade professional tuners and r.r. spikes installed in fingerboard for capo'ing at A, Bb, B and C positions. This is a very nice banjo in great condition.
w/ OHC.

 
Prucha "Basic DeLuxe"
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2005 Prucha "Basic DeLuxe" Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany banjo with single white bindings on neck and resonator. Flat rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlays. Nitro-cellulose glossy finish. Same great 3-ply hard Maple rim and Flathead tonering that all of the Prucha banjos have. Comes with high-grade professional tuners and r.r. spikes installed in fingerboard for capo'ing at A, Bb, B and C positions. This is a very nice banjo in great condition.
w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Basic DeLuxe" Custom 1
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2005 Prucha "Basic DeLuxe" Custom Banjo 'Sold'

Excellent condition. Nicely Figured Maple resonator and neck. Radiused Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard. Multiple Ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings on top, back and sides of resonator and along sides of fingerboard. Double-cut peghead. Prucha/Ptacek vintage style 2-band tuners with Ivoroid buttons, Schaller 5th string tuner. This banjo has relatively few marks on it - just some "button marks" on back of resonator and some moderate fret denting. This banjo was owned and used for touring and performances by Noam Pickelny, who is selling it to help finance moving expenses.
    Noam likes his banjos with head tuned around F#, for a full rolling depth of tone... But we've got this one dialed up around G# or so, and it really sounds great, with lots of growly lows and full highs that aren't shrill a bit.
w/ Hard Case

 
Prucha "Basic DeLuxe" Special 1
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2006 Prucha "Basic DeLuxe" Special - Figured Maple Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional condition... and with good history, too. There are just 4 small rounded dings around resonator sidewall. No marks on back of resonator or on back of neck. Frets show only very slight wear - no "v"-dents.
     Nicely figured maple neck and resonator. Beautiful amber sunburst that really shows off the Maple figure. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlays. Traditional "Double-cut" peghead with pearl JPrucha logo and nice flourish inlay in center. Very well "dressed", with multiple ivoroid bindings on resonator and along fingerboard. On the resonator, the multiple binding lines can be seen from top or back, or from the sides. Main tuners are Ptacek 2-band pre-war style offset tuners. Schaller 5th tuner. All tuners with matching ivoroid buttons. R.R. spikes installed by Prucha at A, Bb, B and C position for 5th string capo'ing. Clamshell tailpiece. Set-up with Remo Renaissance head.
     This is a fine banjo. Good enough, in fact, thatr Noam Pickelny played it on a tour of Japan. It has lots of power and tone.
 

w/ HC

 
Prucha "Bat" 1
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New Prucha "Bat" Maple - Special "Presentation" Banjo 'Sold'

Highly figured select curly Maple neck and resonator. This banjo represents the epitome of Prucha's fine handwork, having many upgrades. Solid carved "Massif" resonator, tortoise bindings with marquetry wooden bindings below, highly figured Maple neck, radiused Ebony fingerboard, abalone inlays, hardware is mixed black nickel and gold plating, and hand-engraved parts. Wow! This is not your dad's Oldsmobile. This is more like your uncle's Mercedes! These "Presentation" banjos are sure to be featured prominently in the banjo books of the future. The hand-engravings are magnificent, not garish, just tasteful adornment to a great banjo. As of early 2008, there are only about 12 - 15 banjos in this class ever produced by Mr Jaroslav Prucha.
w/ Calton DeLuxe Case


 
Prucha "Bat" 1
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New Prucha "Bat" Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Top Tension. Maple banjo with Matte Nickel hardware (frosted). Radiused Ebony fingerboard with abalone "Bat" inlays. Solid carved 'Massif' resonator. Multiple tortoise bindings that are "back-lit" with white binding layer beneath tortoise. Wooden marquetry purflings seen on sides of resonator and fingerboard. "Prucha" 1-pc pot metal flange.
       If you are used to seeing Prucha banjos, then this one may not surprise you, as you are used to seeing the high level of craftsmanship mated with elegant beauty in his instruments. If you are relatively new to Prucha banjos, then click on these photos and have fun!
      This banjoarrived Feb 24th with Jaroslav Prucha to our store booth at the WinterGrass Festival in Bellevue, WA.
    

w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Bat" 1
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2007 Prucha "Bat" Walnut "Presentation" Banjo 'Sold'

    Exceptional original condition. This banjo is one of the rare Prucha "Presentation" banjos that he is famous for, even though there are usually only one or two produced in a year. This fine example is pre-owned, but only shows slightest signs of a previous owner. This banjo is sold with same full warranty as a new Prucha banjo.
    Walnut neck and resonator. Solid carved highly figured Walnut "massif" resonator. Wood marquetry purflings with outer multiple ivoroid bindings. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with abalone inlays. Abalone inlays in peghead. Solid pearl truss-rod cover. 
    The hardware is mixed Black-Nickel and Gold plating and is extensively hand-engraved with deep gouge engravings. This is a great sounding banjo that also has a striking appearance.
w/ OHC


 
Prucha "Bat" 1
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New Prucha "Bat" Maple - Copper "Patina" Hardware. Banjo 'Sold'

Beautiful Maple banjo with darker sunburst and concentric rings in resonator. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with pearl inlays. Tortoise multiple bindings on resonator and neck, with white line showing on all quarters. Copper "patina" hardware. 
w/ TKL 5-ply plush case.

 
Prucha "Bat" PH
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1995 Prucha "Bat" Custom Banjo 'Sold'

Exc(-) Condition. Figured Maple. Built for Svata Kotas, former banjo player for the Czech band, "Fragment". Used by him on several international tours until about 2001, when we acquired it. Several days after we got it we took it to Darrington, Wash. festival where it became Dick Brown's banjo with the Lost Highway Band, again going on many US, Canadian, and European tours. Built as a "one of a kind" banjo, with unique peghead design and peghead binding. Custom slim neck profile. Nicely figured Maple neck and resonator. Multiple white/black/white bindings. Abalone "Bat" inlays in the radiused ebony fingerboard. This banjo has toured the world, playing many bluegrass shows for 11 years, yet it is in very nice condition. Some button marks in back of resonator, otherwise it would be rated "Exc(+) condition".
w/ new Prucha OHC


 
Prucha "Bat" Maple Custom Presentation 1
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New Prucha "Bat" Maple Custom Presentation w/ Massif Resonator Banjo 'Sold'

     Beautiful highly figured seasoned Maple. Another "presentation grade" custom banjo from Jaroslav Prucha, the master luthier from Prague, who is in his 31st year of building great professional banjos.
    Elaborately engraved gold plated parts, with an extensive amount of deep-gouge hand engraving on tone ring, top and sides of tension hoop, top of Prucha 'Kirschner' tailpiece, top and sides of armrest, and on flange face.
     Multiple bindings, with tortoise main outer bindings. Very pretty wooden marquetry below the multiple bindings on sides of resonator and neck.
     Radiused Ebony fingerboard with "Bat" mother of pearl inlays. Matching inlays in the headstock. Solid pearl truss-rod cover. Vintage style "pancake" tuners with amber buttons. Schaller 5th string tuner with matching amber button.
    Resonator is carved solid wood "Massif resonator", made with bookmatched blocks of high grade Maple turned and then carved and voiced. This solid wood adds a satisfying "pop" and presence when playing.
w/ OHC


 
Prucha "DeLuxe" Custom 1
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2006 Prucha "DeLuxe" Custom w/ Hide Head Banjo 'Sold'

      Exceptional original condition. No sign of prior playing - no scratches, no dings, no dents, no fret wear.
     Maple neck and resonator. Ebony radiused fingerboard. Cream binding on top and back edge of resonator and along edge of fingerboard. Nice floral spray abalone inlay in peghead. Cut diamonds and squares inlaid in fingerboard. Normal great Prucha construction, with 3-ply Maple rim, flathead tone ring, 1-pc flange, Presto tailpiece. Ptacek vintage style 2-band offset tuners with Schaller 5th peg - all with matching pre-war style buttons.
     This banjo is in great original condition and sounds great. It has a recently installed hide head.
w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Diamond Point" 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Maple Top Tension. Handmade by Jaroslav Prucha and his son, John.
     Jaroslav Prucha has only made a few "Diamond Point" models that were made as a Top Tension banjo. In fact, any of his Top Tension banjos fall into a category you could label as "rare", as only about 10 to 20 have ever been produced to date.
     Beautiful Maple neck and solid carved and voiced "massif" resonator. Radiused Ebony fingerboard. Ivoroid multiple bound resonator and fingerboard - on the resonator you see the black line on top, back and sides. Abalone inlays. Nickel hardware. Modified Kerschner (Prucha) tailpiece. Gotoh main tuners with Schaller 5th tuning peg, all with matching ivoroid buttons.
     Prucha's Top Tension banjos always get real close attention and real favorable comments when at our store or at a show... and this one is right there with the ones that came before it. Very nice wood, extremely high level of craftsmanship, and big beautiful expressive tone with a great attack.
     * If you are unfamiliar with the Top Tension concept, call me and I'll be happy to discuss their special aspects in more detail.
   

w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Diamond Point" 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Cherry Banjo 'Sold'

This banjo has great appointments. Figured Cherry neck and resonator. Radiused Ebony fingerboard, with Mother of Pearl "Diamond Point" pattern. Look closely and you'll see a new extra inlay at 1st fret. Tortoise multiple bindings. Mixed Gold Black Nickel hardware. Amber tuner buttons on Ptacek 1/2 gold, 1/2 Black Nickel 2-band tuners. 
w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Diamond Point" 1
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2007 Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Cherry Copper Patina Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. No player wear. This banjo has many great appointments: Figured Cherry neck and resonator, radiused Ebony fingerboard with Mother of Pearl Diamond Point pattern, concentric circles in back of resonator, tortoise multiple bindings, and the unique Copper Patina hardware. Amber tuner buttons on Ptacek 2-band tuners.
     The color of the finish really brings out the figure in the Cherry wood. The tortoise bindings, the copper parts and the amber tuner buttons blend in just wonderfully, to give the banjo a great look. And, as always, Mr Prucha's perfection of workmanship are stunning in the neck shaping, the inlays, bindings, fit of resonator - I could go on and on about it...
     Cherry wood banjos from Mr Prucha are pretty rare. In the last 14 years we've only had about 8 of them.
     This is a fine banjo, with only barely any evidence of being pre-owned.
 
w/ OHC


 
Prucha "Diamond Point" 1
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2003 Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

Great condition. Just a few dings here and there from honest player wear. Mahogany neck and resonator. Nickel hardware. Black/White plastic binding with tasteful wooden marquetry purflings. Radiused ebony fingerboard. This banjo was made as a twin to Alison Brown's Diamond Point.  
w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Diamond Point" 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Cherry Banjo 'Sold'

The Diamond Point models from Prucha are more often thought of as a Mahogany or Walnut banjo, but he has made a handful of them with figured Cherry. This example made with Cherry wood shows off some great Quilt figure Cherry in the resonator and  has a highly figured Cherry neck.
    Multiple Tortoise bindings on resonator and fingerboard, with the middle white line acting not only as an accent line, but also causes the outside layer of tortoise to light up and really come alive.
    The color is really a tasteful compliment to the Cherry wood and the bindings and as always, it is expertly applied by Prucha.
    Since our first Prucha Cherry Wood banjos from around 1999 or so, we have noticed that good players always remark favorably about the sound of them. This one is no different - Growly and punchy, with clear fat highs, strong presence and expressive nuance.
w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Diamond Point" Copper Patina 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Copper Patina Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

     Custom banjo. Highly figured Maple neck and resonator. Resonator is bookmatched solid carved Maple, but a little improved from the old historic Top Tension models in that it is also carved on the inside, instead of being flat.
     Diamond Point inlay pattern in the radiused Ebony fingerboard and the peghead. Top Tension hardware with Copper "Patina" plating. Multiple tortoise bindings on resonator and fingerboard. Pre-war style Krishot pancake tuners with Schaller 5th peg - all with matching amber buttons. Remo 'Rennaisance' head.
     This banjo was ordered for a customer with slim neck profile. It is very close to the feel of the slim necks on original pre-war Gibsons. R.R. spikes installed at A, Bb, B and C positions for capo'ing.
     This banjo sounds great, with lots of presence, power, nuance and expression.
w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Banjo 'Sold'

     A new look from Prucha! Highly figured Burl Walnut resonator with highly figured Walnut neck. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl inlays. Multiple bindings showing multiple lines on all quarters of neck and resonator, with tortoise main binding.
     The hardware is mixed "Black Nickel" and Gold, with engraving on 2-hump gold clamshell tailpiece. Vintage style 2-band tuners with very cool iridescent amber buttons. The black Remo banjo head completes the look of this banjo - it really is quite a nice effect.
     Comes with great 5-ply TKL American Vintage hard case and lifetime warranty, and... r.r. spikes already installed at A, Bb, B & C, for 5th string capo'ing.
     Plays great, sounds great and is set-up for nice med-low action.
 
w/ OHC


 
Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom - 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom - Patina Banjo 'Sold'

Walnut neck and burl Walnut resonator. Radiused Ebony fingerboard. Copper plated parts - Tonering, tension hoop, flange, armrest, tailpiece, and truss-rod cover. Tortoise multiple bindings. "Rennaisance" Head. This is the third banjo produced by Prucha with the Copper "Patina" plating. These banjos are quite dramatic in person, with people constantly commenting on not only the Copper plating, but also the Tortoise bindings. 
w/ TKL 5-ply Case

 
Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Cherry 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Cherry Banjo 'Sold'

This banjo has great appointments. Figured Cherry neck and resonator. Radiused Ebony fingerboard, with Mother of Pearl "Diamond Point" pattern. Look closely and you'll see a new extra inlay at 1st fret. Tortoise multiple bindings. Mixed Gold Black Nickel hardware. Amber tuner buttons on Ptacek 1/2 gold, 1/2 Black Nickel 2-band tuners.
w/ TKL 5-ply Case

 
Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Mahogany - 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Mahogany - Copper Patina Banjo 'Sold'

Copper plated antiqued ("patina"), on tension hoop, flange, armrest, and cover of tailpiece. Very nice "look" to this banjo. The banjo is much more strikingly beautiful in person than even in these photos below. Mahogany neck and resonator, with concentric rings in resonator. Radiused ebony fingerboard, with pearl inlays. Amber tuner buttons. Multiple tortoise bindings on resonator and fingerboard.
w/ TKL 5-ply Case

 
Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Maple - 1
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New Prucha "Diamond Point" Custom Maple - Copper Patina Banjo 'Sold'

Copper plated antiqued ("patina"), on tension hoop, flange, armrest, and "Kershner" style tailpiece. Figured maple neck and resonator. Radiused ebony fingerboard, with abalone inlays. Amber tuner buttons on Ptacek 2-band tuners. Multiple tortoise bindings on resonator and fingerboard.
W/ OHC

 
Prucha "Elban" 1
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New Prucha "Elban" Banjo 'Sold'

 2-pickup Maple with "Fall-in-Love" Inlays in radiused fingerboard:
* This banjo shows temporary taped adjustment "map" on resonator. If you look closely at the resonator you can tell that there are adjustments in place to easily "add-in" another pickup or two.


 
Prucha "Elban" 3-pickup Mahogany 1
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New Prucha "Elban" 3-pickup Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

with "banjo" peghead and "Bat" Inlays in radiused fingerboard:


 
Prucha "Elban" Standard 1
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New Prucha "Elban" Standard Banjo 'Sold'

2-pickup. Cut Diamond Inlays in radiused fingerboard. One Humbucking p/u beneath head under strings, and one Prucha magnetic p/u under bridge. Just arrived - call for more details. Photos below are of an earlier banjo, to give you an idea of the "look". $2950 w/ case.
* Please call for availability.

 


 
Prucha "Fall In Love" 1
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New Prucha "Fall In Love" Custom Maple Copper Patina Banjo 'Sold'

Maple neck and resonator, radiused Ebony fingerboard with Abalone "Falling Leaves" pattern, concentric circles in back of resonator,  tortoise multiple bindings. Copper Patina hardware. Amber tuner buttons on Ptacek 2-band tuners.
w/OHC

 
Prucha "Fall in Love" Custom - 1
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New Prucha "Fall in Love" Custom - w/ Old Maple "Massif" Resonator Banjo 'Sold'

    Another fabulous banjo from Jaroslav Prucha. Old Czech violin-grade hard Maple neck and solid carved "Massif" resonator. Ivoroid multiple bindings with wooden marquetry showing on all sides. Abalone inlays and truss-rod cover. Hardware is mixture of "Black Nickel" and Gold. Check out the tailpiece and the tuners - both are mixed very tastefully to get the best from the contrasting hardware colors.
    Ptacek 2-band tuners with Ivoroid buttons, Schaller 5th tuner. R.R. spikes installed at A, Bb, B, and C positions. It is hard for people who have never seen Prucha instruments to imagine the level of perfection that he attains. This banjo exemplifies that perfection - wooden marquetry purflings are flawless,  as are the ivoroid bindings and inlays. This banjo sounds very good, and definitely will thump your chest from the old solid Maple resonator!
w/ Cloth Tweed Hardshell Case

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" 1
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New Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Maple Presentation Banjo 'Sold'

    We are happy to bring to you our first Prucha Presentation Grade banjo that has Abalone purflings. These highly collectable banjos from Jaroslav Prucha are quite rare, with this banjo being the only one produced in a year or more.
    Of course Mr Prucha has chosen top grade Maple for the beautifully figured neck and solid carved Massif resonator. *These rare Massif resonators are made with backs of solid blocks of bookmatched wood and turned on a lathe for shaping a recurve into the back. Then they are hand scraped and tuned by Mr Prucha. Differing from the early Gibson Top Tension solid resonators, these are also carved and shaped on the inside, instead of flat.
    The beautiful woods are accented by very tasteful bindings of multiple Ivoroid, with center line of high-grade Abalone purfling, seen along sides of fingerboard, sides of resonator, and around Ivoroid heel cap.
    Elaborately engraved Gold and Black Nickel hardware, mixed thoughtfully for a wonderful overall look. Tailpiece is Prucha's own modified Kirschner, with Black Nickel and Gold Ptacek vintage style 2-band tuners. R.R. spikes installed by Prucha at A, Bb, B & C positions.
    These presentation grade banjos aren't just for looks - they are working tools, designed to sound every bit as beautiful as they look.
    This banjo has just arrived - we'll have photos very soon!
w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" 1
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New Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Cherry - Custom Engraved. Banjo 'Sold'

Highly figured quilted Cherry resonator, figured Cherry neck. Radiused Ebony fingerboard, abalone inlays, tortoise multiple bindings, mixed nickel/gold plating, hand engraved flange, tension hoop. Comes with Rennaisance head installed. Great tone, great looking banjo.
w/ Calton DeLuxe Case.


 
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New Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

     Newest Top Tension from Prucha. All of Mr Prucha's Top Tension banjos have been in demand for several years now. Grained Ivoriod/black/white binding on neck and resonator. Abalone "Falling Leaves" inlayed in Radiused Ebony fingerboard. Custom resonator with wood inlayed Marquetry binding. "Speed Neck" meaning that the area on back of neck is finished in a sealer instead of tradtional lacquer.

w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Banjo 'Sold'

    Highly figured Maple neck and figured resonator. Very nicely appointed, with many of the favorite options:
     Radiused Ebony fingerboard, with Abalone 'Falling Leaves' inlays in peghead and fingerboard, and Abalone truss rod cover. Ptacek 2-band vintage style tuners and Schaller 5th peg - all with matching Ivoroid buttons. R.R. spikes installed by Prucha at A, Bb, B and C positions, for 5th string capo'ing.
     Bindings are multiple Ivoroid on resonator and neck, with small colorful wooden purflings 'below' the bindings. The coloration of the finish is skillfully executed, with dark amber sunburst tones that accent the Maple quite well.
     The hardware is nickel plated 'matte'... This means the key parts were carefully glass-beaded, to prepare the brass and bronze surfaces to look 'frosted' after the nickel plating went on. The effect is great - it truly is understated elegance.
w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Maple Radiused. Banjo 'Sold'

Darker sunburst finish shows off the Maple figure in resonator and neck. Concentric circles in resonator. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with pearl inlays. Multiple Ivoroid bindings.
w/ OHC.

 
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2004 Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptionally Fine Condition. No wear, no marks, no fret wear, no problems.
     Very strongly figured Maple neck and resonator. Flat Ebony fingerboard with abalone "Falling Leaves" inlay pattern. Nickel hardware with 2-hump clamshell tailpiece and 2-band Ptacek pre-war style tuners with amber buttons. JPrucha logo and floral abalone inlay in peghead overlay.
     This banjo is very good. Great attack and lots of expressive depth and great highs. A new banjo like this one would cost well over $4000 today. This one is very close to being original new condition and also comes with Prucha warranty, transferred to next owner (you)!

w/ OHC

 
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1997 Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. Figured Maple neck and resonator. Flat Ebony fingerboard. Resonator shows bookmatched Maple with some nice mirror-image figure and concentric rings. Multiple bindings. Schaller 2-band tuners. This banjo has been taken care of, and was traded in toward a higher model Prucha. There are some button rub marks on back of resonator and on back of neck. This banjo is in good shape and ready to play. I've just set it up and it sounds very good!
w/ Newer Hard Case

 
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1999 Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Archtop Custom w/ Massif Resonator Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Highly figured Maple neck and solid carved and voiced "Massif" resonator. Only very slight signs of prior ownership. Very minor button trails on back of resonator that are hard to find. NO wear on frets.
     This is a pretty great banjo. Jaroslav Prucha made it for a reknown Czech Bluegrass and Jazz musician, Dalibor Cidlinsky. Being an adventurous jazz guy, Dalibor traded it back to Prucha around 2004/5 for a custom made Prucha electric banjo.
     As soon as I saw and heard it I immediately acquired it from Mr Prucha, for my personal collection. I kept it for 4 or 5 years, then sold it to buy a nice motorcycle (ahhh... the lure of the open road).
     Now the customer has traded it back to us for a Prucha Top Tension banjo that is on order for him... but I want to keep the motorcycle, so I can't put this one back into my personal collection.
     It sounds really great. I have set it up fairly relaxed, as well as pretty tight, to 'put it to the test'. It sounds great all thru these settings, with lots of presence and great attack. This is truly a fine sounding instrument.
     No-Hole archtop tone ring with 1-pc flange. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with high grade abalone 'fallen leaves' inlay in fingerboard and peghead. Multiple ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings with wooden marquetry purfling under the binding on resonator top and back, and along fingerboard.
     Hardware is a tasteful mixture of 1/2 Nickel and 1/2 Gold. Amber tuner buttons. Ptacek vintage style 2-band tuners, with Schaller 5th peg.
     This banjo would cost quite a bit more these days, so take advantage of this special offering of a special banjo at a great price.
 
w/ OHC

 
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2007 Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Maple Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. No player wear. Strongly figured Maple neck and resonator. Solid carved "Massif" resonator and neck. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with 'Falling Leaves' inlay pattern in abalone. Ebony peghead veneer with abalone inlays.
     Multiple ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings on resonator. Ivoroid fingerboard bindings. Colorful wood marquetry purflings below bindings on sides of resonator and neck. Hardware is a tasteful mixture of Black Nickel and Gold plating. This hardware blend is well thought out and adds quite a bit to the overall look of the instrument. Even the tuners have been assembled to show off this effect.
     There aren't many Prucha banjos with the solid "Massif" resonators. These are made using solid blocks of Maple that are bookmatched, then turned inside and out with a recurve showing along edges (like a good mandolin back). Then they are hand scraped and tuned by Mr Prucha. The final effect is quite good. The player enjoys a satisfying subtle "knock" to the attack.
     This is a fine example of Prucha's high grade materials and craftsmanship and would be a fine playing tool for any serious player, or a fine investment for a collector.
w/ OHC

 
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2006 Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Cherry - Matte Gold Banjo 'Sold'

Exceptional original condition. This banjo is a real beauty all the way around, from the woods, the appointments, the hardware and best of all, the sound. Quilted Cherry. Beautiful red-brown finish color shows off the Cherry wood, as well as the multiple Tortoise bindings that show multiple black/white lines. Neck has Rosewood "stringer" down the length, showing in back, with thin Maple on each side of the Rosewood. Ebony radiused fingerboard with Abalone inlays and truss-rod cover. Hardware is "Matte" Gold, which is a very tasty look. Gold tuners, with Keith D-tuners at 2nd & 3rd. Amber tuner buttons. This is a major banjo. It sounds absolutely great. It was made for one of our local long-term customers who is selling it to pay some medical bills - we tried to talk him out of it, but here it is for sale... This banjo would cost right at $6400 to order today, so take advantage of this real beauty that also kills you with great tone. This banjo will have the lifetime warranty transferred to new owner.
w/ OHC


 
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New Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Radiused Fingerboard Banjo 'Sold'

One of Prucha's most popular models, this Fall-in-Love shows off beautiful inlays and bindings in a highly figured Maple banjo. The figured Maple is enhanced by the red/amber sunburst on resonator and neck. Multiple Ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings on resonator and neck. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Mother of pearl "Fall-in-Love" inlay pattern in peghead and ebony radiused fingerboard. Vintage style 2-band Ptacek tuners with Ivoroid buttons. This banjo is full of "snap" and also mature depth and subtle nuances of tone.
w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom w/ Radiused Fingerboard & Abalone inlays Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Highly figured Maple banjo with tortoise bindings and radiused fingerboard.
     Beautiful Amber sunburst makes the figured Maple really look great. Ebony radiused fingerboard with Abalone 'fallen leaves' inlay pattern. Multiple tortoise celluloid bindings, with white line stacked behind the tortoise to illuminate it and make it come 'alive'. Multiple binding lines are seen at top, back and sides of resonator and along fingerboard. Concentric circles in fingerboard.
     Gotoh main tuners with Schaller 5th tuner - all with matching amber buttons. Nickel hardware. 2-hump Clamshell tailpiece.

w/ OHC

 
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1995 Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Matte Gold Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Frets have only slightest wear on the first 3 frets. There are one or two marks on the resonator side wall. Some dis-coloration on the armrest shows that this banjo has been played but not abused. Gold shows normal rubbing from use.
     Maple neck with Solid Maple 'Massif' resonator. Multiple white/black/white & Marquetry bindings on resonator and neck. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with Abalone falling leaves inlays. R.R. spikes installed at A, B & C positions for 5th-string capo'ing. Modified Kershner tailpiece. Matte gold hardware. This was a very common hardware choice during the mid 90s but we don't see a lot of the matte gold anymore. It's a very nice look.
     Block pot Maple rim with pre-war style Ptacek 20-hole Flathead Tone Ring. Head is signed by Lubos Malina, a great Czech banjo player.

w/ OHC

 
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2003 Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. Beautiful sunburst on nicely figured Maple neck and resonator. Ivoroid multiple bindings on resonator and neck, with tasteful wooden marquetry purflings. Flat Ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl inlays of 'falling leaves'. This banjo has been recently set-up here at our shop, and is all set to go. It plays nice and has no wear, or other problems, and sounds great. It has only slightest signs of being played. The current truss-rod cover is from an earlier Prucha 20th anniversary banjo, and reads "1978-1998". Price recently reduced.
w/ OHC

 
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1999 Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Archtop w/ Massif Resonator Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Archtop. No marks in back of neck or top of peghead. Some light marks on back of resonator, but very superficial. Frets barely show playing marks.
     Custom banjo, with extra-nice old cured Maple solid carved "Massif" resonator, and many other nice options. Dramatically figured Maple neck. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with abalone "Falling Leaves" inlay pattern. JPrucha logo and floral pattern inlaid in Ebony peghead overlay. Multiple Ivoroid bindings with wooden marquetry purflings under the bindings, along the resonator side walls, and along the fingerboard.
     The hardware is a mixture of Nickel and Gold, with Gold archtop 'no-hole' tone ring, 2-hump tailpiece, armrest, hooks and nuts, co-ordinator rods, gold Schaller 5th tuner. The 4 main tuners are Gold Ptacek 2-band, except that the barrel and nut and wash are Nickel. Nickel 1-pc flange and tension hoop.
     This is a nice banjo. It was made by Jaroslav Prucha in 1999 for Dalibor Cidlinsky, a noted jazz banjo player, keyboardist, arranger and producer in the Czech Republic. Possibly because of Dalibor's status as a great player and as a friend of Jaroslav Prucha's, this banjo was made with very select woods. For me, perhaps the main ingredient is the 'no-hole' archtop tonering. These always sound great, and are capable of much wider tone range thru set-up than most people are used to hearing in an archtop. This particular banjo has spent time with very relaxed set-up, medium-tight set-up, and also with Ralph Stanley high tension set-up. It had full professional tone throughout those varied settings... It is a great banjo with lots of character.

w/ OHC

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Engraved 2
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New Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Engraved Banjo 'Sold'

     Just arrived, but is pre-sold to a waiting customer.

w/ HC

 
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New Prucha "Guibjo" w/ Bat Inlays Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Solid body electric 5-string banjo, with 2 coil-tap Humbucking pickups.
     The body is solid Mahogany construction, with Maple neck. Double cutaway. Bridge is made like a good strat bridge/tailpiece with strings thru body at tailpiece. 3-way p/u selector switch, Master tone & volume, and 2 coil tap switches. Gotoh geared banjo tuners. Nickel hardware. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with Bat inlays.

Call about case

 
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New Prucha "Guibjo" Solid-body electric Banjo 'Sold'

Carved Mahogany body with carved maple top, similar to a Paul Reed Smith body. Two Humbucking pickups, with 3-way selector switch, as well as individual coil tap switches for each pickup. The coil tap allows you to hear front single-coil, rear single-coil, or together, for each pickup. Master Volume and Tone knobs. . 
w/ Gig Bag

 
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Un Played Condition Prucha "Guibjo" Banjo 'Sold'

     Like New Condition. This banjo is in really great shape, you can barely tell it was played.
     Solid body electric banjo. High-grade body with Mahogany bottom half and highly figured Maple top half, with nice chocolate-brown finish. 4-bolt highly figured Maple neck. Humbucking pickups with adjustable pole pieces and Rosewood covers. 3-way selector switch. Each pickup has a coil tap switch to select between the individual single-coils or the combined humbucker. Master tone and volume knobs. Straight string-pull peghead. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays.
     Sounds very good. This banjo is constructed expertly, and has a great sound.

w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Inspiration" Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany neck and resonator. White bindings on resonator and neck. Flat ebony fingerboard with r.r.spikes at the 7th, 8th 9th & 10th frets. Clamshell tailpiece. This banjo has the same tonal quality and projection that has come to be standard with Jaroslav Prucha's banjos.
w/ OHC


 
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2005 Prucha "Inspiration" Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Frets are in fine shape, just had a fresh milling. One slight small dent in lacquer on resonator sidewall (treble side). All the wood, metal and lacquer are in great shape.
      Select mahogany neck and resonator. Multiple ivoriod/black/ivoriod bindings around resonator and neck, with the center black line showing at top and bottom and along sides of resonator and along side of neck. R.R. spikes installed at A, Bb, B & C positions for 5th-string capo'ing.
     Flat Rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl inlays in fingerboard and peghead overlay. All hardware original and in great condition. Vintage style 2-band tuners with Schaller 5th peg.
      This is one fine banjo.



 
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2005 Prucha "Inspiration" Banjo 'Sold'

As New Condition. Nice Mahogany neck and resonator, with multiple ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings on resonator and neck. Flat rosewood fingerboard. This is a very nice Mahogany banjo in great original condition with no player wear. It also comes with transferred Lifetime Warranty.
w/ OHC.

 
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2006 Prucha "Inspiration" Custom Maple Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. 2-pc Tube-and-Plate flange. Frets are in perfect shape. Some slight small dents in lacquer on back of neck near heel - these are small impressions from leaning against coffee table edges, etc. Slight mars on resonator sidewall have been cosmetically repaired. All the wood, metal and lacquer are in great shape. Small wear along back edge of peghead top, from leaning against walls. I am only pointing out some slight areas that keep this banjo from being rated "exceptional condition"... It is really very nice and these things I am pointing out are nothing to worry about.
     Figured Maple neck and resonator. Multiple white/black/while bindings around resonator and neck, with the center black line showing at top and bottom and along sides of resonator and along side of neck.
     Radiused Ebony fingerboard with custom abalone inlays in fingerboard and peghead overlay. All hardware original and in great condition. Vintage style 2-band tuners with Schaller 5th peg.
     This is a fine banjo.

w/ HC

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Custom Maple - Copper Patina. Banjo 'Sold'

Strikingly beautiful! Nice Curly Maple neck and resonator. Radiused Ebony fingerboard. Multiple tortoise bindings on neck and resonator. Resonator has 2 concentric rings of multiple purfling. Hardware is Copper plated, antique "Patina" finish that is so popular nowdays on Prucha banjos. Vintage style tuners with old style thin buttons. 
w/ OHC.

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Custom Walnut - Flying Eagle. Banjo 'Sold'

Highly figured Black Walnut Burled resonator, with excellent straight-grained Black Walnut neck. Multiple Ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings on neck and resonator. On resonator, the black line in binding shows on all quarters - above, below, and on the sides. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with "Flying Eagle" inlay pattern in Pearl. 
w/ OHC & Lifetime Warranty

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Custom Walnut - Hearts & Flowers. Banjo 'Sold'

Burl Walnut resonator with concentric rings. Straight-grain Walnut neck. Flat Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with abalone Hearts & Flowers inlay. Multiple Ivoroid bindings on neck and resonator. Nickel hardware. Dark edge sunburst adds to the overall look. 
w/ OHC.


 
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2003 Prucha "Legend" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(++) Condition. There are just a couple of very light scratches on the back of the neck, and a little minor fret wear.
     Highly figured Maple, with very strong striping figure in neck, 1-pc figured Maple resonator back. Resonator has multiple ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings seen on top, back and sides of resonator, and multiple ivoroid/black/ivoroid binding with black line seen on side of fingerboard. Radiused Ebony fingerboard, with Abalone "Hearts & Flowers" inlay pattern. Ebony peghead overlay, with JPrucha inlaid in abalone and H&F abalone peghead inlay pattern. Nickel Schaller 2-band pre-war style tuners. Nickel hardware, with "Gibson style" rim and 1-pc flange.
     As usual, the workmanship is superb. It is extremely difficult to fit the flange and the neck heel perfectly into the resonator... but Prucha does it every time. Also - the neck shape is very elegantly carved. You could actually get lost in wonderment while looking at how perfect the neck shape is, the perfect binding, the perfect inlays, the color of the finish over the nice figured Maple, etc.
     This banjo has great tone. Contrary to many armchair quarterbacks who say "Maple is too bright", It isn't too bright at all. In fact, it has a lovely rich and growly sound and is clear and sweet all the way up the fingerboard.

w/ HC

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

New. Select Mahogany neck and resonator. White bindings on resonator and neck. Flat Rosewood fingerboard. Vintage style Gotoh tuners with cream plastic buttons. R.R. spikes installed by Prucha at A, Bb, B & C positions for 5th-string capo'ing. Hearts & Flowers pearl inlay in fingerboard.
This banjo is a nice one. The Mahogany is beautifully shaded with the finish to give the banjo a great look.
As far as materials and workmanship go, it is hard to find other makers that can deliver the perfection of building that Jaroslav Prucha is known for. Perfect neck shaping, perfect neck fit to pot, perfect fit of flange onto resonator ledge, perfect fit of heel into resonator notch. *I could go on and on, pointing out the high grade construction... but lets talk about performance and tone...
This banjo is really a strong one. Big, big bottom end with concentrated focus and growl. Highs are not shrill, but have a very good growl and plenty of fat tone, even way up high on fingerboard. This is definitely a great banjo for sound, and compares closely in tone with the Huber VRB-3, and the Williams "Kenny Ingram."

w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Select Mahogany neck and resonator. White bindings on resonator and neck. Flat Rosewood fingerboard. Vintage style Gotoh tuners with cream plastic buttons. R.R. spikes installed by Prucha at A, Bb, B & C positions for 5th-string capo'ing. Hearts & Flowers pearl inlay in fingerboard.
     This banjo is a nice one. The Mahogany is beautifully shaded with the finish to give the banjo a great look.
     As far as materials and workmanship go, it is hard to find other makers that can deliver the perfection of building that Jaroslav Prucha is known for. Perfect neck shaping, perfect neck fit to pot, perfect fit of flange onto resonator ledge, perfect fit of heel into resonator notch. *I could go on and on, pointing out the high grade construction... but lets talk about performance and tone...
     This banjo is really a strong one. Big, big bottom end with concentrated focus and growl. Highs are not shrill, but have a very good growl and plenty of fat tone, even way up high on fingerboard. This is definitely a great banjo for sound.

w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany banjo with "double-cut" peghead. Flat ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl "Hearts & Flowers" inlay. Simple white binding on top and back of resonator, and along sides of fingerboard. Schaller planetary tuners. R.R. spikes installed by Prucha at A,Bb,B,C positions. Comes with good arched hardshell case.
w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany banjo with "double-cut" peghead. Flat ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl "Hearts & Flowers" inlay. Simple white binding on top and back of resonator, and along sides of fingerboard. Schaller planetary tuners. R.R. spikes installed by Prucha at A,Bb,B,C positions. Comes with good arched hardshell case.
w/ OHC


 
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2008 Prucha "Legend" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. Select Mahogany neck and resonator. White bindings on resonator and neck. Flat Ebony fingerboard. Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern in fingerboard and peghead. Vintage style tuners. R.R. spikes installed by Prucha at A, Bb, B & C positions for 5th-string capo'ing.
     Like all of the Prucha instruments, this banjo shows off his skill in the elegant neck shaping, the perfect binding, the frets, the nice inlay, as well as the fit of all the high grade parts and the beautiful finish.
     Frets show slightest bit of previous playing and resonator has one slight indented mar on back near binding... otherwise it is no different than a new one. It is freshly set-up to play and sound great. And... of course it comes with a great TKL American Vintage Hard Case.
w/ OHC


 
Prucha "Legend" - Maple Custom PH
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New Prucha "Legend" - Maple Custom Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Custom Maple "Legend" model with some nice upgrades.
     Excellent "upgraded" Maple neck and resonator. White bindings on resonator top and back and along edge of fingerboard. Rosewood flat fingerboard with "Gull Wing" RB-1 inlays in pearl. Fleur d' Lis and Prucha logo inlaid in pearl in the headstock. Nickel hardware. Nickel Gotoh tuners with perfect antique-looking cream buttons. 4-hump clamshell tailpiece.
     This banjo has a very beautiful amber sunburst that just makes the Maple come alive.
     The sound is great. Very centered attack, with lots of tone and power immediately after the attack. Big bottom end with clear, clean expressive highs.

w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Custom Maple Banjo 'Sold'

Maple Custom banjo, with nice figure in resonator and neck. Dark sunburst finish with concentric circles in resonator. Multiple bindings on neck and resonator, with black line showing on all quarters of resonator. Radiused Ebony fingerboard inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl Hearts and Flowers pattern. Vintage style tuners. R.R. spikes at A,Bb,B and C position for 5th string capo. This is yet another example of a fine banjo by Jaroslav Prucha... Near perfection of binding, fretting, neck shaping... great playability, and great tone...
w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Custom Top Tension w/ Special 24-Fret Extended F.B. Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Excellent figured Maple. Ivoroid bound with multiple lines seen on top and back of resonator, and side of fingerboard. Ivoroid binding around headstock.This banjo is similar to RB-18 in peghead shape, "massif" solid-carved resonator, headstock and fingerboard inays. Nickel hardware. Two-band "vintage-style" tuners and matching Ivoroid buttons. Large J.Prucha logo inlaid at top of headstock, with art deco inlay in center of peghead. Solid pearl Gibson-style truss rod cover. Large stylized pearl block inlays in fingerboard. Modified Kershner tailpiece. Special neck has fingerboard design for two extra frets above the banjo head. *See photos Top tension hoop with traditional drum bolts threaded into pot metal one-pc. flange. Traditional top-tension style armrest.

w/ HC

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Custom Walnut Banjo 'Sold'

Flying Eagle. Highly figured Black Walnut Burled resonator, with excellent straight-grained Black Walnut neck. Multiple Ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings on neck and resonator. On resonator, the black line in binding shows on all quarters - above, below, and on the sides. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with "Flying Eagle" inlay pattern in Pearl.
w/ OHC

 
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New Prucha "Legend" Flying Eagle Figured Maple Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Highly figured Maple neck and resonator with radiused Rosewood fingerboard. "Gibson-style" pot with pre-war style 3-ply Maple rim, Prucha flat-head pre-war style tonering and one-pc. pot metal flange. Antiqued Ivoroid bound resonator and neck. Doube-cut peghead with "flying eagle" inlay pattern in neck. Handosme brown lacquer. Nickel Gotoh tuners with matching cream buttons.
     Very rich sound with a bold attack and lots of colorful tone.

w/ HC

 
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2005 Prucha "Legend" Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. The wood and finish are all nearly perfect. There is just a little oxidation of the Nickel plating here and there.
     High grade Mahogany neck and resonator. Nickel hardware. Flat Ebony fingerboard. White bindings around top and back of resonator, and along fingerboard. Nickel Schaller tuners with matching pearloid buttons. Hearts & Flowers pearl inlay pattern in fingerboard and headstock.
     This is a fine banjo. It has that great growl and plenty of power.

w/ OHC

 
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2001 Prucha "Legend" Maple Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condition. There are no major marks at all on this banjo. The armrest is a little worn and there are light belt scratches on the back. Apart from that, this banjo looks new.
     Figured Maple Resonator. Resonator and fretboard are multiple bound with Ivoroid. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with pearl "Hearts & Flowers" inlays. Prucha tuners with pearl buttons.
     Sounds big and loud. Nice low action and looks much newer than it actually is.

w/ OHC


 
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Previously Owned Prucha "Oldtime" Open Back Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(++) Condition. Mahogany neck open-back banjo. 3-ply full Maple rim, with "brass bead" ring. Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and star inlay at 5th fret. Peghead has JPrucha logo inlaid in pearl, along with a traditional star pearl inlay.
     Gotoh nickel tuners, with Schaller nickel 5th tuner, with beautiful matching translucent cream tuner buttons. All nickel hardware. The armrest is very nice - Prucha has improved on an old traditional design and they work very well. No-knot tailpiece.
     This is an exceedingly well-made banjo, with simple elegance seen everywhere. The tone is very big and full - you won't miss having a heavier tone at all...

w/ OHC

 
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2006 Prucha "Oldtime" Traditional w/ Dowel Stick Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condition. There are just a couple of very small touches on the instrument, and some light fret wear.
     Maple banjo. Full 3-ply maple rim with brass "bead" tone-ring. Wooden dowel stick construction, with the dowel stick adjustable at either end. Two-hump clamshell tail-piece. Ptacek 2-band "vintage-style" offset tuners with Schaller fifth, all with matching Ivoroid buttons. Ivoroid binding along fingerboard. Star inlayed in ebony peghead overlay. J.Prucha inlaid at top of peghead. Pearl dot position markers on fingerboard with star at fifth fret. Four railroad spikes professionally installed at 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th frets. Original fiber skin head in good shape.
    This banjo has a lot of sound, currently the head is set-up on the tight side, giving the banjo great strength and bass response with sparkling highs.

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Prucha "Pioneer" 1
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New Prucha "Pioneer" Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany banjo with "fiddle" peghead, and cut diamonds inlaid in fingerboard. Made with the same materials and great workmanship as all of Mr Prucha's handmade banjos. Black bindings on top and back of resonator, and along rosewood fingerboard. Nitro-cellulose "matte" finish. Includes r.r. spikes installed for 5th string capo'ing for A, Bb, B & C. Comes with professional tuners and good hardshell case.
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Prucha "Pioneer" 1
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New Prucha "Pioneer" Banjo 'Sold'

     Mahogany banjo with simple, yet tasteful inlays. Good straight-grained Mahogany neck and resonator, with flat Rosewood fingerboard. Nice mother of pearl inlay pattern in peghead. Cut diamond inlays in fingerboard. Black bindings on resonator and along fingerboard. Matte finish.
     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.
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Prucha "Pioneer" 1
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New Prucha "Pioneer" New Design Banjo 'Sold'

Similar to the tried and true "Pioneer" model that has been so popular last few years, but with more elaborate inlays in peghead instead of decals. Fiddle peghead. Rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlay, black binding on resonator and fingerboard. 4-hump clamshell tailpiece. Of course, these banjos have all the same components for tone as any Prucha banjo: 20-hole Ptacek pre-war style flathead tone ring, Prucha's excellent 3-ply maple rim, etc. Even the tuners are high-grade vintage style with nicely matching antiqued buttons. Comes with good hardshell case.
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Prucha "Pioneer" 1
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2006 Prucha "Pioneer" Banjo 'Sold'

Exc. condition. Very minimal fret wear. Mahogany construction with "fiddle" peghead, and cut diamonds inlaid in fingerboard. Black bindings on top and back of resonator, and along rosewood fingerboard. Nitro-cellulose "matte" finish has been shined up on back of neck from normal playing time. Includes r.r. spikes installed for 5th string capo'ing for A, Bb, B & C.
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Prucha "Pioneer" Custom 1
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New Prucha "Pioneer" Custom Radiused Fingerboard Banjo 'Sold'

Custom version of the "Pioneer" model that has been so popular last few years, but with Radiused and multible bound fingerboard. Fiddle peghead. Rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlay. Presto tailpiece. These banjos have all the same components for tone as any Prucha banjo: 20-hole Ptacek pre-war style flathead tone ring, Prucha's excellent 3-ply maple rim, etc. Even the tuners are high-grade vintage style with nicely matching antiqued buttons. Comes with good hardshell case.
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2007 Prucha "Pioneer" Custom Radiused Fingerboard Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent original condition with no problems or wear.
     Custom version of the "Pioneer" model that has been so popular over the last few years, but this one has radiused fingerboard with multible bindings. Fiddle peghead. Rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlays. Presto tailpiece. These banjos have all the same components for tone as any Prucha banjo: 20-hole Ptacek pre-war style flathead tone ring, Prucha's excellent 3-ply maple rim, etc. Even the tuners are high-grade vintage style with nicely matching antiqued buttons.
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Prucha "Pioneer" Special 1
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New Prucha "Pioneer" Special Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Beautiful Mahogany neck and resonator with matte finish. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard. Ivoroid binding on resonator and neck. "Fiddle" peghead. J.Prucha pearl logo inlaid in top of peghead with tasteful pattern in middle. Cut-diamond inlay in fingerboard. "Pioneer" inlay block at 21st fret. All Gotoh tuners with matching cream buttons.
     "Gibson-style" pot with same quality rim, tone-ring, flange and all other parts as any Prucha banjo. Great banjo with tons of presence and growl.

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Prucha "Plectrum Custom" Top Tension 2
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New Prucha "Plectrum Custom" Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

     Just arrived, but is pre-sold to a waiting customer. New. Faithful, pre-war replica.
     Mahogany with solid, carved "massif" resonator. Multiple-bound top and back of resonator, bound fingerboard, multiple bound headstock. Large "balloon" logo. Set up with 4 matching Keith D tuners - see photos...tuners are waiting for amber buttons to be fit.

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Prucha "Premium"
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1999 Prucha "Premium" - Gryphon Peghead Banjo 'Sold'

Almost new condition. 11" Pot with Tubafone tonering. Top grade banjo! Highly figured Maple neck with multiple ivoroid bindings and hand-engraved pearl inlays in Ebony fingerboard. Very nicely hand-engraved Gryphon in headstock. 3-ply Maple rim is bound inside and out with multiple Ivoroid. Vintage style 2-band Schaller tuners. Co-ordinator rod construction. Banjo currently has a very interesting head installed - Remo head was stripped of original coating, and a very nice hand-applied coating was brushed on. This head sounds great. The banjo has no problems, no repairs.

 
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Prucha "Premium" 1
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c2005 Prucha "Premium" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. This instrument only has incidental signs of prior use. Everything is nice and original.
     Mahogany neck on traditional 3-ply Maple rim. Brass bead tone ring. Rim is multiple bound at the bottom edge inside and out, showing tortoise main binding, 'backlit' by white layer underneath, to make the tortoise bindings seem to come alive. Excellent engraved inlays on peghead, and fingerboard. Pre-war style 2-band tuners.
     Currently this banjo is set up with a Remo "Fiberskyn" head and is tightened enough to give it some snap and ring. It sounds great.

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Prucha "Premium" Gryphon Custom 1
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New Prucha "Premium" Gryphon Custom Banjo 'Sold'

     Just arrived, but is pre-sold to a waiting customer.

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Prucha "Professional" 1
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New Prucha "Professional" Beautiful Burled Walnut Banjo 'Sold'

    Beautiful banjo, with highly figured burled Walnut resonator. The Walnut neck has nice bands of figure, as well. Ebony radiused fingerboard with abalone stylized parallelogram inlays. Multiple Ivoroid bindings, with black line showing on all quarters of resonator, and along sides of fingerboard. Nickel hardware, including Ptacek 2-band tuners. Schaller 5th string tuner. Ivoroid tuning pegs.
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Prucha "Professional" 1
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2004 Prucha "Professional" Banjo 'Sold'

Exceptional condition. Straight-grained American Black Walnut neck and Resonator. Ebony flat fingerboard. Multiple ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings on resonator and fingerboard, showing black line on top, back and sides, on resonator. Prucha's unique stylized parallogram inlays in fingerboard. Ludwig head added by previous owner. Original frets are in top shape. Even the original case looks new. This banjo has a lot of resonance and presence. Comes with transferred Prucha Lifetime Warranty. On Sale - $2850
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Prucha "Special" 1
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2004 Prucha "Special" Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) Condition. There are a few minor dings in the back of the neck, and a few in the resonator, but nothing major. Minimal wear on frets. Keith D-tuners are installed for the second and third strings.
     Mahogany banjo with figured Mahogany neck. Rosewood flat fingerboard with small Ivoroid dot inlays. "Bowtie" style peghead. Black binding along back edge of resonator and along fingerboard. Railroad spikes installed at "A", B" flat, and "C" postitions for capo'ing.
    This banjo has the same rim, tonering and hardware as all the Prucha banjos, and sounds like it too.

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Prucha "Special" 1
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2004 Prucha "Special" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. No evidence of player wear. Frets are like new. No dings or dents in resonator or back of neck. Edge of peghead has tiny mark at edge that might not be seen in the photos.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. Rosewood fingerboard. Ptacek 2-band pre-war style tuners, with Schaller 5th peg. Black binding at bottom edge of resonator and along fingerboard. Clever dot inlay pattern in fingerboard. "Bowtie" peghead shape.
     Made with same rim, tone ring, and all other parts as every Prucha banjo. "Pot" is made to pre-war Gibson dimensions.
     This is a fine banjo. There is nothing "fancy" about it, but when you factor in the high grade parts and the fact that it is handmade you start to understand. It has a fresh bridge and set-up and is ready to play. The sound is great - nothing but professional grade expression and power with bold, growling lows and fat treble.
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Prucha "Spirit" Model 1
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Like New Prucha "Spirit" Model w/ Elaborate Inlay Design Banjo 'Sold'

     Pre-owned 2014 banjo, but in "As New" condition. NO wear, dings, scratches, etc. Comes with assignable warranty.
    Highly figured Maple banjo. Exciting new model from Jaroslav Prucha featuring many fine components. 24-fret radiused fingerboard showing beautiful new Spirit inlay pattern. This inlay pattern breaks tradition by spilling over from main fret position with tendrils flowing into frets above and below. Unique peghead flourish. JPrucha logo inlaid at top of peghead. All inlays very high-grade Abalone. Abalone truss rod cover.
     Highly figured Maple resonator and neck. Multiple tortoise bindings on top and back edge of resonator and fingerboard, with wooden marquetry purfluing next to binding. Hardware is a tasteful mixture of black nickel and gold with elaborate, deep-gouge hand-engraving everywhere. The engraving is done by same engraver in Prague who has done most of Prucha's elaborate work over last 15 years or more. Gold 2-band tuners with gold Schaller 5th, all with matching amber buttons.
     Every year there are only a small handful of elaborately appointed banjos like this from Jaroslav Prucha and his son, John.
     You don't have to be sitting down to enjoy the banjo, but it is probably a good idea to be sitting down the first time you see it. This particular banjo would sell for several hundred dollars more if it were new... but here's one in new condition, with full warranty, for less!

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Prucha "Spirit" Model PH
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New Prucha "Spirit" Model Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     New "Spirit" Model - 1st example in U.S.
     Beautiful brown finish on this highly figured "tiger-stripe" Maple neck and resonator. The color perfectly draws out the intensity of the beautiful wood. Banjo is bound with Ivoroid multiple bindings, with black line showing at top and back edge of resonator, as well as on the sides. The Ebony radiused fingerboard shows ivoroid multiple bindings with black line seen along the outside of fingerboard.
     Very attractive elaborate new pearl inlay design, with a beautiful flourish inlaid in headstock, and very unique flow of inlay in fingerboard. Nickel tuners with Ivoroid buttons.
     This is a fine looking banjo. It also feels great. This banjo is very responsive... which means you can change several parameters of the set-up and still get professional sound at various settings. Many banjos simply cannot do this.

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Prucha "Star" Inlay
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New Prucha "Star" Open-back Banjo 'Sold'

Maple neck and 3-ply rim. Ivoroid binding on neck. Beautiful engraved inlays in peghead and at scalloped fingerboard position. Double co-ordinator rod system for ease of adjustment into the future. Beaded bronze ring - it sounds great! The light ring sounds very close to a Whyte Laydie banjo with some dampener inside the rim. Ptacek 2-band tuners with vintage buttons. Excellent construction, excellent sound. 
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Prucha "Star" Open-back 1
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2006 Prucha "Star" Open-back Banjo 'Sold'

Virtually unplayed condition. No fret wear. Comes with transferable lifetime warranty. Maple neck and 3-ply rim. Traditional dowell stick. Ivoroid binding on neck. Beaded bronze ring.  Ptacek 2-band tuners with matching Schaller 5th string tuners all with vintage ivoriod buttons. All original prucha hardware.  
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Prucha "Student Special" 1
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New Prucha "Student Special" Banjo 'Sold'

Fine sounding and fine playing Mahogany banjo! Same pot as the major models get - Prucha's excellent 3-ply Maple rim, Prucha/Ptacek Flathead tonering, and pre-war style pot metal flange. Simple black bindings on back edge of resonator and along sides of fingerboard. Neck has small dots inlaid in the rosewood fingerboard. Fiddle peghead with vintage style 2-band Ptacek tuners with antique cream buttons. Made with all great parts, but just a little "less appointed" than the higher models.
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Prucha "Top Tension" 1
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2010 Prucha "Top Tension" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. Black Walnut. Beautiful bookmatched solid carved Walnut "massif" resonator. Straight grain Walnut neck. Rosewood radiused fingerboard. Multiple ivoroid bindings on resonator and neck.
     Pearl traditional inlay pattern in fingerboard. Pearl Fleur d' Lis inlaid in peghead. Pre-war style Krishot pancake tuners and Schaller 5th peg - all with matching ivoroid buttons. Traditional RB-7 style pearl inlays in fingerboard.
     Nickle hardware, with variation Top Tension armrest. Instead of having to release and remove the normal armrest to adjust the head, this armrest has holes positioned above the individual bolt heads for easy access.
     This is a fine banjo. The "thump" and presence are great. It also is being sold with original warranty, because it is in new condition.
     * To expedite photos, we are using the original photos. You may notice that it was sold originally with a Remo "Renaissance" head. The owner changed to a Remo "WeatherKing" head.
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Prucha "Top Tension" Custom 1
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New Prucha "Top Tension" Custom Banjo 'Sold'

This is a very nice banjo. Nice flamed Maple neck and resonator. Resonator is bookmatched solid blocks of Maple that are carved. Multiple tortoise bindings. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with "style 18" inlays of mother-of-pearl. Ptacek vintage 2-band tuners with amber buttons. This banjo has great sound and presence.
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Prucha "Wreath"  1
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New Prucha "Wreath" Custom Walnut Banjo 'Sold'

These Prucha "Wreath" models have proven to be one of the most popular of Jaroslav Prucha's recent banjo models. Highly figured Burled Walnut resonator, with figured Walnut neck. Multiple tortoise/white/black bindings around top and back of resonator, and along fingerboard edge. The white center line in binding shows on every quarter, in other words, on top and on sides of resonator and of neck.  
    Mother of pearl traditional "wreath" pattern in peghead and in rosewood fingerboard. Solid mother of pearl truss-rod cover. Vintage style Ptacek 2-band tuners with Schaller 5th peg - all with matching ivoroid buttons. Flat Rosewood fingerboard. Resonator has concentric circles of wooden marquetry. Remo "Rennaisance" head. Nickel hardware.
    This is truly a beautiful banjo, even if you only look at the woods, or the workmanship... but add in the inlays and the bindings and it becomes quite a work of understated elegance for a discriminating player.
    And... it plays easy with lots of expressive tone and power.
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Prucha "Wreath" Custom 1
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New Prucha "Wreath" Custom Radiused Fingerboard Banjo 'Sold'

New Model from Prucha! Mahogany banjo with lots of extras. Multiple ivoroid/black/ivoroid bindings showing black line on top and back edge AND sides of resonator, and along fingerboard side. Beautiful mother of pearl "wreath" pattern in peghead and in rosewood fingerboard. Vintage style Ptacek 2-band tuners with Schaller 5th peg - all with matching ivoroid buttons. Radiused fingerboard. Concentric circles in back of resonator.
    Once again, after seeing this banjo come into IBMA, I am struck by just how "perfect" a craftsman Mr Prucha is. Jaroslav Prucha, along with his son John, do the most amazing handwork on their banjos. Incredibly great binding, elegant shaping, perfect inlays, and always great sound. This banjo got a tremendous amount of attention at Prucha's IBMA booth, for its sound and its beauty.
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Prucha "Wreath" Custom 1
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2007 Prucha "Wreath" Custom Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc (+) condition with almost no signs of prior use.
     Mahogany banjo with subtle traditional appointments: High grade straight-grain Mahogany neck and resonator; Concentric rings in resonator back; Multiple Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid bindings showing on upper and lower sides of resonator, top and back of resonator, and along fingerboard; Double-cut peghead with Wreath inlay; Rosewood radiused fingerboard with traditional Wreath inlays and "Mastertone" block at 15th fret; Offset 2-band vintage style tuners; Solid pearl truss-rod cover; Solid Ivoroid tuner buttons. 2-pc "Tube-and-Plate" flange.
     This banjo is set up and ready to play. The action is nice, frets are nice, etc. As far as values go, a new Wreath Custom banjo costs well over the price of this banjo.
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Prucha "Wreath" Standard 1
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New Prucha "Wreath" Standard Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

     Mahogany neck and resonator. Rosewood fingerboard.
     These "Wreath" models are some of the most popular banjos that Mr Prucha makes. This "Standard" version is a little less expensive, having single white bindings on top and back of resonator, and along fingerboard, and no concentric circles in back of resonator.
     Resonator and neck are artfully shaded, to accent the beautiful Mahogany wood grain. Traditional "Wreath" inlays in double-cut peghead and in fingerboard. Mastertone block at 15th fret.
     Fingerboard is radiused. Tuners are Gotoh 2-band, with Gotoh 5th peg. All have matching antique cream buttons.  As always, Mr Prucha has installed r.r. spikes for 5th string capo'ing at A, Bb, B, and C positions.
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Prucha Basic Deluxe 1
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2004 Prucha Basic Deluxe Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. This banjo is in great original shape. Some moderate fret wear on first position frets, light sign of arm wear on armrest and a small area of wear on the Remo head... Otherwise this banjo is in really great overall shape.
     Mahogany resonator and neck with cream bindings on top and back edge of resonator and along fingerboard. Rosewood fingerboard with Pearl cut-diamond inlays. Nickel Ptacek pre-war style 2-band offset main tuners and Schaller 5th - all with matching Ivoroid buttons. Ebony peghead overlay with J.Prucha and "floral" inlay in Pearl. Nickel clamshell tailpiece.
     Nice Mahogany sound with lots of grit and growl.

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Prucha Bat Top-Tension Cherry Special 1
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New Prucha Bat Top-Tension Cherry Special Banjo 'Sold'

     Highly figured Cherry banjo with solid-carved "massif" resonator. Neck and resonator both show excellent cherry figure. Multiple tortoise bindings on top and back of resonator and along neck. Abalone purfling inside tortoise binding along resonator sidewall, below tortoise along fingerboard, and above heelcap in neck heel. Top-tension banjos are quite rare but to make this one even more rare, it also has a 24-fret extended fingerboard over the head. Hardware is tasteful mixture of black nickel and gold. Fingerboard has Abalone "Bat" inays to complement the Abalone JPrucha logo and other bats inlaid in peghead. Abalone truss rod cover. Each tuner has alternating black nickel and gold parts in a stack. Gold Schaller 5th string tuner, all with matching amber buttons.
     It would be hard to think of something as an appointment that might have been left off this banjo. The only thing that comes to mind is engraving, but clearly this banjo does not need it artistically. This is definitely a future heirloom banjo and will be prized by players and collectors alike for generations to come.



 
Prucha Custom Bat Top Tension 1
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New Prucha Custom Bat Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

     Cherry neck and Massif resonator. Black nickel and gold hardware. Radiused Ebony fretboard with pearl "Bat" inlays. Custom "Special Ops" inlays in peghead. Black Nickel and Gold Hardware.

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Prucha Custom Diamond Point Archtop 1
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New Prucha Custom Diamond Point Archtop Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Cherry resonator and neck. Tortoise and Abalone binding on resonator and neck. Gold and black nickel hardware with elaborate engraving. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with Abalone inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with Abalone inlay, truss rod cover and JPrucha logo. Gold tuners with amber buttons.

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Prucha Diamond Point 1
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New Prucha Diamond Point w/ Copper Patina Hardware & Massif Resonator Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Very popular since their introduction, these Prucha "Diamond Point" banjos are great. Made with Mahogany and using Copper Patina hardware, not only do they look fabulous, but their sound is also strong yet nuanced with lots of tonal beauty and expression.
     This particular banjo has the normal appointments as you expect with one of these fine banjos: nice Mahogany neck and resonator, radiused fingerboard, multiple tortoise bindings, and of course, the Copper plated hardware... But this one comes with a few extras. It has a solid carved "massif" Mahogany resonator, and a 3-ply rim that is mated to a slightly lighter no-hole flathead tone ring. Until this banjo arrives I can't comment on exactly what the slightly lighter no-hole flathead tone ring will contribute to the overall sound of the banjo, but I can tell you that the solid carved "massif" resonator is a very good thing to have.
     Almost every resonator made now or made through history is made with several plays of wood (usually Maple), with a veneer showing on the outside of the back and the sidewalls, that matches the neck. These solid carved "massif" resonators have 2 blocks of solid bookmatched wood for the back. This piece is then turned with a re-curve and then hand-scraped and voiced for tone. The end result is a very satisfying "knock", or "bonk" to the tone that lets the player know that the back wall is solid.
     You may have noticed that Alison Brown plays a Prucha Diamond Point" with Copper Patina, and has been doing so since around 2005 or so. Mr Prucha informed us that Alison Brown enjoyed this very banjo very much when it arrived in Nashville before coming here to us.

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Prucha Diamond Point Cherry Custom 1
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New Prucha Diamond Point Cherry Custom Left-Handed Banjo 'Sold'

     Beautiful, figured Cherry-wood neck and resonator with handsome medium-dark sunburst finish. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with Abalone "Diamond Point" inlay pattern. JPrucha logo inlaid in headstock along with inlaid flourish below the logo. Abalone truss rod cover. Multiple tortoise bindings on top and back edge of resonator, and along fingerboard. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Back of resonator is two-piece cherry veneer, bookmatched to show off the beautiful figure. Hardware is mixed black nickel and gold. Ptacek 20-hole, pre-war style tonering on 3-ply Maple rim. K & H 2-band tuners with gold Schaller 5th all with matching Amber buttons.
     *It's hard to state just how tasteful Prucha's coloration of the Cherry along with the tortoise binding and the Amber is, this is a very fine banjo.

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Prucha Diamond-Point Arch-Top Custom
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Previously Owned Prucha Diamond-Point Arch-Top Custom Banjo 'Sold'

     Near-mint condition.
     Beautifully figured Cherry wood neck and resonator, "massif" carved and voiced resonator back. Beautiful figuring all through the Cherry, end to end of the neck, sidewalls of the resonator, and back of the resonator. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with Abalone "Diamond-Point" pattern inlay. J Prucha logo in Abalone in peghead, with Diamond-Point" Abalone inlay below, and Abalone truss-rod cover. Tortoise multiple bindings on top and back of resonator, and along fingerboard. Beautiful Abalone purfling layer beow bindings on sidewall of resonator, along sides of neck, and around heel cap. Beautiful dolphin inlay in resonator back, near heel cap. "Deep-Gouge" engraving throughout, with elaborate engraving showing on top and side of armres, top and side of tension hoop, tailpiece, tone-ring, flange. Hardware is a mixture of black nickel and gold...see photos. Even the tuners are a rare example of black nickel mixed with gold plating.
     The arch-top tonering is a faithful rendition of the later 1920's style no-hole archtops that Gibson is famous for. This tonering is mated well with the 3-ply Maple rim to cause wonderful resonance. The neck and resonator are involved with the resonance as well, and the result is a wonderfully balanced, and powerful banjo with beautiful tone. If you only wanted to buy one arch-top in your lifetime, this would be a good choice for tone alone. Then if you consider the beauty wiht the tone, the choice becomes more obvious.

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Prucha Fall In Love 1
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New Prucha Fall In Love Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Very highly figured Maple neck and resonator. And the perfect sunburst gradation of red-brown and gold-amber colors really makes the Maple come alive. Ebony peghead overlay and Ebony flat fingerboard with abalone "Fall-in-Love" inlay pattern. Multiple ivoroid bindings, with black line showing on all quarters of resonator, and shown along side of bound fingerboard.
     This popular model has been one of the main banjos of Prucha's line for at least 20 years. The inlay is beautiful. It was developed by Jaroslav Prucha sketching fallen leaves.
     High grade construction with Prucha/Ptacek tone ring mounted on 3-ply maple rim. Prucha 1-pc pot metal flange. 2-hump clamshell tailpiece. Nickel hardware. H&K main tuners, with Gotoh 5th tuner. Ivoroid tuner buttons.
     * This is a great sounding banjo... it is bursting with resonance and sounds like a great classic bluegrass banjo when tuned to about G#. The neck vibrates in your hand as you play, and your chest reverberates with the resonator.

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Prucha Fall-in-Love Custom 1
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New Prucha Fall-in-Love Custom with Figured Cherry & Massif Resonator Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Special custom banjo ordered in as store stock.
     Figured Cherry banjo with Ebony radiused fingerboard. Solid carved "massif" Cherry resonator.
  Please phone us to hear more details... (406)327-9925.

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Prucha Fall-in-Love Custom - Massif Resonator 1
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New Prucha Fall-in-Love Custom - Massif Resonator Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Highly figured Maple neck and resonator. Resonator is solid Maple that is carved and tuned, much like a Mandolin back.
     Radiused Ebony fingerboard with abalone inlays. Abalone JPrucha logo in headstock, along with abalone floral inlay and truss-rod cover. Tortoise multiple bindings along top and back edge of resonator and along fingerboard. K&H pre-war style 2-band tuners with amber buttons. Schaller fifth string tuner with amber button. Nickel hardware.
     For the last 18 years, these "Massif" resonator banjos from Mr Jaroslav Prucha ("Yarrow-Slav Prooka"), have been very popular with experienced banjo players. Maybe the overall beauty has quite a bit to do with it, but I like to think it is the radiused fingerboards along with solid carved resonator backs.
     When playing a Prucha banjo with massif resonator, you get the added joy of hearing the notes rebounding off the solid carved resonator. It doesn't make it 'louder', or 'brighter', or 'deeper'... it just lets you hear a satisfying "something extra" in the sound as you play the banjo.
 

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New Prucha Granada Custom Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Beautiful custom Maple banjo from Jaroslav Prucha.
     Built as a salute to the oldest Gibson Granada banjos of the pre-war period. Very nice Maple figure in neck and resonator. Multiple ivoroid bindings showing black line on all quarters. True to rare examples of Granada models, the neck not only has the multiple ivoroid bindings, but also a tasteful wooden marquetry strip below the binding.
     Traditional 'double-cut' peghead with intensely high-grade abalone "Flying Eagle" pattern inlay here and in the radiused Ebony fingerboard. Gold hardware with traditional "Granada" style engraving. "Frosted" Gold H&K main tuners with Schaller 5th peg - all with matching ivoroid buttons. Most other gold parts are "frosted" gold, or "frosted" with bright gold alongside (see photos). Engraved armrest, tension hoop, flange and tailpiece. Tone ring is both shiny gold and frosted gold.
     This is a fine banjo and sounds great.

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Prucha Guibjo 1
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Prucha Guibjo Solid Body Electric 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition.
     This instrument is in great shape with only the barest amount of wear. Slight signs of use in frets and a few tiny dings in back of neck.
     Very resonant solid body banjo, hand-built by Jaroslav Prucha. Body is a hybrid of mahogany and maple. The back half of the body is mahogany and the top half is highly figured maple. Mahogany neck. Ebony peghead overlay with J Prucha logo pearl inlay. Radiused rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlays and Guibjo in 19th fret block. Tele-style bridge with string-thru body. Two Humbucking pickups with adjustable pole pieces. Three-way pickup switch. Two coil tap switches, to allow you to toggle either pickup from front coil or back coil or both as humbucking. Volume and tone knob. Schaller nickel tuners with matching pearloid buttons.
     Comes with excellent hardshell case.
     Buy this banjo and you can play the intro to Honky Tonk Women just like Keith Richards. =)

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Prucha Jason Burleson Signature Model 1
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New Prucha Jason Burleson Signature Model w/ Frosted, Engraved Parts Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Curly Maple banjo with many great features.
     Very strong Flame figure in the beautiful Maple resonator and neck. The figured wood is highlighted by the tasteful amber sunburst finish. Multiple Ivoroid bindings around top and back edges of resonator and along fingerboard. The neck has Abalone inlays. JPrucha logo at top of peghead with tasteful flourish of inlay below it. Radiused Ebony fingerboard is 24 frets, with last 2 frets extended over tension hoop and out over the head. Fingerboard inlays are Abalone "Spirit" inlays, with each appropriate fret spacing having a unique floral design; Engraved abalone block at 19th fret with Jason Burleson signature. Pre-war style H&K 2-band main tuners with Gotoh 5th - all with matching ivoroid buttons.
     Hardware is Nickel, with many parts frosted by glass beading and tastefully engraved Kerschner tailpiece, armrest, tension hoop and flange.
     This is a very attractive banjo and it sounds great. Handmade by Jaroslav Prucha and his son, John.

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Prucha Legend Flying Eagle PH
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New Prucha Legend Flying Eagle w/ Style 6 Gold Engraving Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Rare banjo with many beautiful upgrades. Highly figured maple banjo with multiple Ivoroid bindings, and colorful wooden marquetry purfling along sidewall of resonator and side of neck. Very high grade Abalone "Flying Eagle" inlays with Abalone truss rod cover. Double-cut peghead. Radiused Ebony fingerboard. Very elaborate hand engraving, styled after the old vintage "Style 6" banjos. Just the armrest or tailpiece alone are fantastic examples of beautiful engraving. Gold 2-band tuners with gold Schaller 5th, all with matching Ivoroid buttons.
     Just arrived, more information and photos to come soon.

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Prucha Pioneer 1
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New Prucha Pioneer Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Mahogany banjo with beautiful shaded finish color. Simple appointments - black binding on back of resonator and along fingerboard."Cut- Diamonds and Squares" inlay in fingerboard. "Fiddle" peghead shape with JPrucha logo and diamond pattern inlayed in peghead. Gotoh 2-band tuners with matching Gotoh 5th and cream buttons. Nickel hardware including 20-hole pre-war Ptacek flathead tonering. Railroad spikes professionally installed for capo'ing at 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th frets.
     Lots of growly resonance, quick, sure attack. Lots of power without being shrill or "shiny."
     Like all the handmade Prucha'sThis banjo is made by Jaroslav Prucha and his son John. It has all the good parts and care in workmanship as the highest priced Prucha does... This one is just more simply appointed.
     Comes with good hard case.

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Prucha Pioneer 1
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New Prucha Pioneer Banjo 'Sold'

     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.

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Prucha Pioneer 1
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Prucha Pioneer Rare Custom Version Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc original condition. This is a fine banjo in nice original condition. There are slightest signs of playing and one significant ding in the sidewall of resonator.
     Mahogany banjo with matte finish. Usually this banjo has simple black binding at top and back edges of resonator only. This example has ivoroid bindings not only top and back edges of resonator, but also along the fingerboard. Additionally, the name Pioneer is engraved into a block pearl inlay in the upper neck. JPrucha logo is inlaid in headstock, along with tasteful vintage banjo pattern. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard with cut diamond inlays. R.R. spikes installed at A, Bb, B, C positions. Nickel hardware. Gotoh tuners.
     Great growly sound.

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Prucha Pioneer 1
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New Prucha Pioneer Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Mahogany banjo with simple, yet tasteful inlays.
     Good straight-grained Mahogany neck and resonator, with flat 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.
     * This banjo has sold, but I am keeping the listing as "On Hold" so many of you can see an example here of this very affordable professional sound banjo. Made of SAME grade of  rim, tone ring, flange, tension hoop, etc, as all the higher priced Prucha banjos at a nice low price.
     We expect to get 2 or 3 more Prucha "Pioneer" models this year - call us to reserve one for you! 406/327-9925...

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Prucha Premium 1
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New Prucha Premium Gryphon Custom Open Back Banjo 'Sold'

     New custom open-back banjo with some great appointments.
     Highly figured Maple neck and Maple 3-ply rim. Maple neck is 2-piece with thin Rosewood "stringer" down back center line and tasteful sunburst finish. Ebony fingerboard with last 3 frets scalloped. "Traditional" Vega-style engraved inlays. Gryphon in headstock. Multiple tortoise bindings along fingerboard and around outside bottom of wood rim. Ebony heelcap.
     The pot has mixed Black Nickel and Gold hardware, with engraving

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Prucha Premium Gryphon 1
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2013 Prucha Premium Gryphon Left Handed Banjo 'Sold'

    Left-handed open-back banjo. Excellent (+) condition. Top of the line open-back from Jaroslav Prucha, showing the best of traditional build concepts and modern technology. 3-ply maple rim with 28 shoe-and-hook construction. Ptacek Tubafone tonering. Double co-ordinator rod system. All nickel hardware. Gotoh tuners in peghead with Schaller fifth, all with matching amber buttons. Neck is high-grade flamed maple. Perfectly done traditional engraved Vega-style inlays, with elaborate Gryphon in headstock underneath the J. Prucha logo. Flat ebony fingerboard has all-engraved inlays (see photos). Fingerboard scooped after 19th fret for increased playability. Currently set up with Fiberskyn head. Multiple tortoise bindings along neck and around outside edge of bottom of pot.

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Prucha Professional 1
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2003 Prucha Professional Banjo 'Sold'

      Exc (+) condition. Beautiful walnut banjo, road-tested and approved from one of our best regional banjo players. True to its name, the Professional model, is often bought and used by professional players, such as Peter Schwimmer from Portland, OR and our own Jack Mauer of Pinegrass and Larry Gangi Jr.
     Beautiful straight-grain walnut neck and resonator. Classic Prucha peghead with JPrucha logo inlaid and two inlay flourishes at top and center of peghead. Solid abalone truss rod cover. Gabon ebony radiused fingerboard with stylized paralellogram abalone inlays. Ebony heelcap. Reverse bindings on top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Black outer bindings with white-black purflings seen on top, back, and sides of resonator and side and top of fingerboard. Inlay block with Professional engraved at 19th fret. All nickel hardware, including Presto tailpiece and Prucha flange with peghead-shaped cutouts. Vintage-style two-band Schaller peghead tuners with matching Schaller 5th, all with pearloid buttons. Maple 3-ply rim with nickel Prucha flathead tonering. Currently has Renaissance head. R.R. spikes installed for 5th string capo'ing.
     This single-owner banjo has been played and loved with minimal wear. Frets have barely any sign of denting. Has all the depth of tone you expect from a Prucha banjo. Rock solid and stage-ready. Big bouncy bold sound.

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Prucha Professional Custom 1
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New Prucha Professional Custom w/ 24-fret extended fingerboard Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Walnut banjo. Beautiful grain with figure in the resonator. Nice straight-grain neck. Radiused Ebony fingerboard with fingerboard extended so that two extra frets (23rd & 24th) are actually vaulted over the head. Stylized pearl parallelogram inlays in fingerboard. Ebony peghead veneer with J.Prucha logo and inlay flourish above and below the logo all in pearl. Complex multiple Ivoroid bindings, with multiple lines showing at top edge of binding and at bottom edge of binding on top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Handsome brown coloration. Two concentric circles inlaid in back of resonator. K & H two band vintage-stlye tuners with Gotoh 5th, all with matching amber buttons. 13/16" radiused bridge. Clamshell tailpiece.
     Prucha pot with pre-war style flathead tonering, excellent 3-ply rim, and one piece pot metal flange.

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Prucha RB-18 Style Top Tension 1
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New Prucha RB-18 Style Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

     Special banjo. Built as a salute to the old traditional RB-18's of the 1930's, this banjo has all top woods and appointments.
     I am sorry to have to report that this particular banjo was custom built for a customer, so it is unavailable to purchase. Please let these photos suffice to show Mr Prucha's work on this fine banjo.
     Call us to discuss having a similar banjo built for you... 406/327-9925.

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Prucha RB-75 Historic Copy 1
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New Prucha RB-75 Historic Copy Banjo 'Sold'

     Just arrived, but is pre-sold to a waiting customer.

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Prucha Spirit 1
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New Prucha Spirit - w/ Special Plating and Engraving Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Wow! Quite a startling banjo - Highly figured Maple resonator and neck with Black Nickel and Gold hardware that is masterfully engraved... AND, a 24-fret radiused fingerboard!
     This is one of Jaroslav Prucha's ("Yarrow-slav Prooka"), new "Spirit" series banjos. The new Spirit delicate abalone inlays are beautiful flowers and leaves that can't be contained just by one fret position... They seem to "spill over" into neighboring fret positions (see photos). The peghead is also a new design for these Spirit banjos and shows off another elaborate floral inlay.
     The Maple figure in the neck and resonator is great. It is a very tight curl figure and has an understated intensity to it. Mr Prucha's chocolate finish color further adds to the Maple's beauty. Tortoise multiple bindings around top and back of resonator and along fingerboard,
     The Hardware shows tasteful mixing of Black Nickel parts with Gold plated parts. Both are elaborately and masterfully engraved. I can't begin to describe the banjo and hardware any better than by asking you to see the photos.
     Gold H&K 2-band tuners with gold Gotoh 5th, all with matching 'amber' buttons. Of course the pot is all made with excellent Prucha hardware, including Prucha/Ptacek tone ring mounted to 3-ply Maple rim and with Prucha 1-pc pot metal flange.
     The sound is great. Like all Prucha banjos, you will find joy in the professional sound.

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Prucha Spirit  1
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New Prucha Spirit 24-fret Custom Banjo 'Sold'

New.
     This is one of Jaroslav Prucha's new "Spirit" series banjos. The Spirit delicate abalone inlays are beautiful flowers and leaves that can't be contained just by one fret position... They seem to "spill over" into neighboring fret positions (see photos). The peghead is also a new design for these Spirit banjos and shows off another elaborate floral inlay.
     The Maple figure in the neck and resonator is great. It is a very tight curl figure and has an understated intensity to it. Mr Prucha's finish color further adds to the Maple's beauty. Tortoise multiple bindings around top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. As usual with Mr Prucha, the multiple lines of binding are seen along sides and top and bottom of resonator and along sides and top edge of fingerboard.
     Nickel hardware. Rare set of Ptacek 2-band tuners and Schaller 5th, all with matching Ivoroid buttons. Radiused Ebony fingerboard that extends 2 extra frets over the banjo head, for a total of 24 playable frets. This means you have access to a high "D" above the usual "C".

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Prucha Spirit - Alison Brown 1
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New Prucha Spirit - Alison Brown Custom Walnut Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     Beautiful Walnut banjo. Crotch figure Black Walnut Massif resonator with straight-grain walnut neck. Multiple Tortoise bindings around top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. 24-fret Ebony radiused fingerboard, with delightfully delicate "Spirit" inlays. Peghead shows new Prucha "spirit" shape, as well, and elaborate spray of "spirit" inlays in peghead to match fingerboard inlays.
     H&K tuners in peghead, with Schaller 5th. Amber buttons. Nickel hardware. 2-pc tube-and-plate flange. Normal construction with excellent Prucha 3-ply Maple rim and Prucha/Ptacek tone ring.
     The sound is nice and bold. I find myself using the word "presence" quite often when describing Prucha Walnut banjos. This one is no exception. Lots of "bonk" in the bottom range and not shrill in high notes.
 

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Prucha Spirit - Jason Burleson 1
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New Prucha Spirit - Jason Burleson Top Tension Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Mahogany "Top Tension" banjo.
     Mahogany neck with radiused Ebony fingerboard. Peghead and fingerboard show Prucha's new "Spirit" inlays in Abalone. 24-fret fingerboard extension over the banjo head. Solid "Massif" Mahogany resonator.
     Hardware is Top Tension with "frosted" nickel plating. Tasteful Fluer d' Lis engraving spaced around the pot.
     This is a wonderful banjo.

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Prucha Spirit - Jason Burleson Signature
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New Prucha Spirit - Jason Burleson Signature 24-fret neck Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Figured Curly Maple banjo with unique engraved parts and 24-fret neck.
     Amber sunburst finish really shows off the nice Curly Maple neck and resonator. Ebony radiused fingerboard. 24-frets. Lots of tasteful engraving. Nickel hardware. Spirit inlays in peghead and fingerboard. Multiple bindings around top and back of resonator and along fingerboard.
     More insormation coming soon. Banjo expected in stock around May 6th - May 10th. Currently enroute to MerleFest from Prague.

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Prucha Spirit - Steve Dilling Model 2 1
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New Prucha Spirit - Steve Dilling Model 2 Banjo 'Sold'

     New. And, it's a new model for Jaroslav Prucha. Steve Dilling is one of the recent user/endorser of Prucha Banjos! He has another fancier Prucha full signature model, but worked with Mr Prucha to create a very nice more affordable alternate model - this "Spirit SD".
     Nice Mahogany resonator and Mahogany neck. Pre-war style 3-ply Maple rim. Flat Rosewood fingerboard. Simple white bindings at top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Unique new inlay design by Prucha in headstock and fingerboard. Nickel hardware, including Jaroslav Prucha's new pot metal flange (already said to be one of the best ever made), and new pot metal tension hoop. Nickel Gotoh tuners with matching ivoroid buttons.
     This is a fine sounding banjo. I haven't even touched it yet with picks on, but even bare finger picked it has great attack and lots of character.

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Prucha Spirit - Steve Dilling Signature 1
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New Prucha Spirit - Steve Dilling Signature Engraved, Gold Plated Parts Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Beautiful banjo, with lots of style. Jaroslav Prucha's new "Spirit" banjo line has lots of people talking about his new peghead designs, new inlay patterns, 24-fret necks, etc. This banjo is loaded with good appointments - Elaborately engraved parts that are gold plated, speed neck, radiused fingerboard, 24-fret neck.
     More info, and sound samples will be coming soon!

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Prucha Spirit Custom Jason Burleson Model 1
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New Prucha Spirit Custom Jason Burleson Model Banjo 'Sold'

     Beautiful top-tension banjo with elaborate engraving and luscious Prucha tone.

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Prucha Spirit Model - Brandon Green Signature PH
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New Prucha Spirit Model - Brandon Green Signature Banjo 'Sold'

     New.
     New model for Prucha.
     Figured Maple resonator and neck with gorgeous sunburst finish. The resonator and neck are both multiple bound with tortoise bindings. Flat Ebony fingerboard with elaborate pearl inlays. Nickel tuners with amber butons. Nickel hardware. Ebony peghead overlay with elaborate pearl inlay and JPrucha logo. "Brandon Green" truss rod cover.
     If you've never heard of Brandon Green, you should search around for him. He's an amazing player and a National Banjo Champion from the Winfield, Kansas "Walnut Valley" festival. Mr Prucha and I have been very impressed with his beautiful playing for many years.
     Of all the new Prucha "Spirit" models, this Brandon Green model shows the most "traditional" inlay... What I mean is the pearl inlay is all between the frets. The other "Spirit" models have inlays that spill over the frets into the spaces above and below the main portion of inlay
     This banjo is the first example of this model after the one owned and used by Brandon Green.
     The materials are "tops", the workmanship is "flawless", and the sound is "great".

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Prucha Spirit Series  1
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New Prucha Spirit Series Alison Brown Model Banjo 'Sold'

     New Banjo, New Model for Prucha. Prucha has announce 3 new banjos with new design peghead shape and peghead inlays, and new design fingerboard inlays.
     This particular banjo model was defined by Alison Brown. She chose excellent options to enhance the banjo, like the radiused fingerboard, the 24-fret extended fingerboard, and the solid Mahogany "massif" resonator.
     Here are the full spec's:
     Mahogany banjo with new "Spirit" peghead and inlay designs.
     Nickel Hardware.
     Tortoise multiple bindings.
     Ebony radiused fingerboard with 24-frets.
     Solid carved "Massif" Mahogany resonator.
     Stainless Steel 2-band H&K Tuners, with Schaller 5th.
     Matching Amber buttons.
     R.R. Spikes at 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th frets.
     *Prucha Mahogany banjos with solid carved "massif" resonators are quite rare, yet in the last few months Alison Brown, Bill Evans and Tony Furtado have chosen them.
     This banjo is a 'sweetie'... Great attack, beautiful tone with understated power. And, wow, what an elegant look.

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Recording King Recording King "Melody King" 1
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2007 Recording King Recording King "Melody King" Wood Tonering Banjo 'Sold'

Exc. (+) pre-owned but with no signs of being played. Mahogany neck and resonator with Rosewood fingerboard. Cool "fan" shaped Mother-of-Pearl inlays in fingerboard and headstock. This banjo sounds really great... and with NO heavy bronze tonering! The head is mounted onto the 3-ply wood rim directly, with the tones developing straight into the rim, instead of passing from a metal tonering to the rim.
    The tone is very good - all of the attack, depth and tone that you expect from a "Mastertone style" banjo, but without any metallic or shrill overtones that some less expensive banjos have.
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Recording King RK-20 1
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New Recording King RK-20 Banjo 'Sold'

This banjo works quite well and is better than most banjos in the market at this price range. Wood rim construction with brass bead tone ring. Mahogany neck and resonator w/ sunburst finish. Multiple white bindings on resonator w/ concentric ring in back of resonator. White bindings on fingerboard. Hearts & Flowers inlay in rosewood fingerboard. Planetary tuners. 
    We always spend plenty of time and care setting up these banjos before shipping them out. We tune the head, re-position the tailpiece, install a professional handmade bridge, and put great strings on them. In short - they sound great when they leave here...  Listen to sound sample
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Recording King RK-R35 1
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Recent Recording King RK-R35 Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. 26 1/4" scale length. No dings, scratches, or damage, though there is some fretwear. Currently awaiting fretwork in our shop.
     Maple 5-string banjo. Satin finish on maple resonator. Rosewood flat fingerboard with seagull inlays on maple neck. 3-ply steam bent maple rim. 24-bracket tension hoop. Dual coordinator rods and adjustable truss rod in neck. Nickel-plated hardware including presto tailpiece and armrest. Railroad spikes installed for capo-ing in A, B, and C. Maple/ebony bridge and bone nut. Black peghead overlay with mother of pearl inlay. Planetary tuners.
     This banjo sounds great for the money. Well set-up and ready to play!

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Recording King Soloist 1
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New Recording King Soloist Banjo 'Sold'

Maple neck and resonator, with sunburst finish. Nice banjo as far as parts and hardware. A few rough spots here and there, but most are easily overlooked, because the overall take is that the banjo is quite nice. Figured Maple neck and resonator with sunburst finish. Elaborate peghead inlays along with the Hearts & Flowers fingerboard inlays remind you of the old "Bella Voce" banjos. Wide white bindings on fingerboard and peghead, matching white bindings on resonator. Very good sound and all set up to play.
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Reiter Whyte Laydie 1
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2004 Reiter Whyte Laydie w/ Engraved Gryphon Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. Almost no signs of prior ownership. The beautifully engraved Gryphon and other pearl inlays are also a rarity nowadays, as Mr Reiter doesn't do this level of work on this model anymore.
     Maple neck and rim. Whyte Laydie tonering. Bottom of rim finished out with Rosewood cap. Top inside edge of rim bound with tortoise. Elaborately engraved peghead inlays in peghead and at 1st and 5th fret. Dot inlays complete the pattern. Ebony fingerboard with ivoroid binding. Five-Star tuners.
     This banjo is in very fine condition. It is set-up to play well and has great tone. Currently has a Remo "Renaissance" head.
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S.S. Stewart "Universal Favorite" 1
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1895 S.S. Stewart "Universal Favorite" - Great Condition Banjo 'Sold'

    Exceptional Condition. This banjo is so nice it may fall into the category, 'best one you've ever seen'...  Spun-over Rosewood rim, with bead brass tone ring. Neck is Cypress(?), with light carving on heel. Blackened Pearwood fingerboard, peghead overlay and heelcap. Very nice inlays in peghead and fingerboard.
     All original hardware except spacer/keeper at neck end of dowel stick. I am sure it originally was two wedges of Ebony, but is now one piece of brass wedged in, to make the neck snug to the pot. Tuners are original(?) friction pegs.
     This is a great banjo in great condition. This would make any collection a little more complete.
 
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Saga SS-3 1
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New Saga SS-3 Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Mahogany resonator and neck. Flat fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Nickel parts and hardware, Golden Gate tuners. Ebony peghead overlay with Saga logo inlaid in pearl. Aluminum pot construction, with flathead ring integral to the rim. Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. Nice planetary tuners.
     This is a good intermediate banjo with a good valid bluegrass sound. Good "pop" and good resonance. Setup for peak performance by Greg Boyd.
     * This banjo comes with a handsome upgraded hard case with brown exterior and leather handle, from Saga.
 

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Saga SS3 5-string 1
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New Saga SS3 5-string w/ Pro Set-up and Upgraded Case Banjo 'Sold'

     New. Aluminum uni-pot construction, with shoe and plate flange. In my experience, these aluminum rim banjos have a much better sound than most of the thin multi-ply wood rims. Tastefully appointed, with nice simple inlays in the peghead and finerboard and bound resonator. Planetary tuners.
     This banjo is our main choice for a young player or for an adult starter. These are made well enough, and sound good enough, that for many people this banjo would be 2 or 3 steps higher than he one they had when they started learning banjo.
     These don't come with perfect set-up from the factory, however, and we do lots of tweaking and 'dialing-in' when setting these up. But the reward in tone is worth the effort in set-up. New from Saga, they retail for a little over $900 including the Superior Hard Case. But that doesn't include the $50 of professional set-up that we do to each one as they arrive here. But we offer it to you, of course, for lots less...
 

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Scorpion Mahogany 1
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2004 Scorpion Mahogany Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) Condition. Serial Number #0. Minor touch marks on the resonator and back of neck. Some light fret wear.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. "Tennessee 20" tone ring mounted on Tony Pass 500TS rim. Rosewood fingerboard with modified "flying eagle" style inlays. Ivoroid bindings on resonator and fingerboard. Multiple Ivoroid concentric circles on back of resonator. Hand-made custom wooden armrest by Cliff Avery installed on banjo. 5-star planetary tuners with Schaller 5th tuner, all with matching Ivoroid pegs.
     Great mahogany sound. Excellent "pop" in the attack from the lowest notes on the 4th string to the highest notes on the 1st string. Has a good rolling resonance when you play.

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Slingerland May Bell Tenor 1
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c.1927 Slingerland May Bell Tenor Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. 19-fret tenor banjo. This is a very nice example of an original banjo that is hardly used or worn. Tuners have been changed to modern planetary geared pegs.
     Maple rim construction with simple bead tone ring. Original Slingerland "White Mount" calf-skin head. All original nickel hardware in great original shape, except for replaced tuners, as mentioned above.
     Neck is slim with a "V" profile. Tension hoop, hooks & nuts, flange, armrest, Kerschner tailpiece, flange, etc... are ALL original and in great shape.
     This would be a perfect tenor to buy for a student, or just to collect as a piece of art.

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Stelling Bell Flower 1
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c.1982 Stelling Bell Flower Banjo 'Sold'

     Just in. Exc(-) condition. Sounds really great. Recent complete professional fret job. All original hardware. Just a few places showing evidence of player wear - no problems. Action is set nice and low.
    
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Stelling Crusader 1
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2005 Stelling Crusader Banjo 'Sold'

Exc. condition. Very minimal fret wear. Mahogany neck and resonator with concentric circles.  Resonator and neck are bound with multiple Ivoroid bindings. Tony Pass old wood rim. This is a very nice banjo in really good condition.
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Stelling Crusader DeLuxe 1
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2007 Stelling Crusader DeLuxe Banjo 'Sold'

Almost new condition. No fret wear. Everything original including deluxe Stelling hard case. Frosted gold hardware. Engraved tension hoop, flange, armrest and tailpiece. Mahogany resonator and neck. Tony Pass old wood rim. Resonator and neck are bound with multiple Ivoroid bindings, with black lines showing on top edge, back, and sides of resonator. Bound peghead. The inlays are very tasteful yet intricate. This is a great banjo that is in nearly un-played condition. On Sale - $3950.
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Stelling Golden Cross 1
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Previously Owned Stelling Golden Cross Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. This banjo is in prime condition, with no dings or dents anywhere. Even the case is in great original shape.
     Fine figured Maple neck and resonator. Ebony flat fingerboard. Multiple bound with ivoroid and wooden marquetry purflings along top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Fully bound, with bindings around resonator, neck and peghead. Elaborate pearl inlays in headstock and fingerboard.
     Currently waiting for fresh fret job and milling. The original owner played this banjo a lot and enjoyed it, but didn't abuse it.
     Please call for more info... 406/327-9925.

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Stelling Golden Cross 1
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1979 Stelling Golden Cross Banjo 'Sold'

Exc. Condition. This banjo is in really great condition. There are very little signs of ever being played not even any fret wear! New Kershner tailpiece and new armrest. D tuners installed. Shubb sliding 5th string capo.
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Stelling Golden Cross 1
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1980 Stelling Golden Cross Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. One-owner. Walnut neck and resonator. Fresh new full fret job. Some player wear - mostly as button trails on back of resonator. Some few light marks on back of neck. New head and new bridge.
     Original old style Stelling block pot rim. All original hardware, including Scruggs/Keith tuners at 2nd and 3rd strings. Original matching pearloid tuner buttons. Maltese Cross wood parquet inset into back of resonator.
     During this time period, Stelling was using 'Ebonol' fingerboards, a synthetic material that looked like Ebony. The owner had heard about problems from the Ebonol fingerboards and requested real Ebony on his neck.
     Beautiful appointments: Fully bound. Resonator has multiple ivoroid bindings with colorful wooden marquetry purfling strips at top and bottom edges. Neck bound with ivoroid and colorful wooden marquetry purflings. Peghead bound with ivoroid. Nice inlay pattern in fingerboard and peghead.
     This is a popular Stelling model because you get a lot of "extras". This banjo model was created in memory of one of Geoff Stelling's good friends who died rather young.
     This banjo was recently professionally re-fretted and is freshly set-up to play great. It is a good banjo that has had 20+ years of enjoyment, but shows no abuse.
w/ OHC

 
Stelling Master Flower 1
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c 2005 Stelling Master Flower Banjo 'Sold'

      Exc (+) condition. Has original Tony Pass "Lost Timbre" rim.
      Figured walnut neck and resonator. Resonator shows multiple ivoroid bindings. with black line showing on top, sides, and back. Wooden marquetry concentric circles inlaid in back of resonator. Ivoroid-black-ivoroid heelcap and fingerboard binding. Single cream binding around headstock. Flat ebony fingerboard with flowered inlay pattern. Ebony peghead veneer with Stelling logo at top and mother of pearl flourishes. Solid pearl truss rod cover. Tuners have all matching ebony buttons. Ebony armrest recently added. Hardware and wood are all in excellent condition. Stelling "pivot pin" tailpiece. Railroad spikes installed at A, Bb, B, C, and D positions. No wear, anywhere. Frets and fingerboard are in amazing condition with recent fret job. This is a fine banjo in really great shape. Sounds really good.

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Stelling Sunflower Resonator
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2005 Stelling Sunflower - Beautiful woods and condition Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. NO player wear - no dings, no scratches on back of resonator, no fret wear! Head is mildly worn from planting fingers for playing. Armrest has mild discoloration.
    Very strong figured Maple back, sides and neck. Ebony fingerboard. Multiple ivoroid bindings on top and back of resonator, sides of resonator, and along fingerboard. Original Tony Pass "Lost Timber" rim.
     All the various components - the rim, tone ring, neck and resonator are all involved with the sound on this banjo - the dramatically figured Maple is perfectly accented by the beautiful amber sunburst and the bindings. This is a great example, both visually and tonally, of what we all look for in a fine banjo.
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Stelling Sunflower 1
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2002 Stelling Sunflower 3-ply Rim Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. One-owner banjo. The head and all of the hardware are in brand new condition - even the armrest looks very close to "new". Some light fret wear and just a couple of random marks in back of resonator.
     Excellent figured Maple neck and resonator. Ebony fingerboard. One of the last few Stelling banjos made with 3-ply Maple rim. All original. R.R. spikes installed a A, Bb, and B positions for 5th string capo'ing.
     This banjo is set up well and plays and sounds great.
     Photos soon...
    
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Stelling Whitestar 1
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1983 Stelling Whitestar 5-string Banjo - Tony Pass Rim Banjo 'Sold'

VG(+) condition. Maple banjo with tasteful inlay in peghead and fingerboard, and with white/black/white multiple bindings. This banjo is from the first batch of "re-issued" Whitestar models from Geoff Stelling. In last couple of years this banjo was sent back to Stelling for installation of a Tony Pass rim. Some button marks on back of resonator, and a few small dings on back of neck. The Tony Pass rim is a definite upgrade. Comes set-up with 2 Keith D-tuners. This banjo has just been completely dis-assembled, polished, re-assembled and set-up by Greg Boyd, with new Rennaisance head and new armrest. 
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Unknown Maker "Gibson" Copy 1
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Recent Unknown Maker "Gibson" Copy Professional Grade Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. No dings, no dents, no wear. Greg says: 'This is a really well-made Gibson Copy with Great Sound!'
     "Old Factory Floor" 3-ply rim, made from 140+ year-old Maple. Gary Price no-hole flathead tonering.
     Highly figured maple neck and resonator. Multiple WH/BK/WH bindings on top and back of resonator, and along fingerboard. RB-4 style "flying eagle" inlay pattern. Seems to be Prucha hardware throughout. Ptacek pre-war style 2-band tuners and Schaller 5th string peg, all with matching Ivoroid buttons.
     This is a very good professional banjo with great playability and sound.

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Unknown Maker Tenor 1
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New Unknown Maker Tenor Banjo 'Sold'

 
This is a pretty cool old tenor, with engraved metal inset above the nut in the peghead veneer and an interesting armrest with punched-out moon and star designs. Kirschner tailpiece. Original friction peg tuners appear to have been replaced with a modern  set. Slotted tension hoop. Newer "Elite" head. Resonator and rim have wooden marquetry purflings.
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Vega Folk Ranger 1
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c1964 Vega Folk Ranger w/ orig. "Pancake Tuners" Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. Sunburst Maple neck. Original frets with no wear. Original hardware, including pre-war style offset pancake tuners, all hardware on pot, Vega sliding 5th string capo, and even the original frets and head...! Pot has original brass bead tonering.
     This banjo is in really great shape. Its easy to tell it was never really played. There are a few very small nicks in the finish, and there are some lines of finish checking on neck heel.
     Vega made this model, the "Folk Ranger", as their long-neck model just under the "Pete Seeger" longneck model. Usually, they had 90-degree "guitar-style" tuners... but this one got "pancake" pre-war style offset tuners. It also came from factory with Vega sliding 5th string capo mounted on side of neck.
     The Vega longnecks are a re-creation of the banjo Pete Seeger modified to add 3 extra frets, so he could play the banjo in "E" tuning, for example... But when you capo up to the 3rd fret, its in "G" tuning and plays like any normal banjo with normal scale length.
     The banjo is in nice shape and is set-up to play with no problems.

Newer HC

 
Vega Little Wonder PH
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1924 Vega Little Wonder Conversion to "Electric" Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent restored condition. 10 1/8" rim.  24 3/4" scale length. Original hardware except newer No-Knot tailpiece.
     Beautiful reproduction neck that is copied from an 1890's Fairbanks Custom Electric. The neck is 2-pc nicely figured Maple, with colorful wood layers beneath fingerboard, top and back of peghead, and heelcap. The elaborate engraved pearl inlays are really great. Original dowell stick. Matching newer tuners with pearloid buttons.
     This conversion was done using a hand-made faithful handmade reproduction of the Fairbanks "Electric" tonering.

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Vega Senator PH
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c.1920 Vega Senator w/ Custom Repro Neck Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent restored condition.10 3/4" pot. 24 3/4" scalelength. All original hardware except for newer No-Knot tailpiece and 2 hooks replaced. Pot refinished. Tension hoop shows nicks and dings and some Nickel worn thru to brass. Original dowell stick.
     Very nice figured 1-pc Mahogany reproduction 5-string neck that was copied from an early Custom Senator neck. Engraved Dogwood flower inlay in peghead, along with engraved star and trillium flower. Fingerboard inlays are all engraved pearl.
     Bottom of pot bound with tortoise celluloid on outside edge. Tone ring is simple brass bead, with spunover flashing down the outside of rim. Rennaisance head installed. Neck shows multiple wood layers below fingerboard, headstock overlay, and heelcap. Tuners appear to be Schaller, but I am not sure of the brand. However, the tuners work great and have matching black buttons on the tuners.

w/ Gig Bag

 
Vega Student 5-String 1
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1960's Vega Student 5-String Banjo 'Sold'

     Good condition. Recent professional setup by Greg Boyd means this banjo is ready to play. Great value!

w/ Gig Bag

 
Vega Tu-ba-phone X no.9. PH
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c.1920 Vega Tu-ba-phone X no.9. 17 Fret Tenor Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Nice original condition. Fanciest banjo from Vega during the period. 10 15/16" pot. Single family owned. Elaborate inlays all intact in excellent shape. Frets in good playing condition. Grover tuners with solid pearl buttons. Waverly tailpiece.
     Rim is elaborate rim with tortoise binding at inside top and bottom, and outside at bottom. Wooden marquetry on bottom of rim. Highly figured Maple neck has carved heel. Back of peghead has dyed Pearwood overlay with Vega engraved Star inlaid. Dyed Pearwood Peghead overlay and Ebony fingerboard have original fancy engraved inlays. Ebony heelcap has elaborate engraved floral inlay. Original pie-wedge resonator with tortoise binding in great shape.
     This is a fine piece for a collection, but its also set-up to play. Neck angle good. New hide head installed in recent years. Old period bridge. Case is in good shape with all latches and hinges working fine. Interior of case is fine. Case handle has been replaced with rope.
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Vega Tuba-Phone Conversion PH
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c.1920 Vega Tuba-Phone Conversion Banjo 'Sold'

    10 15/16" Tubaphone pot. Reproduction hooks and nuts and no-knot tailpiece. Beautiful reproduction style 3 neck, with very nice inlays and neck shape. New Krishot "pancake" pre-war style tuners, Schaller geared 5th peg. Ivoroid tuner buttons.
     Original tone ring, rim, bracket band, shoes, tension hoop and hide head (in good shape). Inside and outside of rim bound with Tortoise celluloid. 26 1/2" scale length.
     New hide head recently installed.
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Vega Tubaphone 1
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1927 Vega Tubaphone Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. 10 15/16" Tubaphone pot, with shoe bracket band. Rim is bound inside and outside at the bottom lip with Tortoise binding, and again at inside top of rim. Original hardware and rim are in nice condition. Comes with period wire armrest and a newer "No-Knot" tailpiece.
     Excellent professional copy Birdseye Maple 5-string neck with Ivoroid binding. Neck was hand made and hand fit by John Joyner, our local 30+ year luthier, so all the work is excellent. Flat Ebony fingerboard with pearl inlays and "scoop" past the 15th fret. Five-Star Nickel tuners.
     This banjo looks great, plays great and sounds great. *Original 5-string neck and case are available - please call us to discuss.

w/ New Bump Case

 
Vega Tubaphone No. 9 PH
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c.1928 Vega Tubaphone No. 9 Banjo 'Sold'

Conversion to 5-string by John Joyner. Pot is in excellent original condition. Mr Joyner has done a fine job, using much of the original pearl inlays in the new neck. Original peghead overlay is intact and installed on new neck. Original heel cap with intricate inlay is installed in new neck, as is the original Star engraved inlay from back of peghead. Engraved inlays in fingerboard are newer. Carving on neck heel.
Original hardware, original dowell stick. New frets.

w/ New Bump Case

 
Vega Tubaphone No. 9 w/ Repro 5-string Neck PH
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1927 Vega Tubaphone No. 9 w/ Repro 5-string Neck Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. 24 3/4" scale length. 10 15/16" pot with recent professional 5-pc Mahogany neck. Pot has all original except newer No-Knot tailpiece. Bottom of pot has wooden marquetry, and it has tortoise binding at inside and outside of wood rim. Newer planetary tuning pegs.
     The newer neck is great. Very tasteful job of mating the colorful wood layers and also the elaborately engraved inlays. Large Vega "Urn" inlaid in peghead. Back of peghead has engraved Vega "Star" inlay. Peghead has multiple wood layers on top and back, with back Ebony overlay that continues down back of neck to about the 4th fret. Fingerboard and heelcap have multiple layers of wood, as well. Engraved floral inlay in heelcap.

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Vega TubaphoneTenor 1
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c. 1926 Vega TubaphoneTenor 10 15/16" Pot Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. Normal hand wear on back of neck, but no dings or dents. Some wear in fingerboard and frets. Frets appear to be original.    
     All-original hardware except for newer Presto tailpiece. Maple rim with tortoise binding at bottom on the inside and out, and inside upper lip of rim. Ebony fretboard. Original tuners.

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Vega Whyte Laydie No. 7 PH
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1925 Vega Whyte Laydie No. 7 w/ Excellent Repro 5-str Neck Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent restored condition.  10 1/8" Pot.  24 3/4" scale length. Pot has all original hardware except newer No-Knot tailpiece.
     Elaborate Mahogany #7 repro neck that is faithful to the originals, with multicolor wood layers under fingerboard, back and front of peghead, and heelcap. Neck is 2-pc Mahogany with tasteful multiple wood "stringer" down center of back of neck. Very nice elaborate engraved #7 Vega inlays in peghead, fingerboard, back of peghead and heelcap. Vega floral pattern carved into heel.
     Rim is bound top and bottom with ivoroid. Bottom of pot has colorful wooden marquetry purfling. Ivoroid binding along sides of fingerboard. Newer matching nickel tuners with black buttons. Comes with fibre-skin style head.

w/ Gig Bag

 
Washburn
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c2005 Washburn Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. Wood rim. Very nice starter banjo that has some tone.

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Washburn
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c2005 Washburn Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc condition. Not much wear anywhere, but you can tell it was played.
     Just fresh from recent set up and it sounds very good. Wood rim with shoe and plate flange.

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Washburn B-16 1
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Recent Washburn B-16 Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Only has barest signs of previous playing - no fret wear!
     Maple banjo with colorful stains and sunburst on the wood. Back of neck shows a highlight of Black Cherry color down the main bole, with darker back of headstock and heel. Resonator has matching Black Cherry color on resonator side walls. The resonator back shows a more traditional three-color sunburst, with the Black Cherry again used as middle color tone.
     Resonator has multiple cream bindings along top and back edges and concentric circles inset into the resonator back. The neck is bound with cream binding and has a multiple layer heelcap. Flat Rosewood fingerboard with Flying Eagle inlays. Planetary tuners with matching ivoroid buttons.
     Traditional bluegrass construction, with Flathead tone ring and 1-pc flange on 3-ply Maple Wood rim.
     This is a fine banjo for the price. The sound and feel are both very good. The only real signs of use is a little head wear.
New, these sell for over $800 with a good hard cases. Here is one hardly used, WITH the original hard case, for lots less.

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Washburn B-16 1
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New Washburn B-16 Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(++) Condition. There are a couple of slight marks on the back of the resonator, otherwise this instrument is in mint condition.
     Nicely figured maple resonator, multiple bound with sunburst and double concentric circle marquetry. Maple neck with single binding. Radiused Ebony fretboard with pearl inlays. Ebony peghead overlay.

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Washburn B-16 1
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Washburn B-16 Banjo 'Sold'

     Very nice original condition. No signs of player wear.
     Highly figured Maple resonator. Maple neck. Multiple bindings on resonator. Bindings along fingerboard. "Flying Eagle" inlay pattern in fingerboard and peghead. Neck shows '3-piece' construction (some would say 5-piece), with stringer of Maple sandwiched between strips of Ebony running down center of back of neck.
     Original clear Remo head. Set up to play well and sounds very good. Comes with a good hard case.
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Wildwood Paragon 1
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c.mid-1990's Wildwood Paragon Walnut Banjo 'Sold'

Excellent condition. Nice Walnut resonator and neck. Neck is 2-pc with thin ebony stringer down the back center. Ebony fingerboard. Reversed multiple black/white/black bindings along fingerboard and resonator, with wooden marquetry purflings below binding. Multiple layer Ebony heelcap. Original Schaller planetary tuners. Almost no sign of fret wear. One small area of thumb wear through the finish on back of neck - about 1" x 5/16". Two very small scratches on neck heel at heelcap. NO belt buckle rash on back of resonator. R.R. spikes installed at A, B, and C positions in fingerboard for 5th string capo'ing. The head shows a little dirt and a little wear, but can easily be changed out for a new one. The nickel hardware shows the grey clouding from age, but can easily be taken off, polished, and reassembled.
    * For an additional $100 we will install a new head, dis-assemble and polish all the metal parts, re-assemble and set the banjo up for you...
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Williams "Custom 32" 1
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New Williams "Custom 32" - Lightweight Banjo Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(++) condition. Maple banjo with an old c1932 bead-brass tone ring from an original TB-1. 50-year old Maple in the neck. Straight-grain Maple resonator. Cox 3-ply Maple rim. Rosewood fingerboard. Excellent intricate, yet tasteful, inlays in peghead and fingerboard. Mostly Prucha parts, including Ptacek pre-war style 2-band tuners.     
     This banjo weighs about 3 lbs less than a typical bluegrass banjo. The tone is great. Lots of presence, good solid attack. I can say that in many settings you could play this banjo and most listeners would not know it only had a brass bead ring, instead of a full weight Flathead tone ring! It sounds very close to my original 1934 RB-1.
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Williams "Custom Demo" 1
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New Williams "Custom Demo" - Burlile Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany banjo with concentric rings in resonator. Elaborate yet tasteful inlays in peghead and fingerboard. Comes with Jim Burlile tone ring and special wood rim. This banjo sounds great! Used for product demonstration at festivals. Doesn't show much wear, but does have a mark or two on the resonator. Please call for full details... 406/531-0532.
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Williams "Custom Vintage Archtop" 1
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New Williams "Custom Vintage Archtop" 1932 Archtop Tone Ring Banjo 'Sold'

     New. This banjo from Will Williams was made with an original 40-hole tone ring from around 1932. It was mated with an old cured Jimmy Cox 3-ply Maple rim from the 1970's. Unfigured Maple was used for the neck and resonator. This wood was chosen to support the resonance from the rim and ring. One-piece pot metal flange. Rosewood flat fingerboard.
     Ivoroid bindings on top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Elaborate yet tasteful pearl inlays in peghead and fingerboard.
     We've been having fun with this banjo since we picked it up from Will at a recent festival. It is set-up pretty tight, around a C pitch, and it has a great high-mid presence. I haven't heard it with a more relaxed head, but there is no reason to want to. This banjo has found a beautiful zone of "spang". In other words, if you are looking for a very cool sounding archtop, I would heartily recommend this one.

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Williams "Custom Walnut" 1
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New Williams "Custom Walnut" - with Burlile Tone Ring Banjo 'Sold'

Burled Walnut resonator and Walnut neck. Multiple Ivoroid bindings. Very nice intricate custom inlays. Half Gold and half Nickel parts mixed, with Tonering, Hooks, Reso Hardware, Armrest, Tailpiece and Tuners in Gold. Made with Gold Burlile Tone Ring. The tone is great. Many people are comparing the Burlile tonerings with original pre-war Gibson tonerings. The tonering alone costs $1500. Couple this handmade tonering with Will Williams' fine fit of high-quality parts, and the result is a great banjo! Comes with 4 Gold Keith Standard tuners.
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Williams "Custom" 1
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New Williams "Custom" Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany neck and resonator. Will Williams made his solid reputation over the last few years by consistently building banjos that deliver very good authentic, professional sound. This one is no different. Made with Prucha/Ptacek Flathead tonering and Prucha 3-ply Maple rim. The sound is great. Similar to Will's other banjos, this handmade tonering gives a satisfying "pre-war" growl when played in first position but has more depth and color of tone when played up the neck than most "pre-war" style banjos do.  Comes with good hardshell case AND "Ballistic Cloth" case cover.
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Williams "Custom" 1
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New Williams "Custom" w/ Beautiful Burled Walnut Resonator Banjo 'Sold'

     "New Old Stock" condition. Highly figured Burled Walnut resonator, with straight-grained Walnut neck. Cox 3-ply Maple rim with Prucha flathead tone ring.
     * This banjo was kept by Will Williams for 3 years as a new banjo, as part of his personal instrument collection. Now he has decided to sell it.
     Double-cut peghead with Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern in headstock and flat rosewood fingerboard. Ivoroid bindings around top and back edge of resonator and along fingerboard. Nickel Krishot pre-war style "pancake" tuners with Schaller 5th peg.
     This banjo sounds very good. It gives you the beauty of burled Walnut, and with a very good "growl".

w/ OHC

 
Williams "Grangeville" 1
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New Williams "Grangeville" w/ Burlile Tone Ring Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany neck and resonator. Double-cut peghead. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern, showing inlay at 1st fret. Ivoroid binding on resonator top and back and along side of fingerboard.
   Nickel plated parts, except for the unplated Burlile tone ring. Keith "Standard" tuners in peghead and Schaller 5th string tuner, all with matching ivoroid buttons. R.R. spikes installed at 7th and 9th frets for capo'ing the 5th string.
  
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Williams "Grangeville" 1
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New Williams "Grangeville" - Burlile Banjo 'Sold'

Mahogany neck and resonator. Ivoroid bindings. Elaborate Hearts & Flowers inlays in peghead and Rosewood fingerboard. All gold plated hardware. Keith tuning machines. This is a beautiful "understated" banjo that has great sound. SOLD to Dick Brown.
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Williams "Grangeville" 1
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New Williams "Grangeville" - Burlile Tonering Banjo 'Sold'

Here is one of the sought-after Williams models. The Williams Banjos are very popular with hard-core purists due to the close comparison sound to pre-war Mahogany banjos. It has a Jim Burlile flathead tonering, Mahogany neck and resonator, Double-cut Peghead, and Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern in a Rosewood fingerboard. Ivoroid bindings. Set up with a full set of Bill Keith "standard" tuning pegs - these tuners are expensive, but are excellent tuners, known for their smooth working. Other extras include a new Williams latigo leather banjo strap and a ballistic cloth case cover. Also comes with top TKL hard case.


 
Williams "Grangeville" 1
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2005 Williams "Grangeville" Banjo 'Sold'

    One of the favorite models over the last few years from Will Williams. High-grade Mahogany neck and resonator. Rosewood fingerboard with Hearts & Flowers inlays. Gotoh tuners. Ivoroid bindings on neck and resonator. R.R. spikes in neck at A, Bb, B, & C positions.
    Cox 3-ply rim with Ebbe pre-war style tonering.
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Williams "Grangeville" 1
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New Williams "Grangeville" Demo Banjo 'Sold'

     Demo. Exc condition, but has a few little marks here and there that let you know its been out and played. This is the 2nd "Grangeville" banjo built by Will Williams. This is a model that isn't currently in production by Will. This banjo was played by Will and used to show his work to prospective players and customers, for about 5 years. It isn't beat up at all - only very slight wear on frets.
     Mahogany neck and resonator with ivoroid binding. Fiddle cut peghead with traditional Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern. Solid mother or pearl truss rod cover. R.R. spikes installed at A, Bb, B & C positions. Ebbe pre-war style Flathead tone ring. Handsome brown finish. Gotoh tuners.
     Take advantage of this wonderful banjo priced very low by Williams. It sounds just great.
    
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Williams "Grangeville" Custom 1
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New Williams "Grangeville" Custom w/ Gold Hardware Banjo 'Sold'

    Very nice Mahogany neck and resonator, with ivoroid bindings. Double-cut peghead, Rosewood fingerboard. Mother of pearl 'Hearts & Flowers' inlay pattern. Solid Mother of Pearl truss-rod cover. Gold hardware, including 2 Keith "D-tuners" at 2nd & 3rd strings and Keith Standard Pegs at 1st & 4th strings. All tuners have Ivoroid buttons. Burlile pre-war style tonering.
    This is a fine sounding banjo. It delivers a great growl with lots of presence.
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Williams "Grangeville" Custom Gold 1
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Previously Owned Williams "Grangeville" Custom Gold Banjo 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. The resonator has a couple of small dings on it, otherwise this banjo is in great shape. All the gold is in very nice original condition, even the armrest and tailpiece.
     This banjo has the same key components as the Williams "Kenny Ingram" model... the "Old Factory Floor" 3-ply Maple rim & the Burlile Tonering. And, it has that pre-war Gibson sound.
     Beautiful straight-grained Mahogany banjo. Tasteful antiqued ivoroid binding around top and back edge of resonator and along fingerboard. Rosewood flat fingerboard with Hearts & Flowers inlay pattern. Double-cut peghead. Ebony peghead veneer with Williams logo pearl inlay, pearl Hearts & Flowers peghead pattern and solid pearl truss-rod cover. All gold plated hardware. Gold Keith standard tuners, with gold Schaller 5th, all with matching ivoroid buttons. R.R. spikes at 7th, 8th, 9,th, 10th frets for 5th string capo'ing.
     It is very rare for Jim Burlile to ever plate one of his tone rings - most people use them just with the original polished bronze look... But according to Jim Burlile, this is one of only 2 that were ever plated gold!
     Set-up talk: This banjo is a 'special' one in that it sounds great when set up "tubby", or a "little tighter", or "snappy" set up. Rolling, growly resonance... Right now it is set very close to Earl Scruggs' sound, with head tension a little past G#. It sounds great! Beautiful attack, with great resonance and timbre.
     The banjo looks fabulous, with no problems and showing no ill treatment. It sounds great, too. It is full of energy and has very active resonance when you are playing it.

w/ HC


 
Williams "Kenny Ingram"  1
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New Williams "Kenny Ingram" Banjo 'Sold'

#19. Here is the banjo that is the toast of the country! Will Williams was already known far and wide for building great banjos, but when Kenny Ingram heard them he asked Will to build him one with a little bit special "look" and some specific components. The result is a Mahogany banjo with concentric rings in resonator, built with Burlile Flathead tonering fit to an old seasoned Maple 3-ply rim, the "old floor" rim. Will makes this model with necks by Arthur Hatfield. Will constructs the banjos with all hand fitting and hand finish.
These Williams banjos have caught on and developed a strong reputation as being extremely similar in tonal response to pre-war original banjos. I have seen and heard this demonstrated by various professional banjo players playing authentic pre-war banjos head-to-head with new Williams banjos! Many other good players have seen and heard the same thing and are also convinced...!
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Williams "Kenny Ingram" 1
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New Williams "Kenny Ingram" w/ Burlile Tonering Banjo 'Sold'

     This is the last of the "Kenny Ingram" models. Will Williams has decided to "semi-retire" in order to spend more time with his family and with his band... He has announced that there will be only a few more of the Kenny Ingram models.
     Select-grade Mahogany resonator and neck. Rosewood fingerboard with Flying Eagle inlay pattern. Double-cut headstock. Sullivan "Old Factory Floor" 3-ply Maple rim. Burlile pre-war style flathead tone ring. Keith tuners. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Tasteful inlay pattern in peghead and fingerboard.
     This banjo is more than the sum of it's parts and appointments. Will "thoughtfully" assembles his banjos from mating correct weight and density of 3-ply Maple rim to correct weight of hand made Burlile tone ring. This step alone is very important in getting the right consistent tone.
     This banjo has a fine sound... lots of presence, lots of growl, great sound up high. It has the 'growly' sound when you want it and it rings when you want it. In short, it has major tone.
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Williams "Kenny Ingram" 1
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2008 Williams "Kenny Ingram" w/ "Old Floor" Rim & Burlile Ring Banjo 'Sold'

     Almost New Condition. There isn't any wear on frets. The only wear on head is from me having a blast playing this banjo. No dings or dents.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. "Old Factory Floor" 3-ply Maple rim. Jim Burlile flathead tone ring. Antique'd white bindings around top and back edge of resonator and along sides of fingerboard. Two white/black/white concentric circles in back of Mahogany resonator. Modified "Flying Eagle" inlay pattern inlaid in double-cut peghead and in flat rosewood fingerboard. Four Keith "Standard" tuning pegs in peghead, Schaller 5th string peg - all with matching ivoroid buttons. Solid pearl truss-rod cover. R.R. spikes installed at 7th and 9th position for 5th-string capo'ing. Bone nut.
     This is a really great banjo. It really is a joy to play a banjo and have so much presence and thump and growl. It really does make your sternum resonate while you are playing. Will Williams has  built about 21 or so of these "Kenny Ingram" models, using top grade components and taking care in thoughtfully mating these parts for maximum sound value.
     Kenny Ingram used this model extensively for several years when he was touring and recording with "Rhonda Vincent and the Rage".
     * Will Williams isn't making this model anymore, so if you want one it has to be a "pre-owned" one. This particular banjo is in great original condition and was really never played.

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Williams "Kenny Ingram" 1
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2007 Williams "Kenny Ingram" Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent(+) original condition. Hardly any sign of prior use. No fret wear. This banjo has been back to Will Williams and he's checked it all out and certified it to be in fine original condition.
     Select-grade Mahogany resonator and neck. Rosewood fingerboard with Flying Eagle inlay pattern. Double-cut headstock. Sullivan "Old Factory Floor" 3-ply Maple rim. Burlile pre-war style flathead tone ring. Keith tuners. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Tasteful inlay pattern in peghead and fingerboard.

     This banjo is more than the sum of it's parts and appointments. Will "thoughtfully" assembles his banjos from mating correct weight and density of 3-ply Maple rim to correct weight of hand made Burlile tone ring. This step alone is very important in getting the right consistent tone.
     This banjo has a fine sound... lots of presence, lots of growl, great sound up high. It has the 'growly' sound when you want it and it rings when you want it. In short, it has major tone.
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2008 Williams "Kenny Ingram" Banjo 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. Some slight evidence of fret wear, but nothing serious. Original finish in great shape.
     This banjo was used by Steve Dilling, of "IIIrd Tyme Out" for about 3 years, on the road and in studio recordings, with this banjo recorded on at least one album.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. 3-ply "Old Factory Floor" Maple rim. Burlile pre-war style flathead tone ring. Modified 'double-cut' peghead with Flying Eagle inlay pattern. Rosewood flat fingerboard. Keith "standard" tuning pegs. R.R. spikes installed at 7th and 9th fret. Resonator and neck are bound with ivoroid. Concentric circles in back of resonator.
     This is a great sounding banjo. Built by Will Williams, using all high-grade wood and metal parts.
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2007 Williams "Kenny Ingram" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. The resonator has a couple of scratches and dings, and the head shows a little wear. Neck and frets are both in great shape.
     Bound Mahogany resonator with two concentric circles. Bound rosewood fingerboard. Jim Burlile tonering, Maple "old-floor" 3-ply rim. Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard with elaborate pearl inlays. Keith standard tuning pegs with Ivoroid buttons. Railroad spikes on 7th & 9th frets.
     Wonderful dynamic tone that is comparable to pre-war style banjos... It has the "Mahogany growl". A great professional sound with lots of presence.

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2007 Williams "Kenny Ingram" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condition. There are some slight scratches on the resonator, and a couple marks on the top of the peghead, but the banjo is in great overall shape.
     "Old floor" 3-ply wood rim. Burlyle handmade,  pre-war style flathead  tonering. All 4 tuners are Keith standard pegs with Schaller 5th string tuner all with matching Ivoroid buttons. Neck was custom cut to show only the least amount of wood between the last fret and the tension hoop.

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Williams "Kenny Ingram" Model Inlay 3
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New Williams "Kenny Ingram" Model Banjo 'Sold'

#18. Here is the banjo that is the toast of the country! Will Williams was already known far and wide for building great banjos, but when Kenny Ingram heard them he asked Will to build him one with a little bit special "look" and some specific components. The result is a Mahogany banjo with concentric rings in resonator, built with Burlile Flathead tonering fit to an old seasoned Maple 3-ply rim, the "old floor" rim. Will makes this model with necks by Arthur Hatfield. Will constructs the banjos with all hand fitting and hand finish.
These Williams banjos have caught on and developed a strong reputation as being extremely similar in tonal response to pre-war original banjos. I have seen and heard this demonstrated by various professional banjo players playing authentic pre-war banjos head-to-head with new Williams banjos! Many other good players have seen and heard the same thing and are also convinced...!
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New Williams "Kenny Ingram" Model Banjo 'Sold'

     This is #21 of the great Kenny Ingram banjos by Will Williams. Made with top parts. Mahogany neck and resonator. Mr. Williams carefully mates a Jim Burlile tone ring with an old Maple 'factory floor' 3-ply rim in these models, to get a fine "growly" sound that is very resonant and expressive in the low register, and clear in the high register.
     Concentric circles in back of resonator. Comes with Keith 'Standard' tuners with matching ivoroid buttons.
     Will constructs these banjos with all hand fitting and hand finish. He takes great care in matching weights of tone ring and rim, as well as the perfect fitting of the ring to the rim, resulting in almost universal player satisfaction. Williams banjos have caught on and developed a solid reputation as being extremely similar in tonal response to original pre-war banjos. I have seen and heard this demonstrated by various professional banjo players playing authentic pre-war banjos head-to-head with new Williams banjos. Many other good players have seen and heard the same thing and are also convinced.
     There will always be only a limited number of Williams "Kenny Ingram" models, as Will only builds just a few per year.
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Williams "Kenny Ingram" Model 1
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New Williams "Kenny Ingram" Model Speed Neck Banjo 'Sold'

#17. Here is the banjo that is the toast of the country! Will Williams was already known far and wide for building great banjos, but when Kenny Ingram heard them he asked Will to build him one with a little bit special "look" and some specific components. The result is a Mahogany banjo with concentric rings in resonator, built with Burlile Flathead tonering fit to an old seasoned Maple 3-ply rim, the "old floor" rim. Will makes this model with necks by Arthur Hatfield. Will constructs the banjos with all hand fitting and hand finish.
These Williams banjos have caught on and developed a strong reputation as being extremely similar in tonal response to pre-war original banjos. I have seen and heard this demonstrated by various professional banjo players playing authentic pre-war banjos head-to-head with new Williams banjos! Many other good players have seen and heard the same thing and are also convinced...!
* Same specs as all "Kenny Ingram" models, but this one has a "Speed Neck" finish on back of neck.
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New Williams "Kenny Ingram" Model - Burlile Banjo 'Sold'

Prototype #00. Mahogany banjo with Double-Cut peghead and Flying Eagle inlay pattern. Ivoroid bindings on resonator and neck, with concentric rings in resonator. Unplated Burlile Flathead tonering. Rosewood fingerboard. Keith standard tuners. "Old Floor" 3-ply Maple rim. This is a fine banjo.  Sold to Kenny Ingram
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2006 Williams "Lewiston" Huber Tonering Banjo 'Sold'

Exc condition. Maple neck and resonator. Rosewood fingerboard with spikes at 7th & 9th frets. Maple Cox rim, Huber tonering.
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Williams "Montana" 1
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2011 Williams "Montana" Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. Almost no sign of fret wear. Some light marks here and there on resonator.
     Double-cut peghead. Flat Rosewood fingerboard with diamonds and bows inlay pattern. Don Elkins' old wood 3-ply Maple rim. Prucha/Ptacek pre-war style flathead tonering. Pre-war style 1-pc pot metal flange. Fingerboard and resonator have white binding. Mahogany resonator back has 2 multiple concentric circles. Waverly 2-band tuners. Speed neck.
     Players are used to Will Williams hitting very close to the mark to the old pre-war sound in his Mahogany banjos. This is no exception. Mr Williams carefully mates tone ring weight with wood rim density, to make sure the vibrations that resound thru the tone ring are handed off in a manner to fully activate the wood rim. Again, its a very good Mahogany sound.

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New Williams "Standard III" w/ Burlile Tone Ring & Old Floor rim Banjo 'Sold'

     The newest model from Will Williams, the Standard III has great features for "looks" and great features for tone.
     Mahogany banjo with white bindings on resonator and fingerboard, and white/black/white concentric circles in back of resonator. The Mahogany has very nice grain, and Will's coloration brings out the grain.
     Rosewood fingerboard with a pearl inlay pattern derived from traditional "leaves & bows" or "diamonds & bows" patterns.
     'Old factory floor' 3-ply Maple rim with Burlile flathead tone ring carefully and thoughtfully mounted on it. Made with high grade metal parts. Set-up with 2 Keith Standard pegs and with 2 Keith D-tuner pegs at 2nd & 3rd strings. R.R. spikes installed by Williams at 7th and 9th frets.
     This is a fine banjo - plays easy and sounds 'good n growly'...
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New Williams "Standard III" Demo Banjo 'Sold'

     New banjo that has been at Will William's shop as a demo. Mahogany neck and resonator. "Speed" neck by Williams, with oil finish rubbed into back of neck after lacquer sanded off. Double-cut peghead. Rosewood fingerboard with traditional Style 3 appointments. White binding on resonator and along fingerboard. Comes with original Keith "D-tuners" at 2nd and 3rd strings, and Keith "Standard" pegs at 1st and 4th strings. Schaller 5th peg.
     Very clean and original. Handmade Williams neck, Cox 3-ply Maple rim. Prucha/Ptacek tone ring and all other Prucha parts.
    This banjo is about 20% off the price of a new one, and it only shows slight signs of being played as a Demo.
     
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Williams Custom Parts 1
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Williams Custom Parts Banjo 'Sold'

     Parts Banjo. New banjo made up of new and used high-end parts.
     This banjo is made using same parts that Will Williams used in many of his "Custom" banjos: Williams neck; Cox 3-ply Maple rim; Prucha/Ptacek flathead tone ring; Prucha hardware. Resonator is older Mahogany resonator appointed like early RB-4 resonator with white/black/white bindings and 2 concentric circles of same in back..
     Williams custom neck shows a repaired heel crack. It has a flat Rosewood fingerboard with ornate pearl inlays in peghead and fingerboard. Frets have recently been milled. H&K main tuners, with Schaller 5th, all with matching Ivoroid buttons. Speed neck is original, done by Williams.
     This is a serious "working man's" banjo. Ready to play... feels great... high-end components...
     * If this banjo didn't have a repaired heel crack, it would sell for about $500 - $700 more.

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2007 Williams Custom Prototype with Burlile Ring & Old Wood Rim Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc cond. This is one of the prototype models that resulted in the Will Williams' Kenny Ingram banjo model.
     Mahogany neck and resonator. Speed neck. Resonator and fingerboard bound with white binding, with concentric circles in back of resonator. Sullivan (old factory floor) rim mated to unplated Burlile Flathead tone ring. Nickel hardware. Two-band H&K tuners with Schaller 5th, all with matching amber buttons. Rosewood flat fingerboard. Fossilized walrus ivory truss rod cover from First Nations. Double-cut peghead. Unique elaborate inlays in peghead and fingerboard. Pearl inlay block at 21st fret is engraved "Custom".
     * There is a repair to the peghead, but it is nearly invisible. Our own George Wiesel did his usual high grade lutherie magic and the repair is just so nice that you'll wish every luthier in America was this good... Call for more detailed description.
     This is an outstanding banjo with exceptional growl and smooth powerful delivery of tone. Recent set up by Greg Boyd.

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Un Played Condition Williams Floor Sweep Banjo 'Sold'

     This is a new, unplayed banjo, but resonator, neck, and rim were produced circa 2008-2010. This banjo is called a "Floor Sweep" because it is the 26th banjo produced with same parts as Williams' Kenny Ingram Model, but without the plaque, without Kenny Ingrams signature, etc.
     Around 2010 or 2011, Will Williams had satisfied the production of 25 Kenny Ingram model banjos. These all had the same formula of old wood rim, Burlile unplated tonering, Gill resonator, Hatfield neck, and mostly Prucha metal hardware. After this run was completed, Will Williams sold Greg Boyd these parts, calling it "Floor Sweep Kenny Ingram". This is an affectionate term that specifically means the same thing as the main run, but after the main run has closed. This means it's not an official Kenny Ingram with full serial number, plaque, and signature, but is sold at a tremendous savings and is the same sounding banjo.
     Mahogany banjo with single white bindings on top and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Double-cut peghead with Flying Eagle inlay pattern. Blank pearl block at 21st fret. Concentric circles in back of resonator. Beautiful pre-War style H&K tuners with Schaller 5th, all with matching ivoroid buttons. This banjo has some polite yet long finish checks in back of resonator. This happened when resonator was brand new and just finished. Because of this one blemish, the banjo has been discounted approximately $300 less than it should be.
     At the time of this writing, we have two official Williams Kenny Ingram models, number 16 and 20, and have just sold one of the Kenny Ingram prototypes. This Floor Sweep model sounds every bit as good as the official ones that we just mentioned.

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2006 Wyatt Fawley Retrotone III Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc(+)  condition. This is a very fine sounding banjo. Not much sign of prior ownership. Mahogany neck and resonator. Neck shows nice figure in the Mahogany. Ivoroid bindings on neck and resonator. Concentric rings in back of resonator. Rosewood flat fingerboard.
     Fine construction throughout the banjo. Mr Fawley uses a Red Maple 3-ply rim mated to a Faulkner style tone ring made by Kulesh. He also slightly shifts the bridge position another fraction toward the tailpiece, which many people identify as a positive effect on overall sound on a banjo. The neck profile is very elegant and 'slim'. The profile is very close to pre-war original 5-string Gibson neck profiles.
     The fit and finish are great, and the sound is the one everyone is after who loves Mahogany banjos... it is strong with good "bounce" and has that perfect growl. I can say without any reservation that this particular banjo is an exceptional banjo for tone.
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Wynn Custom 1
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c. 1996 Wynn Custom Banjo 'Sold'

     VG(+) Condition. No big marks or dings, just average signs of player wear. There Light scratches on the back of the resonator, and a small amount of fret wear. Back of the neck and peghead are in great shape.
     Mahgoany resonator with light sunburst finish and Ivoroid bindings. Mahogany neck, Ebony fingerboard with pearl inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with Wynn logo and pearl inlay.
     John Wynn was a celebrated acoustic luthier from Branson, Missouri. Almost all of his instruments were unique in appointments, and this one is no exception.
 

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Yates Ron Stewart Model 1
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2012 Yates Ron Stewart Model Banjo 'Sold'

     Exc original condition. mahogany banjo with almost no signs of prior ownership. No fret wear, no bangs, no dings, no repairs.
     Its not very often that you see a 'torch' or 'flowerpot' inlay in a banjo... but the one in the headstock on this banjo looks just great. The inlays in the Rosewood fingerboard as well as the peghead overlay, are Yates' design that are reminiscent of the old "Flying Eagle" pattern. Ivoroid bindings along to and back of resonator and along fingerboard. Concentric circles in back of resonator.
     Waverly 2-band pre-war style tuning machines, with Schaller 5th peg. Tuners have matching ivoroid buttons. R.R. spikes professionally installed at 7th, 8th and 9th frets for capo'ing in A, Bb, B.
     3-ply Maple rim with "no-hole" archtop tone ring. 1-pc pot metal flange. Presto tailpiece.
     This is a very good sounding banjo. I have always favored "no-hole" archtop banjos over "40-hole" archtops. There just seems to be more presence in the mid-range and low-range, but still with clear strong highs.

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