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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.



*** Prucha - 30th Year Anniversary ***
1978 - 2008

    Jaroslav Prucha (pronounced "Yarrow-slav Prooka"), has been building great banjos professionally for 30 years - and was even building 3 years before that as a hobby!
   He has established high respect among players and collectors who recognize not only his use of highest grades of materials, but also his mastery of craftsmanship in the fitting of the parts, the shaping of the neck, the fretting, binding and inlays, and most importantly, the wonderful tones these banjos produce.
   Prucha banjos are noted for producing that great "growl" in the  first position, but also known for subtle nuance and expression. They are all hand built by Mr Prucha and his son, John in their shop in Prague, in the Czech Republic.
    Jaroslav ("Yarda" to his friends), will only build a maximum of about 70 banjos per year for worldwide distribution to insure that his hands work on every instrument!
 
   Over the years, these banjos have not only been recognized as some of the best banjos made, but have proven to be excellent investments, with their selling prices as "used" instruments staying very high.

ALL Prucha banjos come with LIFETIME WARRANTY.
ALL come w/ r.r. spikes installed at A, Bb, B, C positions for 5th string capo'ing.
ALL come with good hard cases.
 

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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.


 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" 1
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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.

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Archtop Custom 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom 1
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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


 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom 1
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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

 
Prucha "Fall-in-Love" Custom Archtop Binding
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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

 
Prucha "Guibjo" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Guibjo" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Guibjo" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Inspiration" 1
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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


 
Prucha "Inspiration" 1
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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.



 
Prucha "Inspiration" PH
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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.

 
Prucha "Inspiration" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" 1
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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.

 
Prucha "Legend" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" 1
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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.


 
Prucha "Legend" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" 1
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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


 
Prucha "Legend" 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" Custom Maple 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" Custom Top Tension 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" Custom Walnut 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" Flying Eagle 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" Mahogany 1
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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

 
Prucha "Legend" Maple 1
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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


 
Prucha "Oldtime" Open Back 1
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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

 
Prucha "Oldtime" Traditional 1
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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.

w/ HC

 
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.
w/ OHC


 
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.
w/ OHC


 
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.
w/ OHC

 
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.
w/ OHC

 
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.
W/ OHC

 
Prucha "Pioneer" Custom 1
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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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Prucha Granada Custom 1
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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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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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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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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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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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