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1926 Gibson TB-5 Conversion By Robin Smith

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$9,250.00

This is a fine Pre-War Gibson Mastertone Style 5 conversion by Robin Smith.

Exc+ condition / SN: 8227-14
1-3/16″ width at nut / Ball bearing
Wreath Inlay / Very Original Pot
Bound Rim / Robin Smith conversion

This 1926 Gibson TB-5 conversion is a very fine example of an early Gibson Mastertone. Robin Smith of Heartland Banjos converted the banjo to 5-string with an extremely nice (and correct), copy neck. The Gibson style-5 banjos have some unique bindings and purflings that are hard to replicate. Robin Smith did as fine a job as possible on the colorful purflings and the antique pearloid binding and heelcap. He also did a great job on the layering of multiple colorful wood layers between the heelcap and neck, and between Rosewood peghead overlay and peghead.

The Fiddle peghead shows Gibson logo pearl inlay with Gibson’s wreath pattern below and truss rod cover before the nut. The Brazilian Rosewood peghead veneer has three colorful layers of wood before it meets the Walnut peghead itself. In the back of the peghead there are two parquet insets: the upper inset is a fan shape of green flower shapes inlet into maple, and in the center there is a large oval with six green flower patterns inlet into Maple. The beautiful flat Rosewood fingerboard shows no fret wear and has the historic pearl wreath pattern inlayed with a “Mastertone” block at the 21st fret. The binding along the fingerboard is very close to matching the original 1926 binding. It is very difficult to match the binding and marquetry to the old original binding and marquetry on the resonator, but robin Smith did a fantastic job. Railroad spikes have been installed at the A, Bb, and B positions. The tuners are the original gold five-star planetary tuners with solid real pearl buttons and original screws. The 5th string tuner is a newer 5-star fifth string tuner with a solid pearl button to match.

This is a Walnut banjo, and the Robin Smith faithful copy neck is also Walnut with excellent straight grain showing some figure. Original three-ply Maple rim is the full dimension 3/4″ rim stained dark brown to match the walnut of the neck and resonator. This rim is finished out at the bottom, with the same pearloid binding and marquetry seen on the outside and inside at the bottom of the rim. The Walnut veneer on the back of the resonator shows excellent figure that looks like a pastoral landscape scene. This resonator back has two concentric circles of the same colorful wooden marquetry seen as purflings on the side walls of the resonator and along the fingerboard. The top and back edges of the resonator show the same pearloid and wooden bindings as the rim and neck. Inside of the resonator back shows the original chalk mark serial number “8227-14”. Inside the wall of the rim is also stamped with the batch number “8227-14” and also the words “Pat.Appld.For” are stamped. The Gibson Mastertone original label is intact with no wear, and the original ball bearing tone ring is in tact.

We haven’t removed the tone ring to inspect it and the rim, but it appears that the original ball bearings and springs inside the rim are intact. These early Mastertones had smaller coordinator rods, and smaller resonator attaching screws instead of large thumbscrews.
Amazingly, all the hardware is intact and the only thing that seems to have been added is the newer gold five-star fifth string tuner. This Gibson was last set up by Robin Smith with a timeless timber bridge and a five-star head.

This is a very fine banjo that is a piece of early Gibson Mastertone history, and it sounds great. Comes with a good HC.

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Ad Number 196989
Posted: Dec 6, 2022 11:22 AM CDT

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Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments
311 Knowles Street
Missoula Montana 59801
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Gold Tone Cc-50Rp

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$549.99

Scale Length: 26-3/16"
Nut Width: 1-3/16" Bone
Neck Wood: Maple
Fretboard Wood: Select Wood
Fret Markers: Dot
Spikes: None
Tuners: Planetary
Finish: Vintage Brown Satin
Rim Wood: 3-Ply Maple
Tonering: Rolled Brass
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The CC-50RP from Gold Tone Banjos is one of the best values in the bluegrass banjo world. The tone is a major upgrade from most entry level banjos on the market, helped in large part by the quality components that Gold Tone uses to build it. It features a maple neck and resonator, 3-ply maple pot, a rolled brass tone-ring, zero-glide bone nut, and 11" frosted head. These all add up to provide a rich sustaining tone with volume to spare. This includes a Gold Tone gigbag.

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Ad Number 196987
Posted: Dec 6, 2022 11:12 AM CDT

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The Denver Folklore Center
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Denver CO 80210
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Nashville Banjo Co. Cumberland 12" Walnut (Used, 2022)

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$2,450

Here's a great-sounding, like-new open back from the Nashville Banjo Company. We've been carrying this line for a short while and love what we're seeing and hearing.... the slim neck, feel and easy playability, the warm and clucky sound, the restrained-yet-artful aesthetic, and the beautifully selected tonewoods. Things we don't love about them ... nothing! The "Cumberland" model features a 12" rim and integrated wood tone ring, for a lovely warm tone well-suited to a player who uses the banjo to accompany their voice when they're not playing tunes. Priced with hardshell case, an instrument from the Nashville Banjo Co. offers an incredibly solid-feeling & tone-ful instrument that stands toe-to-toe with the biggest names in the business.

In excellent condition.

12" Black Walnut Rim
Hand-carved Black Walnut neck
Black Tuliper neck center stripe
Vintage style heel and semi-V neck profile
Traditional dowel stick construction
Custom engraved S-style brass frailing scoop
Artisan goatskin head
25.5" Scale
Ebony fingerboard
Integral wooden tone ring
Gotoh Tuners
Traditional no-knot tailpiece
Premium solid brass antiqued hardware
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Two-way adjustable truss rod
Stained Maple bridge with Ebony cap
Hand-rubbed satin poly finish
Capo spike at 7th fret

Ozark Cherry 12" Man In The Moon

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$3,095

Former TME staffer, Lukas Pool, and his wife, Eden, are making some of the country's finest open back banjos under their Ozark Banjo Co. moniker. Lukas is the rare virtuoso player as skilled with a saw as he is with a pick; and Eden's beautiful inlay work gives their instruments an earthiness that remind us of the traditional builders who've inspired the Ozark lineup.

This 12" banjo features all Cherry construction, a rolled brass tone ring, and brass hardware. Lukas is known for his warm, rich tone, and this banjo reminds us a little of hearing him play in the showroom (not that any of us can play like him!). Tons of sustain and overtones, with plenty of note articulation to ensure your melodies won't get swallowed in a mix. An excellent choice for a dynamic player interested in a handmade, professional level instrument.

Model: 12" Cherry Custom
Materials: Cherry rim & neck, Ebony fingerboard, Hand inlaid MOP "Man in the Moon"
Natural skin head
Moon and stars fingerboard inlay
Finish: Tung oil
Neck Shape: Medium depth C
Hardware: Gotoh Tuners
Measurements: 1 1/4" Nut width, 26" Scale
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1993 Deering Standard Mahogany

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1993 Deering Standard Mahogany. This is a pristine example, and very little if any wear. Comes with a new Superior Hard Case. I think this banjo is all original. Great sounding and playing, just looking for something a little different. Trade Ideas:
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$1,400.00 Plus Shipping

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Ad Number 196958
Posted: Dec 5, 2022 06:56 PM CDT

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Sam Reeves

Coppell TX
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2019 Deering Goodtime Artisan 5-String Banjo Used

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$789.00

UPC 140859
Year 2019
Fingerboard Midnight Maple
Neck material Maple
Total frets 22
Scale length 26 1/4"
Finish Satin
Nut width 1 1/4"
Tuners Sealed geared
Shell 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple
Diameter 11"
Case type Hardshell
SKU DEEART-140859

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Vega Whyte Laydie 5-String Conversion Banjo 1926

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$3,200.00
Original 12" Pot & Hardware
New Neck Made by Max Ivey
Whyte Laydie Tonering
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1 5/16" Nut Width
26 3/8" Scale Length
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Ss Stewart Special Thoroughbred (1895)

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$2,295.00

Scale Length: 26.38"
Nut Width: 1.25"
Neck Wood: Cherry
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Peghead Overlay: Ebony
Peghead Inlay: Thoroughbred inlay pattern in mother-of-pearl
Fret Markers: None
Nut Material: Bone
Spikes: None
Tuners: Five-star nickel-plated planetary tuners with white buttons (non-original fifth string tuner)
Finish: Varnish
Rim Size: 11"
Rim Wood: Bird's-eye maple
Tonering: Nickel-plated
Brackets: 28
Tailpiece: Original nickel-plated
Head: Calfskin
Armrest: None
Case: Non-original chipboard
Need More Specs? Contact Us!

SS Stewart is one of the best-regarded names in the world of old-time banjo, so taking this 1895 Special Thoroughbred on consignment was a no-brainer for us when it made its way through our door. Yes, you read that date right: this astounding little open-back is well over 100 years old, making it one of the earliest instruments we've ever had throughout the history of our store. The nickel-plated tone ring blends nicely with a cherry neck and maple pot for a very bright, clear sound, and it's only amplified by the spunover steel rim which adds volume and punch to this spunky little five-string. As the banjo was being marketed towards upper-class audiences at this time, the Special Thoroughbred also features some lovely inlay work, and while the headstock overlay and the fingerboard are not original, the inlays appear to have been salvaged, rather than reproduced. Some very ornate engraving at the neck heel adds to the visual appeal as well. All told, it's one of of our new (old) favorites and we think it'll be one of yours, too.

This banjo's condition is remarkable for one now nearing 150 years of age, with fairly modest playing wear on the neck and pot. Most hardware is original, including the tailpiece, brackets, and the tuners at the headstock; the fifth string tuner is non-original, and as mentioned above, the fingerboard and headstock overlay are non-original as well. Best of all, it's a player, with a terrific, low set up. We consider it to be in excellent condition, considering its age. The banjo has long since parted with its original case and is now paired with a chipboard case which looks to likely be from the 1960s or 1970s.

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Posted: Dec 5, 2022 11:09 AM CDT

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Sullivan Festival Mahogany Pro Banjo V35 Tonering

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$3,495.00

Brand new Sullivan Festival Pro banjo. Lovingly built in the USA! Featuring a Mahogany resonator and neck, Rosewood fingerboard, Planetary tuners, Sullivan Torrified bridge, and Sullivan tone ring. Includes a very nice

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Fender Paramount Pb-180E Open Back Banjo & Gigbag

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$449.99 USD

Known for their vibrant tones, open-back banjos have been a staple for bluegrass and folk players alike since the inception of the genres. The Fender Paramount PB-180E Banjo is perfect for the player looking for a traditional styled banjo with functional modern appointments. This model features a mahogany rim and neck with a Remo Fiberskyn® head, and comes equipped with proprietary Fishman® electronics to amplify your sound. Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced player, this banjo is a perfect addition.

The exact appearance of this item may vary.

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Tone Ring: Copper Alloy
Arm Rest: Chrome
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Finish: Satin
Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Fingerboard Radius: Flat
Fingerboard Material: Walnut
Nut Width: 1.18" (30 mm)
Bridge: Maple/Ebony
Tuning Machines: Chrome Die-Cast with Pearl Buttons
Coordinator Rod: Single
Head: 11" Remo Fiberskyn®
Hooks: 24
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Mike Ramsey Banjo(Price Reduced) $1000

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Real nice 12” pot openback. Standard scale. Brass hoop. Wood armrest. Maple neck. Original TKL hard shell case.

Love this banjo, just selling to fund a bluegrass banjo.

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Posted: Dec 5, 2022 07:17 AM CDT

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Rickard Maple Ridge 12" 2015, Ebony

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$2,000

The Maple Ridge model features a three piece laminate maple neck with two way adjustable truss rod, 12" diameter 3/8 inch thick maple rim, Dobson tone ring, 25.5 scale ebony fretboard, dots with star inlay, frailing scoop, antiqued brass hardware, Gotoh tuners, and a 12" Rickard Renaissance head. This example is in great condition with no fret wear to note!

Includes its original hard shell case.

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Scale Length: 25.5"
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Head: Rickard Renaissance
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Weight: 5.8lbs
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Posted: Dec 4, 2022 11:09 AM CDT

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$2,949.00

UPC 111121
Fingerboard Ebony
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Total frets 22
Scale length 26 1/4"
Nut width 1 1/4"
Neck shape Slender "D" Shape
Shell 3-Ply Violin Grade Maple
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Flange Cast Zinc
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Vega Banjos - 1961 Pete Seeger - Ps-5 Long Neck - Used

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$2,500.00

This used 1961 Vega Banjos Pete Seeger - PS-5 Long Neck is an iconic part of the '60s folk revival, and a banjo model pioneered by Pete Seeger himself. Thie dowel-stick, tubaphone banjo features an extra long neck allowing for lowered tunings in addition to the classic banjo sounds. Here with replaced tuners, replaced OME tailpiece and added 5th-string capo, this PS-5 has been modified but plays and sounds great. The headstock has suffered some sort of break in the past, and has been repaired with dowels (see photos). The weld where the armrest and the mount meet is cracked (see photos). Includes the original Vega hardshell case. Serial# 101676

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Crafters Of Tennessee Curly Maple/ Trade

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Beautiful COT in curly Maple some call it tiger stripe Maple when it's wide curls like this one.
Great condition. Just set up with a new 5/8 Snuffy Smith bridge with Crowe spacing. Tone is excellent. No disappointments with this one and comes in original alligator case.
Looking to see what kind of trade offers may be made.
Interested in Mandolin (F Style), Acoustic Guitar, Dobro and Open Back Banjo

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Posted: Dec 3, 2022 09:18 PM CDT

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Weather King 4 String (With Southcoast Strings).

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Weather King Banjo with Southcoast Strings (from the late Dirk Wormhoudt's strings). Great gift for Christmas with Southcoast strings.

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Pisgah Banjo Laydie 12" 5-String Banjo, Curly Maple

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$2,295.00

UPC 110943
Fingerboard Persimmon
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Scale length 25 1/2"
Nut width 1 5/16"
Tuners Gotoh
Tone ring Whyte Laydie
Diameter 12"
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Serial number 2252B
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Deering Vega Senator (2016)

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$2,295.00

Scale Length: 26.44"
Nut Width: 1.25"
Neck Wood: Maple
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Peghead Overlay: Ebony
Peghead Inlay: Printed Vega logotype with star
Fret Markers: 3rd, 7th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th, and 19th frets
Nut Material: Graphite
Spikes: None
Tuners: Deering nickel-plated planetary with white buttons
Finish: Matte
Rim Size: 11"
Rim Wood: Maple
Tonering: Spun brass
Brackets: 24
Tailpiece: Deering nickel-plated Knot-Less
Head: Renaissance
Armrest: Nickel-plated
Case: Original hard-shell case
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While Deering are probably best known for their resonator banjos, they also make stellar high-end open-backs as part of their Vega line. The Vega Senator is one of the warmest-sounding and richest Vegas you'll find, with a tone perfect for old-time and Appalachian folk. This one, from 2016, has played in nicely, while still retaining a bit of the tightness and clarity of a brand new instrument, and would make for a great addition to the arsenal of any clawhammer picker. All-maple construction gives the Senator its trademark twang, while the spun brass tone ring works wonders on the sound, adding richness and impressive sustain that help this banjo stand apart from the pack. Aesthetics are vintage-inspired, with a dark stain on the pot and neck, and some lovely star inlays on the fretboard and headstock.

Best of all, this banjo looks to have been barely played, and little distinguishes it from a new instrument. There are no scuffs, scratches or dents anywhere on the banjo, and no parts have been replaced. The set up is flawless and very amenable to all styles. We consider this instrument to be on the upper end of excellent condition. Included in the price is the original hard-shell case.

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Ad Number 196848
Posted: Dec 3, 2022 12:38 PM CDT

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Jj Hartel Joel W. Sweeny Banjo 2016

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$2,250

Brand: JJ Hartel
Model: Joel W. Sweeny Banjo
Finish: Natural
SKU: BJ751
Original Finish: Yes
Original Parts: Yes
Handedness: Right
Made In Year: 2016
Dowel Stick: Maple
Scale Length: 27"
Nut Width: 1.37"
Head: 12"
Tone Ring: No
Weight: 3.4 lbs

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Posted: Dec 3, 2022 12:23 PM CDT

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$2,795.00

Case: Hardshell case

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Ad Number 196827
Posted: Dec 3, 2022 08:12 AM CDT

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Lowe Vintage Instrument Co.
327 S Main St.
Burlington NC 27215
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Ode Magician 11" Curly Maple 5-String Open Back Banjo New

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$1,995.00

We're pretty excited about these new ODE banjos, as they offer a similar style to the OME models but they're more simple and so less expensive. In case you haven't followed the long and winding history of Chuck Ogsbury's influence on American banjos, these ODE models are from the Ogsbury family, but the second generation as Chuck's son Zen is the main guy behind ODE.

This Magician model features an 11-inch head, maple neck, and ebony fingerboard with generous scoop past the 17th fret. The slightly aged brass hardware and lightly stained maple neck and shell give it a warm and woody look, and the amber knobs on the tuners continue the theme. With a 25 1/2" string scale it's very playable and there's no lack of volume when you want and/or need it. Chuck Ogsbury started building the first ODE models in the early '60s, when he was just a college kid and he's still at it. Pretty cool that this Magician represents over 60 years of Ogsbury family banjo-making!

UPC 110869
Fingerboard Ebony
Neck material Curly Maple
Total frets 17
Scale length 25.5"
Nut width 1.34"
Tuners Planetary Geared Tuners with Amber Knobs
Tone ring Multi-ply Curly Maple Tone-rim
Diameter 11"
Case type Gig Bag
Serial number 085
SKU ODEMAGMAP11-085

The Gryphon Advantage: This instrument has been personally setup by a member of our repair staff. Gryphon’s sustained commitment to quality ensures that no instrument not at optimal playing condition is sold. This comes with a lifetime discount on future repair and customizations.

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Acoustic guitars, mandolins, and banjos are still the mainstays at Gryphon, as they have been for over 45 years, though our inventory of steel guitars and ukuleles continues to grow as well. In recent years an important part of our growth has been in instruments by very small companies and individual makers, as we continue to keep one foot, or at least several toes, outside the mainstream music industry.

1910 Vega #2 Whyte Laydie Original 5-String Banjo

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$4,200.00
All Original Except Tuners
Multi-Ply Maple Rim
2-Piece Maple Neck
Ebony Fingerboard
10 7/8" Head Diameter
1 1/4" Nut Width
27 1/8" Scale Length
Includes Non-Original Hard Case

Vega Vintage Star

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$2,499.00

Scale Length: 26.25"
Nut Width: 1.25"
Neck Wood: Maple
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Peghead Overlay: Ebony
Peghead Inlay: Vega logotype and star inlay in select hardwood
Fret Markers: 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, and 17
Nut Material: Ebony
Spikes: None
Tuners: Planetary nickel with ebony buttons
Finish: Satin with walnut stain
Rim Size 12"
Rim Wood: Three-ply violin-grade maple
Tonering: Dobson
Brackets: 24
Tailpiece: Deering knotless
Head: Renaissance
Armrest: Maple
Case: Deering hard-shell case
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The Vega Vintage Star is a brand new model from Deering's Vega line, and is one of the finest open-back banjos we've had from Deering in recent years. Geared specifically towards the discerning old-time player, the Vintage Star features a 12-inch violin-grade maple pot and a spectacular Dobson tone ring for added richness, sustain, and a bit more contour to the banjo's natural frequencies. The Vintage Star also features a full frailing scoop and comes stock with a Renaissance head, making it the ideal instrument for a clawhammer player not interested in compromising on sound. Beautiful wood inlays, aged brass hardware and a figured ebony fretboard add cosmetic appeal to make this banjo the complete package. Included in the price is a Deering hard-shell case.

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Ad Number 196795
Posted: Dec 2, 2022 10:09 AM CDT

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The Denver Folklore Center
1893 South Pearl Street
Denver CO 80210
United States

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Gold Tone Banjola

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$799.00 USD

The Gold Tone Banjola is a truly unique instrument designed for banjo players. The mellow, woody tone is very beautiful while still retaining a distinct banjo character to the sound. Many banjo players utilize these as "practice banjos" due to the volume and cutting power being more subdued. Add a new tone to your banjo world! Comes with a gig bag from Gold Tone.

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Ad Number 196787
Posted: Dec 2, 2022 09:10 AM CDT

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Fiddler's Green Music Shop
107 N. Main Street Suite B
Lockhart TX 78644
USA

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Gibson RB-800 1968

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$5,000

A fantastic late 60's RB-800 owned by the late Danny Gatton. Some modifications include a refret, replaced tailpiece, replaced tuners, a new bone nut, an added Fishman pickup, a 5th String Capo, and a replaced bridge. Two holes have also been drilled in the back for a volume pot and output jack. Comes with original Hard Case.

Brand: Gibson
Model: RB-800
Finish: Natural
SKU: BJ742
Original Finish: Yes
Original Parts: No
Handedness: Right
Made In Year: 1968
Dowel Stick: Dual Aluminum
Scale Length: 26.5
Nut Width: 1.177"
Head: 11"
Tone Ring: Brass
Weight: 11.6 lbs

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Ad Number 196742
Posted: Dec 1, 2022 11:01 AM CDT

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Carter Vintage Exchange
625 8th Ave S.
Nashville TN 37203
United States

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Gold Tone Bg150F

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$899.00 USD

Finally, an affordable powerhouse bluegrass banjo. The main attractive feature of this banjo is that it's a killer bluegrass banjo but lighter weight and it costs less. The same specs as the Gold Tone BG 250 F but has a flat flange, brass rod tone ring. This is likely the best value on the market in a "real deal" resonator banjo. Comes with a Gold Tone gig bag.

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Ad Number 196725
Posted: Dec 1, 2022 09:23 AM CDT

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Fiddler's Green Music Shop
107 N. Main Street Suite B
Lockhart TX 78644
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1924 Gibson TB4 Tenor Banjo

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$1,500.00 USD

1924 Gibson tenor banjo in good vintage condition. It shows wear consistent with its age but no prior repairs. Some pitting in the fret board in the first position does not effect playing. The short 23-3/4" inch scale is very desirable for Irish players and the tone is lovely while being slightly on the darker end of the tonal spectrum. It is setup with a low action and plays easily over the entire fret board. Comes with what we believe to be the original case.

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Ad Number 196724
Posted: Dec 1, 2022 09:14 AM CDT

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Fiddler's Green Music Shop
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1916 Vega Tubaphone “Garber Special” 5 String Banjo

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Here we have an extremely rare and perhaps one-of-a-kind Vega Tubaphone banjo with several unique features. In 1915, Homer Chalet Garber, "the marvel of the banjo world" from Des Moines, Iowa, ordered a custom 5-string Tubaphone banjo from the Vega Company in Boston. Vega complied and presented him with this unique beauty.

The total length of this banjo is a mere 33” with a delightfully short and comfortable 23” scale. One would think that with this scale length that the size of the rim would be small as well. Not so, as this instruments has a 12.5” rim that produces boat loads of volume and tone, especially for such a comfortable-to-hold instrument.

The decorative aspects are in keeping with the Tubaphone style 3, with its combination of stars and pearl dot inlays. The peg head has a unique personalized inlay featuring the engraved logo “Garber Special”.  This instrument is in beautiful original condition, with nice low action and only minimal fret wear on the first two frets and nowhere else. The peg head sports unusual early geared side tuners and the 5th-string peg has been upgraded to a geared tuner. 
A newer custom hard case has been provided.


$3500.00  with hard case stk#VGB5104

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WTB - Kevin Enoch Fretted 5-String Banjo

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I'm looking to buy myself a holiday present. Do you have an Enoch OT banjo gathering dust? I have a budget of $1K to ~$2.5K. Would be interested in a Tradesman at the right price, or a custom model if it's in my budget.

I have a long record of smooth transactions here via the Cafe, and references available. So hit me up if you happen to have something.

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Ad Number 196695
Posted: Nov 30, 2022 12:54 PM CDT

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Brad Klein

Bethlehem PA 18018
United States

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1928 Gibson TB5 Conversion By Robin Smith

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12,500.00

This is a fine example of Gibson Mastertone pre-war greatness!

Exc- condition / SN: 9029-5
Walnut / Robin Smith Neck
40-hole Archtop Tone Ring
Bound Rim / Wreath Inlays

This nice old pre-war beauty is one of the high-end banjos from Gibson. The style 5’s are just rare enough that they are not easy to find. These are much more engraved and appointed than even a pre-war Granada model, featuring figured Walnut woods, marquetry purflings, engraved gold hardware, and parquet wood inset into the back of the peghead.

Robin Smith made the 5-string conversion neck. True to the originals, it has a “fiddle” peghead that has Ebony veneer sitting atop maple/ebony/maple wood layers. The truss rod cavity and cover are located in peghead face, just above the bone nut. Flat Rosewood fingerboard has pearl “Wreath” pattern inlays. R.R. spikes installed at A, Bb, and B, for 5th string capo’ing. Pearl “Mastertone” engraved block at 21st fret position.

Tuners are:
Two original Grover 2-band gold tuners with real pearl buttons at 1st and 4th strings. 2nd and 3rd string tuners are newer gold Keith D-tuners with milky pearloid plastic buttons. 5th tuner is gold Schaller with solid pearl button.

The bindings and purflings are the same everywhere:
Bindings are a vintage gray pearloid, with purflings of colorful wood marquetry immediately below. These are seen along the fingerboard, the heelcap, the inside and outside of the bottom of the rim, and around the top and back edges of resonator.

Gold engraved hardware: flange plate, tension hoop, tone ring, armrest, and tailpiece. All other hardware, coordinator rods, resonator hardware, hooks & nuts, flange tube, etc, are all gold.

Original 3-ply Maple rim.

Resonator shows off some figured Walnut in the back, and also 2 concentric circles of wooden marquetry in the back, as well.

This resonator is original, but was refinished some time ago. The neck and the resonator match each other very well.

This is a fine playing banjo that sounds vintage. Comes with good hard case.

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Ad Number 196691
Posted: Nov 30, 2022 12:23 PM CDT

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311 Knowles Street
Missoula Montana 59801
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