Other Used Banjos

Index: 10084
Maker: Alvarez
Year: Late '1970's
Notes:

Quite a nice Mastertone-copy.

Thick Rim, Flat-Head Tone-Ring, Tube and Plate Flange.

Basically Un-Played, but the resonator shows signs of usage with scratches and other minor finish damage.

Well-made, Great Sound and Playability.

Serial:
Condition: Excellent
Case: ssc
Price: $475.00
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Index: 10053
Maker: Bacon & Day
Year: 1929
Notes:

Late 1920's B&D Montana Silver Bell #1 Tenor Banjo.

A model with the  full-scale elevated fingerboard, this neck has 19 frets to the body with another 5 frets over the head.

The heel-carving is professional-grade, but may be after-market. Same is true with the gold-plating.

The Knee-mute apparatus is included, but not presently attached to the dowel-stick... It looks to be in stellar condition.

Sad to say, the knee-lever  "Spoon" is missing... possibly ran away with the dish.

Neck is straight, low action, recent re-fret. Gold-plated old Planets with Mother-of-Pearl knobs.

Nice, original hard shell case.

Serial: #27136
Condition: Excellent
Case: orig hsc
Price: $1850.00
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Index: 10075
Maker: Bacon & Day
Year: 1934
Notes:

An all-original B&D tenor banjo, except for the tuning machines which have been replaced with modern planetary geared pegs.

Modest forward-bow, but action is low with great playability.

Excellent original hard shell case.

From an Estate, offered AS-IS

Serial: #34063
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: hsc
Price: $295.00
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Index: 10073
Maker: Bacon & Day
Year: 1929
Notes:

A  nice straight B&D Silver Bell plectrum, Neck and rim have been professionally refinished, but somehow they forgot the resonator back.

Professional re-fret. I believe the parts have been re-plated. No knee-mute, never had one.

Modern planetary geared pegs. Tailpiece and armrest are original.

Modern hard case.

From an estate... offered AS-IS

Serial: #26998
Condition: Excellent
Case: orig hsc
Price: $750.00
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Index: 10117
Maker: Bacon Banjo Co.
Year: 1923
Notes:

Great Short-Scale Bacon Tenor Banjo.

11" Pot. A couple of short pieces of finger-board binding replaced.

Good Tone-ring.

Great action and playability.

Presently strung for Celtic tuning.

 

Serial: #8559
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: gig bag
Price: $575.00
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Index: 10115
Maker: Bacon Banjo Co.
Year: 1925
Notes:

Bacon Banjo Co. about 1925.

Hard-to-find Bacon Professional # 3,  17 fret short-scale tenor banjo, calf-skin head.

11" Hollow-Rim, special tone-ring. Many of these Professionals were made by Wm. Lange for Fred Bacon,

and some of those banjos haven't fared that well in the intervening 100 years, given the sometimes poorer quality of Lange's instruments.

This example, however, was made in Groton, Conn. by the Bacon & Day banjo department and demonstrates

all the great qualities of the Bacon & Day Silver Bell line. In nearly unplayed condition with a straight neck and good action,

this banjo has been strung for Celtic Tuning, but can be easily restrung for standard tenor banjo tuning.

Original Hard case in salvageable condition.

Serial: #15501
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: orig hsc
Price: $795.00
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Index: 10002
Maker: Banner Blue by Lange
Year: ca. 1920
Notes:

A sturdy, but lighter-weight short-scale tenor banjo from

Wm. Lange, banjo-maker extraordinaire.

10 1/2" rim with 24" scale.

Heavy-duty brass bracket-band provides stability while the wooden tone-ring 

delivers snappy, yet non-metallic response.

Marginal chip-board case.

Serial: None
Condition: VG-EXC.
Case: yes
Price: $325.00
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Index: 10112
Maker: Cedar Creek
Year: 21st Century
Notes:

A Top-of-the-Line hard case for some short-scale tenor banjos and possibly 5-string banjeaurines with similar specs.

[The Vega Style R tenor banjo is not available with this case, it is shown only as an example of possible successful fitting.

This banjo is listed in our "Other Used Banjos" department].

Interior dimensions are 30" X 11 1/2".

A good fit for a tenor banjo [or other] with a rim size of 10 1/2"-11", and with a 19"-20" scale length.

UPS Shipping @$40.-$50.

Originally designed for some sort of Mandolin-family instrument made by Andrew Mowry, Luthier.

Serial:
Condition: As New
Case:
Price: $140.00
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Index: 9974
Maker: Deering
Year: 2000
Notes:

Deering Flathead Tenor Banjo.

Un-played, but with a few dings.

Original TKL hard case.

 

Serial: #8311
Condition: Ex-FINE
Case: orig hsc
Price: $1575.00
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Index: 10064
Maker: Epiphone
Year: 1929
Notes:

Late '20's Epiphone Recording A Plectrum Banjo.

Nicely refinished some years ago; all-original metal parts lovingly chrome-plated about the same time.

One ding in resonator finish.

Original Grover 2-Band geared pegs. Neck straight, fret wear.

Nearly mint Vega-style  banjo case from the 1960's.

From a Private Collection: Offered AS-IS. 

 

Serial: #7260
Condition: Excellent and Original
Case: hsc
Price: $1795.00
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Index: 10061
Maker: Epiphone
Year: 1928
Notes:

An all-original 1928 Epi Recording A tenor banjo with X-flange.

Good neck and action, modest fret-wear. Grover 2-band geared pegs.

Original case with delamination issues has been replaced with a period Slingerland hard case in excellent condition.

Serial: 6482
Condition: Excellent and Original
Case: hsc
Price: $2200.00
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Index: 10082
Maker: Framus
Year: ca. 1970
Notes:

Goofy German Design.

Nice guitar-banjo at a good price.

Cast Arch-Top Tone-Ring rivals the Gibson Mastertone.

Serial:
Condition: Excellent Used
Case: ssc
Price: $450.
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Index: 10062
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1921
Notes:

Tuned to cello-tuning, an octave below tenor banjo, CGDA.

Gibson seems to have made very few of these 14" banjos. Calf-skin head.

Absolutely original down to last nut. Condition slightly used. Straight neck, low action.

Got to be THE nicest example. Original Hard case in stunning condition.

Serial: #11413-5
Condition: Extra-Fine and Original
Case: orig hsc
Price: $3499.
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Index: 10001
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1921
Notes:

An early Gibson Banjo-Mandolin with 10 1/2" hollow rim and spun-brass tone-ring.

Exceptional Original Condition.

Straight neck, Good Action.

Nice original hard case.

Serial: #11508-35
Condition: Ex-FINE
Case: orig hsc
Price: $795.00
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Index: 9522
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1966
Notes:
Serial: #600396
Condition: Extra-Fine
Case: hsc
Price: $1150.00
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Index: 9867
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1925
Notes:

First Year Gibson Mastertone.

Ball-Bearing Arch-Top Mastertone.

Shot-Gun holes in tone-ring skirt.

Serial: #8021-15
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: hsc
Price: $2300.
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Index: 10026
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1927
Notes:

11" 3-Ply Maple Rim.

18 Frets.

Well-Played with Probable Refinish.

Otherwise All-Original,

Brass-Hoop Tone-Ring

No Case.

 

Serial: #8768-20
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: none
Price: $795.00
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Index: 7973
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1964
Notes:

3-ply maple rim, flat-head Mastertone tone ring

Serial: #171516
Condition: VG-Exc
Case:
Price: $975.00
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Index: 10029
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1967
Notes:

All-Original 1967 Gibson TB-100.

As Shiny as New.

Very Minor playing wear.

A serious finish "burn" from the neck-cradle in the case.

Also there is an imprint of a strap in the finish on the back  of the resonator.

Both finish issues can probably be traced to heat.

 

 

Serial: #061196
Condition: Excellent
Case: orig hsc
Price: $1175.00
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Index: 9804
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1978
Notes:

Gibson Flat-Head Mastertone Tenor Banjo.

Nice Example, Very minor playing wear.

Serial: #70108028
Condition: Excellent
Case: orig hsc
Price: $1295.00
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