Used 5-String Open-Back Banjos

Index: 10438
Maker: Bacon
Year: 1921
Notes:

Made in Groton Conn.

11" Rim, 27" Scale.

Well-Played, but lots of Life Left.

All-Original.

Mother-of-Pearl Tuning Knobs.

Pretty Much AS-Found, might benefit from a set of geared pegs.

Serial: 5918
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: yes
Price: $2395.00
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Index: 10335
Maker: Dobson, Geo. C.
Year: 1880
Notes:

Marquetry Fingerboard. 

Early Style Brass Rim and Styling.

Serial: none
Condition: Excellent
Case: ssc
Price: $1100.
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Index: 10366
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1900
Notes:

An Original Fairbanks Electric 10 15/16" Rim

with Inverted Electric tone-Ring and

with fine reproduction 5-string neck by Steve Sutherland

enhanced by the traditional Fairbanks pearl inlays and heel-carving.

10 15/16" Rim

24 3/4" Scale Length.

Serial: #19428
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $2100.
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Index: 10358
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1902
Notes:

An Original Fairbanks 5-String Banjo

with a replaced ebony fingerboard and peg-head facing,

with added appropriate pearl inlays.

10" Rim.

26" Scale Length

Serial: #21601
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $1500.00
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Index: 10497
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1901
Notes:

Mostly original with some older finish touch-ups:

peghead facing, heel-cap and a couple of  dings.

10 3/4" rim with a 26" Scale Length.

Pre-war Grover Geared Pegs, No-Knot Tailpiece.

Excellent used condition.

Great sound, medium action.

Modern Hard Shell Case.

 

Serial: #20981
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: hsc
Price: $1595.00
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Index: 10377
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1909
Notes:

A nice example of the Fairbanks Whyte Laydie #2.

One of the rare double-scalloped tone-ring Whyte Laydies.

 

 

Serial: #25456
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: hsc
Price: $3295.00
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Index: 10465
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1909
Notes:

Well-Played early Whyte Laydie Banjo.

The engraving on the fingerboard pearl pieces has worn some.

1970's era USA-made Planetary Geared Pegs.

Original No-Knot tailpiece and old Jos. Rogers Skin Head.

After-Market "tone-holes" drilled in rim long ago by very capable craftsman.

Despite the inappropriate alterations, this banjo has the sweetness of tone and solid response that typifies the earliest Whyte Laydie Banjos.

Plays like a dream.

Serial: #25602
Condition: VG-Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $2395.00
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Index: 10489
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1961
Notes:

1961

First year for Gibson's Open-Back Folk Banjo.

Deep 3/4" maple rim with Nickel-plated hardware.

Period ODE "Scruggs Pegs"

Arch-Top. Fiberskyn Head.

Open-Back with D-Tuners...Wow!

 

Serial: #31404
Condition: Ex-Fine and Original
Case: hsc
Price: $1195.00
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Index: 10498
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1964
Notes:

Gibson's basic EX-LONG Neck Banjo

from the Folk Era of the 1960's.

Excellent and Original with virtually

No playing wear.

Original Chip-board Case.

Serial: #254076
Condition: Excellent and Original
Case: ssc
Price: $1295.00
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Index: 10460
Maker: Harry Newcorn
Year: 1890
Notes:

1890 banjo by Harry Newcorn of New York.

11" Rim with 25" Scale length.

Stunning Decor.

Old peg-head repair.

Serial: None
Condition: vg-exc
Case: yes
Price: $625.00
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Index: 10496
Maker: Mike Ramsey
Year: ca. 2014
Notes:

Mike Ramsey Bacon Banjo.

Curly-Maple Neck with Ebony Fingerboard.

11" Rim with 25 1/2" Scale Length.

Nicely Engraved Pearl Inlays.

In Nearly-New and Un-Played Condition,

with a couple of minor dings on peghead.

Serial: #2779
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: orig hsc
Price: $1495.00
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Index: 10514
Maker: Mike Ramsey
Year: 2012
Notes:

An Interesting banjo from the great Mike Ramsey.

Built in Pittsboro, NC, ca. 2012.

An interesting 7 digit Serial #, with the first 3 digits obscured by the Rim.

Model Lady Bug. 11" Rim, 24 1/2" Scale.

Striking Tiger-Stripe Maple Neck with ebony fingerboard and engraved inlays.

Frailing Scoop, Brass Hoop Tone-Ring, with Bacon-Style Hollow Rim.

Stew-Mac 5-Star Planet pegs.

Superior 'Bump' Hard Shell Case.

Almost Unplayed.

Serial: #2469122
Condition: Ex-Fine and Original
Case: orig hsc
Price: $1850.00
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Index: 10437
Maker: Orpheum
Year: 1917
Notes:

The Famed and Rare Orpheum #3 Special 5-String Banjo.

11 3/16" rim with 27" Scale.

All Original with Some Playing Wear.

Mother-of-Pearl Tuning Knobs.

Skin Head. Pretty Much AS-Found,

Totally Original, but Playability might benefit from Geared Pegs. 

Serial: #4115
Condition: Excellent & Original
Case: hsc
Price: $2495.00
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Index: 10353
Maker: S.S. Stewart
Year: 1880's
Notes:

Large 13" Rim.

28" Scale Length.

Originally a fretless banjo, presumably sent back to the S.S.Stewart

factory maybe 130 years ago for  fretting.

Closely inspect the fingerboard for clues.

Modern German-made planetary pegs.

Some repairs, like the kinda amateur wing repair on the peghead, 4th string

and some filler at end of fingerboard where it meets the rim.

Mostly original, quite playable, killer heel-carving.

Plays Great.

Offered AS-IS

 

Serial: #4469
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: yes
Price: $1350.00
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Index: 10516
Maker: S.S. Stewart
Year: ca. 1898
Notes:

One of the most popular S.S.Stewart models, the Universal Favorite

featured a heavier and deeper rim than most other models.

11" Rim with Calf-Skin Head and 27" Scale Length. This example has all the features of the grade #3:

30 brackets, Fancy  pearl inlays in an Ebony fingerboard, attractive Marquetry Rim Interior and Finely-Carved Heel, but without the 

engraving on the rim exterior. In Excellent and Largely Original Condition, with some signs of

Minor Restoration.

Straight Neck, Good Action, Plays Great, probable Original Friction Tuning Pegs.

Offered with a gig bag, but also available is an original leather case in deplorable, but possibly repairable condition.

We can supply a new hard-shell case for an additional $125.00

Serial: #66211
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $1495.00
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Index: 10513
Maker: S.S.Stewart
Year: 1894
Notes:

A Stewart Lady's Banjo with 10" head and 24" Scale.

Skin Head and Nyl-Gut Strings.

Ivoroid friction pegs, one in a slightly different hue, stays in tune.

Almost Un-Played.

 

Serial: #15515
Condition: Ex-Fine and Original
Case: gig bag
Price: $895.00
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Index: 10352
Maker: S.S.Stewart
Year: late 1880's
Notes:

Largely Original.

Orchestra #1 with

12" Rim

28" Scale

 

Serial: #5128
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $1095.00
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Index: 10435
Maker: Stratton, W.E.
Year: 1890
Notes:

W.E. Stratton Banjeaurine,

made in Cambridge, Mass.

11" rim with 21 1/2" Scale Length.

All Original Hardware.

Repaired wing on peghead.

Fiberskyn Head.

Plays Great.

Serial: #7
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: yes
Price: $695.00
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Index: 10440
Maker: Unknown USA
Year: late 1880's
Notes:

Possibly Unique banjo from 1890 by an unknown maker

who had some interesting decorative ideas.

Heavy Nickel-Plated Brass Rim with Pebbled Exterior.

Skin head, Nylon strings, 

All-Original and Ready to Play.

Serial: none
Condition: Excellent & Original
Case: yes
Price: $795.00
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Index: 10467
Maker: Vega
Year: 1927
Notes:

Original Vega Artist  10 15/16" pot.

Exceptional Mahogany 5-string neck by Wyatt Fawley

featuring an exquisite rendering of the oft-talked about

but seldom seen Chubby Dragon engraved-pearl pattern

which once adorned top-grade early Vega and Bacon Banjos.

The neck is like new and little-played.

Modern German planetary geared pegs in gold.

Serial: #74205
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $5500.00
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