Used 5-String Open-Back Banjos

Index: 10258
Maker: Bacon & Day
Year: 1921
Notes:

All-Original Bacon Professional FF-2 Curly Maple

pot with 11 1/2" diameter head.

Reproduction 5-String neck by I. G. & B.

25 1/2" Scale length.

Serial: #6383
Condition: EX-FINE
Case:
Price: $2050.00
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Index: 10175
Maker: Bruno
Year: ca. 1910
Notes:

Bruno banjo made by Rettberg & Lange probably around 1910 or so.

Mahogany neck with distinctive Lange heel-carving. Minor playing wear. Fancy shell inlays. Heavy-duty maple rim with large hoop tone-ring.

Some restoration and repairs done in the 1960's or '70's: repaired crack around 4th string tuner; repaired hairline crack next to 5th peg, bit of rim capping repair.

Neck has a bit of a forward bow, but the action is quite low and very playable. Skin head; Original tuners replaced long ago with 1960's era Elton geared pegs.

Presumably original Elite tailpiece. Modern chip-board case.

 

Serial: None
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: ssc
Price: $$495.00
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Index: 9373
Maker: Cole
Year: ca. 1890
Notes:

11" Rim. 27" Scale.

Original 5-string Neck, Refinished.

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent
Case: yes
Price: $1400.
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Index: 10032
Maker: Cole, Wm.
Year: 1894
Notes:

An all-original Cole's Eclipse in superb original and untouched condition.

Carved boat-heel. Beautiful and multi-colored shell inlays, enhanced by the finest Consalvi engraving we've ever seen.

10 1/2" rim, 27" Scale. There are a couple of dings in the finish and a little loose back-strapping at the 4th string peg.

The pegs are carved ivory... the 5th peg seems to have been repaired. Neck is straight, action is good, virtually no signs of previous

use. Presently strung with nylon strings.

From a Private Collection, this banjo is offered on an As-Is basis.

A modern hard case will be provided.

Serial: #1827
Condition: Excellent and Original
Case: hsc
Price: $4600.00
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Index: 9723
Maker: Epiphone
Year: 1917
Notes:

11 3/4" Rim.

26 1/4" Scale Length.

Reproduction 5-String Neck by I.G.& B.

Calf-Skin Head.

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $1295.00
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Index: 9371
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1909
Notes:

12" Rim with Original Hardwre.

Reproduction 5-string Neck with 28" Scale.

Mostly Original Pearl Inlays.

Serial: #25183
Condition: Excellent
Case: yes
Price: $1600.
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Index: 8008
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: ca 1890
Notes:

Reproduction neck with carved heel

Serial:
Condition: Ex-Fine
Case:
Price: $1200.
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Index: 10145
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1909
Notes:

Early Fairbanks Whyte Laydie #2; this example has  a few things in its history;

Most of the finish removed from the neck sometime in the dim past. Well-used in the subsequent years. a few dings, chips, etc;

a little fingerboard wear, but virtually no fret-wear.

70's era probably ODE planetary geared pegs. Original 5th peg.

Biggest insult is the holes drilled in the rim, possibly to reproduce the historic tone of early Bacon banjos, see last photo.

An abomination, surely, but professionally well executed.

Straight neck, good action. Famous Whyte Laydie tone. 

For all these reasons, offered AS-IS.

Serial: #25602
Condition: Very Good
Case: hsc
Price: $2150.00
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Index: 8041
Maker: Fairbanks & Cole
Year: 1888
Notes:

11 1/2 rim, 24in scale

Serial: #8304
Condition: Exc w/ Some Restoration
Case:
Price: $1200.
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Index: 10192
Maker: Fairbanks and Cole
Year: 1888
Notes:

An uncommonly large rim size for

Fairbanks and Cole in the late 1880's.

12 1/2" rim, 26" scale.

A previous owner indulged in a little refinishing of neck and the wood interior of the rim.

There is a very old and very solid repaired heel crack. 

Post-war replacement friction tuners.

Really high action.

Half of the hook and nut sets are original and half are period replacements.

Hence, offered As-Found and As-Is.

Serial: #8389
Condition: VG-EXC.
Case: yes
Price: $625.00
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Index: 9722
Maker: Lange
Year: ca. 1920
Notes:

Reroduction 5-String Neck by IG.& B.

11 13/16" rim, Wooden Tone-Ring.

26" Scale.

Serial: None
Condition: Ex-fine
Case: hsc
Price: $1395.00
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Index: 9910
Maker: Lyon & Healy
Year: Ca. 1895
Notes:

A striking Presentation Model from the Chicago-based Lyon & Healy Co.

12" Rim, Scale Length is 27".

Extensive pearl inlay and brass-wire designs. Detailed heel-carving in the Washburn style, extending way up the neck

and featuring either a fearsome Sea Monster or a very happy Spaniel Pup.

Some restoration done in the 1970's. Some replaced hardware. Neck straight, Action Low, Plays and sounds great,

looks terrific on the wall.

 

Serial: None
Condition: VG-Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $2200.
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Index: 10009
Maker: Lyon & Healy
Year: ca. 1890
Notes:

Un-Marked Washburn Style Banjo with 11" Rim.

Mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and peg-head facing,

fancy shell inlays, 26" Scale length. Calf-skin head.

Neck is straight, good action.

Presently strung with Nyl-Gut strings.

Period ebony tuning pegs replace incomplete set of ivoroid pegs

which can be included.

 

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent and Original
Case: gig bag
Price: $795.00
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Index: 10007
Maker: Orpheum
Year: Late 'Teens
Notes:

14" Rim with 26" Scale length.

New 5-String neck by I.G.& B.

Presently strung with heavy strings and tuned

a fifth low.

Serial: #11002
Condition: Excellent
Case: yes
Price: $2100.00
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Index: 9390
Maker: Schmick Lyric
Year: ca. 1920
Notes:

All-Original 5-String.

Old Planets.

Straight Neck, Low Action.

10" Head, 27" Scale.

Made by the Vega Co.

Serial: None
Condition:
Case: hsc
Price: $1299.00.
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Index: 9307
Maker: Unknown
Year: 1915/2015
Notes:

Modern Imported Left-Handed Neck Married to a Lange-y Rim with Bacophone Tonering, ca. 1915

10 3/4" Head, 26" Scale.

Serial: None
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: hsc
Price: $750.
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Index: 9206
Maker: Vega
Year: 1922
Notes:

10 3/4" head, 26" scale.

5-string Conversion neck.

Serial: #48390
Condition: Like New
Case: hsc
Price: $1400.
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Index: 7837
Maker: Vega
Year: 1961
Notes:

Dowel-stick.
Some Restoration.

Serial: #100437
Condition: Exc w/ Some Restoration
Case: orig hsc
Price: $SALE:$2400.
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Index: 10033
Maker: Vega
Year: 1926
Notes:

Conversion 5-string neck by I.G.& B.

Curly maple with ebony fingerboard

25 1/2" Scale.

Mid-'20's 11 13/16" Tubaphone Rim.

Piano Volume and Tone.

 

Serial: #62252
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $2100.
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Index: 10053
Maker: Vega
Year: 1922
Notes:

A large Tubaphone pot [11 13/16"] from the early 1920's.

5-String conversion neck by I. G. & B.  in 1977.

Well-played for the last 40 years, the 27" scale neck has had a recent re-fret.

Original hook and nut sets have been replaced with modern ones.

Good neck, good action.

New TKL hard case.

Serial: #47651
Condition: VG-Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $1700.00
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