Used 5-String Open-Back Banjos

Index: 10335
Maker: Dobson, Geo. C.
Year: 1880
Notes:

Marquetry Fingerboard. 

Early Style Brass Rim and Styling.

Serial: none
Condition: Excellent
Case: ssc
Price: $1400.
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Index: 10348
Maker: Dobson, Geo. C.
Year: 1890
Notes:

11" rim

25 1/2 " Scale

36 Brackets

Mostly Original.

A couple of pieces of pearl inlays on peghead are lifting.

Offered AS-IS

Serial: None
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: gig bag
Price: $495.00
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Index: 10349
Maker: Dobson, Geo. C.
Year: 1890
Notes:

11" rim

25 1/5" Scale

36 Brackets

Mostly original.

Offered AS-IS

Serial: None
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: gig bag
Price: $395.00
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Index: 10365
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1900
Notes:

An Original Fairbanks Electric Rim fitted to a fine reproduction 5-String neck by Steve Sutherland,

enhanced by traditional Fairbanks Engraved pearl Inlays. 

Traditional Fairbanks Heel-Carving.

10 1/2" Rim

26" Scale Length 

Serial: #19274
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $2800.00
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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: 10359
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1899
Notes:

An original Fairbanks Electric No. 0

that has had some restoration and up-grading.

10 15/16" rim, 26" scale Length.

Original 5-string neck with new ebony fingerboard and peg-head facing

with added Fancy Fairbanks engraved pearl inlays.

In Addition, the heel of the neck has been carved with Fairbanks design.

Also ebony back-strapping has been applied to the back of the peghead and inlaid with M-O-P

in the traditional style.

 

Serial: #18263
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $2800.00
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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: 10342
Maker: Fairbanks & Cole
Year: 1888
Notes:

Early Fairbanks & Cole student model banjo.

No decoration, but straight and original.

Serial: #2503
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $595.00
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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: 10336
Maker: Lyon & Healy
Year: 1896
Notes:

A Particularly Classy Mystic banjo

with refined color and styling.

Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard.

Excellent and Original.

Serial: None
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: gig bag
Price: $950.00
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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: $1995..
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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: 10340
Maker: Pollmann
Year: 1888
Notes:

Pollmann banjo by Buckbee.

11 3/4" rim with 26" scale.

17 frets. 

Everyone knows that the more brackets, the better the banjo.

This one has a whopping 40 brackets.

Calf-Skin Head, Nylon Strings.

Plays Great, Mostly original.

Serial: none
Condition: Excellent and Original
Case: gig bag
Price: $895.00
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Index: 10153
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.

More photos to come.

Offered AS-IS

Serial: #4469
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: yes
Price: $1795.00
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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: $1195.00
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Index: 10351
Maker: S.S.Stewart
Year: 1890's
Notes:

1890's S.S.Stewart Banjo in extraordinary original condition.

11" rim

27" Scale Length

All Straight.

Striking Carved Heel.

 

Serial: #68695
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $1195.00
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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: 10345
Maker: Thompson & Odell
Year: ca. 1890
Notes:

A "Lady's Banjo" From one of the Great Banjo Companies in 1890's Boston, Mass.

10" Rim with 24" Scale.

Mostly Original.

Offered AS-IS with Highish Action.

 

Serial: #1598
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: gig bag
Price: $795.00
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Index: 10338
Maker: Unknown
Year: 1890
Notes:

Hard to know who made this banjo.

There are stylistic elements here from Chicago, from Boston and from Philadelphia.

Mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, subtle heel-carving with acorn.

Engraved Pearl Inlays.

10 1/2" Rim

21 1/2" Scale Length

Serial: none
Condition: VG-EXC
Case: none
Price: $995.00
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Index: 10333
Maker: Unknown
Year: 1890
Notes:

A smaller antique banjo with both American and Anglo

influeneces.

Maybe Canadian.

[Now understood to be a Cubley banjo from Illinois]

Original and excellent.

Partly Fretless.

 

ON HOLD

Serial: none
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $425.00
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