Used 5-String Open-Back Banjos

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: $4800.00
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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: $1795.
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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: $2000.
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Index: 8008
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: ca 1890
Notes:

Reproduction neck with carved heel

Serial:
Condition: Ex-Fine
Case:
Price: $1400.
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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: 10003
Maker: Fairbanks
Year: 1908
Notes:

Fairbanks Whyte Laydie #2 by the Vega Co.

10 3/4" rim  with 26" Scale length.

Last year for the A.C. Fairbanks dowel-stick Plate.

An All-Original Nearly-Perfect Early Whyte Laydie Banjo.

Very Minor Playing Wear.

Nicest One.

Serial: #24918
Condition: Ex-fine
Case: hsc
Price: $4195.00
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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: $1400.
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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: $1595.00
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Index: 9860
Maker: Lyon & Healy
Year: 1892
Notes:

 

Celebrates the 400-year Anniversary 1492-1892 of Columbus'

Discoveries in America.

Rescued from a life of neglect and indifference in a big city music store.

Serial: None.
Condition: VG-Exc.
Case: gig bag
Price: $1295.
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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: 10004
Maker: S.S.Stewart
Year: 1894
Notes:

10" Rim,

24" Scale Length.

Extra -Fine and original.

Plays Great.

Serial: #18125
Condition: Ex-Fine
Case: gig bag
Price: $850.00
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Index: 9923
Maker: S.S.Stewart
Year: 1893
Notes:

10" Rim, 24 3/4" Scale Length.

A  Generally Accurate Reproduction of a fancy Stewart Banjo

by I. G. & B., using the original inlaid peg-head facing with "putti".

 

Serial: #11148
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: orig hsc
Price: $2395.00
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Index: 10070
Maker: S.S.Stewart
Year: 1896
Notes:

10 1/2" rim, 26" scale.

The #3 model features a heavier, deeper rim with 28 brackets, nicer carving.

Nearly perfect and un-played.

Presently has a plastic head; Stew-Mac 5-Star Planet Pegs.

Neck is straight, low action.

Serial: #50507
Condition: Extremely Fine
Case: ssc
Price: $1250.
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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: 7672
Maker: Unknown
Year: ca 1900
Notes:

Possibly English

Serial:
Condition: Some Restoration
Case:
Price: $495.00
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Index: 10141
Maker: Unknown
Year: late 1880's
Notes:

Unknown Maker, maybe Boston or New York.

10" Rim, 24" Scale.

Grover friction tuners with ivoroid buttons.

 Pretty much all original with probably original A. J. Wood tailpiece.

Some action remediation has been done and action is low.

First 2 frets have lots of wear and may need attention.

Offered AS-IS.

 

Serial: None
Condition: VG-Exc
Case: gig bag
Price: $375.00
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Index: 10123
Maker: Unknown
Year: ca. 2000
Notes:

Nicely-made Mountain Fretless in the style of Frank Profitt, by

an anonymous maker.

Maple neck, Walnut rim. Basically un-played.

Serial: none
Condition: As New
Case: ssc
Price: $275.00
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