Used 5-String Open-Back Banjos

Index: 10552
Maker: Bart Reiter
Year: 2020
Notes:

Like New Bart Reiter Fretless Banjo.

Mahogany Neck with Ebony Fingerboard.

Serial: #4858
Condition: Ex-fine
Case: gig bag
Price: $1395.00
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Index: 10556
Maker: Bart Reiter
Year: 2006
Notes:

Bart Reiter Special Model.

Maple Neck with Ebony Fingerboard.

Brass Tone-Ring.

5-Star Planet Pegs.

Very minor fret-wear in 1st position.

Top-of-the-Line TKL Hard Shell Case.

Serial: #2773
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: orig hsc
Price: $1795.00
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Index: 10536
Maker: Christy
Year: 1960's
Notes:

Ex-Long Neck Pete Seeger-style Banjo from Christy Banjos in Boulder, Co.

Influenced by the ODE Banjo Co.

Aluminum 11" Shell. 

Elton Geared Pegs. 

Figured Maple Neck with Rosewood Fingerboard.

Some fret-wear on the first few frets,

but plays fine with straight neck and good action.

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent
Case: ssc
Price: $895.00
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Index: 10554
Maker: Cole, Wm.
Year: 1890
Notes:

A Largely Original Cole's Eclipse Banjo... The peghead Man-in-the-Moon pearl inlays have been replaced

and the neck refinished.

10 5/8" Rim with 27" Scale Length.

A Really Fine Players' Instrument.

 

 

Serial: #7536
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $2000.00
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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: 10559
Maker: Dobson, Geo. C.
Year: 1881
Notes:

All-Original Dobson Silver Bell

with iconic and oft-copied Tone-ring.

9" rim with 22' Scale Length.

Skin Head.

5-Star Planet Pegs.

Presently strung with steel strings.

Interesting knot in heel.

Great Example.

 

 

Serial: #22767
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $1200.00
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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: 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: $2995.00
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Index: 10555
Maker: Fairbanks and Cole
Year: 1881
Notes:

This banjo has a replacement fretless neck by Steve Sutherland.

Mahogany Neck with Carved Heel and Ebony Fingerboard with traditional pearl inlays.

Original 11" Rosewood-veneered rim with marquetry decoration and brass hoop tone-ring.

Modern bone friction pegs and tailpiece.

Skin head and Aquila Nyl-Gut Strings.

Plays and sounds Great.

Serial: #1729
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $750.00
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Index: 10542
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1964
Notes:

Early 1960's Gibson Folk Banjo.

Mahogany Neck with Rosewood Fingerboard.

3/4" Maple Rim with Brass-Hoop Tone-Ring.

Well-Travelled with modest playing wear.

Mostly Original with Elton Geared Pegs, Fiberskyn Head and

Heavy-duty brass tailpiece of unique design.

Plays and Sounds Great.

New Superior Hard Shell Case.

Serial: #76600
Condition: VG-EXC.
Case: hsc
Price: $1395.00
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Index: 10544
Maker: Gibson
Year: 1964
Notes:

Ex-Long Neck Pete Seeger-Style Folk Banjo.

Excellent and Original condition.

Small capo mark in finish at third fret and a ding in the finish

back of neck.

Minor playing wear. Elton Geared Pegs. Chip-Board Case.

Serial: #153585
Condition: Excellent & Original
Case: ssc
Price: $1395.00
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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: 10553
Maker: Haynes, John C.
Year: 1890
Notes:

This banjeaurine is a restoration.

The Original banjeaurine neck was too badly damaged to be repaired. 

Here is a new Mahogany neck with carved-heel by Steve Sutherland, using the original inlaid ebony fingerboard with

Gatcomb design, suggesting that the banjo was made by Gatcomb for Haynes.

All-original Gatcomb pot: 12 1/2" head and 20" Scale length.

Old Grover friction pegs with Ivoroid buttons. Skin head.

Modern tailpiece.

Plays and Sounds Great!

Serial: none
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $1000.00
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Index: 10530
Maker: Intermountain Guitar
Year: 1978
Notes:

This banjo is one of only a couple of dozen Whyte Laydie banjos made entirely by Intermountain Guitar and Banjo in the mid-late 1970's.

The Curly-Maple Neck with MOP decoration as well as as the Maple Rim were made by our shop, and the metal parts, from the nickel-plated brass hoops and tone-ring to the 2-point bracket-shoes and ball-end nuts were made to our specs by  local craftsmen and finished in our shop.

10 15/16" rim and 26 1/4" Scale Length.

The engraved pearl work is an authentic reproduction of a traditional Fairbanks Electric pattern.

This banjo was built and sold in 1978, then came back to us 2 decades later and has remained in our shop museum ever since.

There is minor playing wear, but the condition and playability is Excellent.

A concealed adjustable truss-rod is accessible at the heel when the neck is removed.

Serial: #414
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $2450.00
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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: 10551
Maker: Pond, Wm. A.
Year: ca. 1890
Notes:

A probable Buckbee production in largely-original condition with some restoration.

Mother-of-Pearl inlays are reminiscent of Morrison Banjos.

9 3/4" Rim with 22 5/8" Scale length.

Skin head. This banjo is an excellent player with great sound...and it's cute!

 

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $695.00
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Index: 10563
Maker: S.S. Stewart
Year: 1890's
Notes:

Largely Original S.S. Stewart 5-String. Cherry Wood Neck with Ebony fingerboard.

The Ebony Fingerboard is a Replacement, but the elaborate Tree-of-Life inlays are Original to the instrument

and have been re-inlayed into the replacement fingerboard.

Out-Standing Heel-Carving.

11" Rim with 27" Scale Length.

Aquila Nyl-Gut Strings.

Serial: #69937
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $2000.00
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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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