Used 5-String Open-Back Banjos

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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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: 10560
Maker: Thompson & Odell
Year: 1890's
Notes:

Early Boston Banjo Manufacturer Thompson & Odell.

All-Original. Mahogany Neck with Ebony Fingerboard.

10" Rim, 24" Scale Length.

Modern Planetary Pegs.

Very Playable with Low Action.

Serial: #2622
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
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: $Reduced Price $595.00
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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: $4495.00
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Index: 10541
Maker: Vega
Year: 1915
Notes:

An early student banjo from the Vega Company, pretty much original

except for the modern planetary geared pegs and the replacement armrest.

Plated hoop tone-ring provides good solid tonal response without over-bearing volume.

The Pearl Star in the Peghead may have been added later.

Straight Mahogany Neck, Good Action, Skin Head.

Plays and Sounds Great.

No Knot Tailpiece, new Superior Hard Case.

Serial: #31811
Condition: Excellent & Original
Case: hsc
Price: $895.00
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Index: 10580
Maker: Vega
Year: 1922
Notes:

All-Original Style M Tubaphone Pot with 11 13/16" Rim.

Reproduction 5-String Neck by Intermountain Guitar and Banjo [#367, 1976].

Maple Neck with Ebony Fingerboard and Engraved Pearl Inlays.

27" Scale with 20 Frets. Used, Partial Refret. Low Action.

Presently has a Calf-Skin Head, but other options are available.

New TKL Arched-Lid Hard Shell Case.

Serial: #49163
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $1695.00
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Index: 10557
Maker: Vega
Year: 1929
Notes:

From a Style S Tubaphone Banjo-Mandolin.

Tubaphone #9  20-fret 5-String neck with Chubby Dragon by Steve Sutherland.

10 1/8" Rim with 24 1/2" Scale Length. 

Planetary Geared Pegs.

Serial: #86518
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $2995.00
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Index: 10504
Maker: Vega
Year: 1921
Notes:

A clean and original 11 13/16" Vega #9 Tubaphone pot with

a terrific and accurate reproduction 5-String neck by the noted Wyatt Fawley,

a tour de force with extra-curly-maple, beautiful hand-carved heel and

exceptionally fine engraved pearl-work.

26" Scale Length.

Old Gold Planet Pegs with Mother of Pearl knobs.

Spin-Off Pie-Section Back.

Virtually un-Played Condition.

Serial: #40804
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: hsc
Price: $5600.00
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Index: 10329
Maker: Vega
Year: 1930
Notes:

From the Magic Workshop of Dick Powell.

Vega Tubaphone #3, formerly a plectrum banjo:

The original neck transformed into a 5-String.

10 15/16" Tubaphone Rim.

 

 

 

Serial: #89034
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $$1700.
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Index: 10571
Maker: Vega
Year: 1924
Notes:

Tubaphone Plectrum #3 Converted to 5-String,

Retaining Original Heel Carving.

Conversion and Flowerpot Peg-Head Inlays by Steve Sutherland.

Original Tubaphone Pot with Replaced Nuts.

Banjo has been fitted with a narrow-spacing bridge to accomodate the slightly narrow 

fingerboard profile.

10 15/16" Rim with 26 1/4" Scale Length.

 

Serial: #58330
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $2200.00
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Index: 10444
Maker: Vega
Year: 1921
Notes:

An Excellent  and Little-Played Early 1920's

Fairbanks by the Vega Co. #9 Tubaphone.

10 15/16" Rim with 27" Scale.

All Original except for Old Neck Refinish.

Skin Head. 

Pretty Much AS-FOUND with friction tuners with Mother-of-Pearl Knobs.

Might benefit from an appropriate set of Geared Pegs.

Fine Player.

Modern Hard Case.

 

Serial: #40926
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $Reduced to $4500.00
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Index: 10507
Maker: Vega
Year: 1924
Notes:

An Excellent and Original Vega  Tubaphone pot with 11 13/16" head.

Great #3 5-String Reproduction Neck by Noted Banjo-Maker Wyatt Fawley [unsigned].

Exquisitely-Engraved Flowerpot Peghead Inlays.

26" Scale Length.

Five-Star Planetary Geared Pegs.

Serial: #54688
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: hsc
Price: $2595.00
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Index: 10558
Maker: Vega
Year: 1925
Notes:

Large-Size 11 13/16" Whyte Laydie #2 pot with

terrific reproduction #7 grade 5-String Neck by Steve Sutherland.

24 3/4" Scale Length.

21 Frets and Skin Head.

Serial: #66116
Condition: Excellent
Case: hsc
Price: $3295.00
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Index: 10575
Maker: Vega
Year: 1930
Notes:

A Nearly-Perfect and Original Vega Whyte Laydie Rim with

a Reproduction 5-String neck of Maple and Ebony by an unknown maker;

High Production-Values suggest Bart Reiter or Wyatt Fawley.

10 15/16" Rim with 26" Scale Length.

Straight Neck, Low Action and Frailing Scoop make this a perfect Old-Time Banjo.

Wayvery Two-Band Planetary Tuners and the Top-of-the-Line TKL Hard Shell Case

complete the package. 

Serial: #92443
Condition: EX-FINE
Case: hsc
Price: $1950.00
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Index: 10562
Maker: Washburn
Year: 1897
Notes:

A Nearly Pristine Washburn from Lyon & Healy Co. in Chicago, 1890's.

Ebony Fingerboard with Delicately Engraved Shell Inlays.

Celluloid Friction Pegs.

Original Skin Head.

All-Original and Largely Un-Played One-Owner Instrument.

10 1/2" Rim with 26" Scale Length.

Presently Strung with Light Gauge Steel Strings.

Serial: #3200
Condition: Ex-Fine and Original
Case: gig bag
Price: $995.00
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Index: 10570
Maker: Washburn
Year: 1985
Notes:

An All-Original Washburn Banjo from the Mid-1890's.

A High-End Model with a Particularly Heavy Rim with all the Best Bespoke Washburn Hardware.

Mahogany neck with Ebony Fingerboard, Finely Hand-Engraved Shell Inlays

and Great Heel-Carving.

11" Rim with 25 3/4" Scale.

 

 

 

Serial: #3687
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $1050.00
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Index: 10565
Maker: Washburn
Year: ca. 1910
Notes:

An All-Original Lyon & Healy Washburn Banjo

with a full complement of 22 frets and 26 1/4" Scale

allied with 1890's Style and Taste.

10 1/2" Rim, Mahogany neck.

Pretty Cool.

Serial: None
Condition: Excellent
Case: gig bag
Price: $800.00
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