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Harry White,
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5-String Banjos
1. AMERICAN, Fretless, 1870s-80s, A nice early fretless banjo in historical condition. So many of these have had frets added - but this still has the original inlaid wooden flush fret markers. The 10-3/4" maple rim is painted black with 12 bent brackets on round shoes with square nuts. The Walnut neck has a simple squared head and big rounded heel with a cut-out in the heel. Scale length 25-5/8". (Our #32178) $550.
2. AMERICAN, Piccolo, c.1890 or earlier, This unsigned and unattributed piccolo banjo is so much fun! The neck is sort of like an early Fairbanks style oak neck with a very very distinctive hourglass-shaped peghead. The 6-1/2" metal clad spun rim has 10 brackets. The fretless fingerboard of dark-brown bakelite or hard rubber is screwed on to the neck and has a scale length of approximately 16". It needs restoration to be playable, but is plenty interesting just as it is. (Our #28893) $400.
3. DOBSON, Composite, 1890s, A marriage between an 1890's Dobson pot and a later left-handed 5-string neck. The rim is 10-5/8" with a tone-ring. The scale length is 26-1/4"scale. Grover friction pegs, New gig bag included. Excellent condition. (Our #26340) $500.
4. DOUG UNGER, Made by Doug Unger using a Fairbanks-Vega rim with an Electric tone ring. The serial number on the dowel stick: 18258. The rim measures 10-3/4" and it has a 26" scale. This banjo has a 2-piece extra full V-shaped mahogany neck typical of Unger banjos, with heel carving in the Fairbanks tradition. The ebony fingerboard has Fairbanks style scalloped engraved square inlays and an engraved 5-petal flower at the fifth fret. It has an ebony peghead overlay with equisitely engraved flowerpot inlay, and geared tuners, in a hard case. We can say this about all of the instruments we have seen from Doug Unger: This banjo is as beautiful to look at as it is wonderful to play. (Our #32646) $
5. GOLD TONE, BG-150F, NEW, The Gold Tone BG-150F has the beautiful appearance of a pre-WW ll with a very affordable price. The banjo is made with the hearts-and- flowers fretboard inlay and a fully-bound neck, along with a fourteen-inch resonator. Overall it is lighter weight than many of its ilk - a feature made possible by installing a quarter-inch brass-rod tone ring rather than the nearly three-pound bell brass ring. Little is lost in sound quality or power, and long gigs played standing up become much more bearable. The neck and rim are maple, with planetary tuners, an 11" frosted head and 24 brackets. The 14" resonator is mahogany. The nut is 1-3/16" and scale is 26-3/16". (Our #32534) $697.
6. GOLD TONE, Cripple Creek CC-100, NEW, The Cripple Creek 100 has a maple neck and 11" maple rim in clear finish with double coordinator rods, a rolled brass tone ring, and 18 brackets. The maple neck has a 2-way adjustable truss rod and rosewood fingerboard with snowflake inlays. We’ve had the tuners upgraded to Planetary tuners. The maple pot also has a frosted head, engraved armrest and terminator tailpiece. Measurements: 1-3/16" nut, 26-3/16" scale. Boulder gig bag included. (Our #32233) $500.
7. GOLD TONE, Cripple Creek CC-100+, NEW, The Cripple Creek 100 has a maple newck and 11" maple rim in brown finish with double coordinator rods, a rolled brass tone ring, and 24 brackets. The maple neck has a 2-way adjustable truss rod and rosewood fingerboard with snowflake inlays. We’ve had the tuners upgraded to Planetary tuners. The maple pot also has a frosted head, engraved armrest and terminator tailpiece. Measurements: 1-3/16" nut, 26-3/16" scale. Boulder gig bag included. (Our #32237) $580.
8. GOLD TONE, Cripple Creek CC-100R, NEW, This Cripple Creek 100 model has an 11" head, and is upgraded with a resonator and planetary tuners. The rim & neck are of maple and the fingerboard is rosewood with a 26-3/16" scale. This banjo has the Cripple Creek rolled brass tone ring as well as a 2-way adjustable truss rod. Case not included (we have a selection of wonderful Gig Bags and Hardshell cases to select from). (Our #32535) $540.
9. GOLD TONE, Cripple Creek CC-50, NEW, The Cripple Creek 50 has a maple neck and 11" maple rim in Vintage Brown finish with a single coordinator rod, rolled brass tone ring, and 18 brackets. The maple neck has a 2-way adjustable truss rod and Ovangkol fingerboard with dot inlays. We’ve had the tuners upgraded to Planetary tuners. The maple pot also has a frosted head, engraved armrest and terminator tailpiece. Measurements: 1-3/16" nut, 26-3/16" scale. Gold Tone gig bag included. (Our #32537) $390.
10. GOLD TONE, Cripple Creek CC-Carlin 12, NEW, This member of the Cripple Creek family was developed in consultation with renowned banjo player Bob Carlin. It's a terrific instrument for the clawhammer player. It has a 12" maple rim, Renaissance head, rolled brass tone ring, engraved arm rest, and scooped rosewood fingerboard with 2-way adjustable truss rod. Upgraded with GT Master Planet tuners. Measurements: 1-3/8" nut, 26-3/16" scale. Gold Tone gig bag included. (Our #32234) $500.
11. GOLD TONE, Maple Mountain MM-150, NEW, The Maple Mountain an 11" maple rim with double coordinator rods, a Whyte Ladye three-piece scalloped tone ring, and 24 brackets. The maple neck has a 2-way adjustable truss rod and scooped blackwood fingerboard with snowflake inlays and rosewood binding, and Planetary tuners. The maple pot is 3" deep with a Rennaisance head, Vega style rolled armrest and no-knot tailpiece. Measurements: 1-3/16" nut, 26-3/16" scale. Boulder gig bag included. (Our #32536) $742.
12. GOLD TONE, OB-150, NEW, "Pre-war" style a,t a great price, with authentic tone and superb playability describe the OB-150 Orange Blossom Professional. This Bluegrass banjo is built with a three-ply maple rim and one-piece flange (just like the originals), a maple neck inlayed in authentic style, 26-1/4" scale, with a brass flathead tone ring and a smooth satin finish. The rim is made of 3-ply Canadian maple. The OB-150 is professionally set up in Gold Tone's Florida shop with planetary tuners, and comes with TRANSFERRABLE lifetime warranty. (Our #32453) $900.
13. GOLDSTAR, GF-100JD, NEW, In 1980, five musicians went into the Arch Street Studio in Berkeley, CA and Bluegrass recording history was made. "The Bluegrass Album" with Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Doyle Lawson and Todd Phillips redefined the direction of the music for the next generation. The banjo pictured on the cover and recorded on the Bluegrass Album was a prewar Gibson RB-3 that has been with Saga for more than 30 years. Five years in the making, Saga has recreated that banjo as the Goldstar GF100JD. Some of the details you’ll want to know: V-shaped mahogany neck with a single action truss rod with a Santos fingerboard and 4:1 pancake style planetary tuners; flat head style mahogany pot with a zinc-alloy one- piece flange and no-hole cast flathead tone ring, as well as double coordinator rods and a Presto tailpiece; deeply arched tapered wall resonator with twin purfling rings. The nut width is 1-3/16" and the scale is 26- 1/4". Superior hardshell case included. https://youtu.be/m8tQeetcEt0 (Our #32590) $1,750.
14. OME, Mira, NEW, This is a remarkable banjo all around. Great dynamic range. Classic 11" rim, open back, with select curly maple and a satin amber finish. The neck has a scoop and radius for comfortable playing. Inside the rim is a wood dowel, and the banjo is setup with a sweetone tailpiece, railroad tacks at 7 & 9, and wooden armrest. Superior hardshell case included. Play Sound Clip (Our #32603) $3,000.
15. OME, North Star, NEW, Black walnut 11" open back, pot and neck with varnish finish, and with a scooped ebony fingerboard. Tortoise colored binding, metalwork with antique brass finish including the brackets, tone ring and tuners. Ome vintage brass tonering, Rennaissance head and Sweetone tailpiece. New hardshell case included. Measurements: 24-7/8" scale, 1-5/16" nut. (Our #32420) $2,995.
16. OME, Wizard, NEW, If you think you've noticed that we generally try to have a Wizard model in stock - your observation is spot on. This is a terrific model with a combination of attributes that derive from very early banjos like the big 12" pot, mixed with later 19th century developments like the relieved heel that give you better access up the neck. All of this is generally improved by Ome's execution using great wood section -- a black walnut scooped neck and rim with varnish finish in this case -- and extremely high standards of craftsmanship. These are all among the reasons we like it so much. The banjo has a 25.5" scale, 1-3/4" nut, tortoise colored plastic bindings, mother of pearl fingerboard inlays, aged brass finish on the metal parts, Renaissance head, Sweetone tailpiece, OME bridge, railroad tacks at 7&9, and a great hard case. Ome also fitted this instrument with one of their comfortable eased edge wooden armrests. (Our #32511) 2315
17. THOMPSON & ODELL, Artist, c.1890s, We’ve set up this fun Thompson & Odell open-back with nylon strings to be true to its historical nature. At the same time - we’ve given the 11" nickel-clad rim a fiber-skyn head to keep it user friendly. The walnut neck has an ebony fingerboard, and the scale is 26-1/4". The Champion pegs are slightly inset into the head. The neck does have a bit of warp, but plays very nicely with the nylon strings. (Our #26475) $600.
18. VEGA, Pete Seeger, 1961, This is an early version of the Pete Seeger model first produced by Vega in 1958. The 10-15/16" Tubaphone rim has the bracket band with 24 brackets & the maple dowel of the early models. The two-piece neck has white binding and 25 frets (scale is 32"). The tuners are offset geared with a leater geared fifth-peg (original is in the case). The head was signed by Pete Seeger in red marker (with his iconic banjo drawing) as well as inside the rim. Original hard case included. Excellent condition. (Our #32037) $4,500.
19. VEGA, PS-5 Pete Seeger Long Neck, 1963, A fine example of the long neck model designed by Vega for Pete Seeger. The two-piece maple neck has a bound ebony 25 fret fingerboard (32" scale), with a Shubb 5th string capo already installed, and Grover Rotomatic tuners. The 11" 6-ply maple rim has a bracket band with 24 brackets and a 32-hole Tubaphone tone ring. It is original but for a newer Gary Price straight-line tailpiece, and in excellent condition with a nice original hard case. (Our #29946) $3,250.
20. VEGA BY MARTIN, c.1973, This Vega banjo was made in Nazareth by the C. F. Martin Co. after acquiring the Vega Company (and likely many of their parts). The two-piece maple neck is finished with dark stain and outfitted with geared tuners and a geared 5th peg, and the scale length is 27". The 11" laminated rim has a Little Wonder style tone ring, and a maple resonator with 4-piece nickel-plated flange. The banjo has a few scrapes & dings but is in overall excellent condition with the original hard case. (Our #31214) $850.
21. VEGA BY MARTIN, Pete Seeger Long Neck, c.1971-72, This Vega long-neck banjo was made by C. F. Martin after acquiring the Vega name. The two-piece maple neck is finished with dark stain, with 25 frets and a 32" scale, and Grover Rotomatic tuners. The 11" 7-ply maple rim has a modified Tubaphone tone ring and 24 brackets. It is original but for a later Gary Price straight-line tailpiece and Shubb capo. In near excellent plus condition with the original hard case. (Our #29944) $2,000.
22. WASHBURN BY LYON & HEALY, c.1895 & later, A beautiful combined Washburn 12" engraved German-silver rim (30 brackets and skin head), with a new 26" scale length cherry neck made by Leonard Coulson. The heel carving is a grinning relief-carved Maine Coon cat. The ebony fingerboard is elaborately inlaid with engraved pearl fret markers and a true flowerpot headstock inlay, with planet pegs and a geared 5th. The sound is melodic and a rich yet well punctuated for definition. New hard case included. (Our #29513) $2,250.
Tenor, Plectrum & Other Books Banjos
23. BACON & DAY, No.2 Special 5-String Plectrum, c.1928, A rare B&D five-string plectrum banjo. The two-piece figured maple neck with a carved heel and peghead inlaid with "B&D/ Silver Bell” and fancy scrolling pearl designs, with five Waverly tuners with thick pearl buttons(similar to Grover 2-line models). The 11" rim has a silver-plated hardware, solid Silver-Bell tone ring, armrest and Oettinger tailpiece. The resonator with figured maple veneers (some scars on the edges of the resonator). This banjo is in original & excellent condition, with its clean original hard case. (Our #31354) $2,950.
24. BACON & DAY, Silver Bell No.1, 1928, This 19-fret tenor has an 11"rim and solid flat-head style tone-ring, with a stained birds-eye maple resonator with the B&D plaque and resonator-flange with ff-hole cut-outs. There is also an original knee-mute in the pot, and an Oettinger tailpiece. The two-piece neck is maple with a 23"scale. The banjo is in original and excellent condition. The original brown hard case in only fair condition. (Our #30723) $1,900.
25. GIBSON, TB-3 Mastertone, 1925, This is a very nice example of a first period TB-3 Masterone 19-fret tenor with ball-bearing tone ring, the rim with staggered outside holes, and MASTERTONE in individual pearl letters on the upper peghead, It is completely original including the Grover tuners, armrest, & Presto tailpiece, and is in overall very good plus condition. The finish on the neck & resonator is original though somewhat worn. It comes with an okay new hard case. (Our #32293) $2,200.
26. GOLD TONE, BUS Banjo-Uke, New, A nifty and affordable open back banjo-uke with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard (13-1/2" scale). The rim is maple rim with an 8" head. Hardshell case is included. (Our #28734) $382.
27. GOLD TONE, Little Gem, NEW, This is a super fun banjo ukulele. The body is clear acrylic with a clear head. The neck is maple with a nice smooth surface feel, and the contour fits smoothly into the hand. Don't let the easy price fool you! It's a very functional banjo uke with a 15" concert scale, 8" resonated rim and lots of sound. Includes a Gold Tone gig bag. (Our #32454) $149.
28. GOLD TONE, Little Gem Diamond LED, NEW, This is a super fun banjo ukulele-with a clear body and multi-colored LED lights inside the body. The body is clear acrylic with a clear head. The neck is maple with a nice smooth surface feel, and the contour fits smoothly into the hand. Don't let the easy price fool you! It's a very functional banjo uke with a 15" concert scale, 8" resonated rim and lots of sound. Includes a Gold Tone gig bag. (Our #32532) $200.
29. KAY, c.1960, This is a super fun, inexpensive Kay tenor banjo. The pot has a single coordinator rod, no tone ring, and a frosted plastic 11" head. We also include a new gig bag. (Our #28973) $250.
30. VEGA, Imperial Electric Banjo-Guitar, 1926, This Vega Imperial has an 11-13/16" maple ply rim with a Whyte Laydie tone-ring. The pie-section resonator has maple veneers and the resonator flanges are individual with DeLuxe engraving. The two-piece maple neck has a 20 fret ebony fingerbaord and 25"scale. The tuners are "GROVER PAT." off-set geared models. The ebonized peghead overlay has the applied engraved nickel VEGA star. The banjo is in overall excellent condition. There is one replaced hook and one replaced flange piece without engraving, as well as hole (strap hole?) in the head above the star. Worn original hard case included.. (Our #29832) $2,350.