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1965 Vega Eddie Peabody 5-String Banjo 

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Every time a new person sees this extremely rare Vega banjo, new theories keep popping up. “it’s a throw together”, “its a parts banjo”, “it’s not real”. But the truth of the matter is that in the ‘60s Vega made several of these, all custom ordered, with plectrum player Eddie Peabody’s name on the truss rod cover and inside label. Even more confounding were the tenor banjos made with Earl Scruggs’ name but Vega made them and a few  folks actually bought them, making this one of the rarest banjos ever manufactured.
The neck is a standard issue ‘60s medium profile with large block inlays. The peg head features as original equipment Grover Rotomatic tuners and the “Eddie Peabody” engraved truss rod cover. The resonator is a holdover from the Vega Vox series, that Eddie Peabody himself designed in the late 1920s. The tone comes from the wooden rim, similar to the Vega Vox.
This unique banjo is in excellent condition with only some wear on the Weather King head to detract from its pristine appearance. The fret wear is minimal and the neck is straight  with low action.


$1,800.00 with chipboard case

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1963 Vega Earl Scruggs Model 5-String Banjo

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No musician is associated with the 5-string banjo more than Earl Scruggs. So it was natural that banjo companies would come calling for an endorsement. Vega was the first banjo manufacturer to use the Scruggs name on a banjo, and redesigned their Tubaphone line to create a model to meet the needs of Bluegrass players.  
Utilizing the Tubaphone tone ring, the Scruggs model featured a 2-piece maple neck with a bound ebony fingerboard adorned with pearl block inlays, a matching maple resonator, a double co-ordinator rod system, adjustable truss rod and Grover Planetary style tuning machines.

This example is In extremely nice condition with some finish wear on the back of the neck and fret wear in the first position only. The sound is lively with that “up the neck”, ringing tone that denotes a true Bluegrass style instrument �" a historic banjo that will please discriminating players who love a really sparkly tone.


$2,850.00 with import hard case.

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S.S. Stewart Wondertone Style B  5-String Banjo

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Here we have a rare and terrifically versatile 5-string banjo -- one that easily bridges the gap between the articulation of a bluegrass banjo and the dulcet tones of a clawhammer instrument. It can easily be played as an open back for a traditional sound, or with the resonator attached for that true mountain tone. 

This instrument features a mahogany neck and archtop tone ring construction. The resonator is highly ornate, with a wide inner ring of pearloid decorated with engraved flowers. The fretboard has wonderful engraved pearloid  inlays as well. This motif is carried over to the peg head where the engraved pearled features the "S.S. Stewart Wondertone” banner. All metal parts are nickel plated and original, save for the tuning machines which have been upgraded to a modern planetary style. The action is low and very comfortable for a bluegrass style player, with minimal fret wear. 
This banjo is in remarkable condition, with only a very small replaced piece in the peg head veneer. All in all, this unique piece offers a terrific choice for a collector or player who plays both clawhammer and three finger picking style.


$2,250.00 with later hard shell case.

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1928 Slingerland 5-String Open Back Banjo

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Here's a real sweetheart with all the wonderful tone of a spun-over rim early 20th Century instrument.

Made by Slingerland for the Sears & Roebuck mail order catalog, this 24 bracket open back has the true traditional tone players are looking for.

Set up to play clawhammer style, in excellent condition, with a slight amount of wear in the finish on the back of the neck near the 5th string peg.

You can really "ring de banjar" with this beauty.

$399 with gig bag.

1988 Richelieu Banjo 5 String Desert Rose Model

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C.C. Richelieu began building banjos in the Mid-West in the early '70s. Most of his clientele were of the crowds of players who played Dixieland, some who even formed marauding groups called Banjo Bands.

He made very few 5-strings. This deluxe gold-plated, engraved “Desert Rose” model arch top with “Hearts & Flowers” fretboard inlay, kicks you-know-what with its power and ringing tone! All gold plated, including the 2 Keith-Bump tuners. Its engraved armrest attests to the instrument once having been played by the "Pecos Kid".

C.C. passed away in 2003, but his legend lives on in this fine banjo. Own a piece of banjo history with this excellent instrument..

$2499 with original hard case

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1928 Paramount Style B Melody Banjo

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Here we have the incredibly rare and wonderful Paramount Style B Melody Banjo with its 15 1/4” scale neck that meets the body half-way between the 12th and 13th fret. Created so that mandolin players could play parts previously played on banjo, and vise versa. 

This 90 year old instrument is in fine condition featuring a slim mahogany 5-piece laminated neck with demi-herringbone under its Brazilian rosewood fret board.  As with most Paramount instruments, the fret board is tastefully inlaid with intricate mother-of-pearl position markers. The headstock has the inlaid mother-of-pearl Paramount logo, underneath which is inlaid “Wm. L. Lange” and “Style B”. 

All of the metal parts are shiny and without oxidation, including the original “improved” Paramount quick release tailpiece, armrest and Page tuners. The action is extremely playable, and the tone of this unique instrument is as one would expect from a Paramount: crisp, clean and with plenty of volume.

This melody banjo is in very fine condition throughout with the normal amount of scratches one would expect from a 90 year old well care for instrument. Its only fault is a 3/4” piece of binding missing off the back of the resonator.

Here’s an opportunity to own an instrument that plays well, sounds terrific and is a welcome ultra-rare addition to your banjo collection.


$2950 incl. original hard case

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1920s Majestic Deluxe Tenor Banjo 

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Majestic is its name, and its appearance, playability and tone are Majestic as well. This beautifully ornate tenor banjo was built in the1920s by noted luthier Gaetano F. Puntolillo who was also responsible for the S.S.Stewart Wondertone and other spectacularly decorated banjos.

This example features a beautifully inlaid fingerboard, gold plated engraved parts and a highly-figured rosewood resonator with inlaid marquetry. The classic peghead is spectacularly inlaid as well. But most importantly, the tone is equally incredible " responsive, crisp and powerful. This high-end Majestic is in extremely fine original condition and can cut through all the instruments in an Dixieland or Jazz ensemble with incredible clarity and volume.


$2,450.00 with original hard case.

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1930s RB-11 5 String Banjo Conversion

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Here's a 1930s Gibson banjo with unmistakably traditional tone. Starting with a 1930s TB-11 rim with its 1-piece flange and robust projection and tonality, a skilled craftsman has added a 5-string “speed neck” of highly-figured flame maple with the "wreath" pattern inlay.
This instrument is very clean with its simple tone hoop and “blue” resonator with pearloid multi-colored stencil designed back. It's set up ready to play with terrific action and considerable volume.

$3,500.00 with newer hard case.

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1924 Gibson TB-5 Tenor Banjo

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When this beautiful tenor banjo was created it was the top of the Gibson "Master Model" line, and the most ornate banjo the company had produced.The tone ring was an unique tube style, perforated with holes all the way around -- the predecessor of the "ball-bearing" Mastertone which would appear in 1925. 

The  neck and resonator are flame maple finished in Cremona brown, with the resonator being the renowned “trap door” style enabling the player to play with it closed, or open to obtain contrasting amounts of both tone and volume. This "Loar period" instrument is highly decorated featuring a triple-bound peg head, ornately inlaid with a mother-of-pearl "fern" motif, and a bound, extended ebony fretboard delicately inlaid with a unique pattern as well. The shell sports decorative olive green pearloid lamination around its 10.5" perimeter.

This instrument is completely original, and in excellent condition. The neck has a well-repaired heel crack which has been stable for years.

$2,450.00 with original hard shell case.

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1930 Gibson TB-4 Conversion 5 String Banjo

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Here's a Bluegrass tone monster created from a 1930 TB-4 thick "fat-boy" rim pot, with its original "Mastertone" 40-hole arch-top, chrome plated tone ring, brackets and 1-piece flange.

The stretcher band and arm rest are nickel plated. To complete this Bluegrass stalwart is a mahogany neck, stained walnut with Flying Eagle inlays crafted by renowned neck maker, Frank Neat. The neck is matched beautifully to the original walnut resonator with its concentric rings of dyed walnut and maple marquetry.

This vintage Gibson is in excellent condition with amazing volume and projection, a welcome member in any Bluegrass ensemble.

Includes original tenor neck.

$12,000.00 With newer hard shell case

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1924 Gibson Pb-Junior Plectrum Banjo

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One thing that was always true of Gibson in the early 20th Century, they supported both professional and amateur music makers. From the many mandolin ensembles " “Every One A Gibsonite” " to making products that fit the budget of players at every level.

This rarely seen PB-Junior is an example of one of those products. Originally aimed at the advanced student or “hobby” musician, the instrument offered the same 26” scale as the professional models, with a 1/2” thick rim that was 10 1/2” in diameter. Its original Champion friction tuners hold tight without slippage.

This banjo is in excellent condition, with low, playable action, a straight neck and only a little minor scarring here and there to remind you that it’s a vintage instrument. The peghead is without adornment, but check out the script Gibson inside the rim.  The tone is wonderful, with enough of the old-timey sound that traditional country pickers, like Uncle Dave Macon, really appreciated. A bevy of five string players would love to put a five string neck on this rim and play some old time tunes.


$750.00 with contemporary gig bag.

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Unger "Bernunzio" Presentation

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On February 10th, 2000, Professor Douglas Unger drove from his home in Ohio to Rochester New York to present John with this custom banjo. They had been talking about the project for several years. The basis for the fingerboard inlay is the carved fireplace mantle in the reception room of the former Bernunzio residence on East Avenue. The heel carving reflects the carved cornice of the mantle. John had long desired to have a banjo of his own so he and Doug collaborated on the project. The design is patterned after the banjos from the 1890s with a spun over rim. Doug had said that he had a very special rim for this project...engraved metal on the outside and marquetry inside. Ironically it was a rim that John had sold 15 years earlier! The fingerboard is snail shell and glows with pink, green and blue luster. The engraving lends a three dimensional appearance and exceeds any of the early masters of this art. The peghead is bound and the ebony backstrap has an inlayed flowerpot. This is perhaps the finest pearl work ever done by Douglas Unger. It cannot be duplicated. RIM: 10.5" NECK: 26" scale length

$15500.00

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1920s Favilla 20-Fret Deluxe Tenor Banjo

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Diamonds, rubies and jewels oh my! This instrument may have acquired much of its extensive bling from a previous owner after leaving the Favilla workshop. 

Not that it wasn't fancy at its inception " with gold-plated hardware and a peg head covered in engraved amber-colored pearloid. The fretboard is inlaid with a mother of pearl leaf and flower motif that even features a pair of flying geese at the 10th fret. The neck and resonator are made of curly burly walnut and the resonator features inlaid lines of multi colored marquetry. The tone ring is of the rolled brass style, with 20 holes partially drilled through the wood rim, and the tailpiece seems to be a Grover "clamshell" engraved "DeLuxe" as found on the Gibson TB-5.

The tuning machines are gold plated Planet style and curiously, extra holes were drilled between the first and second and third and fourth tuning machines.

This high quality, snappy-sounding banjo is in excellent condition with a few scratches on the resonator, easily compensated by the addition of imitation rubies placed at equal distance atop the resonator flange.
Get your banjo bling on!

$1,250.00  with original hard case
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1931 Dobro Tenortrope Custom

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Here we have an example of not only the quality of instruments made during the Golden Age of Luthiery,, but also a testament to the era of innovation. Among the inventors and innovators were the Dopyera Bros. who created not only the Dobro instruments, but National as well.
One of their most unusual innovations was the Tenortrope, a tenor banjo scaled (22 3/4”) neck with a 9 1/2” spider cone, enabling tenor banjoists the ability to play with even more volume.

This example has some eye-dazzling appointments. From the peg head, with its Playing card inspired inlay (that may have been added later), to the gold plated, engraved metal parts, and the matched 4 piece walnut resonator, this instrument is a delight for the optical orbs.

In fine condition, save for some light scratches on the resonator, the tuning machines have been replaced with modern gold plated Planets with pearl styled buttons. There is evidence that at one time there was an electric pickup installed in the cover plate, and then removed, with the 2 knob and jack holes plugged and re-finished. The neck is straight, with low action and no visible fret wear.

Mandolin players and tenor banjoists will recognize this as an opportunity to add a new dimension to their sound palette. And collectors will want to add this to their “rare and unusual” acquisitions.

$3950 including ‘60s hard case.

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1927 Epiphone Recording Art Deluxe Plectrum Banjo

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One of the rarest and most desirable instruments of the jazz era is this gorgeous Epiphone plectrum banjo, known as the "Dragon" model. Not only does it possess the perfect tone for a jazz or swing ensemble, but some top of the line decorative appointments as well. The all walnut construction features a peg head inlaid with the exquisitely engraved pearl dragon. Traveling down the ornate fretboard, we encounter mother of pearl, engraved inlays of intricate design. The side of the neck has ivoroid binding combined with a wood marquetry design, culminating in a gorgeous heel carving. The resonator is equally spectacular with a rosette pattern in the center utilizing alternating strips of wood marquetry, surrounded by an inlaid wood design which echoes the neck binding, as does the edge of the resonator.  All metal parts are gold-plated and engraved, including the deluxe Grover tuners resplendent with their genuine mother of pearl buttons.

The instrument is in excellent original condition throughout with just a hint of wear on the frets, and some tarnishing of the plating on the “clover leaf” resonator flange. The  neck is straight, but perhaps the best feature is that wonderful jazz age tone which emerges effortlessly from this rare and beautiful Epiphone banjo.

$6,250.00 with original hard shell case

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1967 Gibson RB-250

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$2,595.00

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Description: This workhorse banjo of the Gibson line is still in great condition after 50 years. It has some very light scratches on the back of the resonator and some normal finish checking, but all the hardware still shines like a new penny. It retains its original tuners including the friction 5th string tuner. If the new owner wants to change that out for ease of playability, we will be happy to accommodate. It has the wider “Les Paul” type frets which still have plenty of life left in them. And before you ask, yes, it has the thinner rim. But that certainly doesn’t affect its tone in a negative way… this banjo has all the pop and growl you could ever want. Comes with a newer hard shell case.

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About us: Lowe Vintage Instrument Company specializes in bringing our customers the finest vintage fretted instruments in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Since opening our storefront in downtown Burlington, North Carolina in 2014, we have been recognized by NAMM as one of the top music retailers in the world with their annual “Top 100 Dealer” award for three consecutive years. Whether you’re looking to buy your very first vintage instrument or want to sell a lifetime’s collection, we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

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Early 1900s Stewart Open Back Banjo

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This is a reconstructed banjo by Jim De Cava who builds and repairs banjos and guitars. He had the parts lying around for some 25 years and decided to put them together recently. He thinks it's probably a Stewart. He sold it to me for $400 though he thought he could get a higher price online if he'd tried. I love having an old instrument but want to sell it because I am committing to another banjo and selling the rest of my collection. I will sell it for $400 plus shipping.

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Gibson TB-1 Tenor Banjo (1923)

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Gibson TB-1 Model Tenor Banjo (1923), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 11803-23, shaded maple finish, maple neck and rim, ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

Here's a "Loar" that wont break the bank-a 1923 early Mastertone-era TB-1. The "trapdoor" banjos from this period are lovely instruments, though not the design Gibson would eventually be remembered for. They have the feel of having been designed by and for mandolin players - as indeed they were. While never particularly popular among tenor banjo players, they are beautifully built instruments with an attractive nouveau aesthetic all their own.

The TB-1 was a lower grade banjo but still has some of the professional features: the "trapdoor" resonator and the new coordinator rod to adjust neck angle. The hook/nut bearing tube used on this banjo would become half of the "tube and plate" flange system when the "plate" flange was added in 1925. This banjo is one of the earliest to feature Gibson's single co-coordinator rod, mounted below the traditional wooden dowel and marked "Patent Applied for".

The rim of this early style TB is solid but has no tone ring-Lloyd Loar's "ball bearing" ring was used on the higher grade styles. It does feature the unique "trap door" resonator system, a hinged plate on the back that can be opened or closed to make the tone louder or softer, increasing the "Banjo piquancy' in Gibson's language! It also has the optional original wire armrest and ivoroid pickguard fittings. With a very short 19" scale length this is a handy little player, suitable for ragtime or Irish styles and a neat double for the mandolinist-just as Gibson intended.

Overall length is 29 in. (73.7 cm.), 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) diameter head, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 19 in. (483 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/8 in. (29 mm.). This banjo is in fine original condition with some minor wear to the finish and plating, but no alterations except a non-Gibson correct period bridge. It is complete with a period skin head and all hardware intact except the tailpiece cover, which has gone missing. The frets show some wear but it plays well, a nifty little package of plonking fun complete in its original green-lined HSC. Excellent Condition.

$950.00 + shipping

Gibson TB-800 Mastertone Deluxe Tenor Banjo, C. 1968

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Gibson TB-800 Mastertone Deluxe Model Tenor Banjo, c. 1968, made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, cherry sunburst finish, laminated maple rim and resonator, maple neck, ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This instrument is a 1960's Gibson TB-800, the company's high-end banjo of the period and a rather rare one as well, with only 52 total shipped from 1964-69. At the time there was increased demand for 5-string banjos due to the rising popularity of bluegrass, and these very fancy tenors are actually much rarer then the corresponding RB-800. Both versions represent Gibson's return to elaborately decorated banjo designs after decades of offering only comparatively plain instruments.

The Mastertone TB-800 was introduced as a new the top-of-the-line banjo for Gibson in 1964, not an exact re-issue of previous models but an amalgamation of older style features. The engraved pearl "MASTERTONE" fingerboard block harks back to the 1920's, and indeed the entire instrument is a direct descendant of the fancy 4-string banjos of that era. All the hardware except for the internal tone ring and the flange is gold-plated and engraved. The ebony fingerboard is bound with colored wood marquetry on the sides; the same inlaid wood pattern is used on both edges of the resonator. The fingerboard and headstock face have pearl inlay in the old "flying eagle" pattern; the headstock shape is the early 1930's slimmer profile. The resonator has heavily bound edges and two circles of 3-ply inlay on the back. The tuners are gold-plated cast-housing Klusons, as used on the Firebird VII.

The tone ring is the vintage flat-head Mastertone style, much beloved of Bluegrass players since the 1930's. The flange the cast one-piece style also considered a vital ingredient of that sound, not the tube-and-plate Gibson reverted to in the 1970's. The full dual co-ordinator rods are also employed. The finish is a eye-popping cherry with a sunburst to yellow on the neck and resonator back.

This TB-800 was originally as expensive as Gibson's high-end guitars, and was a thoroughly professional instrument. These very expensive banjos were generally built only to order, and sometimes the features can vary. The "Custom" engraving on the truss rod cover was standard on this model, the only real oddity on this banjo is the lack of a serial number which makes it impossible to date exactly, though the logo style suggests 1968-9. The window for its construction is fairly narrow anyway. Set up with a clear plastic head which shows off the gold plated interior, this is a very flashy looking and very powerful sounding banjo.

Overall length is 34 1/2 in. (87.6 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head, and 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 in. (584 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.). This banjo shows some general wear and tear; it has been professionally used for some years including in Broadway pit orchestras. The finish shows some dings and chips, most notably on the headstock tip and rear edges. There is one decent size gouge in the back of the neck on the treble side behind the 11th fret area through the finish slightly into the wood. There is a modicum of plating wear on the hoop, tailpiece and outer edge of the tone ring; the armrest is actually the most intact and looks to have possibly been double-plated originally. The frets show some light wear but the banjo plays very well with an extremely powerful sound. Includes a nice original Gibson HSC with the signature yellow plush lining. Overall Excellent - Condition.

$3,000.00 + shipping

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2016 Ome Jubilee Fretless

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2016 Ome Jubilee Fretless banjo in outstanding condition. Setup with nylon strings, this banjo has a beautiful and unique tone. Very deep sound with the 12" pot and surprisingly loud even with nylon strings. Upgraded "moon" bridge with original in the case. Comes with a Superior brand hardshell case.

$2,000.00

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Posted: Jan 12, 2019 09:34 AM CDT

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1958 Gibson TB-250

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$2,695.00

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Description: All original right down to the Jos Rogers skin head. 4 hole arch top tone ring. Comes with its original chipboard case and for nostolgic purposes; we also have the original hang tag.

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About us: Lowe Vintage Instrument Company specializes in bringing our customers the finest vintage fretted instruments in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Since opening our storefront in downtown Burlington, North Carolina in 2014, we have been recognized by NAMM as one of the top music retailers in the world with their annual “Top 100 Dealer” award for three consecutive years. Whether you’re looking to buy your very first vintage instrument or want to sell a lifetime’s collection, we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 11:02 AM CDT

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Gibson 1932 Trujo Plectrum 1932

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$2,500.00
Very Rare Gibson-made Plectrum Banjo
Even Rarer As a Factory Openback!
All Original Except Tailpiece
Gigantic Flathead Tone Ring Unique to Trujo Banjos
Mahogany Neck
Ebony Fingerboard
Grover Pancake Tuners
1 3/16" Nut Width
26 1/4" Scale Length
Includes Original Hard Case

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Ad Number 133900
Posted: Jan 11, 2019 10:30 AM CDT

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Sylvan Music
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W. A. Cole Eclipse Custom 5 String Banjo (1893)

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W. A. Cole Eclipse Custom Model 5 String Banjo (1893), made in Boston, serial # 904, black varnish finish, half-spun laminated maple rim, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a nice example of a rare early Cole's Eclipse banjo with some typical player's alterations but still a fine and lovely instrument. It features some beautiful decorative inlay, including a cut pearl image of a flying bird in the headstock. This instrument dates to the first few years of Cole's independent banjo manufacturing after splitting with partner Fairbanks in 1890. The salient Eclipse features are already present including the "boat nose" heel, the Cole neck angle adjustor, the half-spun rim with the Eclipse tone ring, and the elegant teardrop bracket shoes.

This would have been one of Cole's higher grade models at the time. The abstract-shaped pearl inlay on the fingerboard is fairly lavish, although with less engraved detail than later fancy Eclipse models. The laminated black finished maple rim is fitted with Cole's distinctive oval shoes and Eclipse tone ring. The dowel is marked "Cole's Eclipse"; "W.A.Cole Maker Boston Mass" but there is no patent stamp as this instrument pre-dates the 1894 patent. This instrument has several higher-grade features including a finely-executed carved heel and the "cobra' hooks with square nuts, indicating it was a non-standard model possible custom ordered.

The original tuners have been replaced with geared Planet pegs including the fifth string peg, and there is a nail-head spike added at the seventh fret all indicating this banjo has probably been used for steel-string playing for a long time. It makes for a great-sounding frailer, although originally built for gut strings as were all banjos of this period.

Despite the alteration this is beautiful banjo from the era of the full flowering of the "classical" 5-string, from one of the most revered of the Boston makers. A similar model is beautifully pictured in an original period photograph of a young girl banjoist on page 226 of the book "AMERICA'S INSTRUMENT - The Banjo In The Nineteenth Century" by Phillip Gura and Jim Bollman.

Overall length is 34 3/4 in. (88.3 cm.), 11 5/16 in. (28.7 cm.) diameter head, and 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm.) deep. Scale length is 26 in. (660 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). This banjo has a decent amount of wear overall, but is still a nice and possibly unique example of Cole's work. As noted all the tuners have been replaced, and the tailpiece is a later No-knot repro. The elegant cobra hooks are all original and intact including the unusual square nuts, but these show scarring from years of having been adjusted with improper wrenches. The frets and fingerboard are in very good shape, one small corner of the fifth fret inlay has been patched in but all else is intact.

The screw tail adjustor on the dowel stick is present, but shows some amateur repair and setup work-this does not affect playability. The neck has a typical light bow but the banjo plays well in frailing and old-time mode with a very good skin head and fine repro Cole multi-footed bridge. It sounds great with a sparkling ring to the tone. While not a collector-grade piece this is an excellent player's example of a particularly rare and beautiful late 19th century banjo. Very Good + Condition.

$2,450.00 + shipping

Gold Tone Dojo DLX $665

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Get your hands on one of Gold Tone's factory B-Stock instruments for less!
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The sweet sustained tone of the Gold Tone Dojo DLX is so right for expressive fills and emotional solo play. The cutaway curly maple body has beautiful decorative bindings and carries a comfortable five-string banjo neck with planetary-gear tuners and a rosewood fretboard that any banjoist will feel at home on. The parallel-pull tailpiece exerts even pressure on the biscuit bridge atop the reverse-cone resonator for even tonal response. Stage players will appreciate the stacked humbucking pickup mounted just below the neck. Expand your sound horizon with a Dojo Deluxe.

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Eastman Ebj-Wl

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A recreation of the 1903 A. C. Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No. 2. It is made directly from an extant example and mimics the original in every way with the exception of geared tuners. This banjo is a project that has been three years in the making. The banjos are made by Eastman Strings, Inc. exclusively for Bernunzio Uptown Music. The rim is light weight, 3/8" thick and 10-3/4"in diameter. The scale length is 26". All of the materials are as per original with maple neck and rim and ebony fingerboard. This example has been gently used and features upgrades: Waverly geared tuners, clamshell tailpiece. Original parts included in case pocket.

$1075.00

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122 East Ave.
Rochester NY 14620
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Used Huber Lancaster Banjo With Hard Case

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Mahogany neck
Mahogany resonator
Rosewood fingerboard
Standard Huber inlay pattern

$2,995.99

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Nechville Athena On Sale

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Lightweight without sacrificing volume or tone, the Nechville Athena is a versatile powerhouse. Great for traditional bluegrass, or loosen the head a bit to get that full round tone for more modern sounds. This banjo is available at a STEEP discount because of some very light button marks on the resonator. So instead of being $4699.... it can be yours for $2999. That’s a $1700 discount!! Oh... and did I mention the free shipping to Conus.

https://thebanjostore.com/product/nechville-athena-shopworn/

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Black walnut neck and resonator
Slim neck profile
Geometric peghead
Heart Blossom inlay
Black binding with white stripe
Compound 7-12" radiused ebony fingerboard and ebony overlay
Timber-Tronic tone ring
Cyclotronic system
Renaissance head
hard shell case

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The Banjo Store

Franklin Ohio

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Gold Tone Ceb-4 Cello Banjo With Case $850

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THIS BANJO WILL BE FULLY SET UP AND READY TO PLAY! Only one small mark on the head stock!

Once a staple in early twentieth century banjo orchestras and clubs, the cello banjo disappeared by 1930. Gold Tone has brought it back, collaborating with string wizard Marcy Marxer to develop the CEB-4 cello banjo. It offers contemporary players a new and fascinating low banjo voice for use in any kind of music. Tuned in fifths, the CEB-4 is great for both lead and accompaniment roles. Its shortened scale makes fingering easier and the high-tension nylon strings provide punchy, dynamic tone while being easy on the fingertips. The brass rod tone ring and fourteen-inch pot punch those low notes out strongly and clearly. Any mandolin, mandola, cello or viola player can pick up the CEB-4 at feel at home in minutes. *(case will be fully functional but may have some cosmetic issues)

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Leo Posch Banjos - Dobson Style Banjo

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This Leo Posch Banjos - Dobson Style Banjo is an old soul with some new found playability. Featuring a vintage pot with a Dobson style tone ring this banjo has had a new 5-string neck fashioned for it by local luthier Leo Posch. With it's bright, bold character this smaller banjo can cut through any old time jam with tons of sustain and volume. Includes a Gretsch gig bag.

Open Back banjo with Skin head and Dobson Style tone ring
Walnut Neck with Pinwheel engravings
Ebony fingerboard with Scoop
24.56" Short Scale
1 5/32" Bone Nut
Custom Leo Posch Bridge with 1 3/4" String Spacing
3/4" Bridge Height
Gretsch bag

$1,345.00

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New Deering Eagle II

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$2,539.00

Case: Original Deering-branded case

Description: Lowe Vintage is an authorized dealer for Deering Banjo Company! From Deering's website:

The Eagle II banjo represents the latest in tone ring innovation from the collaborative efforts of Greg Deering and Jens Kruger. It features the ground breaking patented Twenty Ten Tone Ring - a Deering original crafted unlike any other traditional tone ring. Made of brass and producing a tone with a very rich mid-range and good bass and treble response, the most unique feature of the Eagle II banjo is that it is suitable to both clawhammer and bluegrass, among other styles. Rarely has there ever been a tone ring model that could claim this but customers who own the Eagle II have proclaimed its utmost versatility in this respect. Whether you are a professional or a dedicated banjo enthusiast, the Eagle II will help you soar to new heights!

Played by Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons.

Neck:
Maple Stained a Dark Red Mahogany
Natural Ebony Fingerboard
22 Pressed In Nickel Silver Frets
Original Eagle Engraved Inlays
Slender Deering Neck Shape
Fully Adjustable Truss Rod
Planetary Banjo Tuners
Geared 5th String Peg
Gloss Finish

Pot:
Deering Patent Pending Twenty-Ten Tone Ring
Three-Ply Violin Grade Maple Rim
True Tone Deering Tailpiece
Deering Brass Notched Tension Hoop
Top Frosted Medium Crown Head
24 Round Hooks and Hex Nuts
24 Bracket Shoes
Eagle 2-Piece Flange
Slender Shaped Armrest
5/8" Maple Bridge With Ebony Top
Nickel Plated Hardware

Resonator:
Maple Stained Red Mahogany
White Binding
Straight Inside Resonator Sidewalls
Gloss Finish
Includes a Deering Hardshell Case

Tone:
A strong mid range tone with good bass and vibrant highs, that is versatile for playing both Clawhammer and Bluegrass styles of playing.
Tuned: g,D,G,B,D in standard tuning
Can easily be tuned in other tunings as well.

Dimensions:
Neck Width at the Nut 1 1/4
Scale Length Nut to Bridge 26 1/4
Resonator diameter 13 7/8
Overall Instrument Length 38
Weight Approx. 10 lbs

Warranty:
The trust and pride we share in our product gives us the confidence to grant every owner of a Deering banjo a Lifetime Warranty ensuring the quality of our materials and workmanship

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About us: Lowe Vintage Instrument Company specializes in bringing our customers the finest vintage fretted instruments in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Since opening our storefront in downtown Burlington, North Carolina in 2014, we have been recognized by NAMM as one of the top music retailers in the world with their annual “Top 100 Dealer” award for three consecutive years. Whether you’re looking to buy your very first vintage instrument or want to sell a lifetime’s collection, we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

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