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Gibson 1920s TB-2 Banjo

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Hi everybody! My friend suggested I use this website to sell off some folk instruments. I was really happy with the sale of my epiphone triumph tenor guitar. I feel like it went to someone who truly enjoys it.

Now up for sale is a great banjo. Its a Gibson TB2 banjo from the 20s. It plays and sounds incredible. It is in amazing shape with typical wear. It is missing 2 screws that hold on the back. This does not affect playability (it would be comparable to a couple of missing pickguard screws on an electric guitar)

I take great care of all my instruments, so rest assured you'll be getting a great banjo. Thanks everyone! Oh and it also comes with a pretty awesome antique tenor banjo chordbook.

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118849
Posted: Dec 17, 2017 05:04 PM CDT

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Joe Dampt
1432 W Emerald Ave
Mesa AZ 85202
USA
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1954 Gibson RB-250 Conversion Banjo

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$2,995.00

Stage ready vintage archtop banjo. 1954 Gibson TB-250 Pot with 1965 RB-250 5-str neck " Plays great.

Exc condition.

1954 pot SN#4-2433-179
1965 neck SN#340590.

The original hardware of the 1954 pot has great patina from natural oxidation. Most of the hardware can be easily recognized as original. Thumbscrews appear to be newer. The wood rim and the finish are in good shape, too.

Maple rim and Maple resonator with Mahogany neck. Antique’d white bindings around resonator and along fingerboard AND peghead. Tobacco brown and gold sunburst finish. Bowtie peghead with Gibson logo block letters inlaid, with Crown inlaid below the logo. Original monstrously heavy tuners (like Buick bumpers), have been replaced with later ’60’s or early ’70’s Gibson 2-band offset tuners.
Four-hole original archtop tonering.

Comes with hardshell case.

Gibson RB-00 5 String Banjo (1940)

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Gibson RB-00 Model 5 String Banjo (1940), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # F559-1, sunburst lacquer finish, maple rim and resonatorn maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, period black hard shell case.

Of all vintage fretted instruments one of the hardest items to find is an authentic original prewar Gibson five-string banjo. The four-string tenor banjo was the most popular style in the 1920s and '30s by a wide margin, particularly among those who could afford pricey instruments like Gibsons! Most extant old Gibson five-strings are conversions from tenor or plectrum banjos and an original "5" in any style is always an exciting find.

This instrument is an RB-00, the least expensive banjo in Gibson's line of the 1930s but still a considerable rarity in the five-string configuration. These Style 00 banjos retailed originally at $30.00 and were available from the mid-'30s up until WWII. This one actually carries a serial number on the back of the headstock, so it is possible to date it fairly accurately to 1940. The features of these late pre-war banjos tend to be somewhat inconsistent as well, with different versions assembled from stocks of parts which may have been intended for other instruments originally!

By the late 1930s banjos were no longer a priority for Gibson and even well before WWII they often seem to have been put together somewhat randomly from whatever was available whenever an order came in. This one has a very small "Made in USA" stamped on the back of the headstock, an indication it was originally shipped outside the US, most likely to Canada.

This RB-00's plain-finished rim is a thin 1/2" laminate peculiar to the 00 series, but still carrying the familiar cast one-piece Mastertone flange and a single coordinator rod/bolt neck attachment. There is no tone ring fitted and the hoop is fairly thin, while the hooks and armrest are standard Gibson fittings. The maple neck is sunburst finished on the back and has a pointed Kalamazoo-like headstock with a white script silkscreened Gibson logo on the black-painted face.

The rosewood fingerboard is inlaid with single pearl dots (double at the 12th fret) and has no binding. The tuners are beautiful Art Deco Klusons with amber Catalin buttons -- unusually fancy for this model -- and the nut is plain ebony. Unlike the even cheaper Kalamazoo line banjos, this Gibson is equipped with both an adjustable truss rod and an arched-back resonator, which is bound only on the bottom edge. The back and sides feature a nicely shaded sunburst effect.

The 00 style instruments were Gibson's attempt to make a "Genuine Gibson" available to anybody. For ambitious amateurs or hopeful entertainers on the way up, dropping $30.00 on a good instrument in the late 1930s was a real possibility. Despite this, the five-string banjo was not nearly as popular even in country music as it would later become, and relatively few of even these inexpensive banjos were made compared to guitars or even mandolins in the same price range.

This banjo is an original 1930s Gibson, and even without a heavy tone ring or fancy trim is as authentic as one can get for pre-war banjo stylings. Perfect for any pre-Bluegrass string band or solo/duo playing with a surprisingly bright and powerful sound for a wood-top rim. Not a Mastertone, perhaps, but an instrument to reckon with nonetheless!

Overall length is 37 1/2 in. (95.2 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head. Scale length is 26 1/2 in. (673 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.).

A nicely original instrument overall, with some light wear and maintenance over the years. The neck has been refretted and the frets show just a bit of play wear. The all-important cast pre-war flange has a bit of typical warping but no damage or deterioration other than surface pitting. The 5th string peg appears to be later, from the 1950s or '60s, and there is a small repair to the rosewood fingerboard above where it is mounted. A previous owner's name is neatly written inside the resonator. A very nice example, one of the few relatively affordable pre-war Gibson 5-string banjos in existence. Includes a period HSC that is a tight but functional fit. Excellent Condition.

$4,500.00

Eastman Ebj-Wl1 Whyte Lady

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This banjo from Eastman has the amzing level of quality that we find in their mandolins, guitars, and fiddles. This model is a reproduction of the 1903 Fairbanks Whyte Lady. 26" scale length, 10 3/4" rim, Maple hoop, Maple and Ebony neck, Ebony fingerboard, hard shell case.

$1,350.00

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118798
Posted: Dec 16, 2017 10:16 AM CDT

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Fiddler's Green Music Shop
1809 W. 35th Street
Austin TX 78703
USA
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Eastman Mcd805 Mandocello
Kentucky KM 900
2012 Martin 00-Db Jeff Tweedy
Used Eastman E20-Ss
2004 Martin D18Ge 1934 Golden Era
2002 Gibson F5G (Modified)
1936 Gibson A-1 (F Holes)
1954 Martin 00-28G
1966 Martin 0-16Ny
1924 Gibson TB-4 Tenor Banjo
1923 Vega/Fairbanks "Whyte Laydie" No. 2
1998 Gibson F5G
2002 Taylor 814-Ce
Pava A5 Gold Top Satin
1927 Vega Tubaphone Conversion Banjo
1953 Martin 0-18T Tenor Guitar
2017 Collings MTl (Lefty)
Passernig F5 #84

Gibson Earl Scruggs Flint Hill Special (2002)

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This Gibson Earl Scruggs Flint Hill Special is beautiful like Earl's playing. It features a highly flamed neck and resonator, maple rim, and 11” head. Deluxe appointments include gold engraved hardware, fancy inlay work on the fingerboard and headstock, and Planetary style tuners with pearl buttons. This incredible instrument is in excellent- condition.

In stock, sku: 70U-4379

$5,250.00

Highly flamed maple neck and resonator
Maple rim
11" head
Flathead tone ring
Dual coordinator rods
One-piece flange
Gold engraved hardware
w-b-w-bound 22-fret ebony fingerboard with hearts and flowers inlays
Pearl nut and heel cap
Cut peghead with abalone purfling, floral inlays, and "Gibson" logo
Pearl truss rod cover with cursive "Flint Hill Special" engraved
Planetary style tuners with pearl buttons, geared 5th-string peg
w-b-w double bound resonator
Compensated bridge
~26 3/8" scale
1 1/4" nut
With flat-lid original hardshell case (black lining)
EC-
SN:FH-02-46

Nechville Phantom

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Mint condition Nechville Phantom Banjo. Asking $2300

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118778
Posted: Dec 15, 2017 05:35 PM CDT

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Craig Oberman
200 West 39TH Street PO Box 30
New York NY 10018
USA
Phone: 917-330-3651

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Gibson RB-3 Conversion 1926

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$3,800.00
Started Life as a Tenor
Original Uncut Pot & Hardware
Ryan Flathead Conversion Tonering
Original Resonator (Refinished)
Clancy Mullins Maple Neck
1 3/32" Nut Width
26 1/2" Scale Length
Deluxe Non-Original Hardshell Case Included

Ome Banjos - Trilogy 11" Tubaphone Open-Back

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This new Ome Trilogy 11" Tubaphone is an incredible hand-crafted open-back banjo from one of our favorite builders. Featuring an 11" Walnut rim with Tubaphone tone ring, which delivers lots of sustain and a subtly warmer tone with plenty of volume. The armrest is made from African Rosewood (Wenge), while the neck is also Walnut, and the scooped neck is Ebony. It has some lovely appointments, too, including Ivoroid binding and Ome's Classic-style abalone/mother-of-pearl inlays. The scale length is 26 1/4" and the nut width is 1 3/16". Expertly crafted, this Ome Trilogy 11" Tubaphone embodies the brand's dedication to superior tone, playability, and construction. Includes hardshell case and full setup from our luthiers.

Open-Back 5-string 11" Tubaphone with Walnut rim, African Rosewood armrest, Ivoroid binding and 2 rods
26 1/4" scale length
Walnut neck
Scooped Ebony fingerboard with 17 frets and Classic Abalone/Mother-of-Pearl inlays
1 3/16" nut width
Gary Sosebee bridge
Serial #6459
Hardshell case included

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$3,265.00

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Ome Omega 11" w/ Carson Engraved Inlays

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This stunning Omega from OME features hand engraved mother-of-pearl & abalone inlays, done by renowned artist, Glenn Carson, and a tone that's simply got it all: warmth, clarity, projection and balance. It's bright without being harsh and round without being overly mellow. Playability is sublime, with a low profile neck featuring a smooth-feeling satin finish. Priced with hard case, this is a lifetime banjo that's extremely versatile and built with the discerning standards we've come to expect from our friends at Ome!

Vintage TR
Black Walnut Neck & Rim
Flat Fingerboard
26.25” Scale
1.28" nut width
Wooden Armrest

$4,820.00

Curly Maple Clawhammer Style Banjo.$895 With Shipping

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Very nice openback banjo. 10 15/16" rim with a stainless steel tone hoop, goatskin head, 26 3/16" scale hard curly maple neck, 1 5/16" nut, brass scoop plate that doubles as a truss rod cover, easy touch action top to bottom and has a warm ringing tone. $895 includes 4 business day Priority int'l shipping to USA and 4-5 day parcel post within Canada. Thanks. Bill

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Ad Number 118742
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 08:01 PM CDT

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Billybilt Banjo

Winnipeg Mb

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Gibson RB-250

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This is a 1978 Gibson RB-250 Mastertone. Previous owner bought it new and had it out of the case maybe a dozen times and never learned to play it. Aside from a very slight mark on the back of the neck near the 5th string tuner, it looks like new. It's been sitting in the case for almost 40 years through her various moves and travels. The case shows a little wear, but it's in good shape. I just put new strings on the banjo, as it still had the original strings on it. I cleaned the dust off of it and adjusted the tension rods and action and set the intonation. Plays great. Looks like it came out of a time capsule. Click the Additional Information link for more pics.

$2,000 and shipped to you free if you're in the CONUS.

Inspect it when you get it, and if you don't like it then contact me within 72 hours of the delivery for a return and refund (minus the original shipping cost).

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118736
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 05:38 PM CDT

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Shane Jennings
2101 Plymouth Rock Rd
Abilene Texas 79601
United States
Phone: 325-669-7296

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2004 Deering Sierra Mahogany Excellent

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2004 Deering Sierra 5 string resonator banjo and Deering case. Very clean. Plays really easy and quick with the satin finish and Deering neck design. Clean and pleasant sounding instrument. Ready to go for years of service. Fifth string capo spikes at 7,9,10 frets. Deering new design tailpiece. Extremely little fret wear on First and second fret. Not a ding or scratch on it. Slight armrest wear, typical. Email for more pics or questions. Special price for holidays.
$1300 plus shipping and other fees if applicable.

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Ad Number 118733
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 03:38 PM CDT

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Joseph Richard Morrow

Grapevine Texas

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Bishline Harvest

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The new Bishline Harvest is loaded with extras at a very attractive price. It features an amber wheat stained, curly maple neck, resonator and armrest. Other accents include amber tuning buttons, an amber head and ivoroid binding, including the headstock. The Harvest plays like a dream and is fully powered with the Bishline tone ring and three-ply maple rim. Includes hardshell case.

$2,995.95

Paramount Style A

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Exceedingly rare, original five-string Paramount Style A. 27.5" scale maple neck w/ center strip; herringbone trimmed rosewood fretboard w/ pearl position markers; pearwood peghead overlay with pearl scrolling. 11" maple rim w/ gentle arch; two piece maple resonator. Equipped w/ ivoroid buttoned Page geared tuners on peghead, friction fifth tuner, original Paramount tailpiece, and armrest. This example is in prime condition apart from an expertly repaired/nearly invisible heel crack. Included in sale is the original hard shell case.

Was: $3250.00
Now Only: $2850.00

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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 02:17 PM CDT

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Bernunzio Uptown Music
122 East Ave.
Rochester NY 14620
United States
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Luscomb Lion Heel

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A unique marriage of a presentation grade Luscomb neck, with a 12" unmarked spun-over oak rim w/ engraved grooved tension hoop, Boston-made. Neck is mahogany, featuring a stunning Lion's head engraving at heel, with engraved pearl inlays present on ebony fretboard, peghead overlay, and backstrap. 24 brackets on rim, dowel stick is oak, curly oak veneer present on interior of rim. Equipped with Grover pancake tuners. One of two examples extant, an unusual curiosity, an excellent sounding and playing banjo.

Was: $2995.00

Now Only: $2250.00

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Ad Number 118704
Posted: Dec 13, 2017 09:06 PM CDT

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Bernunzio Uptown Music
122 East Ave.
Rochester NY 14620
United States
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Fairbanks & Cole Expert
Eastman MD515-Cs Mandolin
A. C. Fairbanks Electric - On Sale
Martin D-16 P - On Sale
Eastman MD315 - On Sale
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Vega Regent - On Sale
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Clifford Essex C. E. Special

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A great sounding classic banjo from "across the pond". This banjo has an extra deep (3-1/4 inch) spun over rim; the maple neck has a thick ebony fingerboard with 26-1/2 inch scale; "that snappy Bill Ball sound". Some repairs present (dowels through the peghead, and on side). Equipped with original Clifford Essex tailpiece.

$995.00

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Posted: Dec 13, 2017 03:22 PM CDT

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Bernunzio Uptown Music
122 East Ave.
Rochester NY 14620
United States
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Eastman MD515-Cs Mandolin
A. C. Fairbanks Electric - On Sale
Martin D-16 P - On Sale
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Vega Regent - On Sale
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Deering Boston Ob (1995)

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A fine openback banjo, this Deering Boston features a steel rim, 11” head, and mahogany neck with a dark natural finish. Comes equipped with an armrest, guitar style Gotoh tuners, and a geared 5th string tuner. Ready to kick out some old time jams, this banjo is in excellent condition.

$825.00

1927 Gibson TB-3 5-String Conversion Archtop Banjo $3,500.00

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1927 Gibson TB-3 Banjo with excellent 5-string neck made by Larry Cohea in California in 1983. Resonator was also refinished to match at that time. This banjo has all its original parts and will include the original tenor neck.

Banjo has the original 60-hole ball bearing archtop tone ring with all ball bearings, springs and washers. Neck and frets are in good shape and it is ready to play as is, or even convert to a flathead. Will ship in non original 1970's hardshell banjo case.

$3,500.00 plus $100.00 for shipping

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Ad Number 118643
Posted: Dec 12, 2017 05:02 PM CDT

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Keith Baumann

Elmhurst IL 60126

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Hopkins Becky Buller Openback

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Mahogany neck, Ebony fingerboard, Buller-designed Dove pattern Inlays, Double action truss rod, Nickel-plated metal parts, Waverly two-band tuners, Kerschner Tail Piece. Includes hardshell case.

$3,395.00

Contact Bob or Alvin at Morgan Music for additional information.

Bart Reiter Banjos - Buckbee 12" Open-Back

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This Bart Reiter Buckbee Banjo is a nod to the famous Buckbee banjos of the late 19th century with a 12" twist. The Buckbee from Bart Reiter traditionally has a 11" pot, but for the same price this 12" offers a warmer/darker more focused sound, all attributes that makes this Buckbee sound similar to the more expensive Round Peak model. Perfect for frailing or clawhammer-style playing, it comes with a scooped fingerboard that allows for easy playability over the neck. It has an 12" Maple rim with a Mahogany stain and a Walnut cap, a rolled brass tone ring, a Cherry neck, bone nut, Planetary tuners with a geared 5th and more.

It has a really sharp, minimalist headstock with an Ebony overlay and comes with a 26 1/4" scale length, 1 1/4" nut width, 17 nickel-silver frets and an Elite Amber head. This Bart Reiter 12 "Buckbee Banjo is a great player with big tone and is a heck of a lot of fun to play.

12" Maple rim with Mahogany stain, Walnut cap, and 24 L-Shoe brackets
Rolled Brass tone ring and Elite Amber head
26 1/4” scale length
2-piece Cherry neck with squared Buckbee-style headstock
Scooped Ebony fingerboard with 17 frets and dot inlays
1 1/4" nut width, Bone
No-Knot tailpiece, 5 Star Planetary tuners, and adjustable truss rod
Case available upon request

$1,195.00

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Fairbanks & Cole Expert

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Extremely rare model with raised ivory frets, fancy pearl inlays; ivoroid beaded tuners and ivoroid tailpiece. 11-1/2 inch spun over rim with all original hardware; mahogany neck with ebony back strap and boat heel

$1750.00

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118622
Posted: Dec 12, 2017 08:10 AM CDT

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Bernunzio Uptown Music
122 East Avenue
Rochester NY 14620
United States
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Clifford Essex C. E. Special
Eastman E10Ooss/V
Eastman MD515-Cs Mandolin
A. C. Fairbanks Electric - On Sale
Martin D-16 P - On Sale
Eastman MD315 - On Sale
Eastman MD604-SB
Martin D-28
Vega Regent - On Sale
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Laura Ratcliff Silver Angel
Eastman MD515-Cs

Chuck Lee Deep Hollow (2006)

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Here's a fantastic deal for anyone who's been waiting for that used Chuck Lee banjo to pop up! This 2006 Deep Hollow is still in excellent condition, and sports an aftermarket natural skin head. The integral maple tone ring gives this banjo a very warm tone, with the projection and clarity you'd expect from a Chuck Lee instrument. Priced with contemporary hard case.

$1,800.00

Curly maple rim & neck
Maple tone ring
Custom peghead inlay
Planetary tuners
Ebony fingerboard
Frailing scoop
Dobson style heel

Gibson TB-3 Mastertone Conversion With Steve Huber Tone Ring

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Gibson TB-3 Mastertone Conversion with Steve Huber Tone Ring Model 5 String Resonator Banjo (1926), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 8226-45, dark mahogany lacquer finish, laminated maple resonator, laminated maple rim; maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a very fine and interesting 1920s Gibson Mastertone conversion to 5-string banjo, with an original 1926 TB-3 rim fitted with a very finely made older replica 5-string neck and a special flathead conversion tone ring by the maestro of these, Steve Huber. As all-original Gibson Mastertone 5-string banjos from this period are almost unobtainable, nearly all examples in use today are similarly converted from Tenor or Plectrum.

The Mastertone TB-3 was Gibson's baseline professional tenor banjo, but still a medium/fancy instrument and considered a Gibson working musician's classic. The model was the lowest grade banjo with the full Mastertone flange, resonator, and tone ring hardware package; the original resonator is bound on the bottom edge but otherwise plain. The 1926 tone ring was originally the arch-top ball bearing style, coupled with the 2-piece tube-and-plate flange in use at the time. This banjo has been fitted with the special Huber flathead conversion tone ring that does not require cutting the rim, which brings the sound into the classic Bluegrass realm. While the combination of this flathead ring with the two-piece flange is not absolutely the Bluegrass standard, it still makes for a very fine-sounding instrument at a price only a small fraction of what an original flat-head, one-piece flange Mastertone rim alone would command.

The maple neck is similar in style to of what a period RB-3 would have carried, but with a slightly longer 27" scale. The original TB-3 used a mahogany neck, and the combination of the long scale and harder maple construction definitely add to the power of this instrument's sound. The fingerboard and headstock face have a notched diamond pearl inlay similar to the original, with a larger "Mastertone" block with slightly oversized lettering at the bottom end. The two lower tuners are 5-Star Planets with composite buttons, while the upper two are cammed modern Scruggs pegs. The tailpiece is a 5-string replica of the original Presto style.

The workmanship on the neck is very fine if not exactly to original Gibson spec. We don't know who made it, but it is to a higher standard than some we have seen! The original tenor neck is included, as is the tailpiece and original arch-top tone ring, still housed in the labeled box Mr. Huber shipped the rim in. This package makes for a wonderful collection documenting some of this banjo's history, from birth as a jazz 4-string to its current incarnation as a bluegrass powerhouse.

Overall length is 37 3/4 in. (95.9 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head, and 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 27 in. (686 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.).

This banjo is in excellent playing condition overall, with some typical finish wear to the resonator and back of the neck. The lacquer in both areas shows numerous small scuffs and dings, but no major loss. The chrome plating on the rim hardware is largely intact, with some small areas of dirt and wear but no major loss. The bolts to mount the resonator have been replaced by small screws.

The neck finish shows an area of small dings and chips to the finish on the back around the 7th-10th fret area, and the heavily yellowed lacquer on the binding is worn off in a number of spots. The lacquer on the headstock face is similarly yellowed and chipped off in spots. There are railroad spikes in the fingerboard at positions 7 and 9, and a filled hole from a previous spike at fret 10. There is a small piece of rosewood chipped off the treble side of the fingerboard at the rim joint, and an equally small piece of binding missing on the bass side.

Overall a really great sounding and playing banjo; one of the nicest tube-and-plate conversions we have handled. The tone is rich and full but still with the bluegrass "ring" Mastertones are so sought after for. Includes a more recent HSC and the original Tenor neck and tailpiece, along with the dismounted original archtop tone ring. A unique conversion and a very fine player's instrument. Excellent Condition.

Item # 8013

$5,500.00

1954 Gibson TB-100 Conversion

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this started out as a 1954 tb-100 ...and was converted using a mcpeake tone ring...and bill Sullivan built conversion neck...the pot is all original with the exception of the added ring and 5 string presto...I hardly ever play this banjo and should be in the hands of someone who will..$2400.00 ($100.00 conus)...I would love to trade it for a nice great lakes banjo or nechville xxv or galaxy phantom....I would also consider a yates mahogany especially my old yates (serial # 9467-59-0067) dated 4-22-2010.....so if you have something of interest just shoot me a message......thanks

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118573
Posted: Dec 10, 2017 03:28 PM CDT

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kelvin hardin

scottsboro Alabama
United States
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2014 Huber VRB-4 Custom Burled Walnut Banjo

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Excellent burled walnut RB-4 style banjo with radiused Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard. In fabulous condition with only the slightest signs of player wear.

$4,650.00

Exc(+) condition. Serial number 1214-151.

Very fine straight-grain Walnut neck. Resonator shows intense burl figure. Entire banjo bound with cream-black-cream binding with wooden marquetry concentric circles in back of resonator. Double-cut peghead. Ebony peghead overlay has Huber logo inlaid at top and Flying Eagle pattern pearl inlay.

Radiused Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard has pearl Flying Eagle inlay pattern. 21st fret has very well done TRUETONE inlay with inlaid border around the letters.

Almost no sign of player wear… the head shows slight signs of finger position. Faintest sign of frets being played. One small mar in the center of resonator back. Otherwise, in great shape.

These Huber RB-4 models usually come with interesting Walnut in back of resonator, but this one was ordered with Strong Burl Walnut figure. Radius fingerboard is another custom feature. Lastly, many of these come with Nickel plated hardware, but this one has Chrome plating, like many of the Gibson originals.

This banjo is wonderfully resonant, and has wide range of different tonal variations possible. It sounds great, looks great, plays great.

This banjo originally cost over $5700 with all of the options.

Comes with the original hard case for only $4650.

1965 Ode Model 42 Grade 2 5-String Banjo

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$1,700.00
Made in Boulder, Colorado
Brazilian Rosewood Neck with Dyed Wood Stringers
Brazilian Rosewood Resonator
Ebony Fingerboard with M.O.P. Inlays
Grover Tuners
1 7/32" Nut Width
​26 3/4" Scale Length

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118566
Posted: Dec 10, 2017 11:38 AM CDT

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Sylvan Music
1521 Mission St.
Santa Cruz CA 95060
USA
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A. C. Fairbanks Electric - On Sale

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The Electric was Fairbanks flagship model the the scalloped metal tonering that was introduced in 1890. The addition of the ring to the rim gave the banjo it's "electrifying" sound.... this eventually evolved into the fabled "Whyte Laydie" model; #75 stamp present on dowel stick and rim interior. 11-1/2" rim with original hardware; cherry neck has a 25-1/2" scale length, pearl inlay present; reproduction bone friction pegs.

Was: $3250.00

Now Only: $2699.00

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118528
Posted: Dec 9, 2017 08:12 AM CDT

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Bernunzio Uptown Music
122 East Ave.
Rochester NY 14620
United States
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Stelling Golden Cross

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The Golden Cross features fancy curly maple with the golden sunburst stain and purfling inlaid along the neck and resonator binding. Includes hardshell case.

$4,560.00

Contact Bob or Alvin at Morgan Music for additional information.

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118498
Posted: Dec 8, 2017 10:43 AM CDT

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Morgan Music
689 North Washington
Lebanon MO 65536
United States
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Gibson RB-250 1964

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Customized in 1974 with new rim and 40-hole archtop tone ring, mahogany neck and resonator, 1-piece flange, Vega/Scruggs de-tuners and 5th-string capo added, OHC.

$1,850.00

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118488
Posted: Dec 8, 2017 09:11 AM CDT

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Walter & Christie Carter
Carter Vintage Guitars
Nashville TN 37203
United States
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1924 Gibson TB-4 Tenor Banjo

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1924 Gibson TB-4 in great condition. 12" pot with a new skin head, short scale (20 1/2") tuned and setup for GDAE tuning as Irish tenor. There is a funky old Grover "vibrator" banjo accessory in place that we think adds to the cool factor, but is easily removeable if desired. A few small replacement parts but mostly original. Comes with a nice vintage Vega brand hardshell case.

$1,250.00

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Category: Banjos
Ad Number 118466
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 02:23 PM CDT

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Fiddler's Green Music Shop
1809 W. 35th Street
Austin TX 78703
USA
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