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Harry White,
Banjoist
5-String Banjos
1. 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.
2. FAIRBANKS-VEGA, Tubaphone No.3, 1911, This is a very hard to find "flowerpot" No.3 Tubaphone. It is from the same period as Fred's personal flowerpot No.3, which he bought from Matt Umanov in 1970. The banjo is an original 5-string, with a two-piece mahogany neck. It has a beautifully carved "fat-heel" and pearl flowerpot peghead inlay. Its in completely original condition with average playing wear (some finish & fret wear). Overall, wed call it in near excellent condition. Measurements: 10-15/16"rim, 27"scale. New hardshell case included. (Our #31423) $4,500.
3. GOLD TONE, CC-100R+, NEW, Just like the popular CC-100R resonator banjo with the upgrade of Planet tuners. The maple rim is 11" with a rolled brass tone ring and 24 brackets. The maple neck has a 2-way adjustable truss rod and rosewood fingerboard. Nice appointments such as vintage brown finish, and engraved arm-rest. Boulder gig bag included. (Our #30037) $630.
4. GOLD TONE, CC-50RP, NEW, A great banjo to start out with! The 11" rim & neck are of maple. The fingerboard is rosewood and the neck has a 2-way adjustable truss rod. Outfitted with a 13" maple resonator and standard guitar-style tuners, and finished in Vintage brown stain. Includes a lightweight gig bag. (Our #31633) $487.
5. 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. Weve 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.
6. 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. Weve 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.
7. 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. Weve 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 #32236) $390.
8. 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.
9. GOLD TONE, Cripple Creek Old Time CC-OT/P, NEW, The Cripple Creek Old Time is a terrific banjo for the beginning clawhammer player, and a great knockabout instrument for picnicking and camping. It has an 11", " thick maple rim, Fiberskyn head, rolled brass tone ring, Vega-style arm rest, and scooped blackwood fingerboard with 2-way adjustable truss rod and a railroad spike already installed. Nice Banjo Player Brown finish. Upgraded with GT Master Planet tuners. Includes a strap and instructional video. Measurements: 1-3/16" nut, 26-3/16" scale. Gold Tone gig bag included. (Our #32235) $442.
10. KEVIN ENOCH, Tradesman, NEW, Kevin Enochs brilliant interpretation of an 1890s American banjo has become a modern classic!, The 12" rim, 25-3/4" scale give this banjo a big ringing sound. The comfortable Dobson-style walnut neck has an adjustable truss rod. The neck finishes in a full rounded heel and is beautifully finished with frets an ogee-scoop at the bottom of the fingerboard. Outfitted with 5-Star Planet pegs and a geared 5th (because who needs to struggle with tuning?). Sturdy gig bag included. Fred says, "With this banjo, who needs anything else." (Our #31678) $1295.
11. OME BANJOS, Tupelo, NEW, The Tupelo has a sweet and resonant sound. While it responds quickly to the touch, the 12" maple rim will give you a lush and full sound when you need it. Pertinent specs: tortoise binding, wooden tone ring, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard with an elegant carved scoop, railroad tacks, 25-1/2" scale, 1-5/8"nut width, adjustable truss-rod, and a wooden dowel through the pot. All the hardware has antiqued brass finish and an OME wooden arm rest is included, along with an arch-top step-down hard case. (Our #31641) $2150.
12. S. S. STEWART, Special Thoroughbred, c.1898, A very nice example of the Stewart Thoroughbred model. The cherry neck is remarkably straight (27" scale) with a carved heel, ebony fingerboard with squares-on-point pearl inlays, ebony peghead overlay with pearl and silver wire inlays. The square pegs are of celluloid with inlays. The nickel-clad rim is 10-3/4" with 28 brackets. The original tailpiece still has its celluloid flower ornament, and the rim has both the Special Thoroughbred celluloid plaque and a paper label. The original embossed leather case is included but it does need some restiching. (Our #28809) $1,500.
13. THOMPSON & ODELL, Artist, c.1890s, Weve set up this fun Thompson & Odell open-back with nylon strings to be true to its historical nature. At the same time - weve 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.
14. 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, 24 brackets & maple dowel of the original design. 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.
15. 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.
16. VEGA BY MARTIN, Pete Seeger Long Neck style, c.1971-72, This Vega long-neck banjo was made by C.F. Martin after acquiring the Vega name. The two-piece 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. In near mint condition with the original hard case. (Our #29944) $2,200.
17. 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
18. BACON & DAY, No.2 Special 5-String, 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.
19. 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-mut 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.
20. BALDWIN, Style D Plectrum, c.1972, This is very clean and original early 1970s Baldwin plectrum. The walnut rim has a 20-hole flathead Mastertone tone ring. All of the metal parts are gold-plated. Its in excellent plus condition, and in a later hard case (Our #32294) $1,200.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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 excellent condition (it has one replaced hook and one replaced flange without engraving, with the worn original hard case. (Our #29832) $2,350.
Sold As-Is Banjos
24. 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. (Our #32178) $550.
25. 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.