Category Archive: Banjos

(Just arrived!) Chuck Lee 11″ Open-Back Banjo – Lone Star Style, Wood Tone Ring – Cherry Neck – $2,450

JUST ARRIVED – (NEW) Our best old-timey open back banjos continue to be the Chuck Lee banjos – this one will be serial # 681 and features the light weight but full, earthy, and authentic tone that comes from Chuck’s unique build style, wood integral tone ring and cherry neck on 2-ply bent maple rim stained black. Traditional dowel stick construction. Nickel hardware. No-Knot tailpiece, Renaissance

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(COMING SOON) Chuck Lee 12″ open-back banjo, Lone Star Deluxe style, w/brass hoop tone ring – $2,575

COMING SOON – (NEW) Our best old-timey open back banjos continue to be the Chuck Lee banjos – this one will be serial # 685 and features the light weight but full, earthy, and authentic tone that comes from Chuck’s unique build style, this one with brass hoop tone ring and natural neck on 2-ply bent maple rim stained black. Traditional dowel stick construction. Nickel hardware. No-Knot tailpiece,

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(NEW) Bishline OAKIE open back banjo! Mahogany, Dobson tone ring -Sweet! – $1,695

(NEW) Wow!  Gotta say we did not see this coming. Our pal Rob Bishline enters the open-back banjo market with a bold and KILLER offering, the “OAKIE” banjo. We are very excited. This is a fine, fine handcrafted banjo with all the fit-and-finish we’ve come to expect from Bishline with clean lines, satin finish, superb playability and wonderful bright and plucky

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(COMING SOON) Chuck Lee open-back banjo, 11″, Prairieville Style, w/brass hoop tone ring – $2,950

COMING SOON – (NEW) Our best old-timey open back banjos continue to be the Chuck Lee banjos – this one will be serial # 683 and features the light weight but full, earthy, and authentic tone that comes from Chuck’s unique build style, this one with brass hoop tone ring and natural neck on 2-ply bent maple rim stained black. Traditional dowel stick construction. Nickel hardware.

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(USED) 2007 Stelling Curly maple Sunflower 5-string banjo – $3,300

(USED)  Another of the finest instruments in all of BLUEGRASS music – The Stelling Sunflower banjo. STELLING SUNFLOWER WITH OLD WOOD RIM & CASE – Curly maple neck and resonator with Cremona sunburst stain, Stelling patented tone ring, nickel hardware, ebony fretboard with flower & leaf inlay pattern. Rim is kiln-dried old wood dredged from the “Lost Forest” in the depths of Lake Superior and

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(NEW) Eastman EBJ-WL1 Open Back Banjo – Nice! – $1,349

(NEW) We’ve been waiting patiently for close to two years to get our hands on a few of these ladies! Based upon a classic 1903 Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No.2, this great-sounding open back banjo features a 10-3/4″ diameter, 5/16″ thick maple rim with double-tortoise bound inner wall, maple neck with ebony center strip & heel cap, ivoroid-bound ebony fretboard with engraved diamonds (plus star

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(NEW) Eastman EBJ-WL1 Open Back Banjo – Nice! – $1,349

(NEW) We’ve been waiting patiently for close to two years to get our hands on a few of these ladies! Based upon a classic 1903 Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No.2, this great-sounding open back banjo features a 10-3/4″ diameter, 5/16″ thick maple rim with double-tortoise bound inner wall, maple neck with ebony center strip & heel cap, ivoroid-bound ebony fretboard with engraved diamonds

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(SOLD) Custom Bishline Cimarron Banjo, Claro Walnut, Radiused Fretboard, Wood Armrest – SOLD

( SOLD – NEW) Well….by no surprise, the AMERICAN company that makes the best darned $1,700 banjo now has a model “up” from that one that includes a full bell bronze flathead tone ring, more volume, ebony peghead veneer and heel cap, and nicer inlay. We’ve grown weary of explaining to people for a long time now that it costs over

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(SOLD) (NEW) OME Wizard 11″ Open back banjo – Mahogany – SOLD

(NEW) Our best selling open back banjos, the OME. Continuing our obsession with these relatively new OME open back banjos, this one is another  11″  Wizard (MAHOGANY this time) with all the great cluck, pop, clarity and warmth we have come to expect. OME really has a hit on their hands with these new traditional “old timey” instruments – which have quickly become our best

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(USED) (2003) Stelling Staghorn 5-string banjo – $4,675 – Fancy figured Claro Walnut!

(USED)  One of the most iconic instruments in all of BLUEGRASS music – The Stelling Staghorn banjo. Stelling’s FLAGSHIP model since 1975, when Alan Munde and Geoff Stelling conspired to create one of the finest things that ever shucked corn….the Staghorn banjo features FANCY figured Claro walnut, abalone purling and teeth rattling volume and tone . The most distinguishing feature is the set of

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(NEW) Bishline Blonde Autumn 5-String Banjo – All Maple Custom Banjo! – $4,995

(JUST ARRIVED) Quickly becoming our favorite bluegrass banjo to get real creative with regard to custom features, we are proud to feature the Bishline brand from our pal Rob Bishline in Tulsa, OK. The fit and finish of these banjos rivals the finest (and costliest) handcrafted instruments on the market and the tone is responsive, strong, musical, and versatile. The playability

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SOLD – (USED) Mike Ramsey FRETLESS Banjo, 12″ “Woody” With Skin Head – SOLD

(USED) From Mike’s previous Appomattox, VA Chantrelle workshop – this fine fancy fretless 12″ open back banjo serial # 977. It features a 12″ SKIN head on a maple rim with BUBINGA wood tone ring. Artfully simple and clean with gorgeous engraved inlay, 5-Star tuners, nickel armrest, No-Knot tailpiece, fine construction and appointments throughout. This fine banjo has a wonderful plunky

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SOLD – (USED) VEGA (by Deering) Tubaphone #2 – SOLD

VEGA NO. 2 TUBAPHONE by DEERING (USED) Super-clean used five string open back banjo by the folks at Deering. Light amber finish, nice curly maple neck, maple 3-ply 11″ rim with bracket band, tubaphone tone ring, 26-3/8″ scale, ivoroid-bound ebony fretboard with dot and star inlays, ebony peghead overlay with fancy inlay & Vega logo, plastic “Deering”head, 4 planetary-geared pegs,

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(NEW) Calton case for Bluegrass Banjo – Orange! – $850

  Just arrived! (NEW) Calton cases are now being manufactured in Austin Texas by our good pal Jon Green. The original Calton quality is back, and the wait is over. The cases are decidedly “European” now with all the Keith Calton improvements – including Keith’s decidedly European colors, new (substantially improved) latch hardware, bumpers and an RFID security chip. Superior quality

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(NEW) Calton banjo case – for Bluegrass banjo – $850

Just arrived! (NEW) Calton cases are now being manufactured in Austin Texas by our good pal Jon Green. The original Calton quality is back, and the wait is over. The cases are decidedly “European” now with all the Keith Calton improvements – including Keith’s decidedly European colors, new latch hardware, bumpers and an RFID security chip. Superior quality and American-made. Shown

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