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Used Deering Goodtime 2 Banjo - $525 + $75 Shipping

Super clean, lightly used! This Deering Goodtime 2 has no visible fret wear and looks like it hasn't been played much at all. It has a maple resonator; geared 5th string peg; mini arm rest; maple neck with inlay; and Deering banjo head & tailpiece. This is a great banjo for the beginning player desiring an American made instrument! Great value and tone! Has been completely set up and is ready to play! Does not include case.

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Used Deering Goodtime Special Banjo w/hard case - $650 + $75 Shipping

This banjo is in beautiful playing condition! It has virtually no fret wear and looks like it hasn't been played much at all. This Goodtime Special banjo has a full size tone ring and maple resonator; geared 5th string peg; mini arm rest; maple neck with inlay; Deering banjo head & tailpiece; and comes with the original Deering hardshell case. All in fantastic condition! The only issue I see with the banjo is a repaired crack on the resonator. This crack does not go all the way through the resonator, and it has been repaired nicely. This is a great banjo for the beginning to intermediate player desiring an American made instrument! Great tone and volume! Has been completely set up and is ready to play!

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2010 Stelling Sunflower Banjo w/Hard Case - $3600 + $75 Shipping

SOLD! Beauty coupled with great tone! Stelling has ceased production of banjos, so don't let this one get away from you! This banjo is in near mint condition, and it comes with the original hard case. Very minimal fretwear on the 2nd fret at the 3rd string. Original Stelling bridge. All metal parts are shiny, and 5th string spikes at 7, 8, 9 & 10th frets. There are some, for lack of a better term, dips/lines in the varnish on the resonator. I was unable to get them to show up on the photos. They are not cracks or crackling in the wood or varnish, and the banjo has to be held at a certain angle in the light to see them. The original owner told me that these were present when he bought the banjo new. (There are some white lines in the photo of the resonator, but those are from the flash reflecting off the varnish.) This is an incredible looking and sounding instrument! It has been completely set up and is ready to play! Don't miss out on this fantastic banjo!

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Vintage 1971 Gibson Banjo w/hard case - $3200 + $75 Shipping

Wow! This is a great sounding banjo! It doesn't look to have been played much. There is very little wear to the frets and all the metal parts are in very good condition. No pitting and only minor plate wear in a few places. It is setup with a Snuffy Smith bridge, but the original bridge is in the case. (Not usable as it's warped, but I thought I would include it for the collector.) The resonator has some scratches, but they are more like dents since they don't go all the way through the finish. Original Gibson tuners work good. This banjo is brighter and louder than most other Gibson banjos I have played. It is certainly ideal for the bluegrass banjo picker! It is all original and even comes with the original sales receipt from 1971. The hard case that comes with this is not the original case and is not a Gibson case. It does look to be about the same age as the banjo and is in good, usable condition. It has been completely set up and is ready to play! Don't miss out on this fantastic banjo!

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Vintage Fender Leo Banjo w/original case - $940 + $75 Shipping

Vintage Fender Leo banjos are sought after by many banjo enthusiasts, and this one is in good playable condition! It has four new planetary pegs, a new banjo head, a new Snuffy Smith bridge and three 5th strings spikes (at 7, 9 and 10). Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. The resonator has hazy (cloudy) varnish. Bone nut. Practically no fret wear at all! The tension hoop has pitted chrome plating, but on all the rest of the banjo, the plating is in good condition with very little wear/pitting. There is light wear to the fingerboard on the first couple of frets. Nothing major or problematic. Instrument is solid and in ready to play condition! This banjo has a great sound to it and is loud enough to cut through acoustic jams! Not recommended for really hard pickers (over pickers), but fine for anyone else.

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Used Rocky Top "Hoedown" 6-String Banjo - $175 + $75 Shipping

Already play guitar but want that banjo sound? Then this is the banjo for you! It is tuned and played just like a guitar, but it has the sound of a banjo! Lightly used with no visible fretwear. There is a little bit of staining/dirt on the head, but all is in excellent condition. Metal parts are all shiny. Has a radiused fingerboard and bridge. Nice, low action makes this easy to play! The rim and resonator are ABS. All setup and ready to play!

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Used Savannah Travel Banjo w/gigbag - $185 + $45 Shipping

This is a terrific travel banjo or youth banjo for someone really young just starting out! One of our Bluegrass Shack students used this when he started playing at 6 years old. He has grown and traded this in for a full size banjo. It is in near mint condition. The only drawback to this instrument is the non-geared 5th string peg. It takes a little bit more skill to get that in tune, but all smaller instruments are a little more difficult to tune due to the short scale size. No fret wear and no fingerboard wear. All setup and ready to play!

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Vintage 4-string May-Bell Banjo w/old case - $299 + $75 Shipping

This is a really cool, vintage May-Bell 4-string banjo! It is a great deal for someone looking for a beginning or step-up 4-string banjo. Also good to take with you places where you maybe wouldn't want to take a more expensive instrument. I am guessing this is from around 1930. It comes with a very old and ugly hard case. Fingerboard is faux mother-of-pearl with dot inlays. Has new planetary pegs, new head and new 11/16" bridge. Due to the thickness of the peghead, the new planetary tuners don't leave much room for the strings to wind on them, but there is still enough room (expecially if you use the "lock in" method of restringing). The rim and resonator are wood, but have gold sparkle and faux mother of pearl overlay. There are lots of cosmetic issues, but nothing structural. Lots of scratches on the resonator. Some of the hardware (mostly the j-hooks) have some rust. Other metal parts have plating wear. Instrument is solid and in ready to play condition!

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