5-string Banjos, New And Used

5 Good Reasons To Buy From Fingerstyle:

  • All new instruments are carefully selected and all lemons rejected!
  • All instruments are set up, played and evaluated by someone who knows and loves 5 string banjos
  • All instruments are supplied with hard shell case
  • Your security is our concern – Fingerstyle does not take credit card
  • Every effort is made to find the best banjo for you

"They Pass Our Test Before They Pass Yours"

$3500 - $4990
$2500 - $3490
$2000 - $2490
Under $2000
Preloved Bargains

 

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$3500 - $4999


HEARTLANDS 'ANGEL' - CLAWGRASS 5 STRING BANJO - Pre-Loved - RECENT

This versatile banjo is in the style of the Deering Clawgrass banjos as played by Mark Johnson and Steve Martin for modern Clawhammer style, good old Bluegrass Scruggs style or Melodic.

Excellent (almost 'as new') condition. Crafted in prestigious small boutique by renowned USA banjo-maker Robin Smith. Robin makes and converts banjos for top banjo gurus such as player/teacher Bill Evans.

Inspiring! A versatile and beautiful instrument created from top quality craftsmanship and materials. In quality, snug-fit Guardian hard case with dual neck supports. On Consignment $3600.00 AUD.

 


PRUCHA BAT CUSTOM, CHERRYWOOD, TOP-TENSION - Pre-Loved - 2004 - Sold

Excellent Condition. A stunning example of Jaroslav Prucha's pristine craftsmanship - and not another like it.

Cherrywood neck and quilted cherry resonator with contrasting black-white-black binding. Ebony fingerboard double-bound and inlaid with pearl bat motifs. Chrome top-tension hoop and chrome armrest. Ptacek ivoroid tuning pegs. Eagleclaw tailpiece and KatEyes bridge. Chromed flat head tonering and one-piece flange. Hand-signed by Jaroslav Prucha. Very well cared for and set up to pro standards.

Case Not Included. (see Preloved Bargains at the bottom of the page for choice of two pre-loved Calton cases, or, CDN pre-loved case for $90).

On Consignment. $4700.00 AUD - Sold

Price watch: a new Prucha Bat Top Tension with these woods in new Calton case shipped from USA would cost in region of $11,500 AUD.
(for more info on this maker and more pics of the Bat Custom click here.)

 


DP HOPKINS WALNUT DELUXE BANJO & CASE - Pre-Loved - 2014 - Sold

As new condition. Made in USA by small boutique makers, David and Paul Hopkins.

Figured walnut neck and highly figured walnut burl resonator. Tony Pass block construction rim. Hopkins flathead tone ring. Pearl fret marker inlays and peghead inlays. Waverly ivoroid 2-band offset pan tuners & 5th peg. Ebony fingerboard.

In quality dome-topped TKL/Guardian-style hard case. (Case is in good condition but vinyl is split in one area).
Superb sound, finish and pride-of-ownership. $4350.00 AUD - Sold


MARTIN VINTAGE HD28 HERRINGBONE - 1978
OLD, RARE - A PLAYABLE ANTIQUE
- Sale

Good condition. Collectable. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. Sitka spruce top. Rosewood fingerboard. Professionally refretted and neck reset by Stuart Newman. Good for another 20 years.

Intrinsic value should not be confused with retail price. List price really has nothing to do with the market value of a vintage instrument, except to the degree that some buyers have a hard time accepting a price on an instrument that might be anywhere from 10 to 100 times the original list.

In signature hard case, $4,300.00 AUD reduced to $3,300.00 AUD - Sale

 

 


$2000- $2490

 


FINGERSTYLE/WHITE SWALLOW OPEN-BACK - VINTAGE 'CLAWHAMMER' - V308 - WALNUT CUSTOM - NEW

For your playing delight... 'Vintage' open-back 5-string banjo constructed from specially selected timbers, hand-crafted to produce a specific sound.

Walnut neck. 25" scale. Macassar ebony over Ironbark fingerboard with spikes at 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th frets. Curved frailing scoop. Ironbark tone ring. Walnut 11" block-rim construction pot with silky oak capping. Bikini tailpiece in stainless steel. Fancy headstock with macassar ebony overlay and pearl 'V' logo. Purple heart bridge. Walnut armrest for your playing comfort.

A beautifully balanced instrument, weight-wise and playing-wise, with perfect intonation - A joy to play! In travel-snug open-back-size hard case, $2290.00 AUD. (Freight and insurance in Australia, approx $90.00)

 


WHITE SWALLOW Walnut Custom- NEW

Shout yourself one of the finest Australian-made banjos. Hand crafted by Alan Funk this one has full fingerboard, Maple/Walnut block construction 11" pot with 2 coord rods.

Walnut neck with outstanding grain. Ebony fingerboard. Purple-heart bridge. Amber Elite head. Geared tuning pegs. Plenty of volume, a confident voice, and slim, easy-play neck.

Ships anywhere in Aus for $80.00 inc insurance.

In hard case, $2290.00 AUD

 

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FINGERSTYLE/WHITE SWALLOW 'VINTAGE' CLAWHAMMER BANJO - V303 - CHERRYWOOD - NEW

Fingerstyle has designed this delightful 'Vintage' model using specially selected timbers, hand-crafted to produce a specific sound.

American cherrywood neck. 25" scale. Macassar ebony fingerboard with spikes at 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th frets. Frailing scoop. Jarrah tone ring. American cherry 11" block-rim construction pot with silky oak capping. Fancy tailpiece. Fancy headstock with mop 'V' logo. Purple heart bridge. Wooden armrest for your playing comfort.

In hard case, $2290.00 AUD. (Freight and insurance in Australia, approx $90.00)

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WHITE SWALLOW 'SPECIAL' NEW - 2018 -QLD MAPLE, WILD OLIVE AND ELM

Sensational blushed-blonde maple clawhammer banjo hand-crafted by Alan Funk of South Australia.

Queensland maple neck, Elm pot, Olive fingerboard, heelcap and hand crafted olive armrest. Shaped headstock with olive veneer inlayed with mother-of-pearl (NOT plastic!).

In standard hard case. $2400.00 AUD

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MARTIN D18 - Pre-Loved - 1996 - Sale

Excellent condition. No fretwear. Hardly played!

Mahogany back and sides. Sitka spruce top. Gloss finish. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Big Martin sound. Professional set-up for easy-play action.

In quality plush-lined hard case with gold clasps. On Consignment. $2090.00 AUD - Sale reduced to $1900.00AUD

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Under $2000


TANGLEWOOD BLACK MAHOGANY BLUEGRASS BANJO - NEW

Seriously good looking and great-sounding rig. Mahogany neck and resonator. Rosewood fingerboard with Hearts and Flowers inlays. Heavy cast tone ring. 11" pot. 24 brackets. Dual coord rods. Adjustable truss rod.

"Tanglewood" engraved armrest. Inline chromed heavy brass tailpiece. Maple compensator bridge. Black Remo clear head. Professionally set up and ready to play. Kicks ass!

In hard case, $725.00 AUD. BARGAIN!

 

 

 

 

 

 


GOLD STAR GF100HF BLUEGRASS - Recent - Pre-Loved

Excellent condition. Hardly played. Select mahogany neck. Bound mahogany resonator with double purfling rings. Bronze Tone Ring. Rock maple rim. Dual coordinator rods.

Triple nickel-plated hardware. Presto Tailpiece. Sossebee bridge. New strings and professional set-up. Geared tuners. Spikes at 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th frets.

A truly professional instrument; don't hesitate! $1990.00 AUD.

 

 

 

 

 


FENDER LEO BLUEGRASS - Pre-Loved

Excellent condition. Mahogany neck and resonator. Ebony fingerboard. Mother-of-pearl inlays on fingerboard, and abolone inlays on headstock. Geared tuning pegs. Dual co-ordinator rods. Spikes at 7, 8, 9, and 10th frets. New strings and Kat-Eyes bridge. Waverley-style tailpiece. Professionally set up.

Very well looked after. Small amount of wear on 2nd fret otherwise a very clean, great-sounding instrument in signature Fender hard case - TKL old-style with double neck cradle in very good condition.

Grab a pro-level instrument for a bargain price! $1500.00 AUD.

 

 


TANGLEWOOD BLUEGRASS - NEW

Rosewood fingerboard and resonator. Hearts and Flowers inlays. Heavy cast tone ring. 11" pot. 24 brackets. Dual coord rods. Adjustable truss rod.

"Tanglewood" engraved armrest. Inline chromed heavy brass tailpiece. KatEyes bridge. Remo frosted head. Professional set up and ready to play.

In hard case, $675.00 AUD. BARGAIN!

 


REILLY FRETLESS OLD TIMEY - SILVER ASH

Lightly played - showroom model. Hardware shows some patina so priced accordingly.
Hand-crafted in the traditional style by Paul Reilly, Australia using selected tonewoods, Queensland Silver Ash neck and African Blackwood fingerboard. Nickel plated rolled brass tone ring. Totally unique.

Block-construction rims for added strength and tone, then veneered, capped, and polished with multiple coats of Danish oil to a satin finish.

In hard case, $1090.00 AUD.
Will ship anywhere Australia via Australia Post for $70 AUD.


GOLD TONE OPEN-BACK BANJO IN HARD CASE - PRE-LOVED - Sold

Very good condition. Maple neck and rim with Rosewood fingerboard. No-Knots tailpiece and Grover Ebony/Ivoroid bridge.

Rolled brass tone ring. Dots and stars inlays. Spikes at 7th and 9th frets so you can use a capo. New strings. Very clean, straight instrument. Set up by professional for easy-playing. .

With case (Case in fair condition - clasps all work fine). $650 AUD
Ships anywhere in Aus via Australia Post for $70.00 -
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Instrument Stand

INSTRUMENT STAND - SUIT MOST STRINGED INSTRUMENTS Well-designed, foldable, no-fuss, portable, sturdy, adjustable... what more could you want? Soft rubber protects three points of contact. Comes in box. Attractive finish.

Available in gold, or black. $65.00. (Postage anywhere in Australia, add $15.00.)


Preloved Bargains

 


TWO PRE-LOVED CALTON BANJO CASES - BLACK OR CREAM - Sold

 

CALTON DELUXE BANJO CASES - 5-STRING BLUEGRASS BANJO - Pre-Loved
VERY GOOD CONDITION

If you want superb protection for your instrument, you should consider a Calton case. These custom fitted fiberglass cases are rugged, well balanced, and attractive, with interiors custom tailored to each instrument. Each half of every case is hand moulded in a single piece, using pigmented resin, with no seams to separate and colour that is integral to the fiberglass. Hardware is high quality plated steel and is attached with steel rivets and reinforcing plates. The leather handle provides the optimum in comfort and balance. Case interiors are hand crafted from high quality foam padding. Generous size accessory cubby and most importantly, double neck cradles. Protect your instrument!

ONE OF EACH ONLY. BLACK with green interior: $750.00 AUD or, CREAM with burgundy interior: $825.00

Black case SOLD