5-string Banjos, New And Used

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"They Pass Our Test Before They Pass Yours"

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

$3500 - $4999


WHITE SWALLOW PLECTRUM 22 FRET 4-STRING BANJO - NEW - Australian made

Outstanding instrument hand crafted in Australia using lavish woods and attention to detail. Birds Eye Maple neck laminated with African Padauk and walnut.

Black-bound Macassar Ebony fingerboard and peghead and peghead has white underlay. MOP inlays. Resonator has (unknown) exotic wood veneer, black binding and maple rim with black purfling rings and centre stripe.

In hard case: $3790.00 AUD

 

 

 

 


DEERING GOLDEN ERA BLUEGRASS BANJO - Pre-Loved - 2011

Excellent condition. Flame maple neck. Bone nut. Bound ebony fingerboard. Hearts and flowers pearl inlays and pearl fancy inlays on headstock. Cremona sunburst maple resonator. 20 hole bell bronze heavy tone ring. Nickel one-piece cast flange. Rock maple rim. Deering engraved signature tailpiece and Deering plantetary tuners with geared 5th string peg. Spikes at 7th, 9th and 10th frets. Professional set-up. Feels and sounds like an invitation to play!

12fret.com says of this instrument: "An accurate reproduction of the classic banjos from the 1930's made with the same weight, design and features of the originals."

In Deluxe arched-top signature case with double neck cradle. $4560.00 AUD

 


PRUCHA DIAMOND POINT - Pre-Loved - 2006 - Sold

Very good to Excellent condition. Some corrosion on flange in one small area plus minor cosmetic blemishes. Very little fretwear. Has been well cared for, fingerboard cleaned, oiled, new head, professional set-up.

Handcrafted by Czech maestro Jaroslav Prucha. His banjos are highly sought after and Prucha's finishing detail is always superb.

Mahogany neck. Mahogany resonator with purfling rings. Tortoiseshell-look binding on slightly radiused 22-fret ebonyfretboard and resonator. Abalone inlays in headstock and fingerboard fretmarkers. 1-1/4" nut width. 20-hole flathead tone ring. 3/8" three-ply maple rim.

In plush-lined Guardian case (ex Yates, good condition) or, upgrade to Calton-style yellow case listed on instrument page for additional $600. On consignment $4500.00 AUD - Sold.

 


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 $3500.00 AUD.

 


 

$2500 - $3490


WHITE SWALLOW 4 - STRING TENOR BANJO (19-FRET) - NEW - Australian Made

Hand crafted banjo with blushed Beech neck, Melaluca block rim construction pot, Beech veneer resonator with white binding and fancy inlaid wall. Bound black-white Cocobolo fingerboard with mother-of-pearl Aussie animal and bird inlays.


Macassar Ebony peghead veneer with Cockatoo, White Swallow logo oand Australia map mother-of-pearl inlays.

Tuning is: C G D A. In hard case, $2790.00 AUD

 

 

 

 


ODE 'STYLE C' BLUEGRASS BANJO Pre-Loved 1980

Good to very good condition. Walnut resonator. Five-piece walnut/maple neck, ebony fretboard, floral inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with "ODE" logo and mother-of-pearl floral inlays.


Spikes at 7th, 9th and 10th frets. White-bound fingerboard and resonator. Double purfling rings on back of resonator. 11" head.

Almost no fretwear. Includes hard case. $2500.00 AUD.

 

 


RECORDING KING RK80A BLUEGRASS BANJO - RECENT - Recent - Pre-Loved

Excellent condition to 'As New'. Mahogany neck and resonator. Bound ebony fretboard and headstock. Fancy pearl inlays. Heavy cast archtop tone ring.

Nickel plated hardware, Presto tailpiece. Engraved armrest. Dual co-ordinator rods

This one, lightly used, well set up, $2650.00 AUD.

 


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$2000- $2490

 


WHITE SWALLOW UKULELE BANJO - NEW

Hand-crafted by experienced Australian banjo-maker, Alan Funk, this charming instrument has Jacaranda neck, and maple/walnut block rim construction pot.

Fancy exotic wood African Bubinga burl resonator, Macassar Ebony fingerboard and peghead veneer.

In mock-croc hard case. $2150.00 AUD

 

 

 

 

 

 


WHITE SWALLOW IRISH TENOR 4 STRING - NEW - Australian Made

Hand-crafted by experienced banjo-maker, Alan Funk of White Swallow.

Celery Top pine neck. Outstanding Wild Olive fingerboard with diamond mother-of-pearl inlays. White Oak block construction rim gives plenty of volume. Walnut stain figured resonator.

In hard case, $2250.00 AUD

 

 

 

 

 


WHITE SWALLOW 'VINTAGE' OPEN-BACK - NEW

Delightful, slightly shorter neck 'Vintage' open-back 5-string banjo but with same number (16) of frets as a full size open-back with frailing scoop. Constructed from specially selected timbers, hand-crafted to produce a specific sound.

Walnut neck. 25" scale. Cocobolo fingerboard with spikes at 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th frets. Curved frailing scoop. Ironbark tone ring.

In hard case, $2390.00 AUD. (Freight and insurance in Australia, approx $90.00)

 

 

 

 


WHITE SWALLOW OPEN-BACK - CLAWHAMMER CUSTOM - NEW

Hand-crafted old-timey open-back banjo for clawhammer lovers. Beech neck with blush laquer finish, Elm/White Oak block rim construction pot. Ironbark tonering.

Cocobolo fingerboard with falling leaves design in mother-of-pearl. Walnut veneer headstockl with Kookaburra, White Swallow logo and map of Australia inlays in mother-of pearl.

In hard case, $2390.00.

 

 

 

 


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

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 - Sold

 

 


Under $2000


WHITE SWALLOW PICOLLO FIVE-STRING - NEW

It looks cute but this little banjo is no toy. It does everything a standard banjo does but an octave higher than standard bluegrass banjo.

Same tuning - gDGBD. Measures 410mm from nut to bridge and 600mm from end of headstock to end of tailpiece. Hand crafted from finest materials this little darling has Huon pine neck, maple/walnut block construction rim, maple burl resonator, macassar ebony fingerboard and peghead veneer.

In mock-croc hard case, $1990.00 AUD
Will ship anywhere Australia via Australia Post for $90 AUD

 

 

 


REILLY FRETLESS OLD TIMEY - SILVER ASH

Lightly played - showroom model. Hardware shows some patina so priced accordingly.
Queensland Silver Ash neck and African Blackwood fingerboard. Nickel plated rolled brass tone ring.

Unique, hand-crafted five-string fretless banjo in the traditional style by Paul Reilly.
Made in Australia using selected tonewoods and look how much trouble this man has gone to!

In hard case, $1390.00 AUD.
Will ship anywhere Australia via Australia Post for $90 AUD

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


TANGLEWOOD BLUEGRASS - NEW - Sold

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!- Sold

 


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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.)


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DOBRO SLIDES:

LAP DAWG SLIDE - chrome plated solid brass = $35 AUD

GS SCHUBB SLIDE - stainless steel edge on hardwood = $25 AUD

 


SHEERHORN DOBRO/SLIDE GUITAR CAPO

The Pick Shoppe calls these the finest capo for Dobro. Quick and easy to put on, will not cause tuning problems and has the extra mass (over 4 oz) needed to sound great in any fret position. Requires string to fretboard spacing of 3/8" min.

Because of its weight - just over 4 ounces - it has the mass to absorb most of the unwanted resonation of the strings behind the capo, is low enough not to hinder the player's movements near the capo, and is easy and quick to install and remove, whether playing in a jam, on stage, or in the studio.

$30 AUD (plus $7 postage.)

 

 

FERGUSON PERFECT PITCH CAPO

Players who like this capo report that it also works on fretless banjos for fiddle tunes in A and D. Sturdy stainless steel construction. Good-size clamp pad that won't indent the lacquer. Large, easy-grip screw. Maker claims perfect intonation when fitted correctly.

Wouldn't that be nice. $25.00 AUD

 

 

PAIGE HORSESHOE CAPO


Suitable for banjo or mando. Clip it on, use the screw to adjust as you slide it up or down or stow it behind the nut. Never lose another capo!

$30 including postage/packaging AUS.