5-string Banjos, New And Used

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  • All new instruments are carefully selected and all lemons rejected!
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Considered consignment?
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  • 3. Pricing and description researched and compiled by a professional banjo player.
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  • 5. Our charges are very reasonable and include an assessment, clean-up, and set-up.
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  • (Consignment terms and conditions supplied on application... all common-sense stuff and no tricky fine-print. Sorry, no train wrecks or novelty instruments accepted - but we're always here to help connect you to the best repairers for any job.)

"They Pass Our Test Before They Pass Yours"

Over $5000
$3500 - $4990
$2500 - $3490
$2000 - $2490
Under $2000
Preloved Bargains

Over $5000


 

GIBSON RB3 - WREATH - S/No: 3-0209-03

Gibson banjos are at the heart of the legend of bluegrass music along with names such as Earl Scruggs, the father of bluegrass banjo. Most other bluegrass banjo makers have followed the Gibson construction methods and measurements. The name 'Mastertone' is a hallmark. Gibson stopped making banjos in 2010 but they're still held in awe and hold their price. Some models are actually increasing in value.

To find an RB3 in such excellent condition is rare. Tone ring, flange, rim, neck, etc have been verified (pictures enclosed) as genuine Gibson. No fretwear. Discounting a few patina marks it's like new. The owner bought this banjo from Janet Davis Music on a visit to USA. (Verified by receipt). After bringing it back to Australia he played it a few hours, tucked it under the bed, and left it there.

Grab yourself a playable bluegrass legend. $5700.00 AUD

 


$3500 - $4999


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 - Now $4250

 


HEARTLANDS 'ANGEL' - 5 STRING BANJO - One-Owner - RECENT

If you play more than one style and only want one, perfect banjo, this is it! Excellent (almost 'as new') condition.

Played with fingerpicks this 5-string is a bluegrass blast and responds to any musical challenge you demand of it, Scruggs, Melodic, Progressive, World, or Classical.
Remove your picks and it's ready for mountain and clawhammer styles.

 

Inspiring! Capable of great versatility, this beautiful instrument has been created from top quality craftsmanship and materials. In top quality, snug-fit Guardian hard case with dual neck supports. $3500.00 AUD.

Sound files:

'Bluegrass

Clawhammer

Vamping


 

$2500 - $3490


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. Now $2250

 


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$2000- $2490


WHITE SWALLOW 'VINTAGE' OPEN-BACK - NEW - Sold

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) - Sold

 

 

 

 

 


WHITE SWALLOW CUSTOM OLD-TIMEY 5 STRING OPEN-BACK - 2018

Beech neck, Wild Olive fingerboard with frailing scoop and mother-of-pearl inlays.

Block construction rim for strength made from white oak plus a layer of macassar ebony. Walnut capping. Ironbark tonering.

In hard case. On Consignment. $2390.00.

Sound file:

Shady Grove


WHITE SWALLOW OLD-TIMEY CUSTOM - NEW - 2019

Handsome Qld Walnut neck. Full length fingerboard of Macassar Ebony . Spikes fitted at 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th frets.

Handsome Qld Walnut neck. Full length fingerboard of Macassar Ebony . Spikes fitted at 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th frets. American Cherrywood pot adds sweetness in high registers to complement the rich mellow tone of the mids and bass notes produced by the walnut neck.

In hard case, $2450.00 AUD

 

 



Under $2000


MARTIN D16GT ACOUSTIC 6-STRING GUITAR - Pre-Loved - 2008

Very good to Excellent condition. Martin D body guitars are the most recorded acoustic guitars in history - and with good reason. Part of the D body series (Dreadnought) this has had one careful owner.

It is obvious when hearing it that it has been kept in tune with fresh strings. It is a sound-cannon! It sings! The Sitka spruce top transmits even the softest whispery notes, and the high register returns crystal clear, bell-like tones.

In original hard case (TKL type with double neck cradle and padded handle) $1790.00 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

 

 

 

 

 


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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

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