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Deering Golden Era 5-String Banjo, 2004

Deering Golden Era 5-String Banjo, 2004

The Deering Golden Era 5-String Banjo draws from the heritage of traditional bluegrass banjos, and delivers the tone and look of the classic instruments. Built during 2004 at the Deering shop in Spring Valley, California, this Golden Era is in good condition and has been cleaned and set up at The Twelfth Fret by Anne Hartman. We’ve replaced the head and installed a Presto tailpiece. The dark stain shaded finish really sets off the flame Maple used for the resonator and neck.

Price: $2350 CAD
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Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo, Walnut, 2010

Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo, Walnut, 2010

The Sierra is Deering’s most popular banjo, because it delivers what really matters to a banjo’s performance in an affordable package. In the optional Maple version, it has a brighter and more focused tone. In addition to the Maple rim, resonator and neck, the Sierra has an Ebony fingerboard and composite inlays.This is a Deering Sierra built during 2010 in Spring Valley, California, in good overall condition with the optional ‘railroad spike’ capo tacks installed. It has been set up in our shop by Anne Hartman and the action is set to 5/64ths. The original Deering hard shell case is included.

Price: $1925 CAD
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‼️Reduced‼️ Vega Pete Seeger Long Neck Banjo, 1961

‼️Reduced‼️ Vega Pete Seeger Long Neck Banjo, 1961

This Vega Pete Seeger long neck banjo, built during 1961 at the Vega shop in Boston is a ‘dowel stick’ version and in good working order. Capo tacks are installed, also a Presto tailpiece, with the original in the case. It has a new bridge. The tuners and brackets are original, and the original case is included.

Price: $4500 CAD
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Dave Mills 5 String Openback Banjo with Frailing Scoop, 2018

Dave Mills 5 String Openback Banjo with Frailing Scoop, 2018

This neatly constructed Dave Mills 5 string openback banjo uses a 12 inch pot with a spun-over Maple rim and Dobson-style tone ring, and a 3-piece Maple neck with an Ebony fingerboard that carries a frailing scoop. The Maple used on the rim and neck has a very convincing Cherry stain – so convincing that even our repair shop staff thought it was cherry from a short distance!     The head uses a traditional ‘paddle’ outline.  

Price: $1695 CAD
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Mike Ramsey Woody Banjo, 2008

Mike Ramsey Woody Banjo, 2008

The Mike Ramsey Woody 5-string is an open back traditional style banjo with frailing scoop, and featuring a wooden tone ring and rim. This example was built in Chapel Hill, NC.
Mike Ramsey began building banjos in 1986, and in 1990 shifted to full time banjo production in Lebanon, Ohio. In 1994 he moved to a new shop in Appomattox, Virginia, and again in 2005 to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Around 2010, he moved to Pittsboro, NC. For a time, he sold his banjos through Elderly Instruments under the name Chanterelle.

Price: $1599 CAD
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Warren Yates Ron Stewart Signature Banjo, 2011

Warren Yates Ron Stewart Signature Banjo, 2011

The Warren Yates Ron Stewart signature banjo is built in Hickory, North Carolina, and goes for the tone and feel of a 1930s model. Created in close consultation with Ron Stewart, this model features at its core a custom pre-war spec tone ring – the ‘Venom V33’ – and a Mahogany rim. Yates tries to make every part, with the resonators shaped and rims bent in-house. This example dates to August 2011 and is in overall very good condition.

Price: $2950 CAD
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