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Wildwood Troubador Openback 5-String Banjo

Wildwood Troubador Openback 5-String Banjo

The Wildwood Troubador Openback 5-String Banjo is the flagship model for the Wildwood Frailing and Clawhammer traditional banjo line. Clawhammer and Frailing are traditional banjo styles making a significant comeback. Not only are players exploring older traditional and historic repertoire, but new modern music is being created regularly outside of the old-time and bluegrass contexts. The banjo can work extremely well with a voice an an expressive device.

Price: $2789 CAD
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Gibson RB-250 Mastertone 5-String Banjo Mahogany, 1998

Gibson RB-250 Mastertone 5-String Banjo Mahogany, 1998

The Gibson RB-250 – or Regular Banjo – became the workhorse, standard instrument for country and bluegrass players after it introduction in 1954. It was built until 2010, when flooding destroyed the Nashville workshop.

Price: $2650 CAD
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National Style 2-5 Tricone Squareneck Resophonic Guitar, Nickel, 1929

National Style 2-5 Tricone Squareneck Resophonic Guitar, Nickel, 1929

The National Style 2.5 Tricone Squareneck, or ‘Style Two and a Half’ is very close to the Style 2, with just a rose engraving on coverplate’s hand rest making the difference. Introduced in 1927, the Style 2 was the top of the National line, with a  brass body with nickel plating. The wooden components, such as the headstock, are Mahogany, except for the Ebony fingerboard. National Resophonic guitars were a radical, major innovation in musical instrument design.

Price: $6500 CAD
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Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

For many years, the Vega company was a prominent musical instrument builder, and the Vega Senator 5-string open back banjo was a typical offering. Market and management changes led to Vega’s decline, and the name has now become a valued Deering brand, recalling the historic banjos of the early part of the 20th century.

Price: $1249 CAD
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Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

The Irish Tenor banjo is specially adapted to Irish and other Celtic music styles, pitched low to co-exist with the Bodhran, pipes and fiddles. The Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor model offers a quality instrument at a reasonable price. The seventeen-fret IT-250’s short scale neck uses heavier strings and is tuned to GDAE, an octave below the mandolin. This setup is in wide use by many traditional Irish musicians because it provides the plunky tone that works so well with the bodhran, pipes and fiddles found in Celtic music ensembles.

Price: $850 CAD
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Sorenson Companion Custom 5-String Banjo Maple, 2017

Sorenson Companion Custom 5-String Banjo Maple, 2017

For this 2017 Sorenson Companion custom banjo, the original order specified that the logo on the headstock read ‘Sorenson’ rather than ‘Companion’.    It also has a Maple block rim and wooden tone ring, so it is considerably lighter than many banjos at 9 pounds – that’s comparable to many Les Pauls and Stratocasters. 

Price: $1800 CAD
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