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Vega Style X No.9 Tenor Banjo, 1926

Vega Style X No.9 Tenor Banjo, 1926

Here, we’re looking at a Vega Style X Number 9 Tenor Banjo, built in Boston during 1926. Typical of higher end banjos of the era, it is adorned with engraved Mother of Pearl Inlays which are in lovely condition, and the engravings have been re-filled. The banjo features a tube-a-phone tone ring and Maple is used for the neck and dowel. The heel is hand carved, also typical of the era.   The backstrap, the wood covering the back of the head, plus the head plate, are Rosewood.  

Vintage
Price: $3,150.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

❌SOLD❌ 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.

Vintage
Price: $1,350.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Frank Neat Bean Blossom Walnut 5-String Banjo, 2003

❌SOLD❌  Frank Neat Bean Blossom Walnut 5-String Banjo, 2003

This is an interesting piece – a Frank Neat Bean Blossom 5-string banjo, built as one of 22 Bean Blossom banjos, with the neck and resonator using walnut from a tree that grew next to Bill Monroe’s stage at the Bean Blossom festival grounds. Working from his shop in Russel Spring, central Kentucky,  Frank Neat builds some of the world’s finest banjos.   He’s run his shop since 1980.     

Used
Price: $2,750.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Rickard Brass Spunover Dobson 12 Inch Banjo, 2019

❌SOLD❌    Rickard Brass Spunover Dobson 12 Inch Banjo, 2019

We’ve received a new Brass Spunover Dobson 12-inch, open back banjo from Rickard Banjos in Aurora, just north of Toronto, and it’s a real peach,  as Rickard products tend to be.  Bill Rickard has been developing his line of banjos and banjo components for several years and his output is impressive. This Brass Spunover Dobson Ring open back 5-string banjo is a great example of the quality of his work.

New
Price: $2,875.00 CAD

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Gold Star GF 100JD J D Crowe Bluegrass Album Banjo, 2019

Gold Star GF 100JD J D Crowe Bluegrass Album Banjo, 2019

The Gold Star GF 100JD is a re-creation of the prewar Gibson RB-3 five string banjo used by J D Crowe on the highly influential 1980 recording ‘The Bluegrass Album'”.  That album also featured Tony Rice on Mandolin, Bobby Hicks on Fiddle, Doyle Lawson on Mandolin and vocals, and Todd Phillips on bass. 

New
Price: $2,499.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson TB250 Mastertone Tenor Banjo, 1969

❌SOLD❌ Gibson TB250 Mastertone Tenor Banjo, 1969

THere we have a Gibson TB250 Mastertone Tenor Banjo, built during 1969 at the historic Parsons Street shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This model was built from 1994 to 1996, and models from 1960 on bear the Mastertone name. Gibson banjos were the center of the banjo universe for decades, but with the rise of serious amplification and rock music, the banjo as an instrument fell out of popular favour. It was still found in various music genres, particularly Irish, traditional jazz and bluegrass, but not much beyond them.

Vintage
Price: $1,450.00 CAD

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