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SOLD!!! Vega Artist Tenor Banjo, 1926

The Vega Artist Tenor banjo was a professional grade instrument made by one of the top – from the turn of the 20th century to the 1930s – American musical instrument producers. However, just about the time the Dopyera Brothers and George Beauchamp started National to produce their new resophonic guitars, the popularity of banjos began to drop, and by the 1930s many banjo players had shifted to guitar.

Price: $1999.99 CAD

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SOLD! Gibson TB-250 Tenor Banjo, 1966

SOLD!  Gibson TB-250 Tenor Banjo, 1966

For quite some time, Gibson banjos were standard professional grade instruments, and the Gibson TB-250 was their ‘entry level’ tenor banjo. From 1966 it was available as a MasterTone model with that tone ring. This model was built from 1954 to 1996.

Price: $1500 CAD

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SOLD! Second Life MasterClone Banjo 2014

SOLD!  Second Life MasterClone Banjo 2014

Banjo-maker Carl Arcand routinely restores older banjos to give them a ‘second life’ from his Eastern Townships shop in Ulverton, Quebec. This fine example Second Life MasterClone Banjo is still archived on his site. This instrument is assumed to be based on a 60s or 70s Gibson TB-250 ‘donor-banjo’ pot with flathead bronze tone ring and fitted to an Arcand handmade replica neck. The resurrection work was completed and the banjo first sold in 2014. This Second Life MasterClone Banjo is certainly equal or superior to any 70’s original Gibson. It is what we would call a RB-250 Mastertone “clone” banjo or “Master-Clone” banjo.

Price: $1850 CAD

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NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! Gibson RB-18 Mastertone Top Tension 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1996

NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! Gibson RB-18 Mastertone Top Tension 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1996

Here we’re looking at a wonderfully preserved Gibson RB-18 Mastertone ‘Top Tension’ 5-string banjo, with its gold plating unworn and the finish lightly checked from age. From the serial number, it appears to have been produced during June of 1996. The number breaks down as ‘RB’ for Regular Banjo – i.e. 5-string – ’18’ for the style, followed by two digits for the year (96) and two for the month (06). The last group of digits, a single number 7 in this case, is the production number for that model in that date period.

Price: $7699.99 CAD

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SOLD! Gibson L-5 6-String Custom Banjo, 1961

SOLD!  Gibson L-5 6-String Custom Banjo, 1961

Here’s a rare oddity – custom built to order by Gibson during 1961, a melding of a Gibson L-5 style six string neck and a Gibson Mastertone RB-3 banjo pot. This unique instrument is in very good complete and original condition.

Price: $4250 CAD

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SOLD! Gibson TB-7 Tenor Banjo, 1937

SOLD!  Gibson TB-7 Tenor Banjo, 1937

Here is a rare treat – from 1937, a Gibson TB-7 tenor banjo and case in good all original condition, having one owner from new.

Price: $56700 CAD

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