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Gibson TB 3 Mastertone Tenor Banjo, 1927-28

Gibson TB 3 Mastertone Tenor Banjo, 1927-28

The Gibson TB 3 Mastertone tenor banjo – the TB actually stands for Tenor Banjo – features a plain Maple rim and resonator, with Mahogany for the neck and Rosewood, likely Brazilian given the date, for the fingerboard. The tone ring and flange designs changed at least three times during the TB 3’s production. Initial 1925 and early 1926 models used a classic ball-bearing tone ring, then for later 1926-1928 a solid archtop tone ring, and finally the flathead tone ring for 1929.

Vintage
Price: $4700 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ National El Trovador Resophonic Guitar with Hot Plate, Mahogany, 2015

❌SOLD❌  National El Trovador Resophonic Guitar with Hot Plate, Mahogany, 2015

The National El Trovador goes back to the 1930’s wood bodied, single cone resophonic guitars by National, and this one comes with a HotPlate installed! The El Trovador uses a Mahogany laminate for the body and solid Mahogany for the neck, with a bound Ebony fingerboard. The peg head is slotted, which increases the pressure of the strings on the nut while reducing the required tip-back angle of the head.

Used
Price: $3199.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Whyte Laydie Style Banjo Unknown Builder, 1980s

❌SOLD❌ Whyte Laydie Style Banjo Unknown Builder, 1980s

The originals of the Whyte Laydie style banjos were made by the Fairbanks company around the turn of the 20th century, with a particular type of tone ring. The Whyte Laydie tone ring is a scalloped brass ring with a steel tone hoop, which provides higher volume, sustain and ‘ringing’ tone. A C Fairbanks was a large musical instrument manufacturer in Boston, but in 1904 suffered a devastating workshop fire, for which they were under insured.

Used
Price: $1799 CAD

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Vega Old Tyme Wonder Frailing / Clawhammer Banjo

Vega Old Tyme Wonder Frailing / Clawhammer Banjo

The Deering company of Lemon Grove California has been one of the most respected manufacturer of high-end banjos for decades. Their Vega line of open-back clawhammer banjos including the Vega Old Tyme Wonder are packed with features and priced very modestly. The latest model in the Vega banjo line is the “Old Tyme Wonder” which features a hand applied ‘Warm Brown’ stain over highly flamed maple finished with a matte lacquer.

New
Price: $1789 CAD
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Deering Golden Wreath Banjo in Walnut

Deering Golden Wreath Banjo in Walnut

The Deering Golden Wreath 5 String banjo is a beautiful instrument that is an accurate reproduction of the classic banjos of the 1930’s, but at a fraction of the originals cost. Normally the Deering Golden Wreath is built with Mahogany, but for the last several years Deering has been custom building the Golden Wreath in Walnut for The Twelfth Fret.

New
Price: $4659 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Deering Deluxe Mahogany Banjo, 2011

❌SOLD❌  Deering Deluxe Mahogany Banjo, 2011

Now discontinued, the Deering Deluxe Mahogany 5-string banjo was one of Deering’s most popular models, with Mahogany for the resonator and neck. Towards the end of its run, Walnut was used for the neck and resonator. This Deering Deluxe Mahogany is in good overall condition was built at the Deering shop in Spring Valley California during June 2011.

Used
Price: $2100 CAD

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