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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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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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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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❌SOLD❌ Wildwood Troubador Long Neck 5 String Banjo, 2006

❌SOLD❌ Wildwood Troubador Long Neck 5 String Banjo, 2006

This Wildwood Troubador Long-neck 5-String open back banjo was build around 2006 at the Wildwood shop in Bend, Oregon, and is in excellent original condition. Featuring a 32 inch scale and a maple pot with Tubaphone style tone ring, this is a very traditional model.

Price: $1990 CAD

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SOLD! Mike Ramsey Fretless Banjo

SOLD!  Mike Ramsey Fretless Banjo

This Mike Ramsey fretless 5-string banjo was purchased new from Elderly Instruments, and carries serial number 713.  As Ramsey banjos go, it’s fairly plain.

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Wildwood Artist Custom Banjo – NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Wildwood Artist Custom Banjo - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The Wildwood Artist Custom Banjo is a Bluegrass oriented model and offers a historic ‘Gibson Clone’ banjo with understated and elegant inlay, marquetry and premium woods. The Bronze tone-ring is fitted to a substantial block-rim which maximizes sustain and clarity.

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