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❌SOLD❌ Ramsey Woody Oak Tree 5-String Banjo 2001


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The Mike Ramsey Woody Oak Tree 5-string is an open back traditional style banjo with frailing scoop, wooden tone ring and rim and an Oak Tree themed engraved inlay set. This example was built in Appomattox, Virginia around 2000/2001.

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. Mike Ramsey died in 2021.

Here we’re looking at a Mike Ramsey Woody Oak Tree 5-string banjo with frailing scoop, in very nice condition. It was built in Appomattox, Virginia around 2000/2001. It is built with Maple for the 12 inch rim, paired with a flamed Maple neck and Ebony for the fingerboard and head plate. An engraved Mother of Pearl and Abalone inlay set features an Oak three theme- the headstock inlay is the tree itself, the first fret inlay an engraved Maple leaf, the fifth and octave fret markers is are Oak leaf clusters with acorns. Frets 3, 7, 10, 15, and 17 have engraved Mother of Pearl dots. The tuners are Five Star planetary models, and a no-knot tailpiece is at the base.

This fine banjo is in excellent condition, has has had no repairs and wear is vanishingly light.

This banjo plays well, and has a deep, warm tone.

A black hard shell case by TKL is included.

From an archive copy of the Ramsey Banjos website, here’s a description of the Ramsey Woody Oak Tree banjo:

“This model is designed with a wooden tone ring attached to the wooden rim. The combination of a thicker rim and a wooden tone ring produces a very pleasing tone, with plenty of volume and a complete sound of its own.”

Price: $1,600.00 CAD
  • Model: Woody Oak Tree
  • Year: 2001
  • Finish Cherry Tint
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1151, built 2000/2001 in Appomattox VA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Date Posted: 16/04/2024

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 5.67lbs 2.57kg
  • Scale Length: 25.789in 655mm
  • Nut Width: 1.33in 33.8mm

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