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C. Bruno and Son Banjo, circa 1867

C. Bruno and Son Banjo, circa 1867

This C. Bruno and Son fretless banjo arrived here about 15 years ago and has been in storage ever since. As is often the case with my “projects”, it was forgotten for years. I recently came into a lovely set of Ivoroid friction tuners that reminded me of the Bruno banjo and its need for appropriate tuners. This 130-year-old set of friction pegs were typical of the 1880s or 90s. And since they are synthetic ivory, they are legal under the CITES regulations.

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1955 Silvertone S1384 Archtop Electric Guitar (SOLD)

1955 Silvertone S1384 Archtop Electric Guitar (SOLD)

This is seriously cool – a 1955 Silvertone S1384 Archtop Guitar. This guitar is virtually identical to the 1955 Harmony Espanada model, with the difference being the branding logos.

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1926 Weymann Style 1 Orchestra Model Tenor Banjo SOLD

1926 Weymann Style 1 Orchestra Model Tenor Banjo SOLD

Weymann banjos were built by H. Weymann and Sons, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally produced with the name ‘Keystone’ in early 1900, in 1924 the Weymann name appeared and was used until 1934. Weymann instruments are known for high-quality construction and unique features

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1927 Bacon and Day Silver Bell No4 Tenor Banjo (consignment) SOLD

1927 Bacon and Day Silver Bell No4 Tenor Banjo (consignment)  SOLD

One of the most well known of the Bacon Banjo Company and Day instruments was the Bacon and Day Silver Bell. These banjos are very elaborate, carved, engraved and plated, and have a full, rich tone with lots of power.

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1981 David Wren Studio Guitar (consignment)

 1981 David Wren Studio Guitar (consignment)

The David Wren Studio line was made during the early 1980’s as a simpler, lower-priced ‘standard production’ alternative to the rather more expensive custom order models that most builders create. These models feature a spruce top and mahogany back and sides with ebony bridge, maple binding, and a mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard.

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1962 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 Double Cutaway Thinline Archtop SOLD

1962 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 Double Cutaway Thinline Archtop  SOLD

For 1962 the Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 had a dramatic makeover. In particular, the new, thinner and double cutaway, sealed top ‘Electrotone’ body replaced the classic fully hollow single-cutaway.

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