Here's the budget model from probably the most sought-after banjo maker for Old Time banjos right now. I bought this banjo about a month ago from a local seller after giving up on getting a Standard. Literally the day I got it, I found a Standard, so I'm selling this guy.
Condition is great. The only cosmetic issue is some light scratching where the fingerboard scoop is, which is only visible up close.
I am trying to sell this banjo locally in BOSTON before shipping, so if I get multiple interested parties, the first local pickup option that can come this weekendish will get it.
The banjo is serial # 2415, sold by the Music Emporium to the original buyer and then to me. It is in perfect condition. The fingerboard, as far as I can tell, is ebony, which has changed in the Students since (they have rosewood fingerboards now). It could just be dark, stained rosewood, but it feels and looks like ebony, and the peghead overlay and the heel cap are definitely both ebony. Really thick, robust 2-piece neck unlike most bluegrassy openbacks sold by big companies nowadays. Sounds great with the 12" pot, a bit brighter than my Standard but still full and clear, and surprisingly loud (louder than my Standard). Also has a nice wide nut spacing that accomodates left hand pull-offs better than anything else I've played.
The banjo will come in a Guardian featherweight case. It's a bit undersized for the case because of the 12" pot, but it wouldn't fit in my openback case. Has an armrest that I think is aftermarket. Looks cool. It is pictured with nylgut strings but has been changed to steel strings, as shown in the last picture.
Selling for what I paid. Not trying to make any $ off the sale, just trying to pass along this beautiful instrument.
No shipping-- local sale only
Cash (in person), Paypal
Payment Option Notes:
Local pickup only, will take cash or paypal before or upon pickup.