Visit Banjo Camp North

For Sale: Great Lakes "Rose"

United States, St. Paul, MN, 55102

Back in the '70's - when I played bluegrass - I lusted for one-a these! The GREAT LAKES BANJO COMPANY was all the rage... Dennis Lakes made the hottest banjo in town! 'Course, I couldn't afford one back then ($800). So when I saw this on BHO a few years back, I snagged it... not for me, but for my musician son, who was already a much better Scrugg's style player than I ever was.

The "Rose" model is also known as the #5, according Dennis Lakes. This one is serial number 315 which, if I remember right, puts it about 1977-78. Where my son played this banjo quite a bit in the early years, his tastes were evolving and this prize found itself in the closet more often than not. My son now needs a new computer and is looking to downsize his number of instruments in the process. It's time for the Great Lakes to find a new home. LUCKY YOU!

This banjo has been played A-LOT! It shows some road wear - i.e. missing piece of binding (see pic), some scuffs/marks and minor fret wear (see pic). It's also got the lacquer issue (on the resonator) that eventually sank the Great Lakes banjo Company (more on that here: banjohangout.org/archive/67984/1). But that's all the superficial stuff. This banjo has got it where it counts: An amazing voice and solid/fast neck. It's a players banjo that just happens to be a piece of banjo history as well.

My son put a Fishman pickup on it (see pics). As if it wasn't loud enough to begin with. But it does carry!

I'm asking $2,400 OBO. Comes with a heavily padded gig bag.

Price: $2,400 USD
Payment Methods: Check/Money Order, Cash (in person)
Return Policy: Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.
Posted By: frailin (+5Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller  Players Union Member  Returns allowed with money back refund Rate this Member - You must sign in to email frailin
Condition of Item(s): Used - Good Condition
Discussion URL: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/329184
Category: Banjos
Make: Great Lakes
Ad Status: Active
Listing No: 63358
Contact Info: Write me with questions. frailin@mac.com
Page Views: 875

This ad will automatically expire 5/25/2017 1:01:48 PM unless updated before that date. To keep the system current, ads expire if not updated for more than 60 days.

Photos

Photo Photo
Photo Photo
Photo Photo
Photo Photo
Photo  

You are not logged in.
Log In


Not a member? Create an Account (FREE!)



1528 BANJO LOVERS ONLINE

HOME | FORUMS | MEMBERS | MEDIA ARCHIVE | TABS & LESSONS | CLASSIFIEDS | REVIEWS | LINKS | CALENDAR | STORE | TERMS OF USE
Viewing desktop version - switch to mobile version