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.
Check/Money Order, Cash (in person)
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back.
Buyer pays return shipping.