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Posted by randallaustin on Friday, May 7, 2010

If you guys could buy any banjo under $1,000, what would it be. We're talking five string bluegrass here. 

6 comments on “banjers”

bordergrass Says:
Friday, May 7, 2010 @4:35:49 PM

there's no contest, Gold tone


sharakeet Says:
Friday, May 7, 2010 @10:00:21 PM

don't buy a new instrument, whatever you patient. visualize it and it will come. search far and wide for used instruments. it doesn't have to be a Gibson Pre-War, any older instrument would do. i'd be willing to bey you will find a nice piece with some history and stories to tell, if you don't get into a hurry. look around, under stones, under carpets. find an American made instrument from the sixties or earlier. they are definitely out there. good luck.

robin wells Says:
Friday, May 7, 2010 @11:10:54 PM

Probably surf e-bay for (sad but common in todays economy) a desperately discounted sale on a pre 60's Gibson, or a Gold Tone, or an Ome

bordergrass Says:
Saturday, May 8, 2010 @12:04:54 AM

Yes Robins got it right on the nose. There are also people out there who pay a lot for an instrument with the belief that they play them selves, then get bored.

Banjov1 Says:
Saturday, May 8, 2010 @9:23:20 AM

I'd definitely look at used banjos. Gold Stars and Recording Kings are great banjos that you can find used well within this price range. If you're lucky you can find a used American made Sullivan or Deering some times too. Here's some banjos right here on BHO that I'd take a serious look at...

1) 1982 (Japanese) Gold Star GF-85 -
2) 2009 Gold Star GF-100 -
3) All sorts of RK 80s and 85s - There's 4 of them in your price range here -

You might want to think about buying a decent banjo in $700-800 range and then saving some money for a serious setup job. So many of the banjos I've seen my friends buy used sound okay when first delivered, but after having our local banjo pro do some of the following work, these things can sound amazing...

1) slot work on the nut and bridge
2) bridge experimentation and positioning
3) head tightening
4) tail piece positioning
5) fret crowning or possibly replacing a couple
6) coordinator rod adjustments
7) neck adjustment for proper action

You may be able to do some of this yourself. But I just tell most folks to budget that into the equation when buying used and it's made for some really happy banjo campers.

Have fun searching

randallaustin Says:
Saturday, May 8, 2010 @11:58:38 AM

yeah, i could get one that needed minor work, and take it to John Hickman. He has great prices, and does great work. Thanks everybody

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