Gibson KK-11 Conversion Banjo
For sale is an excellent prewar KK-11 from the 1930s. I purchased this (as a TB-11 tenor banjo) from a family estate in Texas. I was told it was in the family “for as long as anyone can remember” and rarely ever touched. For its age, it is truly in great condition. The 1930s Kel Kroydon banjos continue to be highly sought-after in today's Prewar Banjo market.
Tim Davis (of Harrisburg, NC) performed the conversion. The Davis Banjos (I have one of those too) are superb and the same artistry and precision goes into his conversions.
All the metal is original except for the tailpiece which looks like a Presto (although it isn't engraved on the end).
The back of the resonator is the colorful floral design perloid (often called “mother of toilet seat”). The sides are dark blue that was common for the KKs. To me, the resonator is perfect; but see the pictures for yourself. The figured maple Davis neck is finished to a dark soft-matte brown. The Flying Eagle mother of pearl inlays on the radiused fingerboard and headstock are flawless. I believe the tone ring is one that Tim designed and manufactured for his Vintage Tone and Artist Series banjos (although I would not swear to that). I would swear that this is a ridiculously good sounding banjo! For its age, the banjo is in excellent condition and will ship in a Guardian hard shell case.
This banjo plays and sounds as good as it looks. I love this banjo, but I have old hands and too many banjos! These banjos are too good to sit in a case and not be played … I would feel really good knowing that I had a part in getting this banjo in the hands of a player who’d love and play it everyday! I’ll miss it, but I’d get a lot of joy from hearing you play it in a jam!
Will consider reasonable offers. I’ll try to work with you …
Free Shipping to lower 48
Will ship outside of lower 48 if buyer pays the difference
Additional photos if requested.
Call or Text me at 501-908-2252 with any questions. I prefer calls and texts. My typing is even worse than my banjo playing!!!! God Bless!!!
United States, Conway, AR, 72032
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Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
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