For sale is my Bishline Madera acoustic banjo. These are rare. So if you’ve not seen or heard one before, then you should treat yourself and listen to master luthier Rob Bishline play at the links below. Mr. Bishline is an amazing talent, a musician and luthier from Tulsa. His custom banjos are works of art. The Madera acoustic banjos were made circa 2010. I don’t know exactly how many of these exist, but I read that there were only around 10 of these made. They were never sold in stores. Each one is unique and was custom crafted.
A Madera is almost as light as a mandolin. It has an angelic (and killer) tone. It reminds me of a Boucher Parlor guitar I was fortunate to get to play a for a bit (except it has a banjo neck). I usually keep it in “Double C” tuning and it just opens up a banjo player to a lot of music that isn’t typically top-of-mind for banjo. Again, listen to Rob play Joni Mitchell’s classic Both Sides Now. And my favorite is the classic Oh Shenandoah. Once I heard those I decided I wanted to own one and never regretted it. (Well if I keep going on this I’m gonna talk myself into keeping it)
About the instrument
The Madera is custom-made by Rob Bishline of Tulsa, Oklahoma (circa 2010). It is in excellent condition. I would say mint. I cannot find a single imperfection, scratch, ding or scuff anywhere. But as sure as I say mint, you’ll find one!
The top is Spruce and to me it looks like Adirondack.
The Back and sides are beautiful mahogany. (It shimmers!)
Bindings look like a dark tortoise although I don’t know what the material is
Fishman pickup (I have never used this pickup)
Custom Colorado Case Gig Bag made specifically for Bishline Madera per specs
I hope you’ll love listening to the Madera links below. The links are not the Madera I am selling. But to my ear, the tone is an excellent example.
Bishline Madera "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell
"Oh Shenandoah" played on a Bishline Madera
Pricing for this instrument is pretty firm. But I will happily hear reasonable offers.
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. Lets talk....My typing is even worse than my banjo playing!!!! God Bless!!!
United States, Conway, AR, 72032
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Returns not accepted.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
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