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SOLD For Sale: SOLD: Early 12" Mike Ramsey "Maple Special" Banjo, rare THIN RIM, great sound!

Posted By: clawhammerist | Rate Member
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$1,600 USD

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Selling a 12" x 25 1/2" Mike Ramsey "Maple Special" thin-rimmed five-string open-back banjo. This is a very early banjo from Mike’s time in Appomattox, serial number 283, circa 1997, and from the period when I feel his basic design and craftsmanship was at its best. Not long after this banjo was built, Mike switched to a thicker rim with much more hardware. This earlier design is simple, with a 1/4” thick rim, 18 brackets, and a rolled brass hoop tone ring.

The banjo plays and sounds great as can be heard in this video:

I bought this second-hand and have done no work to it beyond changing the strings. It is set up with a Fiberskyn head and a No-Knot tailpiece. In its earlier days, it was well-used but not abused. Both the peghead overlay and the rim cap have a couple of chips, and the neck finish (only the finish, not the wood itself; this is not uncommon for older instruments finished as this one is) shows hairline cracks on the rear and sides of the peghead as well as around the fifth-string tuner. I have more photos of these areas than the BHO post would allow, so please message me if you would like me to send them. There is considerable filler around the inlays, typical for Mike’s work. The banjo comes in a somewhat worn hard-shell case whose interior could use a bit of cleaning (photos of its interior state are also available; just message me if interested).

Asking $1600 plus shipping and insurance, or buyer can collect from me in person in Danville, Virginia. Message me with questions.


United States, Danville, VA, 24541


Buyer pays actual shipping and insurance TBD once we have reached an agreement

Payment Methods:

Check/Money Order, Cash (in person), Paypal

Return Policy:

Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition



Mike Ramsey

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