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SOLD For Sale: SOLD: SOLD - Near Mint 1980 ODE Model 6500 (Formerly the Model D) Gold-Plated 5-String Banjo

Posted By: mmm Bacon (+1) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$2,950 USD

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This 100% original "top-of-the-line" 1980 Ode Model 6500 gold-plated 5-String banjo is in extraordinarily nice condition because this banjo has had very little playing time. The gold plating is in fantastic condition with the only plating wear being a small 1/8" X 3-1/2" area along the very edge of the armrest. The original frets have no wear at all. The neck is straight and the banjo plays great. The only defects are a few small surface scratches on the back of the resonator that the camera didn't pick up. This is a no-excuses banjo. I discovered that the serial number 11-80-24 means this banjo was made in November of 1980 and was the 24th banjo built that year. The original case is included, though much of the silver-colored decorative "piping" on the lower edge is missing.

This is not a banjo I play or played. I am an antique dealer and I spotted this in the back of another antique dealer's van as he began setting up at an antiques show. He got it right out of a house that he cleaned out. It was clear to me that the banjo was put away a very long time ago and not touched. I was impressed with the immaculate condition, so I purchased it with the intent of re-selling it. There are two wrenches in the accessories pocket which might be original.

$2950 with FREE shipping. USA continental 48 states sales only. Contact me with your email address if you would like larger and sharper photos.


United States, MA


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Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

Additional return policy details: All shipping both to and from to be paid by buyer in the event of a return.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Mint Condition




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