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For Sale: 2007 Frank Neat Mahogany Style 1 with Blaylock Beartracks tone ring

Posted By: HenrytheCat (+42) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$3,250 USD

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Some of the backstory of this banjo appears in a review by a prior owner at It shows that renowned builder Frank Neat originally built this banjo with a prewar tone hoop on a modern Cox maple rim, with Cox reso and FQMS metal parts. The prior owner had Arthur Hatfield replace the tone hoop with a Blaylock Beartracks tone ring. Since Blaylock tone rings are, regrettably, no longer being produced, these rings are somewhat hard to find. The ring produces a loud, wonderfully crisp, dry tone.

The neck and reso are mahogany, and the flat fingerboard appears to be Brazilian rosewood, with style 1 gull wing inlays and capo spikes at 7 and 9. Fiddle cut peghead with inverted tulip inlay. Neck shape has slight V at frets 0-4.

The Neat neck feels fantastic to play and the banjo sounds great. Frank Neat's reputation for making wonderful banjos, and great necks in particular, is well-deserved. While the banjo shows signs of having been played, its condition overall is excellent. There is moderate wear to a couple of the frets with virtually no wear to most of them, and there are some light scratches on the reso and some clouding on the nickel.

Due to advancing years and arthritis, I have abandoned my (admittedly unrealistic) dreams of banjo glory and decided to sell most of my banjo collection. No trades, please. HSC included.


United States, VA


Buyer to pay the cost of insured shipping

Payment Methods:

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

Payment Option Notes:

Payment by check OK if you are willing to wait for shipment until check clears. Will accept PayPal if you pay the fee.

Return Policy:

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: Will accept return only if banjo is found not to be as described. Buyer to pay for shipping and insurance if returned. Purchase money (not including cost of shipment) will be refunded once banjo has been inspected and has been determined to be in exactly the same condition it was when sold.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition



Frank Neat

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