I saw and heard Ron Stewart playing a Yates Skillet Head at a bluegrass festival last February. I contacted Warren Yates about getting one and he said it would be 8 months before he could get started on a new one due to his workload, however he connected me with Dave Ruble who had bought Skillet Head #6, which was built in August 2012. New they sell for $4925 but Dave sold it to me for $4000 and that is how much I am selling it for. Deep and vintage tone and great playability make this the best banjo I have ever played. It's in excellent condition with a minimal amount of fret wear and head wear and plays very easy. The way Warren set up these frets in a way that makes it very "easy playing". I will include the Purcell 11/16" bridge I put on it as well as the original Yates 5/8" bridge. If I had not gone through a very expensive divorce this year I would be passing this one onto my kids. PS This includes the original very cool Red Line case instead of the SKB case that new ones ship with.
Here's more from the Yates website;
"The Skillet Head was a name given to an early 1950s Bow-Tie Ron found. It was not just a banjo built in the 1950s. It was put together with left over prewar parts at the factory. It went together in an unusual way to create what we see as the ultimate flathead. This banjo quickly gained respect from the flathead community so we knew that we must reproduce it and that we did. Now everyone can have one.'
Highest Quality Mahogany Neck, Yates Pre-War Style Resonator and "Fat Rim". All wood construction Hide Glue
Finish is “Semi-Distressed” for that early 1950s look and, feel. Flat Rosewood Fingerboard, Ebony Peg Head, Mother of Pearl Inlay, Light Weight Flange, Narrow Frets (worked down and re-crowned for easier playing and pull-offs), Old Grover style bridge made by Yates, Special 50's style Tailpiece, Yates made three ply maple rim, Semi-Distressed Nickel Plated Metal Parts, Three fifth string spikes (7th, 8th & 9th frets), Yates 20 Hole Nickel Plated Tone Ring, Waverly two band Tuners with Ivoroid Buttons carved to the Keystone shape, Steel coordinator rods
United States, Broomfield, CO, 80023
Check/Money Order, Cash (in person), Paypal
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
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