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For Sale: Signed Original John Hartford banjo (first four, Hartford headstock)

Posted By: Gratefuliving | Rate Member
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$7,200 USD

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If you're looking at this you likely know what it is.

This is one of the first Deering John Hartford banjos given to John Hartford before the models' introduction.

These banjos have a honey finish vs. the production dark finish, a slightly thinner neck than the current production models, and, the headstock inlay says 'John Hartford' and the fretboard inlay says Deering, vs. the other way around on production models. Four of these banjos were produced, the whereabouts of two of the others are known (by me) one of which is owned by Bela Fleck.

This banjo is also signed by John in his distinctive penmanship on the bass side of the head.

It sounds fantastic, low tuned can do that JH signature accompaniment sound really well, or in traditional G tuning the aged wood in the ring cracks in a bluegrass context and stands up well to my Huber and Mastertones I have played with in that environment. I also frail / play clawhammer on it and it can bring out a great mountain modal sound in double C or sawmill, I really enjoy that. It's a very versatile instrument and a chance to own a piece of history.

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United States, San Francisco, CA, 94109


Included continental US , no international.

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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.

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Used - Excellent Condition




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