I have for sale a like-brand-new 2014 Chuck Lee Custom 12" with Dobson ring banjo of which I am the original owner.
I believe that this is a video of my actual banjo youtube.com/watch?v=2M2HV0b5cFs (though I can't know that with absolute certainty, but that is the dealer I got it from, mine looks exactly like that one, and the year of the video, 2014, would be correct).
I searched high and low for this banjo and struck gold when I found it. I love it. So why am I selling it? I recently acquired an original 1904 Fairbanks Whyte Laydie #7, you know how expensive they can be, and well, I'm primarily a guitar player and can't rationalize keeping two excellent banjos, as different as they are. Something has to give.
Being mainly a guitar player, this banjo has gotten very little play time and has never left my home. It is in as new condition as when I bought it.
The case is in excellent condition as well and of course the banjo comes with the case, a high quality Superior hard shell bump base.
If you like the Dobson sound, you cannot find a better banjo than this.
I can be negotiable on the price within reason. Get in touch. There's no harm in inquiring. Direct pickup is possible and I will give you the part of the shipping that you'll save me as a discount.
I have more photos. If you'd like to see them, email or message me with your email address and I'll send them along.
After receiving various inquiries and feedback, I thought I should explain this banjo more thoroughly. So please read on...
Mine is called a "Custom" for a reason. On the surface, the closest model banjo that Chuck offers on his website to this one is the Cottonwood, which is listed as $2600 new. And that may make my Asking price seem high.
However, astute buyers will notice a few significant (and costly) differences. First, please notice that Chuck's prices do not include shipping which mine does. Nor do his include a case. Mine does.
In addition, please notice that the standard Cottonwood comes with friction peg tuners while mine has geared tuners. This banjo has a seagull frailing scoop while the Cottonwood comes with a straight scoop. And last (but never least), a standard Cottonwood does not come with a Man in the Moon overlay on the headstock. This one does.
I believe that a banjo purchased new from Chuck with these same features would cost over $3000. That difference should make my Asking price look more appealing (I hope!). And don't forget, that's an "Ask" price. I am negotiable.
Thanks for looking. Contact me with any questions.
United States, Bellmore, NY, 11710
UPS Ground to CONUS and Paypal fee Included
Escrow.com (Buyer Pays Fees), Paypal
Payment Option Notes:
I'm picking up Shipping and the Paypal fees. If the Buyer picks it up directly (ie. no shipping), you can have the value of the shipping as a discount, but I'll expect payment at the time of pickup.
Returns not accepted.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Mint Condition
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