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For Sale: Fairbanks 1913 Tubaphone w/ Wyatt Fawley repro WL#2 neck

new info 8/6/18

Posted By: BanjarTater (+11) | Rate Member
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$2,500 USD

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1913 Fairbanks tubaphone pot/Fawley conversion neck.

Offering this 1913 Fairbanks tubaphone converted to 5 string. Pot is from a 4 string banjo. Craig (Frailin') Evans commissioned Wyatt Fawley to make a 5 string neck to match the color which turned out dang near perfect. The inlays are based on Whyte Laydie No. 2 and gorgeous to behold. The banjo plays well, the intonation proper, fret wear minimal, and the tone is what you want from a 10 3/4" to10 7/8" (ish) tubaphone. I have been caretaker of this banjo since November 2015 when Craig chose to 'let it circulate'. He and I refer to this banjo as "Griff" for obvious reasons!

**Craig has kindly offered to be reference for the banjo. He mentioned that the neck is what W. Fawley calls "artist grade." I can point serious inquiries to a video link. Please reach out to me for that information. I believe you can reach out to Craig here through the Hangout.

The neck is near mint, the pot in very good condition. Original FB serial number 30***

So... what's my problem?
1. This configuration is just not 'my voice' - I can't explain it any other way.
2. I have more banjos than one soul can honestly play often enough to justify - (please don't ask the actual # ;P).

I hope to post "official measurements" soon. An Access One gig bag is how the banjo came to me and will be included of course. I recently placed a set of medium gauge strings but will include a set of lights with the sale. I will also include the original neck. Pictured strap NOT included.

Griff deserves an owner who will play it and not merely gawk at the inlay (although that is certainly pleasurable!). I don't 'need' to sell this and the asking price is what I paid and what Craig still regards as the value of the instrument.

I will be away from home Aug 19-26. I am at ABC September 6-9 and could deliver there (I'm driving).


United States, ID


$75 Continental US only

Payment Methods:

Check/Money Order, Paypal

Payment Option Notes:

The shipping price is what PayPal will charge me on the sale. So think of it as free shipping or free PayPal. If check or MO, then I will ship for actual cost. Will ship once payment clears. I have shipped several banjos with no problem and have a box with packing material in great shape ready to go.

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.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition




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Please contact me through the Hangout! I can send additional photos to serious inquirers.

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