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SOLD For Sale: SOLD: No-Name (Buckbee?) Spunover Banjo $275 OBO SOLD

Posted By: Noah Cline (+30) | Rate Member
 Member 8+ Years  Verified Seller

$275 USD

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I’ve decided to sell my old no-name (possibly Buckbee) banjo. I’ve loved it the whole time I’ve had it (which has been about four or five years), but I just don’t hardly play it anymore.

Scale length measures 24 5/8”. The pot measures 11” dia., 1 7/8” deep, and 3/8” thick. The spunover is still in good shape with a bit of “thigh wear”. The fingerboard is a bit thicker (though still fairly thin) than what I’ve seen on most, and to me looks like rosewood, which has no divots, but just some discoloration and minor wear from playing it. It had lifted a bit at the heel end, but I’ve glued it back in place. All the hooks, nuts, and shoes are original as far as I know, with the exception of one nut being a replacement, otherwise they all match. This banjo has an original round dowel, which isn’t seen often except on earlier banjos from the 1870s and up, so I guess this one might have been from the early 1880s. I’ve only ever seen one other banjo that looked similar to this one that was marked Tremont, (a Buckbee dealer), however this banjo has no markings.

The action is typical of most banjos from the late-nineteenth century, with the neck having a good amount of bow in it (and most likely had steel strings on it at some time, though the frets don’t have much wear), though it plays ok. This banjo wasn’t restored by me, but by the previous owner. He refinished the neck, addressed a blown-out fifth string shoulder and replaced it with a fairly close matching piece of oak along with a railroad spike for the fifth string pip (I think the neck is either mahogany or oak, it’s hard to tell because of the newer stain/finish on the neck) and added a new nut and 5/8” bridge (of poplar). It could handle a 1/2” bridge on it, but I’ll leave that up to the new owner. It has a newer calfskin head and set of Nylguts on it. It also has a fairly new set of Grover Champion pegs on it. The boat tail heel appears to have had an older repair at one time as well. Basically everything is original except for the head, tuning pegs, No-Knot tailpiece, and nut.

I will list a link to one of the last videos I recorded of it for a sound sample.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email. Reasonable offers welcomed. I might be willing to trade for a Lyon and Healy Mystic, similar to the one in the last pic. Doesn’t matter if it needs to be restored or it’s ready to go.

Thanks for looking!


United States, Burlington, WV, 26710


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