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For Sale: Alvarez 4310 Archtop banjo, Japan Built! (Powerhouse!!)

Posted By: banjo.A (+24) | Rate Member
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$795 USD

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Beautiful 1981 Japanese Built Alvarez 4310 Arch-top 5 string banjo w/case for sale or trade. This is a Whyte Eagle and it was the best and highest priced banjo Alvarez made and they are the mac-daddy of arch top sound!

These rare high end Alvarez banjos where hand-made one at a time by the best of the best luthiers and they are incredible banjos!

Folks if your looking for the "Holy Grail" of arch top tone than you may want to add this one to your Herd or Stable. This thing puts out some of the most amazing archtop tone I have ever heard in my 44+ years of playing banjos!

If you want that Ralph Stanley, Doug Dillard or Alan Shelton sound than you need this banjo in your collection. And not only does it sound amazing but it looks amazing as-well with a nice carved heel, beautiful maple wood, 3 piece neck and Rosewood fingerboard with lots of fancy inlays.

This is a heavy and well made banjo and absolutely rings like a bell and volume-wise shes a "cannon".
You would have to spend at least 3 or 4 thousand dollars to get an arch top banjo that sounds this nice, and good arch top banjos are very scarce and hard to come find!

Shes got that rare,highly sought after tone that you Japanese banjo hunters are looking for, that rare tone that you keep searching for and can take many years to find, if ever! The age, quality and condition of this banjo make it hard to beat tone-wise.
The tail piece is not original but very high quality and is adjustable up and down or side to side, it also has a nice convenient sliding 5th string capo so you don't have to fool with those little railroad spikes.

This banjo is all nicely setup so you can start playing and enjoying this banjo the second you get it! Theirs a thin shim in where the neck meets the pot so the action is low but if you like a higher action you could remove the shim. The case is just an average Japanese hard-shell in fair condition.

Absolutely wonderful sounding banjo that I would like to see go to a good home or collector who will respect and appreciate her.

I'm willing to sacrifice this wonderful instrument for $795.00 as I am thinning the proverbial "herd". I am also willing to drive and meet half way up to 200+ miles (so if you were 200 miles away we would each drive 100 miles and meet about half way). Or I would be willing to ship in a very well packed, foam filled safe as you can get box with Insurance and tracking for the actual shipping cost. Thanks for looking.


United States, Concord, NH, 03301


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Used - Very Good Condition




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