* Just dropped price to $2850 from $3150*. I am selling this banjo on behalf of a buddy of mine who is the head luthier/owner of Woodsong's Lutherie in Boulder, CO. He is helping the owner of this banjo find a home for it. I will be handling all the negotiations and payment. Woodsongs will be packing and shipping the banjo and will oversee any details involved from there. Now that we have that out of the way let's get to the fun part.
This is an incredible sounding and playing archtop banjo. It's probably the most flathead like sounding archtop I've ever heard. Very round and warm sounding. The action, setup and overall playability is phenomenal and on par with what a prewar conversion banjo should sound and play like. It is a truly professional grade banjo and 100% stage ready. There really isn't anything about it that would need to be addressed other than tweaking the set up to your preferences.
The 5-string neck is very comfortable and built by somebody who knew what they were doing. It is unclear who built the neck but I would say it's on par with the best neck builders out there and I've owned banjos with necks built by Frank Neat, Robin Smith and Don Bryant. Nice slim profile, great quality finish and totally dialed in. I tweaked the set up once I brought the banjo home from Woodsongs.
The resonator finish is checked but totally intact and seems like it's not going to chip or be problematic. The hardware all has a consistent and similar patina to it. It's an interesting looking patina and hard to describe. The photos accurately portray this. It's a good looking banjo that hasn't been abused in any way but certainly not in pristine cosmetic condition.
I tried a few different bridges and the 11/16" Crowe spaced Sullivan roasted bridge really won out over the others. It has 2 keith pegs that work well along with the other 3 tuners.
There's a photo of an email Greg Earnest sent to the owner detailing the origins of this banjo. That should speak for itself and I don't really have any other info but will happily try to get questions answered from the owner. I'm doubtful he is going to know anything else that Greg hasn't included in his description. I do believe the tailpiece to be a genuine Granada tailpiece but I can't 100% verify and don't claim to be an expert other than I've seen plenty from different eras.
The case is pretty beat up but still fully functional.
United States, Longmont, CO
Shipping included to lower 48
Check/Money Order, Cash (in person), Paypal
Payment Option Notes:
Paypal friends and family preferred. If you want to use standard paypal (which adds a fee and protection) then I ask you add fee to total. Personal checks are OK as long as you are willing to let check clear.
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back.
Buyer pays return shipping.
Additional return policy details: Buyer will refund all shipping costs to seller incurred in shipping the banjo to buyer.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Very Good Condition
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