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For Sale: Bill Van Horn Black Fork 12 inch short scale PRICE REDUCTION!

Posted By: Banjolution (+10) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$1,350 USD

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This is to my ear the sweetest sounding banjo of the many I have had! Only selling because I have went to exclusively 11 inch rim banjos...

Beautiful handcrafted Black Fork short scale banjo by Bill a Van Horn. Super comfortable to play! He stopped making banjos and they rarely come up for sale.

12 inch thin rim with Sagmoen Dobson tone ring. Walnut short scale neck with boat heel, and a Indian head penny peghead inlay. Upgraded with a zero nut(work done in Gold Tone shop), Hawk Tailpiece, Buckeye Banjos Bridge,and JD Balch Special select hide head.

I was carrying this guy around in the humid summer and the head did not need tightening at all. Super stable! However John treats and stabilizes these’s working.

Here is a blurb from a past BHO ad from the guy who originally bought this Banjo from Bill...

After reading a lot about Bill Van Horn and his Roundpeak Black Fork banjos, patterned (in part) after the Kyle Creed banjos. I tracked him down at his home to see if he’d build me a 12” version of his banjos. He spent a good deal of time with me and explained he had to give up both playing and building due to his health. However, he also told me he still had the best banjo he ever built, and it was also the best sounding banjo he ever built and it was in fact a 12” model with a Wayne Sagmoen 12" Dobson Repro Tonering. “Scale length: 24 1/16, I usually adjusted to 24 3/16 Width at nut: 1 3/8. If you'll notice, I made the necks, so the bridge would be very close, to the middle of the head.” He explained he had kept it all these years because it was the one that started it all for him at Clifftop in 2005, and he’d kept it for his children after he's gone. If I was interested in it, he'd talk to his kids (now grown) and see if they wanted it. Otherwise he'd sell it to me. He got back in touch with me and I ended up buying it.

Banjo comes with custom short scale 12 inch pot TKL hard shell case from Smakula.

This is a killer claw hammer banjo. You will not be disappointed!

More photos on request.


United States, Buffalo, NY, 14206


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Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

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Used - Excellent Condition

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