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SOLD For Sale: SOLD: No-name Banjo, Buckbee-esque — SOLD pending funds

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

$350 USD

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For sale is a banjo I cobbled together. Would make a nice one for campfires, travel, etc. A good candidate for a knock-around (but not too hard) banjo, and is a pretty light one at that.

The neck was given to me in trade, and bears some resemblance to a Buckbee but is most likely later. It’s very light (poplar or a light piece of maple?), stained with a red stain (original). It’s straight with no twists or extreme upbow. I sanded the black paint off the face of the peghead, and restained it with a walnut stain. I had cut the dowel too short as I was going to put this on another rim that didn’t work due to the scale length, so I made and attached a new cherry dowel also stained with walnut stain. I drilled the position dots to work them down a little bit as they were proud of the fretboard. The tip broke through on one, so I colored in the others. Lightly buffed the fingerboard and neck with steel wool and worked in some mineral oil. Lightly went over the frets to make sure they were level. I reworked the heel as I was going to put this on another rim, but the sale length wasn’t working out so I decided to go back to this one. Cutting it added some down angle, maybe a degree or two. The tuning pegs are a set of older ‘20s/‘30s Grover Champions with new washers along with a new fifth peg. I plugged the original hole and re-drilled one below it as it was way too close to the fretboard for comfort. The nut is original, though flipped upside down as the first string slot was chipped out. 1 1/4” nut width and 3/4” thick. Very comfortable neck on this one. Scale length is 25 3/4”.

The rim was one I bought separately, adding 20 new hooks, nuts, shoes and other hardware, along with a new brass tension hoop made by Zach Hoyt and neck/dowel brace from Balsam. New Golden Gate No-Knot tailpiece. New Renaissance head. Rim is a hair over 10 3/4”, being a bit out of round and warped slightly, so I went with a 10 13/16” medium-crown head (as the 10 3/4” wouldn’t slip on) so it almost worked out like a full crown. I had a Don New Big Foot 5/8” bridge in my parts that I picked out for it. Action is currently ~5/32”, maybe a bit low for nylon for some, so maybe a 3/4” bridge would be better — I’ll let the buyer decide.

Thanks for looking!


United States, Burlington, WV, 26710


35 to lower 48

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Used - Very Good Condition

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