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Aug 22, 2019 - 7:02:20 PM
150 posts since 11/21/2015

Ok group... I have the chance to buy a 1984 gold star in excellent condition. Fellow states it is the American made and not china, do not know how to tell. It has the 40 hole archtop I believe. What does the original case look like?
Pls like ebony finger board and kind of blonde resonator. Also installed Stubbs capo. And included is a set of Schaller tuners

Can you please give me a price range? I hate to buy this without trying but price is too good...

Thanks,
Gary

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:37:21 PM

roydsjr

USA

604 posts since 5/17/2007

The ones made in the late 70's to the 80's were made in Japan, not USA. It should have the serial # on the Rim Sticker. These were more favorable than the later models. The price varies according to the condition of the banjo. $1000 and up to $1500 would be a ball park figure.

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:03:29 PM

150 posts since 11/21/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Gary r voigt

Ok group... I have the chance to buy a 1982 gold star  model g12w in excellent condition. Fellow states it is the American made and not china, do not know how to tell. It has the 40 hole archtop I believe. What does the original case look like?
Pls like ebony finger board and kind of blonde resonator. Also installed Stubbs capo. And included is a set of Schaller tuners

Can you please give me a price range? I hate to buy this without trying but price is too good...

Thanks,
Gary


Aug 22, 2019 - 8:38:35 PM
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12274 posts since 10/30/2008

Because arch tops aren't as popular as flat heads, these fine banjos don't fetch the same prices the G-100s do.

I don't think these arch tops fetch much more than $1000 in excellent shape.

Be SURE you want an archtop, and if you can get well under $1000, you won't get hurt. It had better be in fine condition though. These are not very rare.

Don't think you're gonna get rich flipping it.

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:58:10 AM

1924 posts since 12/31/2005

For reference there is a GoldStar archtop of that era in the classifieds right now (no connection).  It is at 1250.   https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/76930  That does seem just a bit high, but I hope the seller gets it.  Plus, I don't see the point of trying to squeeze that last $100-200 if it's something you really want.  If you know you want the banjo and the deal is in the fair range, don't worry about re-sale.  These aren't stocks or bonds.   Truth is you're unlikely to ever make money flipping banjos unless you really know what you're doing, you put a lot of time in it, and you have a great source of people willing to sell at wholesale levels.   Find what you like and play the damn thing.

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:39:41 AM

14832 posts since 2/7/2003

Goldstar banjo are a brand owned by Saga Music, they were made in JAPAN during the time you mention, NEVER USA

Scott

Sep 27, 2019 - 7:45:28 AM

18 posts since 2/15/2007

Take a look at the Hawthorne-Fastie site: hawthorne.fastie.com/asianbanjos/ Great information there from which I learned a lot when I came across a 1979 G12 W for a very low price. Despite sitting in a dusty antique shop without a case, it was in remarkably good condition and with a thorough clean-up, it came out in "very good" condition and sold on the Hangout quickly. There were no delaminations of the rim and it sounded very good - very much like a flat head with the set-up I used.

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:20:16 AM

18 posts since 2/15/2007

Sorry, I did not mention in the earlier post this information about cases. Early Gold Star cases had a blue interior." May have been the SAGA case CP1530? Will Fastsie's site: fastie.com/banjo/ebay/goldstar.php lists "blue cases" which Fastie says are model 2903. The ones I have seen (which are from 1979 - 81) have a nicely shaped area to cradle the neck. The Hawthorne Fastie site provides a list of SAGA banjo prices including accessories believed to be from 1979. The arched top and flathead banjos listed a case called "Superior" case #2903, pictured here: hawthorne.fastie.com/asianbanj...atheads-6 I encourage you to check out the web sites including research by Hawthorne and Fastie both now maintained by Will Fastie subsequent to Paul Hawthorne's passing.

Sep 30, 2019 - 9:31:20 PM

10440 posts since 10/27/2006

The Superior 2903 was made by TKL, usually in Canada. It's the same case that Elderly was selling as the Canadian case and there were many other names you could get it under.

TKL bought most of the US and Canadian case companies in the '70s and '80s and were consolidating lines.

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