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Jun 26, 2020 - 4:27:37 AM
5117 posts since 9/5/2006

considering a trade for JB-300 johnson banjo
just wondering what these banjos bring in todays market

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:49:40 AM



2731 posts since 11/29/2007

Going to need to know if it's new or used. The Johnson's that I am familiar with are pretty much beginner type instruments but this one looks like they might be getting into the more intermediate level. The real determiner is the rim and tone ring construction in this banjo, not necessarily the bling on the neck and armrest. Many imports do have issues with quality control aspect of banjo construction so a hands on look by someone with experience in that area would be recommended.


Jun 26, 2020 - 6:09:47 AM
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5117 posts since 9/5/2006

thick rim ,,,, bronze tone ring,,,kinda heavy,, don't sound too bad either
its used ,,, recording king i heard bought the name

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:24:47 AM
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2188 posts since 5/2/2012

A quick search on the 'net (Banjobuyer, Reverb, etc.) shows prices ranging from $300 - 500, with more at the top of that range. According to a review here on the HO, a MIK banjo.  Can you tell if it has the more desirable 3 ply rim or is it multi-ply?  Yours looks like it is in great condition, so if it has no issues, maybe $500 or so, especially if it comes with a case.  Personally, I wouldn't blink if the asking price more than that, but then I'd have to ask myself if I could get a newer used banjo at that price point.   There is also the  the issue of what it might be worth and what people might pay for it.  When I think of Johnson I think of the modern inexpensive banjos, not a vintage high quality intermediate banjo.  

Edited by - thisoldman on 06/26/2020 07:37:39

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:43:19 AM
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5117 posts since 9/5/2006

i would classify this as a good intermediate banjo,,,, the sound is impressive for what it is..... i am going to tweak it a bit and get all out of it,,, thinking of asking 500 with hardshell case

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:54:46 AM

13121 posts since 10/30/2008

A nice Masterclone. Probably would compete with the better used Masterclones in the $750 or under category. Won't get the respect or price that a good Recording King would get, but probably a good intermediate banjo.

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:39:16 AM

3856 posts since 5/1/2003

I parted one out a few years ago. Bought it used for $300. It was a good enough for a starter banjo,I still have the chrome hardware on a parts banjo. Banjo newsletter had an article about replacing the multiply rim with a Tony Pass rim and they really bragged it up.

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:51:32 AM

5117 posts since 9/5/2006

yeah ,, i got a few bridges and strings and adjustments that i am gong to try on it and get her humming good and ,, when i am sure that is all she has i will put her up for sale with perhaps a video to show what she can do...... can't hurt none

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