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Apr 16, 2021 - 10:45:18 AM
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5962 posts since 3/11/2006

This more properly belongs on the Swap Shop forum, but being as how the major interest would probably be among clawhammeristas I am taking the liberty of posting here.

This is a rare opportunity as only a limited number of these banjos were produced, and they are seldom seen on the market.
I have absolutely no interest in the sale of this banjo rather than to see it go to a good home, and to give the many folks who
have wanted one but were unable to get one the opportunity.

John Bowlin 1865 for sale - Banjo Hangout

Apr 16, 2021 - 12:14:50 PM

3868 posts since 4/7/2009

Wow. Wish I was in the market.

Someone is gonna get lucky.

Apr 16, 2021 - 12:16:17 PM

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I've seen a lot of banjos listed recently without basic information.

It might help if info like intended scale, neck length, rim size/depth, etc. were included. Perhaps year made if the seller knows.

Apr 16, 2021 - 5:53:51 PM
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Based on the dimensions of my own 1865:

Intended Scale: 24"
Fingerboard from inside of nut to Pot: 17-1/2"
Fingerboard width at nut: 1-1/2"
Fingerboard width ar rim: 2-1/2"
Rim: 12" dia. x 3" deep
Overall length 35"

1865's left John's shop strung with NylGut;
Guitar 5th (A) Silk & Steel


Tuned down to dADF#A


From Craig Evans' North American Banjo Builders series:
John Bowlin - Bing video     (Strung with gut)

Adam Hurt (sounds like NylGut):  Ducks on the Millpond - Bing video

Again, I have no interest in the sale of this banjo.

Apr 16, 2021 - 6:14:51 PM

5962 posts since 3/11/2006

The January 2007 Banjo Newsletter featured an interview with John Bowlin, and Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World  by Richard Jones-Bamman included several pages on John and his 1865 Fretless.

Apr 16, 2021 - 6:45:16 PM

3 posts since 3/29/2021

I really wanted it, as I love the instruments of modern builders paying homage to the vintage works that inspired them, but I felt a little reluctant about the cost and uncertainty of importing it from Wales without the possibility of a return. I hope it has found a good home.

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