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Aug 1, 2021 - 12:06:45 PM
2427 posts since 12/18/2004

I am a banjo luthier but work on mostly prewar and postwar Gibsons.
Have a friend wanting to sell a very nice condition 1978 Stelling Golden Cross with no issues.

What would you Stelling guys think he could ask for this banjo in today's market and what would be a fair asking price?
Thanks in advance for any help!
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier

I have 7 pics of this banjo if anyone is interested in seeing the banjo........

Aug 1, 2021 - 1:47:41 PM

1525 posts since 1/28/2013

$3000 tops.

Aug 1, 2021 - 2:07:54 PM

2427 posts since 12/18/2004

Thanks

Aug 1, 2021 - 3:04:35 PM
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Bikerider

Canada

6 posts since 12/7/2012

The Twelfth Fret in Toronto has one on consignment. It’s listed for $4,000 CAD which is about $3,200 USD.

12fret.com/instruments/stellin...njo-1978/

Aug 1, 2021 - 4:22:08 PM

2427 posts since 12/18/2004

I understand that the ebonol fingerboards are not as desirable as the true ebony boards.
Does anyone know if this 1978 Stelling Golden Cross would have been ebonol material for the fingerboard?
Thanks in advance
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier

Aug 1, 2021 - 4:41:35 PM

mirwin

USA

222 posts since 2/4/2011

Stelling's website says that ebonol fingerboards were used from s/n 558 (late 1977) until August 1980. Ebony boards began again with s/n 1619. Looks like anything in 1978 would have been ebonol. (stellingbanjo.com/blog/a-stell...ronology/).

Aug 1, 2021 - 4:50:42 PM

2427 posts since 12/18/2004

Thanks for this info sir!
Much appreciated.
Don Bryant

Aug 2, 2021 - 12:16:53 PM

3486 posts since 4/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by bryantde

I understand that the ebonol fingerboards are not as desirable as the true ebony boards.
Does anyone know if this 1978 Stelling Golden Cross would have been ebonol material for the fingerboard?
Thanks in advance
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier


I had a 1980 Golden Cross (check out the Youtube video of Theme Time with me and Jimmy Martin!) and it had the ebanol fingerboard. The biggest problem Stelling had with them was shrinking. Personally, I thought they gave the instrument a very loud, harsh sound. The neck and fingerboard contribute a great deal to the instruments tone and I believe the ebanol boards just helped produce too harsh a sound. Btw, Stelling really liked the way the inlays stood out on the ebanol boards. That's why Stelling started using them. Plus, they were supposed to last virtually forever. 

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