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Oct 26, 2021 - 9:58:15 AM

psikes

USA

446 posts since 2/3/2010

It is with a heavy heart that I am placing this collectible banjo up for sale. Due to continuing spine and neck problems I am no longer able to play the banjo and have decided to place my Deering John Hartford serial number 110286 on the market. This was the second banjo with the grenadillo tone ring that was sent to John from Deering and I have a photo of John holding this banjo in a promo shot. This banjo has never had the sliding capo installed unlike serial number 1. This is one of the sweetest banjos I have ever played and in my opinion plays much nicer than the newer models. I particularly like the neck profile on this banjo better. It is pretty much all original except for the head which had to be replaced due to a tear along the edge, the bridge was replaced with one of Tom Nechville’s and of course the strings. I have the original head that has the string gauges written on it by John. The sale will also include a hard case, John's video lessons 1 and 2 and the Dogwood Designs strap I had made that has Johns signature embossed on it. I do have written provenance from Janet Deering as well as a letter of valuation and authenticity from George Gruhn.

This sale pains me more than I can say but it also pains me to no longer be able to play my favorite banjo. Serious inquiries will be responded to in the order they are received. This is not an auction, just testing the waters to see if there is any interest. Lots of pictures available.

Thanks, Phil

Oct 27, 2021 - 7:06:55 PM

1 posts since 10/10/2014

Hi Phil,
I live in Freeland.
What are you asking for your John Hartford banjo and do you have pictures?
Thanks,
Mark

Oct 27, 2021 - 9:56:22 PM

psikes

USA

446 posts since 2/3/2010

Pictures tomorrow. I am trying to come up with an equitable price as I am typing.

Phil

Oct 28, 2021 - 10:25:03 AM
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psikes

USA

446 posts since 2/3/2010

Some photos I took this morning. Sorry, that last photo was an older one!

Phil






Edited by - psikes on 10/28/2021 10:25:42

Oct 28, 2021 - 3:50:10 PM

2603 posts since 10/17/2013

Phil,

Might I suggest that instead of selling the banjo, that you could put it in a display case, and if you have any banjo friends over, they could have a unique experience, on the condition that they don’t treat the banjo like any old run-of-the-mill instrument, and that they ask permission prior to playing it.

I would probably never forgive myself if I sold a really nice banjo.

 I still give myself a working over now and then, when I remember how I had to sell an Epiphone EB-88 about three years ago. 

 For every 2,000 other banjos, there might be ONE EB-88.

There’ll never be another John Hartford #2 like yours.

 Keep it in the family if at all possible.

Oct 28, 2021 - 5:06:01 PM

psikes

USA

446 posts since 2/3/2010

A nice thought Luke but I do not want my kids to sell it off for 1.98 in a yard sale after I’m gone. I would a whole lot rather that someone have and enjoy this banjo like I have.

I’m originally from Shawnee, OK but been gone a lot longer that I ever lived there.

Phil

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