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Sep 28, 2022 - 3:57:58 PM
1328 posts since 11/9/2012

Hopkins Louzee Black Jack Banjo

Google helps, but it's never the same as asking. Sometimes I just have to ask around about current banjo listings, as all I really know about right now is Gibson & Recording King banjos. This listing above is an example of my ignorance, as it is one of the more expensive banjos that I have never heard of before. Like I say, I'm ignorant to a lot of banjo brands. I'm just posting this out of a lot of curiosity. Thanks. 

I did find this site.

Edited by - Toothless in Kentucky on 09/28/2022 16:16:39

Sep 28, 2022 - 9:11:53 PM
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67 posts since 7/15/2013

Ceres Banjo Works should be able to chime in with relevant information since he just had one.

I think they look steller but haven't had my mitts on one yet. I wonder if the scale is similar in feel to the USA recording king models.

Sep 28, 2022 - 9:19:31 PM
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5499 posts since 8/31/2006

Man oh man top notch In every way one I wish I never let mine go 

Great banjo

Edited by - the-fish on 09/28/2022 21:20:05

Sep 29, 2022 - 6:32:31 AM
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620 posts since 3/25/2009

I've heard and played one and was very impressed, both with the tone and workmanship. Also, the price for a gold banjo of this quality seems very reasonable.

Sep 29, 2022 - 3:01:39 PM

1328 posts since 11/9/2012

Thanks 4 the replies folks. It appears that these banjos have a great reputation. 

Sep 30, 2022 - 12:34:43 PM
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4412 posts since 6/15/2005

They are terrific banjos, made by Paul and David Hopkins in Shelbyville, TN. I have the second one made. I bought it from Paul and David at IBMA in 2003, a month after it was made. It's pictured in my avatar. The first one made is Paul's personal banjo.

Mine is gold-plated mahogany with a birch Tony Pass rim. It has a 27" scale. It's an exceptionally responsive banjo with a warm, crisp tone, lots of power, great up-the-neck clarity and a strong fourth string. If you look at the Ceres Banjo thread on the LouZee Blackjack he has for sale, you'll see my explanation of the elaborate and unique inlay pattern.

I see that a previous owner of the banjo linked to in your post either replaced the original inlay block at the 22nd fret for one personalized with his name or custom ordered his banjo with a personalized block. In keeping with the intentions of the late Mike Longworth, who designed the LouZee line of banjos, the LouZee's standard original block says "SUPERFLUOUS."

Edited by - arnie fleischer on 09/30/2022 12:46:34

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