We know a ton of banjo jokes, but when it all comes down to it, their distinctive sound can be found in almost all genres of music these days. We carry Deering, Ome, Bart Reiter, and Vega instruments, and we've been known to have some classic used models, as well.
This vintage 1920 Orpheum No.1 Tenor Banjo is small but mighty. Though it is nearing its hundredth birthday, it is in Excellent condition and plays very well. It has a woody, rich tone, with just the right amount of plunk and twang, and a cool, almost resonator-esque sound especially as you move up the neck on the higher strings. Here with fantastic vintage inlay work on the fretboard and headstock, it looks great too. This 1920 Orpheum No.1 Tenor Banjo is a good value. Case not included. USED
This vintage 1919 Orpheum No.1 Tenor Banjo is in Excellent condition, especially considering its age. All original here except for a recent refret (which makes it a great player) and a new but retro-looking head. It's strung with celtic tenor strings, and tuned like an octave mandolin. Not only does this tenor sound great, but it looks fantastic - cool vintage headstock and fretboard inlay, and a thin metal armrest. This 1919 Orpheum No.1 Tenor Banjo comes with its worn but functional original case. $700. Consignment item. Sorry, shipping not included. USED
Beautifully built in Boulder, Colorado, this Ome Juniper 12" Open Back Banjo is a great player with a unique look. Here with a gorgeous Cambodian Beng fingerboard (see photos), and a Honduran Mahogany neck and pot, this banjo's lighter aesthetic is very cool. Made with a rolled brass tone ring, nickel Ome hardware, and a no-knot tailpiece, the craftsmanship here is impeccable. A 12" head and open back produce a richly resonant, warm tone, and it is surprisingly loud. Its Honduran Mahogany neck is extremely comfortable and playable - once you start playing this banjo you won't want to put it down. Spikes at 7 and 9, fantastic inlay work, and a scoop in the fretboard. This Ome Juniper 12" Open Back Banjo comes with a hardshell case.
This Eastman EBJ-WL1 Banjo is a great value. A faithful recreation of a 1903 Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No. 2, it mimics the iconic open back in every way with the exception of its modern geared tuners. Period correct materials include a Maple neck and rim, Ebony fingerboard, and a bone nut. It has a very light 3/8" thick rim, a varnish finish, and a custom pearl inlay. This Eastman EBJ-WL1 Banjo comes with a hardshell case.
This used Bishline Midnight Moon Custom Banjo is stunning. Taking 'Midnight' to heart, black metallic hardware with a touch of sparkle is matched with its black-stained Maple for a truly dark yet striking look. But its sound is even better than its aesthetic. Powerful volume, great clarity, and a full, rich tone. It has a three-ply Maple rim, two-way truss rods, and a Bishline tone ring. Details include a Marquetry headstock, Koa binding, and 'Constellation' inlays on its Ebony fretboard and resonator. Here in Excellent condition, this Bishline Midnight Moon Custom Banjo comes with its original hardshell case.
This Bart Reiter Standard Fretless Banjo is super cool. Here with the incredible build quality and no frills aesthetic that we like so much from Bart, this five-string has a smooth, scooped, fretless Ebony fingerboard. The result is a tonally unique banjo that is great to play.
Loaded with a wonderful, warm tone, it has a rolled brass tone ring for a little extra volume and punch. It has an 11" diameter rim, Mahogany neck, and a satin lacquer finish. Made in Michigan, this Bart Reiter Standard Fretless Banjo will not disappoint. Case not included, but throw in a Banjo hard case for just a bit more.
This Ome Flora Open Back Banjo is spectacular. Handmade in Boulder, CO, its quality craftsmanship and simple yet elegant design make this instrument great to the eyes and the ears. It has a 11" rim with a rolled brass tone ring, and Ome's new Sweetone tailpiece which improves clarity and intonation. With a 1.34" nut width and 25.5" scale, its wider-than-normal fingerboard and shorter length make for great playability, and give your fingers more room to move. An S-scooped Ebony fretboard with a floral inlay, along with its aged brass hardware, oil varnish finish, and beautiful inlay on the headstock make this a stunning instrument. A great banjo all around, this Ome Flora Open Back Banjo comes with a hard case.
This Ome North Star 12" Open Back Banjo is a beauty. Here with a Cherry rim and neck, it has a bit wider nut and slightly shorter scale, making for smooth and easy playability. A rolled brass tone ring adds to its deep and woody tone, and its body is very resonant. Aged brass hardware, stunning inlays on the headstock, fretboard, and heelcap, and a nice light stain give this instrument a cool vintage aesthetic. It also has a Ome Sweetone tailpiece, and comes with a hard case. Made in Boulder, CO, this Ome North Star 12" Open Back Banjo is a fine example of Ome's master craftsmanship.
This beautiful Ome Southern Cross Banjo was crafted with pre-war bluegrass banjos in mind. This has a premium HG50 tone ring by Chuck Ogsbury (sand-cast bell-bronze crafted from a new alloy mix that weighs in about 4 ounces heavier than other tone rings). The resonator is gorgeous Walnut, as is the neck. The Rosewood fretboard is radiused and this has a 1.28" nutwidth - and spikes at the 7th and 9th frets for more versatility. A Sosebee bridge and Presto tailpiece round this beauty out. Stunning, true vintage tone, and easy on the eyes too. This Ome Southern Cross Banjo comes with a hard case and set up from one of our luthiers too.
This beautiful Bart Reiter Regent Banjo is a wonderful open-back, with some nice detailing including a new tortoise style binding on the inner rim edge which really compliments the Rosewood trim on the outer rim. This Whyte Laydie tone ring, a frosted 11" head, and Maple neck with an Ebony fretboard. They've added a star on the fingerboard at the 5th tuner as well. Great sound, plus this Bart Reiter Regent Banjo has a really nice elegance to it without going overboard.
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|2.||Germino Lead 55LV Head w/ 212 Cab|
|3.||Grosh Sunset '79|
|4.||Analog Outfitters Super Sarge Amp|
|5.||Eastman E10PM Mahogany|
|6.||Gretsch G9210 Boxcar Square Neck|
|7.||Seuf OH-16 Bass|
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