Tenor Banjos Standard Scale

Bacon & Day Custom
An upgraded No2 Special. 23" scale, Silver Bell No1 extended fingerboard neck, f-hole flange, Oettinger tailpiece, Whyte Laydie tone ring, some non-original resonator screws, low action, great frets, stunning tone. HSC. £1600  Photos
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Bacon & Day Gordon
This instrument is in Germany. Please contact the owner "Gregor" direct with any questions or queries.
1930. Identical to a B&D Senorita, but predating that model by two years. On the worlds leading Bacon & Day database, there are only 24 Gordons recorded, 23 of them are tenors and with a total of only 250-300 being made between 1928-1934, this banjo is very rare. Stunning overall condition and a great sound. HSC. £600. Photos
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Clifford Essex Paragon

Grafton street model, with a reproduction neck. All original hardware, one tiny crack on the resonator sidewall otherwise undamaged throughout. Low action on a 5/8 bridge. Beautiful condition. HSC. £3000  Photos  
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Epiphone Recording Artist
An extremely rare long-scale Epiphone tenor banjo with 20 frets and a 24" scale. Walnut, nickel-plated, arrow-straight neck,
perfect frets, Grover two-band tuners, missing arm-rest, replacement tailpiece. HSC. Beautiful condition. £2500. Photos
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Gibson Recording King

1930, FON 9617-8, as accredited in Joe Spann's book.

This was the highest grade model made by Gibson for Montgomery Ward and is listed in their catalogue as model #507. It features many of the appointments found on high-end Gibson's including-  curly maple, two-piece flange (with hexagonal openings), gold plated and engraved hardware, twin co-ordinator rods, modern tuners (the originals are included in the sale), 40-hole archtop tone ring, the resonator binding is of the "Christmas lights" variety as found on Florentine and Bella Voce models, the fingerboard inlays are identical to those used on the Style 6, straight neck, great frets, original plating, the woodwork was refinished decades ago. Beautiful condition with no damage or repairs. OHSC. £5000. Photos

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Gibson Mastertone TB5

In 1925, when this model was made, the walnut Style 5 was at the top of the Gibson range.  It featured, multicolored wood purfling, multicolored wood inlay on the back of the peghead, fancy iridescent binding to the neck and rim,  fiddle-shaped peghead, wreath pattern inlays, gold-plated Grover tuners with genuine pearl buttons, Kerschner tailpiece engraved “DeLuxe”, ball-bearing tone ring, bullet-hole skirt, gold plated and engraved metalwork.  In stunning original and unrestored condition. Probably the best available. Arriving soon.

Gibson Mastertone TB6/Florentine The Andrew Metzgar Banjo
FON 9337-1, circa 1929.  This banjo is most likely unique and is an interesting mix of two of Gibson’s high-end Mastertone styles. The fingerboard inlays and chequerboard trim are typical of a Style 6, and the gold-plated hardware is engraved with the pattern used on the ornate Florentine, the Grover clamshell tailpiece is engraved "Florentine", two-piece flange, 40-hole archtop tone ring, deluxe Grover tuners with solid pearl buttons, armrest-activated mute (missing a wooded pad). Other features including mahogany wood, dark finish, and concentric rings of checkerboard purfling on the back of the resonator are not featured on any other standard Gibson model, leading to believe this instrument was custom made for Andrew Metzgar, whose name is engraved on the truss-rod cover, fitted with a Fishman rare-earth pickup, modern case.

Comes with a full written appraisal/valuation by Joe Spann. £9000  Photos

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Jedson High Grade. On Consignment

One of the highest grade banjos Jedson made and styled on a Paramount (possibly made under license). Stunning walnut resonator and neck, maple rim, archtop ring, gold plated, solid pearl tuner buttons, figure 8 tuners, ebony fingerboard with beautiful inlays, perfect frets, the neck, and resonator have been refinished in a traditional manner, stunning tone. HSC. £850. Photos
Please contact the owner Larry to discuss this instrument lmaginniss@gmail.com

 

Ludwig Cort

American black walnut, new finish, and plating, original hardware. Stunning condition. HSC. £1000.  Photos

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Majestic Deluxe 
Made by Puntolillo, New York in the 1920s. A very early Deluxe, serial #4. Brazilian rosewood neck and resonator, rosewood veneered maple rim, ebony fingerboard with pearl inlays, archtop tonering, the neck is multi-layered in different coloured woods, beautiful marquetry to the resonator, intricate peghead inlay, original nickel-plated hardware with some wear to the hooks,
straight neck, excellent frets. HSC. £2200  Photos
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Montgomery Ward Recording King

1930, FON 9617-8, as accredited in Joe Spann's book.

This was the highest grade model made by Gibson for Montgomery Ward and is listed in their catalogue as model #507. It features many of the appointments found on high-end Gibson's including-  curly maple, two-piece flange (with hexagonal openings), gold plated and engraved hardware, twin co-ordinator rods, modern tuners (the originals are included in the sale), 40-hole archtop tone ring, the resonator binding is of the "Christmas lights" variety as found on Florentine and Bella Voce models, the fingerboard inlays are identical to those used on the Style 6, straight neck, great frets, original plating, the woodwork was refinished decades ago. Beautiful condition with no damage or repairs. OHSC. £5000

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Paramount Aristocrat Special
Made in New York circa 1928. Walnut, gold plated, beautifully decorated resonator, enameled skirt, and arm-rest,
push-button mute, solid pearl tuner buttons, one replaced tuner, lovely frets, straight neck. HSC. £2500.  Photos  On Hold
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Paramount Leader
Rosewood, straight neck, excellent frets, beautiful crisp engravings, original tailpiece, and hot-dog armrest, the modern tuners have been recessed in a Weymann style, excellent condition, incredible sound. HSC. £1600.  Photos
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Paramount Style A
1928 serial #12837. A late-model with external action adjuster, push-button mute and Fleur-de-lis skirt, original hardware and frets, micro-crazing to the resonator finish, otherwise mint/as-new. HSC. £1400. Photos
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Paramount Style B Maple

1923, maple, a beautiful example with original hardware and original frets, perfect heel, straight neck, HSC.
Ex/mint condition. £1500. Photos
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Paramount Tenor Harp

Made by Paramount New York circa 1920s. Styled like a tenor banjo but made entirely of wood, with an arched, spruce top, maple neck, and resonator. One odd tuner otherwise 100% original. Beautiful tone. HSC. Offers.  Photos

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Rob Clarke Custom New

Fitted with the amazing Richelieu arch-top tone ring, maple neck, rim, and resonator, one-piece flange, new frets, Waverly two-band tunersthe peghead, and fingerboard inlays are reminiscent of a Paragon, Lifton case. Incredible tone. £1500. Photos

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Vegaphone Professional 

1927, maple, 23" scale, Tubaphone tonering, four-piece flange, new hooks and nuts, straight neck, excellent frets,

upgraded with Gotoh tuners and a Tensionator tailpiece. Low action on a 5/8 bridge. Set up in GDAE.

Beautiful condition. HSC. £1100. Photos

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VegaVox Special

Here we have a Martin-built Vox, with an 11 1/16 rim and a unique tone ring. Research has led me to believe this was a prototype model. One other is known to exist. The tailpiece is functional, but in true Vox style, has lost its rigidity. HSC. £1200. Photos

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Vega Style N Custom
A Style N rim, with a custom inlaid neck and a Silver Bell-shaped flange. An incredible looking and sounding banjo, to suit a player of any standard. No case. £700.  Photos

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Vegaphone Artist

Maple, four-piece flange, heavily inlaid and engraved fingerboard, carved heel, rhinestones added to the rim, peghead and flange. HSC. £1400.  Photos

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Weymann Orchestra Style A

Mahogany, nickel-plated, Megaphonic rim, decorative flange, straight neck, excellent frets, one odd tuner, missing tailpiece cover. OHSC. £1300. Photos soon.
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Windsor Monarch Supremus
A very rare, high-grade Windsor in Walnut. Heavy-duty archtop rim, gold plated. The resonator could do with some TLC, but is perfectly usable as-is. Pretty much untouched from new, as can be seen from the original head which was fitted when it arrived. It is now fitted with a super-tight modern head. Comes complete with its original "Savoy" case. £1000 Photos
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