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581 pages

Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars, An Identification Guide for American Fretted Instruments

Creator: George Gruhn, Walter Carter | Music - 1999

In 1971, Vega banjo production was moved to the Martin factory in Nazareth, Vega was sold to an Asian manufacturer in 1979 ... Demand for vintage Martin ukes has increased dramatically in recent years, with koa wood models bringing more ...

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

About this book
The original version of this guide has sold over 30,000 copies. This new edition has been expanded by 25% and promises to become an invaluable resource. For collectors, dealers and players, this completely updated "field guide" provides specifications, serial numbers, and more for determining the originality of vintage American acoustic and electric fretted instruments. Detailing thousands of models by every major manufacturer, the book now includes expanded coverage of Martin, Guild, Mosrite, Dobro, Gibson banjos, Fender amps, Gibson amps, plus updates on the latest models from Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, and others since 1990.



161 pages

Vintage Guitars, The Instruments, the Players, the Music

Creator: Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers | Music - 2001

BANJO STYLING Vega of Boston, primarily a banjo company, offered a few high- grade guitars. The bodies of guitars like this one were built by Wcymann of Philadelphia, while the necks, with engraved inlays matching those on Vega banjos, ...

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

About this book
Vintage Guitars: The Instruments, the Players, and the Music is the first pictorial reference work to offer guitar enthusiasts, players and collectors an opportunity to explore the eventful, endless give-and-take between musicians and instrument makers that has produced America's popular music and its quintessential instrument. Generously illustrated with more than 150 photos of players, instruments, catalog pages and other memorabilia, this book features everything from the elegant American guitars of the 19th century to the evolving dreadnought, jumbo, 12-string, archtop resophonic and more - original instruments as well as contemporary incarnations and reissues. It spotlights the guitars of Leadbelly, Jimmie Rodgers, the Everly Brothers, Tony Rice, Emmylou Harris, Ben Harper and others. The collector's edition features the book in a classy, hard-back slip case.



192 pages

Maloney's Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory

Creator: David J. Maloney, Jr. | Antiques & Collectibles - 2003-01

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Stanley M. Jay Mandolin Brothers, Ltd. Newsletter: Vintage News, The 629 Forest Ave. ... instruments including guitars, banjos, mandolins: by Martin, Gibson, Vega, B&D, D'Angelico, Stromberg, Maurer, Fender, etc.

Publisher: Krause Publications

About this book
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine calls it "The industry bible of clubs, newsletters, experts and other resources." One of the "Best Reference Books" says Library Journal. Continuing the tradition of providing the most comprehensive information for buying, selling, researching, and enjoying antiques and collectibles, the number one resource directory, now in its 7th edition, weights in at over 976 pages--2 full inches thick!


Vintage (Pre-1980) Directory

Banjo Manufacturers of the Golden Age - Joe Bethancourt
FAIRBANKS/COLE/VEGA BANJOS. The Fairbanks/Cole/Vega company was one of the longest lasting banjo makers in the US. Dating their instruments must only be -approximate ...

Antique and Vintage Banjos - Collector Information ...
The Vega Co Fairbanks Banjo No 2 Special Antique Vintage Vintage 1960's Supro 5 String Bluegrass Banjo With Chromed Tone Ring Gibson Banjo Neck Drone String Kalmazoo ...

Vintage Banjo Necks - Music Man
Vintage GUITAR BANJO neck - Original 25 1/2" scale Guitar Banjo neck, 3 piece maple with dyed pearwood fingerboard, very good original condition.."FAB" initials ...

Bernunzio Uptown Music - Bernunzio Vintage Instruments
Buy, sell, trade and consign vintage guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles and other rare American stringed instruments.

Original Vintage Banjo & Mandolin Parts - Music Man
vintage banjo parts, banjo bits, banjo spares, banjo tuners, banjo resonator, banjo neck


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    Gold Tone CC-OT/L Cripple Creek Openback Banjo (Left Handed, Five String, Vintage Brown)

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    Rating (2 reviews):
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    good banjo

    5/5 William Mcchesney - See all my reviews, April 23, 2010

    Gold Tone Banjo CC-OT/L

    When you pay less than $2K for a banjo, one might wonder if they are buying a toy. I am a newbie, having played Upright Bass for several years but NEVER a banjo. I looked around for a decent open backed "Clawhammer" style banjo and this banjo fit the bill in many ways. It was set up very nice and arrived in double packaging, a very nice touch. The craftsmanship is remarkable for a banjo of this price range. But again, I wanted an entry level instrument that I could learn on and IF I like it, I can then move on to a higher quality banjo.This Gold Tone Cripple Creek Banjo is perfect for my entry level needs. My nephew looked at it and was duly impressed and said it was set up very well (he is a banjo guru and said it was remarkable at this price range). So, I have played it for a month and things are coming along. I found the instructional CD helpful as well as numerous YouTube videos offering beginner lessons.I absolutely endorse this instrument and will keep it in my... 5/5 B. Walker (North Carolina) - See all my reviews, October 26, 2011


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    Gold Tone CC-OT Cripple Creek Openback Banjo (Five String, Vintage Brown)

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    Rating (7 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
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    Excellent open back banjo for beginners that you will enjoy for a long time

    I've played guitar for almost 20 years, and recently I decided to wander into the world of banjo after enjoying music from Sufjan Stevens, Mumford & Sons, Sandra McCracken and many others artists who play banjo. I've been doing research for several months and decided first that I wanted an open-back banjo because I wanted a mellower sound for the folk and experimental folk pop I am writing. I also went to several stores and played banjos from all sorts of companies: Goodtime, Gold Tone, Rover, etc. Lastly, I was on a budget. I really didn't want to spend more than $300, but was willing to go up to $400 to get something that was pleasing to my ear, stayed in tune, easy to play and felt right in my hands. I narrowed it down to this banjo the Gold Tone CC-100 and Deering's Goodtime open-back 5 string banjo.Man, am I impressed with this banjo! I purchased it from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago for $299, and it came with a padded gigbag, a strap, an... 5/5 Jdub00 (Chicago, IL USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Gold Tone CC-OT Cripple Creek Openback Banjo (Five String, Vintage Brown) (Electronics) I've played guitar for almost 20 years, and recently I decided to wander into the world of banjo after enjoying music from Sufjan Stevens, Mumford & Sons, Sandra McCracken and many others artists who play banjo. I've been doing research for several months and decided first that I wanted an open-back banjo because I wanted a mellower sound for the folk and experimental folk pop I am writing. I also went to several stores and played banjos from all sorts of companies: Goodtime, Gold Tone, Rover, etc. Lastly, I was on a budget. I really didn't want to spend more than $300, but was willing to go up to $400 to get something that was pleasing to my ear, stayed in tune, easy to play and felt right in my hands. I narrowed it down to this banjo the Gold Tone CC-100 and Deering's Goodtime open-back 5 string banjo.Man, am I impressed with this banjo! I purchased it from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago for $299, and it came with a padded gigbag, a strap, an... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 5, 2010

    Good enough, I guess?

    Boy...they sure aren't kidding about this being a "beginner banjo", are they? Mine arrived with two bent brackets, a bent armrest, loose head, visible pencil marks underneath the stain & finish, missing stain on the inside of the banjo body, a quite poorly executed glue job to fix a split in the fretboard, and gouges in the fretboard beside the end of each fret (hint to Gold Tone: check the StewMac website for a file that will de-burr the fret ends without marring the fretboard).Not only that, but despite the item description, it DOES NOT come with a No Knot tailpiece. No Knot tailpieces have a slot that you feed the string into, give it one wrap, pull tight, and done. Hence the name "No Knot". This tailpiece, while looking like a No Knot tailpiece, is missing those slots, which means you are limited to using loop-end strings, or you're going to have to dust off your Boy Scouts manual and relearn a few knot ties. I didn't even notice that these slots were missing on the... 3/5 Mark Murphy - See all my reviews This review is from: Gold Tone CC-OT Cripple Creek Openback Banjo (Five String, Vintage Brown) (Electronics) Boy...they sure aren't kidding about this being a "beginner banjo", are they? Mine arrived with two bent brackets, a bent armrest, loose head, visible pencil marks underneath the stain & finish, missing stain on the inside of the banjo body, a quite poorly executed glue job to fix a split in the fretboard, and gouges in the fretboard beside the end of each fret (hint to Gold Tone: check the StewMac website for a file that will de-burr the fret ends without marring the fretboard).Not only that, but despite the item description, it DOES NOT come with a No Knot tailpiece. No Knot tailpieces have a slot that you feed the string into, give it one wrap, pull tight, and done. Hence the name "No Knot". This tailpiece, while looking like a No Knot tailpiece, is missing those slots, which means you are limited to using loop-end strings, or you're going to have to dust off your Boy Scouts manual and relearn a few knot ties. I didn't even notice that these slots were missing on the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 16, 2012

    great deal

    5/5 Ryan - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gold Tone CC-OT Cripple Creek Openback Banjo (Five String, Vintage Brown) (Electronics) Great tone and easy to play. I am very happy with purchase. It was all that I expected out what I paid for it. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 8, 2013


  • Chrome Plated Metal 5 String Banjo Parts Tailpiece Plate + Armrest High Quality

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    Chrome Tone Metal Armrest for Banjo Guitar
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    Gold Tone OT-800 Banjo (Five String, Vintage Mahogany)

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    Rating (7 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
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    Gold Tone OT-800 FANTASTIC BANJO

    I picked up this banjo to replace my Gold Tone CC-50, an entry level banjo that I learned on for two years. I wanted a more solid instrument, with better traditional tuning pegs and a little more growling tone, and louder.The OT-800 delivers and then some. First of all I got it for a song, $605, on a price drop, so keep an eye on the item and buy low. The banjo is a tubaphone, so it has a metal hoop holding the brackets instead of holes in the pot. The result is a clean, funky look and a strong tone. It is much heavier than the CC-50, but it holds tune forever, is as solid as a rock, and the tone ring give a huge range of sound, from a nice loud growl to a nice ringing mountain banjo sound, especially when played on the frailing scoop.Fit and finish were outstanding, delivery was flawless at the height of the holiday season and I love my new axe. Check it out at nightfrailer at youtube ([...]) you want to hear it, despite my shortcomings in the talent... 5/5 nightfrailer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gold Tone OT-800 Banjo (Five String, Vintage Mahogany) (Electronics) I picked up this banjo to replace my Gold Tone CC-50, an entry level banjo that I learned on for two years. I wanted a more solid instrument, with better traditional tuning pegs and a little more growling tone, and louder.The OT-800 delivers and then some. First of all I got it for a song, $605, on a price drop, so keep an eye on the item and buy low. The banjo is a tubaphone, so it has a metal hoop holding the brackets instead of holes in the pot. The result is a clean, funky look and a strong tone. It is much heavier than the CC-50, but it holds tune forever, is as solid as a rock, and the tone ring give a huge range of sound, from a nice loud growl to a nice ringing mountain banjo sound, especially when played on the frailing scoop.Fit and finish were outstanding, delivery was flawless at the height of the holiday season and I love my new axe. Check it out at nightfrailer at youtube ([...]) you want to hear it, despite my shortcomings in the talent... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 26, 2011

    Gold Tone OT-800 banjo

    After years of playing and building guitars and mandolins, I decided to give banjo a serious look. A few years ago, a customer had given me a Terry Mead open back banjo with a brass tone ring.. I really liked the old timey sound of open back banjo and over the years, I even learned to play a little. Since I retired I thought it was time to play more and upgrade banjos. I read all the reviews on open back banjos I could find and decided the Gold Tone OT-800 offered the most bang for the buck and compared favorably with some high end banjos. I ordered the banjo and it arrived two days later, even with standard shipping. (It shipped from Arizona to California). The banjo was as advertized; excellent workmanship, perfectly set up and a beautiful old timey sound. It came in a nice, sturdy, plush lined hard case. Until the Eastman instruments became available a few years ago, I would never have considered a Chinese instrument. The Eastmans were well made, quality instruments that looked... 5/5 John Bartlett (San Diego, Ca) - See all my reviews, December 25, 2012

    Gold Tone OT-800 (Tubaphone Banjo)

    5/5 Lazir Asyab (ELIZABETH, IN, US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gold Tone OT-800 Banjo (Five String, Vintage Mahogany) (Electronics) This Gold Tone banjo is a quality musical instrument. Cosmetically it's fit and finish is excellent, from the pearl tuner knobs to the MOP inlay to the pot and tailpiece it is just a beautiful piece of work. The tone projection is wonderful, it rings with sound and the sustain is pleasure to the ears. The banjo comes with a well constructed and beautifully detailed case. The purchase was an easy transaction and delivery was quick. I own four Gold Tone banjos, the WL-250 which I string with nylgut strings, the CEB-5 Cello banjo and the OT-6 (LoJo). I have found the best purchase prices, for three of these instruments, on Amazon. However, if you are looking to buy, comparison shop and watch daily because the prices change often. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 25, 2010


  • Saga Musical Instruments

    Rover RB-25 Resonator 5 String Banjo

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    Rating (15 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
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    When absolutely on a Beginning Banjo Budget

    This was my first banjo, bought from Amazon about 4+ years ago. Since then, I have bought a great many others. However, for the novice player that is on a really tight budget or a casual player looking for a low end, knock-around traveler, the RB20 does do the trick. It has a plastic pot similar to Bake-lite, which has after all these years held up admirably - the plastic pot has an additional advantage of not being subject to icky environments such as swampy banjo camps or greasy garages like a wood pot would. The pot itself is a very dark gun-metal gray, so it is not that obvious at all that it isn't wood. Has a good truss rod with a separate neck bolt, neck has remained straight in spite of a long life in a gigbag. The neck is set a little high to give low string action, but never had any issues with any fret buzzing until I started fooling around with various setups, bridge, tailpiece, head, strings, etc (I think the included No-Knot tailpiece is the most suited for this... 4/5 Tinfoot (Florida, USA) - See all my reviews, December 19, 2011

    Rover RB-20 Open Back Banjo

    4/5 cbarbaree (Dothan, Alabama) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Rover RB-20 Open Back 5 String Banjo (Electronics) This is a great sounding banjo with a good price. I'm fairly new to the banjo. I've played my friends banjos and ones in music shops but that's pretty much it. I was skeptical because I've never played an open back but I'm very happy with it. Tunes easy and stays in tune. No buzzing or anything. It's surprisingly a great quality banjo. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 6, 2011

    Love this banjo

    5/5 Kindle Customer (Redlands CA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Rover RB-20 Open Back 5 String Banjo (Electronics) I started with this banjo for clawhammer and still love to play it. I installed a Remo Renaissance Head and a compensated bridge but that's the only changes I have made. There ain't no rule that says you have to break the bank to play music. If you want a decent open back banjo that can stand up to kids, dogs, curious cats and weather then this is the one.I play because I love to play and have no plans to ever "gig". I like to play with friends but that is as far as I go. Others can be the performing stars. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 18, 2012
    Exquisite mahogany neck with East Indian Rosewood fingerboard inlaid dot position markers and adjustable truss rod
    Deluxe Vega style armrest Traditional No knot tailpiece Vintage-style bound mahogany resonator Nickel plated 2 pc flange
    Standard 11" rim made of composite material in metallic gun grey finish Grooved tension hoop
    Standard spacing using 24 Flat hook and nut set for head attachment
    Guitar style geared tuners with a friction 5th peg Standard 25 1/2" scale length


  • Chrome Plated 5 String Banjo Tailpiece Plate + 24pcs 2.5 Inch Round Hook w/ Nut

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    Superb quality chrome tailpiece plate for 5 string banjo Perfect for the restoration or replacement of vintage model banjos Polished to a mirror finish Zinc alloy material, colored in silver tone
    A set of 24pcs hook Traditional banjo with round hooks Great accessories for your banjo Shining chrome plated hook with nut Length: Approx. 6.4cm / 2.5 inch Diameter: Approx. 3.4mm Material: Steel
    A Set Of 24pcs Chrome Plated 2.5 Inch Round Hook with Nut for Banjo Package Includes: 1 set of 24pcs banjo hooks with nuts
    Chrome 5 String Banjo Tailpiece Plate Package Includes: 1 x Banjo tailpiece


Vintage (Pre-1980)