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Details about  1998 George Wunderlich Minstrel Banjo 14'' rim Fretless Boucher Wunder

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1998 George Wunderlich Minstrel Banjo 14'' rim Fretless Boucher Wunder
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Dec 18, 2011
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Huron, Ohio, United States


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Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition

Here is a Wunderful minstrel style banjo made by the noted instrument builder, George Wunderlich. The instrument was made in 1998 and marked as serial number 107. This instrument is in the style that William Boucher, Jr. was making in the 1840s in Baltimore.

Mr. Wunderlich is regarded as the premier minstrel reproduction maker and was a pioneer of this style reproduction banjo. Mr. Wunderlich is no longer making instruments. This is a must have for any minstrel player or Civil War reinacter. These do not often come up for sale.

This banjo features a gorgeous curly (flame/tiger) maple neck and 14'' oak rim. It is currently set up with a 31'' scale length. Not all of Mr. Wunderlich's instruments featured this fancy of wood and he also made smaller instruments. This is a BIG one!

It is currently being discussed on Banjo Hangout. Here is a link to the thread--


Mr Wunderlich weighed in on the discussion as well. He said, "You guys have said some nice things about me and my banjos. I remember this one. It was one of my personal favorites. A real boomer. Thanks for posting this and letting me see it again."

This banjo booms! It has a mix of real gut and Nylgut strings. The neck is straight and it has nice action.

The 5th string peg has been replaced. One of the screws that hold the head tighening brackets is broken (see photos). It should be an easy fix. There are some hairline cracks around the outside of the rim. They are very hard to see and do not appear to be structural (see photos). This is very minor.

Don't miss out on this one!

I offer a 48 hour no questions asked return policy (buyer pays all shipping costs).


I am selling a lot of vintage parts. Check out my other items!



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I only ship to Paypal confirmed addresses, no exceptions!

I try my best to keep the shipping costs down. In most cases, I end up paying some of the cost for postage and supplies. Usually I ship USPS Parcel Post, Priority, or First Class the same day or the next business day after I receive payment. I will gladly ship another method if you would like. Items are generally shipped insured and this is reflected in the shipping cost.

Local pick up is accepted.

Unless otherwise stated in the auction description, I do ship internationally, but will only ship using USPS International Priority or Express to Paypal confirmed addresses. Contact me prior to bidding for a shipping quote. Because of Paypal’s Seller Protection requirements, I can only ship using the above methods or an equivalent.


Unless “as-is” or similar language is stated in the auction’s description, the buyer has a 48 hour approval period. The approval period starts at the time the item is delivered to its destination. The 48 hour clock does not run on Sundays or US federal holidays.  If the buyer is unsatisfied with the item for any reason, the buyer can mail the item back within the 48 hours. The buyer is responsible for all shipping costs (not limited to the amount initially charged to buyer), both directions. 

The item must be returned using the same method it was shipped to the buyer (e.g., if the item was shipped via USPS Priority, it needs to be returned via USPS Priority).

The bid amount (less any other shipping charges) will be refunded when the item has been returned in the same condition in which it was shipped.

Do to the high amount of fraud on eBay, I do not give “partial refunds” on items.


If you would like more information or additional photos, do not hesitate to contact me prior to bidding. I have a webcam that can be set up to view the item, if requested. If applicable, if you would like to call and hear the item, you are more than welcome to do so. In the past I have made audio recordings of the items, but my recording equipment skills are lacking. A telephone call or webcam session may be more effective.

If you would like to stop by and see the item, feel free to contact me and we can set it up.

All measurements are accurate to the best of my ability using a tape measure, but should be viewed as approximations.

I have sold many instruments on eBay, please check my feedback and bid with confidence. Thanks very much and good luck bidding. 


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