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Details about  Fender Artist Banjo Gibson Vega Stelling strings

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Fender Artist Banjo Gibson Vega Stelling strings
Fender-Artist-Banjo-Gibson-Vega-Stelling-strings
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Used
Ended:
Aug 11, 2012
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US $946.05
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Item location:
East Norwich, Long Island NY, United States

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200801377481
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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
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Fender

Banjo Type: 5 String Model:

Artist

This is a Fender banjo made in Fullerton, CA back around 1962, shortly after Fender entered the banjo business by buying a small mid western banjo manufacturer by the name of Salstrom. This is the Salstrom design continued by Fender after the sale. Do not confuse this with the asian banjos which Fender began importing later and is still selling today in one configuration or another (admittedly good instruments as well). This is in every respect a capable and powerful totally American made bluegrass banjo. It has a full flat top tone ring, heavy flange and stretcher band and new tension hooks. The original Fender tail piece is there but the tuners all appear to have been replaced. When I disassembled this banjo I found that the flange was about 1/32 inch larger than the rim and would move around if the tension hooks were loosened. I placed a sheet of 1/64 inch wooden veneer between the flange and the rim and the fit is now snug and perfect. The banjo is 50 years old so the resonator bears the evidence of some bumps, bruises and finish cracking. The neck is straight, frets true but shows some finish lifting on the peg head sides. I bought this as a second banjo and have been very pleased with the fact that it will hold its own from a volume and tone standpoint in any band or jam situation. It comes with the original case which is badly beat, coming apart and is good only for protecting it around the house, not outside. The identical banjo is listed on the Elderly Instruments web site under used 5 string resonator banjos. Their pictures are definitely better than mine. My reserve is 1/2 the price they are asking. If you are starting out, or need a good second banjo, or just don't want to blow the mega bucks required to get a big name instrument, this is what you are looking for. I'm selling this because I simply don't play that much any more and am hoping that it will go to someone who will appreciate and care for it. Please contact me with any questions you might have. I will respond ASAP and am looking forward to speaking with you. If you are the successful bidder, please DO NOT send any money before we have spoken.  Shipping is on you and the ebay estimates are way off on the low side.

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