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Details about  Vintage 1960s Gariepy 5-String Banjo USA No Reserve!

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Vintage 1960s Gariepy 5-String Banjo USA No Reserve!
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Sep 04, 2011
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US $310.00
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Item location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States


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Nice old timey 5-string Banjo by Gariepy made right in the good old USA in Long Beach, California.

It’s a cool one though not much info on this brand has surfaced.


Here’s a nice article that gives a good history and some insight into the design.


The Gariepy Banjo Company


By Bob Flesher


“The Gariepy Banjo Company built a wonderful little banjo for entry level players.  It had an aluminum rim, 24 brackets with a 5-piece laminated walnut neck with a square peghead that retailed for $100 which even in 1964-69 was a real bargain.  They are still around and I know some friends who bought them new and refuse to let go of them.  If you run across one, scoop it up.  His higher priced models always had a 5-piece laminated walnut or maple neck.  His tone rings were spun brass which were shaped like a Bacon and Day tone ring.  They sat on a round brass rod which sat on a maple rim made of 1/16  maple laminations. He made the rims right in his shop.  The rim cap on the bottom of the rim, heel cap, and the black center stripe in the neck were made of some very tough black paper type material which was about 1/8th inch thick.  He had a unique tension hoop design he had borrowed from the old Van Eps design.  The tension hoop had holes in the side where the round hooks hooked into instead of a groove or notch on the top.  He had a great little hot dog shaped armrest which was cast bronze and screwed into the side of the tension hoop.  He also had a matching  cast bronze tailpiece. The top cross-bar of the  T  was crescent shaped.   There was also a variation with two tabs out on the ends of the crescent.

Through the years Art Gariepy has become a dark mystery who many people want to know about.  Art was a hard headed Irishman but, was a very talented banjo builder, creating new designs and incorporating past knowledge and designs into his new banjos.  He was not as gifted in running a successful business.  I had the blessing of knowing Art personally and having a close relationship with him.  I know he wronged some customers along the way and I fault him for that but I am proud to claim that he became my good friend.”


Photos show the condition, pretty darn good and it plays fine too.

Truss rod adjustment is under the ‘Shawne’ inlay, that’s just crazy/cool!


No case but I’ll pack it carefully and get it to you safely.


Shipping is $40.00 for the Continental USA and this auction is for US bidders only.


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Sorry, no returns for this.


Just .99 cents to start. You can’t lose… Enjoy!




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