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Used Banjos for Sale

Our inventory of used instruments is constantly changing, as we purchase and trade new and used instruments regularly. Check back for updates frequently, or feel free to send us an e-mail if you are searching for something in particular.

All of our banjos, whether new or used, are professionally setup and ready to play. You are guaranteed of getting the best sound possible, and the playability you deserve!

If you need help deciding which banjo is right for you, take a look at www.learnbluegrass.com/choosebanjo.html for more information.

Vintage Kay Openback Banjo with Chipboard Case - $150 + $35 S/H (Mainland US only)

This banjo would be best suited for clawhammer style, or for someone who needs a quiet banjo to play; i.e., apartment, travelling, etc. This vintage banjo is in excellent condition, especially for its age! There are a few dents and dings overall, but it still looks very good. As far as I can tell, all parts are original except for the strings, head, nut and bridge. It has 16 brackets; guitar style tuners with a non-geared (friction) 5th string peg; and 1/2" maple/ebony bridge. I cannot tell what kind of wood the rim is made from because it has its original paint and I can't see the wood grain. The frets are set directly into the neck, so I can see wood grain on the fingerboard. I believe it is either mahogany or walnut. This instrument has been completely setup for ease of play and for proper intonation (plays in tune). This comes with a used, chipboard case.

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Front           Back           Peghead           Peghead 2          

5th String Peg           Side           Listen to MP3 of this instrument

Used Fender FB-54 Banjo - $299 + $35 S/H (Mainland US only)

This is perfect for the beginning banjo student! The integrated tonering, flange and rim are made of aluminum, and give this banjo the brightest sound you can get without a brass tone ring. It has 30 brackets; guitar style tuners with a geared 5th string planetary peg; mahogany resonator and neck; rosewood fingerboard; and maple/ebony bridge. This banjo is in excellent condition with practically no visible dents, dings or scratches. There is (cosmetic) wear to the head, which is normal for a banjo and does not affect the tone or longevity of the head. This instrument has been completely setup for ease of play and for proper intonation (plays in tune). If you'd like to add a brand new, nicely padded gigbag to this instrument, it is only $25.00.

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Additional Views: Click photo for larger front view

Front           Resonator           Peghead           Peghead 2          

5th String Peg           Side           Listen to MP3 of this instrument

Used Gold Tone BG Mini Banjo - $450 + $35 S/H (Mainland US only)

This is perfect for the young player or for someone who wants a smaller size instrument for travel or armchair play. Gold Tone makes a fine banjo in a mini package! Gold Tone's website suggests tuning this to C, but I always stay in standard G (which is how the soundclip is recorded.) Overall condition is excellent, with practically no dents, dings or scratches. This banjo features 16 brackets; mahogany resonator and neck; rosewood fingerboard; planetary tuning pegs; geared 5th string planetary tuning peg; and 5/8" maple and ebony bridge. This instrument has been completely setup for ease of play and for proper intonation (plays in tune). This does not include a case.

Additional Views: Click photo for larger front view

Front           Resonator           Peghead           Peghead 2          

5th String Peg           Side           Listen to MP3 of this instrument

Used Morgan Monroe Matterhorn Banjo with Hard Case - $850 + $55 S/H (Mainland US only)

This is a fine sounding and unique looking banjo! Nice brightness tempered by a good, bassy sound overall. It features 24 brackets; full size tone ring; planetary tuners; geared 5th string planetary tuning peg; maple resonator and neck; rosewood fingerboard; and maple and ebony bridge. Morgan Monroe produced this banjo to look vintage. All the hardware is engraved and antiqued, and the finish is matte. The original finish is in excellent condition with practically no dents, dings or scratches. This instrument has been completely setup for ease of play and for proper intonation (plays in tune). Comes with used, hard case.

Additional Views: Click photo for larger front view

Front           Resonator           Peghead           Peghead 2          

Head           5th String Peg           Side           Listen to MP3 of this instrument

Used Gibson RB Deluxe Banjo w/Hard Case - $1950 + $65 S/H (Mainland US only)

This is my favorite of our used banjos right now. It has a very solid feel, and a great bluegrass tone! It features 24 brackets; 5/8" Snuffy Smith bridge; curly maple neck and resonator; ebony fingerboard; planetary tuners; and a geared 5th string planetary tuning peg. This instrument is in very good condition, with relatively few dents, dings or scratches. Original finish is in very good condition. The fingerboard has scratches in it where someone worked on the frets at some point in time. Frets are all fine, so this does not affect the playability of the instrument. Cosmetically, the head shows wear. There are three thumbscrews holding the resonator (one is missing). This instrument has been completely setup for ease of play and for proper intonation (plays in tune). This comes with a used, hard case. We did not take this banjo apart to do a thorough cleaning, so looks could be improved from its current state, which is still pretty good!

Additional Views: Click photo for larger front view

Front           Resonator           Peghead           Peghead 2           Head          

5th String Peg           Neck           Side           Listen to MP3 of this instrument

Used Gibson Granada Banjo w/Hard Case - $3400 + $65 S/H (Mainland US only)

This beautiful, Gibson banjo plays easily and has a great, bluegrass tone! It features 24 brackets; 5/8" Scorpion bridge; curly maple neck and resonator; rosewood fingerboard; gold-plated hardware; two gold plated Keith tuners (B & G); two gold plated planetary tuners; and a gold plated, geared 5th string tuning peg. Overall, the gold plating is worn and thin, and shows corrosion. The original finish is in good condition, with some dents, dings and scratches. The peghead has marks on the back and the front from where a set of Cheat-a-Keys used to be installed. Cosmetically, the head shows wear. There are only two thumbscrews holding the resonator (two are missing). This instrument has been completely setup for ease of play and for proper intonation (plays in tune). This comes with a used, hard case. We did not take this banjo apart to do a thorough cleaning, so looks could be improved from its current state, which is still pretty good!

Additional Views: Click photo for larger front view

Front           Resonator           Peghead           Peghead 2           Head          

5th String Peg           Neck           Side           Listen to MP3 of this instrument

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