USED 4-String Banjos

​​USED c. 1915 "S.S. Stewart" tenor banjo 11" maple rim with birdseye maple veneer, approx. 20 7/8" scale, slim 1 1/8" nut width. Straight neck, great frets, calfskin head. Quaint and rare early tenor banjo. Includes 1920s hard case. $275

USED c. 1925 Avalon plectrum banjo

Made (most likely) by Wm. Lange

Distributed by Henry Stadlmair


Rare, intermediate level plectrum with thick (11/16") 10 3/4" maple rim and Little Wonder style tone ring. Straight neck with great original frets. Approx. 26 1/4" scale. Elite tailpiece, calfskin head. Fresh set up. Includes nice hard case. $395

​​USED c. 1917-'20 Oscar Schmidt Sovereign tenor banjo 

Another fine example from the early tenor banjo era. 11" wooden rim with fancy marquetry all around, 21" scale mahogany neck, fancy abalone inlays. Tone ring is a rolled rod in a spun metal sleeve. Original hardware, including a No-Knot tailpiece and Grover Champion tuners. Set up with a very old calfskin head and a (probably original) simple maple bridge. Decent player. Includes period hard case. $375

USED 1937 B&D Silver Bell Serenader tenor banjo Professional level, pre-Gretsch B&D tenor. 11" rim, 23" scale, Oettinger tailpiece, Silver Bell tone ring. Originally nickel plated, the tension hoop, tone ring, tailpiece and flange have been chrome plated. Includes hard case. $995

We usually have partially completed project instruments that are waiting for our attention.
Please inquire if you're seeking such instruments.

USED 1966 Bacon Symphonie Silver Bell tenor banjo ​(sn 26020) 11" pearloid clad maple rim, approx 23" scale, 3-piece maple neck, archtop tone ring, Oettinger tailpiece. Fancy appointments throughout including engraved, multicolored inlays in fingerboard, pedghead front and reverse and resonator, gold plated hardware, pearloid tuner buttons and bright rhinestones in peghead. Nice player. Includes hard case. $995

USED1952 B&D Silver Bell Serenader tenor banjo (sn 3107) Made by Gretsch. 11" rim, 23" scale, Oettinger tailpiece, Silver Bell tone ring, knee mute and planetary tuners with Catalin buttons. Includes hard case. $1295

USED1915 Orpheum No. 1 tenor banjo​ (sn 2040) Made by Rettburg and Lange. Very early, original example of an Orpheum tenor, which were first made around 1914. 11.25" heavy maple rim, 21" scale, flamed maple neck, archtop tone ring, Elite tailpiece, fancy abalone inlays, friction tuners. Nice set up. Includes period, probably original hard case. $549

USED 1930s Gretsch Broadkaster A tenor banjo (sn 1003) 11" metal rim with integral flange, 23" scale, friction tuners. Loud and bright!. Includes case. $225


USED 1920s Ace tenor banjo Probably made by the Wm. Lange company. Distributed by Henry Stadlmair of New York City, whose office was just down the block from the Lange factory.  17 frets, 10.75" rim, approx. 20.75" scale, mahogany neck, beautiful deep burgundy stain. Fresh set up with original skin head and friction tuners. Nice condition. Includes period hard case. $249 

USEDc. 1940 B& Silver Bell No. 3 Serenader tenor banjo ​(sn 40278) Pre-Gretsch era B&D tenor. 11" rim, 23" scale, Oettinger tailpiece, Silver Bell tone ring, calfskin head and knee mute. Includes hard case. $995

USED c. 1920 S.S. Stewart tenor banjo 20 1/2" scale, 11 1/2" maple rim with birdseye veneer and simple archtop tone ring, 3-piece maple neck, friction tuners, Elite tailpiece, good quality calfskin head and period arm rest. Straight neck with good frets. Decent player. Includes period hard case. $249

USED 1911 Fairbanks-Vega Whyte Laydie tenor banjo ​(sn 28060) Scarce, early example of this professional model tenor. 10 3/4" maple rim with bracket band and Whyte Laydie (or more accurately, Electric) tone ring, approx. 20 7/8" scale, 3-piece maple neck with ebony fingerboard and engraved m.o.p. inlays, No-Knot tailpiece, engraved gryphon in peghead and 5-Star planetary tuners. Straight neck, great frets, exceptionally nice condition. Superb set up with Renaissance head and modern, two-footed ebony tipped maple bridge. Includes period (probably original) hard case. $1595

USED 1926 B&D Silver Bell No. 1 tenor banjo ​(sn 21187) 11″ rim, 23″ scale, flamed maple neck with backstrapping and flamed maple resonator, f-hole flange, Grover geared tuners and Oettinger tailpiece. Straight neck, very minor fret wear. Very nice condition. Includes original hard case. $1149

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