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1970s Stewart MacDonald 5 Star Bluegrass Banjo w/OHC

Sold ! This banjo is no longer for sale (sold on 2010-07-18)
Price : US $985.00



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Offered at no reserve is an exceptionally fine vintage 5-Star Stewart-MacDonald 5-String Bluegrass Banjo with the original hardshell case. I bought it a little over 30 years ago from a buddy of mine who played in a bluegrass band for about two years but who was going through a hard time. I’m a fingerstyle guitar player and I was going to try to adapt what I knew to the banjo but never really spent much time with it, so it’s been in clean, humidity friendly storage next to my guitars ever since. If I’ve played it a dozen times it’s a lot.



This is what I know about it. It was originally professionally assembled in Kalamazoo, Michigan from parts purchased years ago from Stewart-MacDonald, now operating out of Athens, Ohio. The luthier who did the work is unknown but my luthier has looked it over and has described it as being in exceptional condition, and as having “phenomenal” inlay work that may have been an after-market upgrade. See photos. No discernible fret or fingerboard wear. No gouging or pitting.



Here are the specs on the instrument:



5-Star Bluegrass Flathead Banjo Pot. 11” diameter bell-bronze tone ring over 3-ply Maple rim.

Traditional cast zinc alloy nickel-plated resonator flange. Minimal tarnish to the pot and flange but

            could probably use some elbow grease.

5-Star frosted white banjo head w/ notched Maple bridge.

5-Star notched tension hoop


Sold ! This banjo is sold (sold on 2010-07-18)



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