by Jason on 10-Jul-14 20:23
Gibson All American 5 String Banjo Reissue #46 Dated 12-19-79 - Excellent condition - Hand carved and hand painted with the understanding that less than 75 of this model was made and some of these were tenors. History of the United States inlaid in the fingerboard, carved & painted "Bald Eagle" headstock, carved & painted "Bald Eagle" on back of resonator, gold engraved "All American" tailpiece, gold tuners with Pearl buttons, gold engraved parts and 5 ply maple rim with colored wood inlay. Basically the reproduction of the originals with the exception of the thicker rim and set up with a Snuffy Smith bridge. This is a very good sounding banjo and the playability is excellent. There is a thin finish crack at the bottom of the peghead that runs around both sides and you have to look close to see it but it cannot be felt with your fingers. Beautiful and rare instrument that is difficult to find as you see very few for sale. Comes with OHC and a copy of the early 70's catalog featuring Roy Clark on the cover playing one.
by Jason on 21-Aug-13 19:33
Excellent plus condition - This is the cleanest F-7 we have ever encountered and is all original with possibly the bridge being the exception. It shows very little playing wear and even the pickguard is intact with no issues. The sunburst finish is smooth with just a few checks that are hardly visible. Conforms to 1934 catalog specs with Spruce top, highly figured Chocolate brown finish Maple back & sides, Mahogany neck, single bound body, neck, pickguard and peghead, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with fancy inlay similar to Nick Lucas guitar and Fleur-De-Lis headstock inlay. Beautiful warm open tone with impressive power, clarity along with a serious chop at any position, and the more it is played, the more it opens up. Made between 1934 thru 1939 and is the same model Bill Monroe used until he bought his fabled 1923 F-5 in 1945. Rarer than a Loar, these do not show up very often and one in this condition is even a rarer find. Comes with original red lined formed fit hard case with some case candy.
by Jason on 24-Mar-14 20:04
Excellent condition - To celebrate his 100th instrument, Tom Ellis came up with some "special" tone woods to commemorate this event and he came thru with this stunning example. Beautiful no doubt about that with that figured "birds eye" back & sides, exquisite grain Adirondack top, highly flamed Maple neck with French polish, "Flern" headstock inlay, triple bound body, neck and peghead, 1 1/8'' FWI nut width, traditional Ebony bridge, Ebony abbreviated fingerboard, James tailpiece with "Ellis" logo, handmade Ebony pickguard, black Pearl truss rod cover, varnish finish and Waverly tuners with Pearl buttons. The sound? Woody, open, airy, vibrant, deep, warm, smooth, balanced, dry and powerful. Another way of phrasing this is that, an Ellis just doesn't get much better than this. Priced with square hard case.