Second Life Banjo

Welcome to Second Life Banjo


       A second life for old banjos in the music world 

                                                                   

 

                                                                      For the love of  music ..

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 RECENTLY ADDED BANJOS 

Old time 1250-4

spunover rim with a 24 inches scale neck. 

Orpheum No.2 restored banjo 

No.1251-4

VĂ©ga TuBaPhone 

11 13/16  pot and a new No. 7 styleneck


sold

May Bell Recording Nite hawk 5 strings banjo


No.1246-4


Details in the 5 strings banjo page 










Gibson trapdoor from 1919 with a new short scale 5 strings neck. 

Details in the 5 strings banjo page 


Old time No 1243-4.      Cole Eclipse style neck and late 1800 / early 1900 spunover rim. 


Details in the 5 strings banjo page 




J.B. Schall spunover rim with a blackcherry neck.

No 1247-4


Details in the 5 strings banjo page 


New Listing.

May Bell banguitar 

New neck andrestored pot 




Late 1800 Buckbee rehabilitated banjo parts.

Old time banjo No.1237-4

SOLD


New Listing

Gibson TB-1 conversion to 5 strings. 

1927 rim, flange and resonator. Original tuning machine. 

details in the 5 strings banjo page




 

Old time No. 1238-4

Nickel / silver spunover rim with a new neck.

Fretless radius fingerboard. 

Details in the 5 strings banjo page

New Listing 

Vega Banjo -Mandolin Serial No. 87158 

New tuning machine . 

Details in the 4 strings banjo page,



 


You can read reviews about my banjos and my work by visiting these links.

https://www.banjohangout.org/reviews/search.asp?m=m&v=10075&redir=true

http://www.banjohangout.org/reviews/search.asp?m=m&v=9457&redir=true

http://www.banjohangout.org/reviews/search.asp?m=m&v=9625&redir=true

http://www.banjohangout.org/reviews/search.asp?m=s&v=7584&redir=true


List of vintage Banjos in stock available for a new 5 string conversion neck or simply restoration to playing condition as tenor banjos. ( Update on July 4  2014) 

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  • Gibson trapdoor banjo with original armrest and pick guard. Actually a tenor in great condition.
  • Gibson TB-1 17 frets tenor banjo with original resonator.
  • Orpheum No.2  12 1/8 inches rim Tenor banjo. 
  • Vega style N 10 3/4 inches rim with Tenor neck in good playing condition.
  • Vega little wonder 10 15/16 inches rim with Tenor neck in good playing condition.
  • Vega little wonder 11 13/16 inches rim with Tenor neck in good playing condition.
  • Vega Whyte Laydie 11 13/16 inches rim with Tenor neck in good playing condition.
  • Vega Tubaphone  11 13/16 inches rim with Tenor neck in good playing condition.
  • Vega banjo mandolin  10 inches rim with neck in good playing condition.
  • Slingerland MayBell 10 3/4 inches walnut rim with all raw brass hardware and bell tone ring.
  • Slingerland 10 3/4 inches hard rock maple rim with all original hardware and brass rod tone ring. 
  • Slingerland 8 inches walnut Ukelele
  • Many spunover rims ready to be but back to life. Some Buckbee, Fairbanks, 
  • Windsor  Rosewood and walnut zither 5 strings banjo in excellent condition ready for playing.


 

                         

                        Each banjo is a one of a kind 

 Most of the banjos I recover need a  new neck and some replacement parts.

I shape the necks using  manual tools ( raps, files, sanding blocks, chisels, drawknive, spokeshave) and take all the time necessary to make sure it is  comfortable and easy to play. Every neck is made with the best quality wood and parts. 

Inlays are Mother of pearl or Abalone, I do not use plastic or synthetic inlay material.

Most of the bindings are made of wood  ( curly maple, bloodwood, Ebony, ) and on some occasions I use plastic synthetic tortoise or binding to match an original binding on the rim or resonator.

All the replacement hardware parts are made of brass with or without nickle plating. I do not use cheap metal parts even on a low budget banjo.

It is a passion and my goal is to put back to life old banjos making sure that they will last a life time and sound at their best.  

 

                    

 

         Vintage wood rims for stability and sound

 Some of the best banjo makers are using submerge wood or old factory wood to make their banjo's rims. New knowledge  in the  banjo lutherie carries to use old wood to improve the sound quality of the instruments.

While recovering  vintage banjo rims,  I go in the same tendency. I am convinced  that it does  influences considerably the sound quality of the banjos. I also noticed as the density of wood is in most cases much higher than what is offered on the current market.

 Of course one day I will probably run out of good quality vintage  rims but for now it gives me the opportunity to offer great sounding banjos for a fraction of the price. 

These old  rims  crosses  the years without stumbling and were made to last.

    

      Nickle plated brass hardware and professional        quality replacement parts  

Using only the best hardware available I make sure that the banjos I build or restore are easy to set up and easy to keep in perfect shape. Not only high quality parts are easy to work with but they also raise the value of the instrument. they also  give the banjo a better sound.  

SOME INTERRESTING FACTS

 

THE VERY FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT WAS A FLUTE MADE OUT OF BONE 35,000 YEARS AGO 

BONE IS STILL IN USE TODAY FOR  BANJO BRIDGES AND NUTS.


THE INNER SHELL OF THE ABALONE IS TWICE AS RESISTANT AS THE CERAMICS THAT EVEN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CAN PRODUCE

THIS IS WY FRETBOARDS WITH LARGE MOP OR ABALONE  INLAYS SHOW LESS WEAR THAN EBONY WITH SIMPLE DOTS.