Second Life Banjo

At Second Life banjo Every banjo is guaranteed and will be repair at no charge if defective.

 Shipping is included in the price for Canada and continental United States. The $120,00 budget for shipping will be refunded if the banjo is picked up at the shop.  Delivery time is usually 4 days after payment unless some modification are required by the buyer. 

Hard Shell case are included for most banjos. If you do not require a hard shell case the $150,00 budget for the case will also be refunded. Please read the banjo description  to make sure that the case is included.  

Railroad spikes ( fifth string capo) are installed for free. 


Every banjo is professionally set up and is ready for playing. All components have been put together with the most care and accuracy.  

I accept returns within 7 days after reception and give complete refund if the banjo is defective or does not correspond to the description . Other reasons may also be taken in consideration . ( Return and  shipping costs are not refundable )


 PLEASE TAKE NOTE:   The restored vintage banjos for sale  have small bruises or scratches. None of those will affect the banjo solidity or sound. Because some components are close to 100 years old, every part of those instruments have been carefully inspected, cleaned, polished and repaired when needed.


Minstrel banjo no 3/10

$ 1395 USD

This is no. 3 out of a serie of 10 minstrel banjos I have planned to build during the next 2 years. Every banjo has something unique. Great for old time music and clawhammer style. Presently strung with minstrel nylgut strings for low tuning, this banjo can be strung with classic banjo nylon or nylgut strings for standard tunings like double C or sawmill tuning. Please let me know the strings type and tuning you prefer and the banjo will prepared accordingly before shipping at no charge. One ply hard maple rim 12 inches in diameter. Sugar spalted maple neck harverted 5 years ago and air dried in my shop. 26 1/4 inches scale. 1 1/2 inch at the nut and 2 1/4 inches at the heel. Very comfortable neck. Bone nuts. Ebony pegs. Nylgut strings. Handmade bracket shoes and tension hoop. All raw brass hardware. Ebony tailpiece. Goatskin head. Nylgut Minstrel banjo strings. Plated Second life banjo / Carl Arcand No.1289-4 and ready for a century of music.

Old Time thin rim no 3 of 10

$ 1550 USD

THIS BANJO IS SOLD. To order no 4 /10 and up please contact me. Old time thin rim banjo This is no.3/10 of that serie. 3 1/8 inches deep one ply hard maple thin rim with a brass round rod ring.11 inches head, Handmade raw brass hardware parts, Arcand ''Sound opener'' tailpiece. Raw brass Gotoh tuners. Black walnut one piece neck, Ebony fingerboard and headstock veneers. double action truss rod. Goatskin, Medium gauge steel strings. Deep old time sound, A lot of volume and a great voice,perfect for jams. plays like a cloud, built to last centuries. Hardshell case included.. Plated Second Life Banjo/ Carl Arcand no.1288-4 ready to play.


Old time Classic banjo no.1280-4

$ 1850 USD

Beautiful solid late 1800's Victor Dobson spunover rim with a new black walnut neck. 

11 inches hard maple 1/4 inch thick rim from 120 years ago rim with a Rickard's Dobson tone ring. The rim is round, solid , with a thick nickel plated brass spunover.

The bracket shoes, hooks and tension nuts are also fabricated by Bill Rickard. 

New black walnut neck and dowel stick from a billet that was air dry in my shop for 5 years after aging 2 years in a shed. Neck is 1 3/8 inch wide at the nut and 2 inches at the heel. 

Ebony fingerboard and headstock veneers.

2 way adjustable truss rod accessible by the back of the neck. 

Grover tuners and Gotoh fifth string tuner. 

Goatskin head mounted on a brass hoop.

3/4 inch bridge, set for clawhammer.

Nylgut or steel strings. Your choice and no extra cost. 

Bone nuts.

Nickel plated brass no knot tailpiece and wire armrest.

TKL hardshell case. 

Plated Second Life Banjo no 1280-4 and ready for another century of music. 


Arcand Tubaphone No.1282-4

$ 2550 USD


All new Arcand Tubaphone banjo

11 inches diameter by 9/16 inch thick and 3 inches total deepness. hard rock maple rim with Ebony cap and wood bindings.

Nickel plated brass Tubaphone tone ring made by Bill Rickard.

All nickel plated brass hardware.

Jamaican Goatskin banjo head.

Hard rock figure maple one pieces neck with ebony fingerboard and heel cap.

Ebony headstock veneers.

Mother of pearl inlays, neck widths are 1 3/8 inch at the nut and 2 inches at the heel.

Neck scale is 25 1/2 inches. 

Nickel/silver frets.

Bone nuts.

Gotoh tuners and Gotoh fifth string tuners.

5/8 inch heavy gauge Moon bridge by Randy Stockwell.

Nickel plated brass Kershner adjustable tail piece.


Strung with medium gauge steel strings. 

TKL hardshell case.

Plated Second Life Banjo / Carl Arcand no.1282-4 ready for a century of music. 




1893 Fairbanks Electric serial No.14620

$ 1450 USD

Fairbanks Electric banjo from 122 years ago.

The original tuning pegs were replaced a while ago by Grover Champion tuners that still do the job perfectly. 

All the hooks, nuts, bolts, bracket shoes and the tension hoop are original and in very good condition. The 10 5/8 inches in diameter rim is also in very good condition. The brass '' Electric'' tone ring is stamped Pat.Dec. 30 1890. The goatskin is recent. 

The frets, the inlays and the fingerboard are also original but the ebony fingerboard needed to be re glued.  I also installed a truss rod to correct the neck bow. I re laminated one layer of pearwood that was falling apart and re glued the fingerboard that still had the maple and redwood laminations on. The neck is now straight with the correct relief and is strung with steel strings. The headstock veneer needed to be replaced. The cherry neck has been partly refinished.

The action is  1/8 of an inch at the last fret with a 1/2 inch Moon bridge.The scale is 25 inches. Fingerboard is 1 1/4 inch at the nut and 1 7/8 inch at the heel.

The No knot tailpiece and the Vega wire armrest replica are also new. 

This is not a collector's grade banjo because of the added parts but it's a great sounding and easy to play old time banjo with a history and a memory.

Plated Second Life banjo No 1273-4 and ready for another century of music. 

( The price is actually $1180,00  if the banjo is picked up at the shop and without a the TKL hardshell case. )

Arcand Hearts and flowers No 1271-4

$ 2640 USD

This new banjo was build to deliver the warm mahogany tone combine with the cast bronze tone ring sound.


The hard maple rim was turned to fit a rare cast nickel plated bronze one piece flange and a Rick Kulesh prototype 20 hole tone ring.

Mahogany resonator blank made by Jimmy Cox.

Hand made mahogany one piece neck, Double action truss rod. 1 1/4 inch at the nut and 1 7/8 inche at the heel . The neck is very comfortable. 

Ebony fingerboard and head stock veneer.

Mother of pearl inlays.

Gotoh tuners.

Kershner tailpiece.

Nickel plated brass hardware.

Ivoroid bindings and maple headstock binding contour.

Deep and powerful this unique bluegrass banjo will not let you down. 

TKL hard shell case included.

Build to last by Carl Arcand in June 2017 with top quality parts and a lot of love in my work. Plated Second Life banjo  No. 1271-4 

Arcand Dobson banjo 1269-9

$ 1750.00 USD

Sold to Patrick from France. This Dobson style banjo was build with the best parts on the market. Shipping and TKL hardshell case are included in the price. 

  • One piece neck made of North American black cherry wood aged on my shop for 4 years.
  • Adjustable truss rod, Ebony Fingerboard and headstock veneer.
  • Gotoh tuners.
  • Unbleached bone nut.
  • Mother of pearl inlays.
  • Jeff Menzies's  Jamaican goatskin head.
  • Bill Rickard's Dobson tone ring and hardware.
  • Hand made neck angle adjuster made by me.
  • 11/16 inch Ebony/maple bridge.
  • Medium gauge steel strings.
  • Wenge rim cap with marquetry binding.
  • 11 inches diameter hard maple 3/8 inch 2 ply rim.
  • 25 1/2 inches scale.

Hand made in Ulverton, Quebec, Canada.  


1921 Orpheum No.2 serial No.14151 short scale 5 strings banjo.

$ 2950 USD

1921 Orpheum No.2 Ruttberg and Lange banjo.Serial number 14151.  


Beautiful 12 1/4 inches in diameter hard maple 5/8 of an inch thick rim with a one piece maple cap and a very nice cap binding. The pot assembly is all original with large close end ball hook nuts. The bracket shoes and bolts, the tension hoop and the tone ring still have the original plating is very good condition. The nickel plated hooks are new.  The wood rim has been cleaned and lightly refinished with tru-oil. 

The 24 5/8 inches scale ebony fingerboard and headstock veneer are mounted on a hard rock north America sugar maplewood neck  laminated with ebony, maple and bloodwood.

A double action truss rod is installed in the neck to prevent neck bow or twist. The hand cut MOP inlays have the same patterns as the original tenor neck.

The set up includes a calfskin, a 5/8 moon bridge, a Presto or Kerschner tailpiece (at your choice), Gotoh tuners, medium gauge strings, bone nut,nickel / silver frets.

Neck dimensions are 1 5/16 inch width at the nut and 1 15/16 inch at the last fret. the thickness of the total neck is 7/8 inch from first to sixteen fret. Strings action is set at 2,2 mm at the last fret.

The banjo can be tunes in open G and in the key of A without capoing the neck. The sound is rich and deep in open G tuning, clean with a lot of voice when tuned in the key of A.  

The original untouched tenor neck is included. It's complete with all the inlays. Would benefit a frets job and the repair of small chip of ebony on the headstock veneer. 

A Superior hard shell bump case is included.

5 days shipping with Canada Post and USPS is included for United states of America and Canada. 

Plated Second Life Banjo No. 1252-4 and ready for another century of music.

Old Time 1243-4..

$ 2250 USD


SOLD to Ben. 

This banjo is no longer available.


Unmarked late 1800 or early 1900 very solid 5/16 inch thick hard maple with a Nickel Silver double spunover large 12 1/4 inches in diameter rim. It's the first one I see like this: The top of the rim is flat with the nickel cladding flat on top if it. Then there is a 5/16 inch diameter steel tone ring that holds in place with 2 steel pins. At first I taught of changing that steel tone ring for a brass one of the same dimension but waited to see how it sounds first. Well it's just great the way it is now. It reminds me of the Fairbanks and Vega banjos that also had a steel tone rings back in the same time period. 

Hand made black walnut one piece neck with ebony back plate and peg head veneer. Hand cut and engraved mother of pearl inlays,

  • 26 3/16 inches scale fingerboard with nickel silver frets and scoop platform at the 17th fret. Width at the nut is 1 3/8 inches and 2 inches at the heel.
  • Gotoh tuning machine
  • The bracket shoes and the tension hoop are also original to the pot. I had to groove the tension hoop where the fingerboard in joining the rim. it was un notched probably because the original neck had an extended fingerboard.
  • New calfskin head with solar system planets and their most important moons names. 
  • Aged Raw brass hand made neck angle adjuster. I made it very similar to the ones on the Cole banjos. The strings action is actually set at a shy 1/8 inch at the last fret but can be raised by simply using this adjustment system. Depending if you are a hard player or not.
  • The dowel stick brace that tightens the neck to the rim is quite unusual. it has top and sides adjustments screws. 
  • 5/8 heavy gauge moon bridge,
  • Original Fairbanks/Vega wire armrest. 
  • New nickel plated brass No Knot tailpiece. 
  • D'addario special custom 11-22 steel strings.
  • Superior hard shell case.

This is a one of a kind great sounding banjo. Loud and clear with bells singing with the highs and deep plunkys on the low notes. A real pleasure to hear and to play.  

Plated Second life banjo / Carl Arcand No 1243-4







Old time No. 1238-4 Nickel / silver spunover rim with a new fretless neck

$ 1840 USD

Beautiful 1/4 inch thick hard maple rim covered with a nickel silver double spunover skirt. it is in excellent shape with no cracks and close to perfectly round.

 A few small bruises are souvenirs from over a century of playing.

New black walnut one piece neck with a 14 inches radius wenge fingerboard. . 26 3/16 inches scale. neck width at the nut is 1 3/8 inch and 2 inches at the heel. Bone nuts, nylgut classic banjo strings. Abalone fleur de lis inlay and dots to every note position. 

Natural calfskin mounted on a square brass hoop. 

The original tension hoop has been modified to accept round hooks. 

New raw brass tension shoes, and hooks. 

Original hook nuts.

Gotoh raw brass tuning machine with amber buttons.

Hand made Ebony tailpiece with a abalone star. 

9/16 inch cherry/ maple bridge. 

Plated Second Life Banjo no. 1238-4 and ready for another century of playing. 

Superior hard shell case included.

Insured 4 days shipping included.





W.H. Plumbridge early 1900 classic 5 strings banjo

$ 1250.00 USD


Born in 1856 John E. Dallas started to make banjos with J E. Brewster in a small workshop in London's Oxford Street in 1873. At the height of the banjo boom he was making banjos and zither-banjos for other firms and teachers and some of the latter whose "branded" instruments were made for them by Dallas included W.H Plumbridge (Brighton)

This is a very high quality and in very good condition classic banjo from early 1900. 

The 11 inches diameter heavy rim is made of 1/2 inch thick walnut with a nice profile and a heavy gauge nickel plated brass spunover. The large bracket shoes are nickel plated with some plating wear so the raw brass is showing on some of them.

The hoop and the tension nuts, bolts, brass hooks and hook nuts are all original and plated brass with some wear so you can see the brass underneath in some areas. One shoe bolt is a replacement. 

The original brass tension hoop and  tailpiece have been recently re plated with nickel.

The one piece walnut neck with maple lamination is perfectly straight. The Ebony fingerboard with the nice mother of pearl stars and dots look like it was never played. The action is  easy with a 5/8 inch moon bridge. 

 I am not certain if the calfskin is the original or a replacement from long time ago.

The original nickel plated brass tuners with pot metal buttons are in excellent condition and hold the tension correctly.

 The banjo is strung with Nylgut strings but I can change them at no charge for ultra light steel strings if you prefer the steel strings sound. 

 This very rare and beautiful banjo delivers a deep forth string and a great old time sound. Despite a few bruises and small scratches the banjo show no playing wear. 

 Neck dimensions are 1 3/8 inch at the nut and 2 inches at the heel. Scale is 27 inches.  Weight is 6,5 pounds.

Plated Second Life Banjo No. 1201-4 restored by Carl Arcand in January 2014.