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This list covers standard ("G") scale open-back 5-string banjos used for frailing, clawhammer and old-time styles as well for accompanying singing. Longer scale instruments ("E" scale) and shorter scale instruments ("A" scale or "C" scale) will be found on their own lists.


Rover RB22P open-back 5-string banjo w/planetary tuners

Rover RB22P open-back 5-string banjo w/planetary tuners - 225.00

New Improved Model - now built in the UK. an entry-level old-time/frailing/clawhammer banjo from Saga - nicely built; fitted with planetary banjo tuners and a geared 5th string tuning peg, Fibreskyn head, No-Knot tailpiece, armrest and twin co-ordinator rods for great tuning stability.


This is the same banjo as the "Rover RB22" except that it has a slightly different peghead shape and planetary banjo tuners


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string). - a nice sound & good performance at a budget price ...


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Grafton

Grafton "Gem #2" open-back 5-string banjo - 245.00

A higher-grade entry-level/intermediate model of the "Gem" open-back 5-string which is a bit heavier than the standard "Gem" and the sound projects considerably more.... it has a clear, pretty loud tone suitable for frailing and clawhammer playing.


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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Rover RB110 open-back 5-string banjo

Rover RB110 open-back 5-string banjo - 265.00

A new version of this higher-grade entry-level/intermediate frailing/clawhammer model - great performance & nice "old-time" appearance at an affordable price!


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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Rover RB110 open-back Nylon strung 5-string banjo

Rover RB110 open-back Nylon strung 5-string banjo - 265.00

A new nylon strung version of this higher-grade entry-level/intermediate frailing/clawhammer model- great performance & nice "old-time" appearance at an affordable price!


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings.


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Grafton Clipper Working-Man P-200 open-back old-time 5-string banjo

Grafton Clipper Working-Man P-200 open-back old-time 5-string banjo - 325.00

A high-grade entry-level/intermediate model of a Grafton Clipper open-back 5-string. It has a clear, pretty loud tone suitable for frailing and clawhammer playing.


FREE with this banjo: Superior gig -bag, 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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Grafton Frosty Morning open back 'old time' 5-string Banjo with cutaway

Grafton Frosty Morning open back 'old time' 5-string Banjo with cutaway - 325.00

A nicely-finished higher-grade entry-level/intermediate model built here in the UK from imported parts


Nice old-time style, scooped fingerboard and great sound & action - very good value for money


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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*OFFER* Grafton P200 fretless open-back 5-string banjo

*OFFER* Grafton P200 fretless open-back 5-string banjo - 325.00

A nice little banjo for people who want to get into fretless playing. This is a well-finished higher-grade entry-level/intermediate model built here in the UK from imported parts.


It has real old-time style with nylon strings and a Remo Fiberskyn head (though you can buy this banjo with a calfskin vellum head if preferred). It plays very easily with a lovely action and has a really plunky sound. It's great value for money as compared to other fretless models presently available.


FREE with this banjo: gigbag, chromatic tuner and 1 set of top-quality spare strings.

 



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Grafton Clipper nylon-strung open-back 5-string banjo with cutaway

Grafton Clipper nylon-strung open-back 5-string banjo with cutaway - 475.00

An intermediate/semi-pro grade model at much the same price as lots of entry-level types. We believe that the "Clipper" is the best value-for-money open back 5-string available in the UK at the moment. It has loads of great features including a cutaway at the top if the fingerboard for those who like to play over the end of the neck - no extra charge!.This version has a really plunky sound witha Fibreskyn head and nylon strings


FREE with this banjo: 1 sets of top-quality spare strings.


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Grafton Clipper open-back 5-string banjo with cutaway

Grafton Clipper open-back 5-string banjo with cutaway - 475.00

An intermediate/semi-pro grade model at much the same price as lots of entry-level types. We believe that the "Clipper" is the best value-for-money open back 5-string available in the UK at the moment. It has loads of great features including a cutaway at the top if the fingerboard for those who like to play over the end of the neck - no extra charge!.


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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Grafton Clipper open-back 5-string banjo

Grafton Clipper open-back 5-string banjo - 475.00

An intermediate/semi-pro grade model at much the same price as lots of entry-level types. We believe that the "Clipper" is the best value-for-money open back 5-string available in the UK at the moment. It has loads of great features - just check out the specification


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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Grafton Clipper open-back 5-string banjo w/cutaway & calfskin head

Grafton Clipper open-back 5-string banjo w/cutaway & calfskin head - 495.00

An intermediate/semi-pro grade model at much the same price as lots of entry-level types. We believe that the "Clipper" is the best value-for-money open back 5-string available in the UK at the moment. It has loads of great features including a cutaway at the top if the fingerboard for those who like to play over the end of the neck - no extra charge!. To obtain that "seriously plunky" sound, we've fitted this version with a genuine calfskin vellum head.


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


For full details, please click on the line above - Velum heads are fitted to order usually 2 to 3 days.


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Grafton Clipper #3

Grafton Clipper #3 "White Lady" old-time open-back 5-string banjo with cutaway - 575.00

A great intermediate/semi-pro "old-time" model - loads of features including a "White Lady" tone ring, cutaway fingerboard and a seriously "plunky" sound.


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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Grafton Clipper #3

Grafton Clipper #3 "Tubaphone" old time open back 5-string banjo w/cutaway - 595.00

A great quality intermediate/semi-pro model; built for "old-time" banjo - loads of good features including a "Tubaphone" tone ring, cutaway fingerboard and a seriously "plunky" sound.


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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Grafton Sugar Mountain open back old-time 5-string banjo

Grafton Sugar Mountain open back old-time 5-string banjo - 595.00

Leaps and bounds ahead of other banjos in the price range.


This banjo has a very authentic sound due to the 8 piece block construction rim and American rolled brass tone ring.


The tone is second to none and plays beautifully.


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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Grafton Clipper #3.5

Grafton Clipper #3.5 "Little Wonder" open-back 5-string banjo with cutaway - 645.00

An intermediate/semi-pro grade model - by 1920's standards! Having made the "White Lady" & "Tubaphone" types, we decided to work from another model from the Vega range. We turned 3-ply maple rim and fitted it with a "Little Wonder" tone ring. It plays and sounds quite like a real pre-1939 "Little Wonder" and it incorporates loads of great features including a cutaway at the top of the fingerboard.


All Grafton Clipper #4 and #3.5 models feature hand turned and hand finished french polished rims that are produced here in our UK factory.


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


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Grafton Clipper #3.5 Special Electric open back old-time 5-string banjo

Grafton Clipper #3.5 Special Electric open back old-time 5-string banjo - 645.00

A lovely intermediate/semi-pro model - another banjo made in the classic Vega style; although technically a Fairbanks design, this model continued to be made by Vega up to the mid-20's.


Having made quite a few of the "high end" Vega's we are experimenting with making some models from the lower end of the range - but definitely not lower quality banjos. This model is based on the 'Special Electric'; a banjo that had the tone ring now commonly described as a "White Lady" but which lacked the bracket band of the trus "Whyte Laydie". This one has a top quality three ply maple rim with a 'White Lady' tone ring on the top which produces a wonderful tone. Without doubt one of the best we have made!.


Please note that this is not an electric instrument, the "Special Electric" was originaly a Vega design.


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string). This is a great intermediate-/semi-professional grade of banjo - for sound, playability and stability, it knocks spots off other, significantly more expensive, versions of this type of banjo. Built in the UK from imported parts.


All Grafton Clipper #4 and #3.5 models feature hand turned and hand finished french polished rims that are produced here in our UK factory.


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Grafton Clipper #3.5 Tubaphone (original Vega Tone ring) old-time open-back 5-string banjo

Grafton Clipper #3.5 Tubaphone (original Vega Tone ring) old-time open-back 5-string banjo - 645.00

Here is a very nice unique instrument featuring an original 1960's Vega Tubaphone tone ring and tension ring. The neck and rim have both been hand finished here in our UK workshop and the rim has also been hand turned too.


 


This banjo is virtually plays itself and is a real treat to play. 


 


 


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


 


 


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Grafton Clipper #4

Grafton Clipper #4 "White Lady" old-time open-back 5-string banjo with cutaway, 3-ply rim and bracket band - 725.00

This is a professional-grade model - a very "proper" & serious "old-time" banjo. It's probably the only "White Lady" style banjo commercially available with this type of specification (very similar to period Vega Whyte Laydie models). It has (as you would expect) a "White Lady" tone ring but it also has the bracket shoes shoes attached to a bracket band, just like the original Vega models. It also has a very dense 15mm 3-ply maple rim so it has tremendous presence. In addition to this, it has the usual cutaway fingerboard and a seriously "plunky" sound.


 


All Grafton Clipper #4 and #3.5 models feature hand turned and hand finished french polished rims that are produced here in our UK factory.


 


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


 


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Grafton Clipper #4

Grafton Clipper #4 "Little Wonder" open back 5-string banjo - 725.00

A professional-grade model - another very "proper" & serious "old-time" banjo. It's a really close reproduction of the period "Little Wonder" style banjo with a shallow rim, bracket band and "Little Wonder" tone ring. Featuring a very crisp sound.


 


 


In addition to this, it has the usual cutaway fingerboard and a seriously "plunky" sound.


 


 


All Grafton Clipper #4 and #3.5 models feature hand turned and hand finished french polished rims that are produced here in our UK factory.


 


 


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


 


 


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Grafton Clipper #4

Grafton Clipper #4 "Tubaphone" old-time open-back 5-string banjo with cutaway, 3-ply rim and bracket band - 745.00

A professional-grade model - another very "proper" & serious "old-time" banjo. It's a really close reproduction of the period "Tubaphone" style banjo with a shallow rim, bracket band and "Tubaphone" tone ring. It also has a very dense 15mm 3-ply maple rim so it has tremendous presence.


 


In addition to this, it has the usual cutaway fingerboard and a seriously "plunky" sound.


 


All Grafton Clipper #4 and #3.5 models feature hand turned and hand finished french polished rims that are produced here in our UK factory.


 


FREE with this banjo: 1 set of top-quality spare strings, a capo (for the 4 long strings) & a pair of fitted capo spikes (for the 5th string).


 


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The above listing is not necessarily exhaustive.  Whilst every effort is made to ensure that all the listed items are in stock, availability is subject to prior sale.
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