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“Mastertone copy”

China, recent, sunburst, flamed maple, chrome plated parts, flathead tonering, 2 pce flange, rosewood fbd with fancy pearloid inlays, almost unplayed condition, very nice quality with typical power and projection, EC, HC



Clifford Essex


c.1920s, 11” spunover rim, mahogany neck, ebony fbd, engraved inlays, original reverse geared tuners, no flanges and CE resonator probably later addition, plenty of volume in Irish tuning and nice easy player, VGC, HC



Clifford Essex

“New Paragon” Conversion

c.1930s, sunburst maple, rim & flange/resonator, top tension, patent archtop tonering , all original nickel pltd hardware, Vega ‘Tubaphone’ 19 fret, stained maple, tenor neck, c.1920s, period geared tuners, comes with original plectrum neck, late model of classic Irish reelist’s TB with great depth of tone,  EC, HC



Gibson “Granada”

c.1990s, shaded ‘Cremona brown’ stain, flamed maple neck & resonator, gold plated hardware, engraved tension hoop/tpce cover, rosewood fbd with ‘hearts & flowers’ inlays, 2 pce flange, 40 hole archtop tonering (unusual on postwar Gibsons, so likely custom order), superb instrument from Greg Rich era with some wear to gold plating but otherwise no repairs/refin etc, tremendous cut and projection for jazz or Celtic stylings, orig.hard case, EC.



Paramount “Aristocrat”

c.1928, nat.walnut, gold pltd fittings, rosewood fbd with engraved pearl inlays, multi coloured banding, archtop tonering, Paige tuners, some overspray otherwise no breaks or repairs, mid-range professional model by Wm. Lange of New York, classic jazzer but also good for Celtic stylings, EC, OHC



Paramount “Style A”

c.1927, nat.maple, nickel pltd fittings, rosewood fbd with fancy inlays, archtop tonering, Grover tuners, minor heel repair, strong sound and easy player, VGC, OHC



Reg Baynham (Surrey)

c.1970’s, mahogany neck/resonator, ebony fbd, pearl phd inlay, all aluminium rim with individual flanges, geared tuners, basic but good player for jazz or Celtic styles, HC, EC



Super Orpheum

No 3

c.1927, stained mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood resonator, carved heel, nickel pltd fittings, ebony fbd/phd with finely engraved pearl inlays, multi coloured banding, Paramount style archtop tonering, replaced tuners, refinished neck, otherwise no breaks or repairs, beautiful professional model by Wm. Lange of New York, good player for all styles, EC, OHC




“Little Wonder”

c.1930s, sunburst, maple, simple semi spunover tonering, ebony fbd/phd with Vega star, engraved flanges, geared Grovers, rare late model with some wear to the finish but no cracks/repairs, strong tone and easy player for jazz or Celtic stylings, VGC, HC



Vega Style R

“Whyte Laydie”

c.1928, 17 fret short scale (21”/530mm), large 12”/300mm rim with patent tonering, nat.maple rim/neck, ebony fbd/phd overlay with pearl stars & dots, close fitting 'pie section' resonator, new geared tuners, some playwear on neck but no damage or repairs, rare model and favourite Irish tune plucker, VGC, OHC



Vega Style R

“Whyte Laydie”

c.1930, nat.maple, ebony fbd, star inlays, patent flathead tonering, pie section resonator with individual flanges, nickel pltd hardware, geared Grovers, fine original player for jazz or Celtic stylings, EC, period HC.




By Lyon & Healey (Chicago)

c.1930s, natural maple, nickel pltd hardware, ebony fbd with fancy abalone inlays, birdseye maple resonator with fancy 'art deco' marquetry inlay & engraved flange, flathead 'doughnut' tonering,  Kerschner 'Unique' tpce, a top professional quality TB for all styles in exceptional original condition, EC, OHC




“Ambassador Supremus”

c.1920s, 10 5/8” spunover rim, 22 ½” scale, walnut, ebonised fbd, nickel pltd hardware, fancy pearl inlays, original reverse geared tuners, cast ‘Pyxe’ tpce, archtop tonering, some replaced hardware, crisp cutting tone for all styles and a lot of banjo for little outlay, VGC, orig.semi-hard case



Tenor Banjos

See also our selection of Tenor Guitars

All tenor banjos may be assumed to have full resonator and flange fittings except where noted.

All banjos sold as shown with calf vellum or plastic head fitted, except as detailed in description - please check if unsure. We are happy to change as required but will charge accordingly - please let us know prior to purchase

WE BUY, SELL AND EXCHANGE all fretted instruments - guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, Hawaiians, resophonics - in fact, anything cool, interesting or unusual!

Worldwide courier delivery can be arranged at cost.



b/s = back and sides : btn = button : inl = inlaid

fbd = fingerboard : pgd = pickguard : phd = peghead : pce = piece

tpce = tailpiece : t’shell = tortoiseshell

mop = mother of pearl : aba = abalone : adj = adjustable

HC = newer hard case : OHC = original hard case

OSC = original soft or semi-hard case : GB = gig bag


Mint/as new = all original unplayed condition

EC (Excellent Condition) = all original, no repairs/refinish unless noted, some playwear

VGC  (Very Good Condition) = basically all original, may have minor repairs/refinish but no other issues unless noted, moderate playwear

GC (Good Condition) = generally sound, possibly some repairs/refinish, may need work as noted, moderate to heavy playwear

PC (Poor Condition) =  Issues and work required as noted

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