Vintage Banjo Catalogs & Literature


Out Of Print Digital Banjo Catalogs & Literature


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1912-14 THE BACON PROFESSIONAL BANJOS (Forestdale, VT)

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete reprint of the original 12 page catalog from the Forest Dale, Vermont days of this famous banjo company. Features 5-string "Professional" and "Grand Concert" models..."Bacon Professional No.1", "Bacon Professional No. 2", "Bacon Special", "Bacon Grand Concert", "Bacon Special Grand Concert", "Bacon Professional" Banjeaurine, and "Bacon" banjo mandolin (with same professional style internal resonator). Also shows embossed leather banjo cases, Bacon's "neverslip" bridge, Hartnett Adjustable Tone-Lever (forerunner to the B&D Soft-Pedal mute!), Hartnett Tone-Bar, Bacon-Goggin "Hold Fast" arm and leg rests, "no-knot" and Bacon-Kershner "Special" banjo tailpieces,as well as testimonials from many banjoists from the period including Frank Bradbury, B.V. Kershner, D.E. Hartnett and E.F. Goggin. This is an EXCELLENT quality reprint from the ORIGINAL catalog with good, crisp artwork. I know because I did the reprint myself back 30 years ago. ...a tremendous resource and only $3.75! Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1915 THE BANJOIST No. 7 Fred Bacon

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300dpi) of the complete rare original 20-page publication by Fred J. Bacon. "The Banjoist" was a monthly magazine devoted to the interest of the BANJO, MANDOLIN & GUITAR. Articles include "Facts About Banjo Music" by F. L. Keates, "Vaudeville Hints Continued" by Fred J. Bacon, "The Mandolin As A Musical Instrument" by James G. Lewis, Mandolin Solo "Loves Old Sweet Song" in musical notation arranged by Fred J. Bacon, Banjo Solo "The Stampede" by Fred J. Bacon in musical notation C notation w/4 string tuned to D, "And The Banjos Went On Playing" by F.L. Keates (poem/lyric only), Half page ad for The Foden Special Guitars (by C.F. Martin)along with ads by H.F. Odell & Co Boston, Stephen Shepard New Jersey, Jas H. Johnstone Albany,NY, Wm. C. Stahl, John Douglass, etc...Inside back cover includes list of places where "BACON" banjos and mandolin-banjos can be seen and purchased (agents) and the back cover shows and promotes the Bacon Professional FF banjo mandolin available from the New London Plant. This is an EXCELLENT quality PDF from the ORIGINAL. A great read. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1920s BACON BANJOS catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the rare complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" 24 page Bacon catalog. This digital catalog shows and describes all the Bacon Banjos available from the legendary Groton, CT Bacon Company at that time. Shown and described are:(tenors) STYLE C, PEERLESS, PEERLESS SPECIAL, STYLE B SPECIAL, B&D SUPER BANJOS, MONTANA SPECIAL, B&D SILVERBELL BANJOS (#1, #2, #3, #4, #6), MANDOLIN BANJOS (style C and Silverbell), BANJO UKULELES, STYLE C BACON GUITAR BANJO. Also includes numerous pages of testimonials as well as photos of endorsers with their Bacon banjos! ....a very interesting and important resource. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1920s BACON SILVERBELL NEWS Issue No. 6

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the rare complete ORIGINAL 24 page Bacon publication entitled BACON "SILVERBELL NEWS" Issue #6, Vol #6. This publication with Cowboy star "Montana" on the cover has page after page of photos of Bacon endorsers with their instruments. Also includes a photo of Fred Bacon and David Day. Loads of mind-numbing B&D banjos from the legendary Groton, CT Bacon Company. There's Roy Smeck with his B&D Silverbell #4, Frank Dodd with a rare B&D Silverbell #5, Francis Dunn with his B&D Ne Plus Ultra #6, Urban Horney with his #6 Montana Ne Plus Ultra....and countless others....a spellbinding and important resource. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1924 " B&D MARCH" Tenor Banjo Solo

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the ORIGINAL Tenor Banjo Solo from my personal archive. This 3 page PDF includes the original cover and two page sheet music from the "Silver Bell Series" . Composed by Charles R. Shibley. This is a sweet little folio that you can print and include in the case of your Bacon banjo. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1931 BACON BANJOS catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 4" x 9" sixteen-page catalog from my personal archive. This digital booklet covers all of the famous B&D Banjos available from The Bacon Banjo Company of Groton, CT at that time. Shown and described are: No. 1 B&D Special, No. 2 B&D Special, No. 3 B& D Special, Silverbell No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 6 Ne Plus Ultra, No. 7 Montana Special. Also has a 2 page center spread on the newly introduced Sultana Silverbell. In addition, all the other models available are described and priced. Last few pages include Bacon bridges and strings... this is a sweet little catalog and a tremendous resource. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

November 1908 THE CRESCENDO Monthly

- Offering a download containing quality scans of the RARE CRESCENDO Monthly publication devoted to the interests of the MANDOLIN GUITAR and BANJO. Official organ of the American Guild. This digital download includes all 16 numbered pages with loads of cool advertisements and articles. Gibson, Ditson, Grover, Farland, Dyer Brothers, No Knots, Hartnett, Fairbanks, Vega and others. Articles by Davison & Krick. Myron A. Bickford is highlighted in this issue and there's music for the mandolin , Guitar and 5 string banjo as well as programs of concerts and recitals. What an informative and entertaining read! Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire publication clearly.

August 1910 THE CRESCENDO Monthly

- Offering a download containing quality scans of the RARE CRESCENDO Monthly publication devoted to the interests of the MANDOLIN GUITAR and BANJO. Official organ of the American Guild. This digital download includes all 28 numbered pages with loads of cool advertisements and articles. Gibson, Grover, Washburn, Dyer Brothers, Stahl, Rogers Banjo Heads, Hartnett, Cole, Odell, Rettburg & Lange, Fairbanks, Vega and others. Articles by Giuseppe Pettine, George Durkee. Lloyd Loar is highlighted in this issue and there's music for the mandolin , Guitar and 5 string banjo as well as programs of concerts and recitals. What an informative and entertaining read! Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire publication clearly.

October 1910 THE CRESCENDO Monthly

- Offering a download containing quality scans of the RARE CRESCENDO Monthly publication devoted to the interests of the MANDOLIN GUITAR and BANJO. Official organ of the American Guild. This digital download includes all 28 numbered pages with loads of cool advertisements and articles. Gibson, Grover, Washburn, Dyer Brothers, Stahl, Rogers Banjo Heads, Hartnett, Cole, Odell, Rettburg & Lange, Fairbanks, Vega and others. Articles by Odell and Durkee. Carl Tschopp is highlighted in this issue and there's music for the mandolin , Guitar and 5 string banjo as well as programs of concerts and recitals. What an informative and entertaining read! Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire publication clearly.

November 1910 THE CRESCENDO Monthly

- Offering a download containing quality scans of the RARE CRESCENDO Monthly publication devoted to the interests of the MANDOLIN GUITAR and BANJO. Official organ of the American Guild. This digital download includes all 28 numbered pages with loads of cool advertisements and articles. Gibson, Grover, Washburn, Dyer Brothers, Stahl, Rogers Banjo Heads, Hartnett, Cole, Odell, Rettburg & Lange, Fairbanks, Vega and others. Articles by Odell and DeLano. C.S. DeLano is highlighted in this issue and there's music for the mandolin , Guitar and 5 string banjo as well as programs of concerts and recitals. What an informative and entertaining read! Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire publication clearly.

1928 EPIPHONE BANJO CATALOG

- Offering a download containing quality scans of the RARE 5" x 8" Epiphone Recording duotone Banjo reprint from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes all the top quality Epiphone banjos available at that time with illustrations and descriptions of the entire RECORDING line: Artist, Alhambra, Bandmaster, Concert, Concert Special, Deluxe, Dansant and the Emperor. Also includes the "popularly priced Epiphone banjos" like Mayfair, Rialto and Peerless. Epiphone Strings, Picks & accessories also included. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire catalog reprint clearly.

1970 FENDER BANJOS catalog

- Offering a download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" color catalog from my personal archive. This digital brochure shows and describes all the Fender Banjos available at that time. Shown and described are: ARTIST BLUEGRASS BANJO, CONCERT TONE CUSTOM BANJO (plectrum), CONCERT TONE CUSTOM BANJO (bluegrass 5 string) , ALLEGRO BLUEGRASS BANJO, CONCERT TONE TENOR, ARTIST TENOR, ALLEGRO TENOR, CONCERT TONE PLECTRUM, ARTIST PLECTRUM, ALLEGRO PLECTRUM, ARTIST 5-string EXTRA LONG BANJO, ALLEGRO 5-string EXTRA LONG BANJO, ARTIST FOLK BANJO (regular length 5 string) and ALLEGRO FOLK BANJO. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1989 FLATIRON BANJO COLLECTION catalog

-ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" Flatiron Banjo Collection brochure with pricelist (that includes prices for mandolins & banjos) from my personal archive. Flatiron/ division of Gibson days. This ORIGINAL 4-panel brochure is not dated showing and describing the Montana Rose, Montana Rose Deluxe, Silverbow, Sweetgrass, Curly Maple Sweetgrass and Bighorn. Back side shows Gibson Montana logo. The pricelist is dated January 1, 1989 and it has prices for all the banjos shown in the brochure and includes prices for Signature Series mandolins Model No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, Mandola models No. 1, No.2 & No.3, Octave Mandolin Model No. 3, Carved Top Mandolins A5, F5, Performer Series Cadet, Festival A, Performer A, Festival F, Performer F as well as accessories....See more photos ...

1967 FRAMUS BANJOS catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the complete ORIGINAL 7 3/4" x 7 3/4" six-page catalog from my personal archive. This digital brochure (original is one piece of paper folded three times to produce SIX well-illustrated pages) includes each and every page if full detail. It shows and describes the complete banjo line available from this German manufacturer at that time. Shown and described are : TENOR BANJO models 6/274 , 6/174 and 6/74. FIVE STRING BANJO models 6/75, 6/275 , 6/175 and long neck 6/175 PS. Also shows and describes GUITAR BANJO models 6/76 and 6/176. There is one MANDOLIN BANJO model 6/78 as well. Undated. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1926 GIBSON MASTERTONE BANJOS catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete 19 page catalog reprint from my personal archive. This digital catalog shows and describes Gibson's Banjos You'll Love To Play....including: TB-5, Granada, TB-4, TB-3, TB-2, TB-1, TB-0, PB-3 (plectrum), GB-3 (guitar banjo), MB-3 (mandolin banjo), UB-2 (uke banjo) as well as some pretty cool photos of banjo bands and some neat old accessories. Undated. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1930-31 GIBSON BANJOS GUITARS MANDOLINS UKULELES catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (150 dpi) of the complete ORIGINAL 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" sixty-eight page catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes each and every page in full detail. It shows and describes Gibson's extensive line of banjos, ukulele banjos, guitars, tenor guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, mandolas, mando cellos, harp guitar and mandobass available at that time. Shows the early 1-piece flange banjo models with double-cut peghead. Shown and described are : BANJOS...New All American, Florentine, TB-6, TB-Granada, TB-4,TB-3, TB-2, TB-1, PB-4, PB-1, RB-3, RB-1, MB-3, MB-2, GB-3, Bass Banjo, UB-1, UB-2, UB- 3, UB-4. GUITARS...L-5 , L-4, L-3, Nick Lucas, L-2, L-1, L-0, TG-1, UKULELES...TU (tenor), Style 1, Style 2, Style 3. MANDOLINS....F-5 (Fern), F-4, F-2, A-4, A, A-0, H-5 mandola (fern), K-5 mando-cello, Style U harp-guitar, Style J mando-bass. Includes LOADS of cool photos of endorsers with their instruments, orchestras, hawaiian players, etc. Undated. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1937 GIBSON Catalog Y

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (150 dpi) of the complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" eighty-eight page Gibson catalog Y from MY personal archive. My digital catalog includes each and every page in full detail showing and describing Gibson's extensive line of TENOR BANJOS...TB-00, TB-1, TB-11, TB-75 also Top Tension TB-7 , TB-12 and TB-18. PLECTRUM BANJO..PB-1. FIVE STRING BANJOS...RB-75. MANDOLIN BANJOS...MB-00. ARCHTOP GUITARS...L-30 (new finish), L-37, L-50, L-4, L-7, L-10, L-12, L-5 and Super "400". FLATTOP GUITARS....Nick Lucas, Advanced Jumbo, Jumbo "35", Century Model (L-C), L-00, L-0. HAWAIIAN GUITARS.... HG-00, Roy Smeck Model. ELECTRIC HAWAIIAN GUITARS...EH-100, EH-150 and Double Neck Hawaiian. ELECTRIC ARCHTOP GUITAR...ES-150 (Charlie Christian) and Electric Mandolin EM-150 with CC pickup. MANDOLINS...F-5 Fern, F-7, F-4, A-50, A-1 and A-00. Also H-0 Mandola, Style U Harp Guitar, Style J Mando-Bass, Uke-1, TU Tenor Uke, UB-1 Uke Banjo as well as pages of accessories, picks, strings, steels, bridges, tuners, banjo supplies,etc. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire catalog clearly.

1939 GIBSON Catalog AA

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the complete ORIGINAL 7" x 10" fifty-seven page Gibson catalog AA from MY personal archive. My digital catalog includes each and every page in full 300 dpi detail as well as some supplementary material unavailable on the other available Download of this catalog. It shows and describes Gibson's extensive line of TENOR BANJOS...TB-00, TB-11, TB-75 also Top Tension TB-7 and TB-18. FIVE STRING BANJOS...RB-75. MANDOLIN BANJOS...MB-00. ARCHTOP GUITARS...L-30, L-37, L-50, L-4, L-7, L-12, L-5, L-5 Cutaway, Super "400" and Super "400" Cutaway. FLATTOP GUITARS....L-0, L-00, Jumbo "35", Jumbo "55", Super Jumbo "100" and Super Jumbo "200". HAWAIIAN GUITARS....HG-00, Roy Smeck Model. ELECTRIC HAWAIIAN GUITARS...EH-100, EH-150, EH-185. ELECTRIC ARCHTOP GUITARS...ES-100, ES-150, ES-250 as well as pages of accessories. Includes Price Changes effective October 25, 1939 AND the rare "Supplement to Catalog AA" dated October 1, 1940 with NEW EH-275, EH-185, ES-300, EH-100 , ES-100, ES-150, etc. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire catalog clearly.

1947 GIBSON catalogue

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the RARE complete ORIGINAL 7" x 10" catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes every page of the original catalog showing and describing the complete line of fine acoustic instruments produced by Gibson at this time. Includes illustrations and descriptions of: Super 400, L-5, Super 300, L-12, L-7C, L-4, L-50, L-48, TG-50, GS-1, J-200, SJ, J-45, J-50, LG-2, CF-100 GUITARS. F-12 and A-50 MANDOLINS. RB-150 and TB-100 BANJOS. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire catalog very clearly. Great reference material.

1951 GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS Catalogue

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the RARE complete ORIGINAL 7" x 10" catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes every page of the original catalog showing and describing the complete line of fine acoustic guitars, banjos and mandolins produced by Gibson at this time. Includes illustrations and descriptions of: GUITARS...Super 400 Cutaway, L-5 (natural), Super 300, L-7C, L-4C, L-48, J-200, SJ, J-45, J-50,L-50, TG-50, Gibson Classic Guitar, GS-2, LG-2, LG-3, CF-100, J-185. MANDOLINS... F-12, A-50, EM-150 and Florentine Electric. BANJOS...TB-250, RB-150, TB-100 and TU-1 uke!! Stars with Gibson guitars featured on the back cover! Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire catalog very clearly. Great reference material.

1962 GIBSON GUITARS & AMPLIFIERS catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes each and every page if full detail. It shows and describes Gibson's extensive full line of guitars, amps , etc available at that time. Shown and described are : Guitars...Byrdland, ES-350, ES-355TD / ES-355TD-SV, Barney Kessel, ES-330T / ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-125TC, ES-125T / ES-125T , ES-140T , Les Paul Standard, Custom, Les Paul Special, TV, Les Paul Junior, Melody Maker, Melody Maker , Super 400CES, Johnny Smith, L-5CES, ES-175D, ES-125. Basses.... EB-0, EB-3, EB-6. Doublenecks..... Double 12, Double Mandolin. Steel Guitars.... Multiharp, EH-620 Electraharp, EH-820 Electraharp, EH-610 Electraharp, Skylark, CG-520 / CG-530 Console Grande, Century- 6. Amplifiers.... GA-1RT Maestro Reverb Echo, GA-2RT Maestro Deluxe Reverb Echo, GA-5 /GA-5T Skylark, GA-8 / GA-8T Discoverer, GA-6 Lancer, GA-18T Explorer, GA-20T Ranger, GA-30RV Invader, GA-40T Les Paul Model, GA-77RV Vanguard, GA-79RV Stereo-Reverb,GA-80T "Vari-Tone", GA-100 Bass, GA-200, GA-400, GA-15RV Maestro 15 RV, GA-16T Maestro Viscount, GA-45T /GA-45RV, GA-78RV Maestro Stereo. Acoustic Guitars... J-200N,Hummingbird, B-45-12, SJN Country Western, SJ Southerner Jumbo, J-45, J-50, J-160, LG-0, LG-1, LG-2 / LG-2 , LG-3, C-1 / C-1E, C-2, C-6, Super 400 C, L-4CN, L-7C, L-5CN / L-5CT,L-48, L-50, TG-0, TG-50 / ETG-150. Banjos.... RB-100, RB-170, RB-250, TB-100, TB-250. Mandolins... A-5 Florentine, F-5 Artist, F-12 Artist, Florentine Electric, EM-150, A-40, A-50. Ukuleles... Uke-1, TU-1, BU-1 . Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1967-68 GIBSON FOLK INSTRUMENTS

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" brochure from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes all twelve pages in full detail. It features Gibson's line of flattops, classics, banjos and tenor guitars available at that time. Shown and described are : J-200, Dove, Hummingbird, J-160E, Everly Brothers, SJN, J-45,B-25, LG-1, LG-0, FJ Folk Singer, F-25 Folk Singer, B45-12, B25-12, C-8 Grand Classic, C-6 Custom Richard Pick , C-4, C-2, Flamenco 2, C-1D, C-1E, C-0, TB-250, TB-100, RB-250 ("bowtie"), RB-100, RB-170, RB-180, RB-175, ETG-150, TG-25N, TG-0. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1966 GIBSON FULL LINE CATALOG

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 9" x 12" Gibson 48-page FULL LINE color catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes all pages in full detail. It features Gibson's complete line of guitars and amplifiers as well as mandolins, banjos and steel guitars. In addition to the gorgeous full-page spread on the sunburst Super 400CES, you will see great color photos and complete descriptions of the Johnny Smith, Trini Lopez Deluxe, Trini Lopez Standard, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, Super 400CES, L-5 CES, ES-175D, ES-125CD,ES-125, Byrdland, ES-355TD-SV, ES-345TDC, ES-335TDC, ES-330TD, ES-125TDC, ES-140T 3/4, ES-125T, ES-120T,ES335-12, Firebird V-12, SG Custom, SG Standard, SG Special, SG Junior, Melody Maker, Firebird VII, Firebird V, Firebird III, Firebird I, Thunderbird IV, Thunderbird II, EB-3, EB-0, EB-2, Double 12, Double Mandolin, Double Bass, over 15 different amplifiers (including the rare and desireable GA79RVT, J-200, Dove, Heritage, Everly Brothers, Hummingbird, SJ Southerner Jumbo, J-50, J-45, J-160E, B-25, LG-1, LG-0, FJ-N, F-25, B-45-12, B-25-12, C-8 classic, C-6 Richard Pick Custom, C-4, C-2, C-1D, C-1, C-0, Flamenco 2, ETG-150 electric tenor, TG-25, TG-0, TB-800, TB-500, TB-250, RB-800, RB-250, RB-100, RB-170, RB-175, PB-250, PB-100, Super 400C, L-5C, L-7C, L-4C, L-50, F-5 Artist, F-12 Artist, A-5 Florentine, Florentine Electric mandolin, EM-150, A-50, A-40, Century 6 and Skylark Lap Steels an Electraharp and Console Grande too! Quite simply the finest catalog any Gibson fan could hope to have! Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1975 GIBSON BANJO SERIES

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 7 1/2" x 11" brochure from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes all twelve pages in full detail. It shows and describes Gibson's full line of banjos available at that time. Shown and described are : All American (5-string!), RB-800, RB-350, RB-250, RB-100, Florentine Tenor, TB-800 and PB-800. Also describes TB-100, TB-250 and PB-250 (all three not shown). Roy Clark on the cover playing his Mastertone! Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1980 GIBSON GUITARS catalog

- Offering a Download containing scans of the complete ORIGINAL color catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes each and every page. It shows and describes: Electric guitars...Kalamazoo Award Model, Super V CES, Super 400CES, L-5CES, JSD, Byrdland, Super 400C, L-5C, Howard Roberts Artist, Howard Roberts Custom, Howard Roberts Fusion, ES-175/CC, ES-175D Les Pauls: Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, Les Paul Custom, Les Paul Pro Deluxe, Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Deluxe. Thinline guitars...ES- Artist, ES-355TDSV, ES-347TD, ES-345TDSV, ES-335PRO, ES-335TD. Solid body guitars...Flying V-II, L-5S, Explorer II, 335-S Deluxe, SG Standard, EDS-1275, RD Artist, The "Paul" (Standard), The "SG" (Standard), 335-S Custom, The "Paul" (Deluxe), The "SG" (Deluxe), 335-S Standard, Sonex-180 Custom, Sonex-180 Standard, Sonex-180. Deluxe Basses... RD Artist bass, Ripper L9-S, G3, Grabber. Acoustic Guitars... J-200, Dove, Heritage, Hummingbird, J-55, J-50/a>, J-45, J-40. Banjos & Mandolin... F-5L, All American, Florentine, 800 series, 250 series. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document.

1982 GOLD STAR BANJO catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" color brochure from my personal archive. This digital brochure is a single piece of paper folded in thirds to produce 6 full color pages showing and describing Gold Star mahogany and maple ARCHTOP series banjos available at that time. Shown and described are : Hearts & Flowers Model HF12 (maple), Model HF11 (mahogany), Model FE11 (Flying Eagle mahogany), Wreath Models W11 (mahogany) and Model W12 (maple). Also includes 1982 dealer pricelist with discount prices included. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1982 GOLD STAR BANJO catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" color brochure from my personal archive. This digital brochure is a single piece of paper folded in thirds to produce 6 full color pages showing and describing Gold Star mahogany FLATHEAD series banjos available at that time. Shown and described are : GF100FE (Flying Eagle), GF100W (Wreath), GF100 HF (Hearts & Flowers) and GF85 (RB-3 inlay). Additional photos show construction details making these some of the finest production banjos made. Also includes 1982 dealer pricelist with discount prices included. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire document clearly.

1975 GREAT LAKES Banjo catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the RARE complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" 25-page catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog shows and describes the complete line of top quality open back and resonator banjos produced by the way-too-short-lived Great Lakes Banjo Co. in Ann Arbor Michigan at this time. Illustrations and descriptions of all the 5 string banjos included: Vanguard, Standard, Blue Ribbon, No. 4, No. 5, Bill Keith Special, Elite and Presentation. Also includes the original price list dated June 1st, 1975. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire catalog clearly. Can't be without this one!

1978 Iida BANJOS Catalogue

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the RARE complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" FULL color catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog includes every page of the original catalog showing and describing the complete line of fine BANJOS produced by Iida at this time. Color illustrations and descriptions of: FIVE STRING Models 223 & 225, Model 226 & 229, Models 227, 230 & 231, Models 232-1 & 233, BELLA DONNA (Vega Tubaphone #9 style), Model 235 mastertone copy (available in 4 different inlay patterns), Model 237, 239 & 240, Model FB550 & FB440 open back Folk Banjos, Model 227BM (banjo mandolin), Model 260 SIX string banjo, and Models 239T (tenor) and 231P (plectrum). Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire catalog very clearly. Great reference material.

1925 Lyon & Healy, Inc GUARANTEE

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the RARE ORIGINAL 1925 Lyon & Healy, Inc GUARANTEE from my personal archive. This digital facsimile shows both sides of the original 3 1/2" x 8" color guarantee that was included with all Lyon & Healy or Washburn instruments offered at this time. Delightful bit of memorabilia or you can print it to include with your vintage Washburn or Lyon & Healy banjo, guitar, mandolin,etc. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print both sides clearly.

1935 PARAMOUNT & LANGESTILE BANJO Brochure

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of some RARE prewar Paramount pages containing illustrations and information on their late production banjos. There are a total of SIX pages excerpted from a 1935 catalog of a major retailier showing "STUDENT PRINCE" tenors, "LANGE CRAFT" model numbers 14, 18, 20 & 24 and PARAMOUNT Style 1, Style X & Style B. Additionally there are a couple of rarely seen Paramount "NEW MODELS" called "The Trooper" & "The Rhythm Special"! This exciting collection also includes a couple of pages of interesting banjo accessories as well. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or PRINT the entire collection clearly.

1930 SUPER-PARAMOUNT BANJO Brochure

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the RARE complete reprint of the 8 1/2" x 11" prewar Paramount brochure with 16 black & white pages (not counting covers) containing illustrations and information on these banjos. Shows Paramount Style No. 1, Style B, Leader, Aristocrat Special, Artcraft, Super Paramount models..., Artist Supreme, Artist Professional, Artist Supreme and the unique Paramount Spanish Guitar too! Good reference if you missed out on this reprint. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or PRINT the entire brochure clearly.

PROVIDENCE GUITAR & BANJO brochure (undated, est 1969)

- Offering a Download containing high quality scan (300 dpi) of the RARE ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" 4-panel brochure showing complete banjos as well as repro necks. This single page 4-panel black and white brochure shows and describes the Mastertone-style banjos and reproduction Mastertone necks offered by Providence Guitar & Banjo at this time. Undated my current best guess is 1969. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or PRINT the entire brochure clearly.

1982 SAGA BANJOS catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the RARE complete ORIGINAL Saga Banjos catalog shown. This digital catalog of 6 scans shows and describes the complete line of banjos offered at that time. Illustrations and descriptions of Style I, Style II, Special Florentine, Style III, Student and Bella Voce as well as specifications. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire catalog clearly.

1980s SAGA BANJO KITS CATALOG

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the RARE complete ORIGINAL 9" x 12" catalog with 11 numbered pages (not counting covers) of photos and information on SAGA BANJO KITS. Features The RK-6 based on classic banjo designs from the mid-30s, the RK-4 , OK-4 (Whyte Laydie), RK-2 and OK-2, along with a page of accessories and another with all specifications. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or PRINT the entire manual very clearly. Brilliant out of print reference.

1930s SLINGERLAND GUITAR BANJO MANDOLIN UKE Catalogue

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the RARE complete ORIGINAL 4" x 9" undated (30s era) catalog with 24 numbered pages. This digital catalog includes every page of the original catalog showing and describing the complete line of fine Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins and Ukuleles produced by Slingerland at this time. Includes illustrations and descriptions of: ARCHED TOP GUITARS...NITE HAWK no.83, SONGSTER no. 81, MAYBELLS no. 76, no. 82, no. 84 and no. 85; FLAT TOP GUITARS...MAYBELL no. 25, no. 7, no. 75, no. 5, no. 24...COLLEGE PAL GUITARS no. 0 , no. 1, no. 2; MANDOLINS...SONGSTER no. 181, MAYBELL no. 182, no. 32; BANJOS...MAYBELL, TROUBADOUR, DELUXE no. 454, SONGSTER, RECORDING NITE HAWK no. 428 & MAYBELL QUEEN. Also includes a page of 5 ukes and prices on all instruments. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or print the entire catalog very clearly. Great reference material.

1977 ARTHUR E. SMITH BANJOS catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300 dpi) of the RARE complete ORIGINAL 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" 16-page catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog shows and describes the complete line of quality banjos produced by this too-short-lived Massachusetts company. Shown and described are the following FIVE string banjos: Northhampton, Shelburne I, II, III, IV and Professional (internal resonators). Also photos from the shop and detailed illustrations of necks and pots. Cool Original digital catalog and a tremendous resource. Dated 1977. Includes 1977 price list. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire catalog in ultimate clarity.

1912 VEGA BANJOS catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the RARE complete 16 page catalog reprint from my personal archive. This digital catalog shows and describes the complete line of Vega Regular Banjos. Shown and described are: Special No. 2, Regent, "Electric" Style C, Whyte Laydie No. 2, Whyte Laydie No. 7, Tu-ba-phone No. 3, Tu-ba-phone No. 9, "DeLuxe" Tu-ba-phone and Style G "Whyte Laydie" banjorine! Also some other models which are not shown, are described. Cool digital catalog and a tremendous resource. Undated but about 1912. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire catalog very clearly.

1928 VEGA VEGAPHONE BANJOS & VEGAVOX catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the RARE complete 8" x 11" 24 page catalog reprint from my personal archive. This digital catalog shows and describes the complete line of Vega Regular Banjos. Shown and described are: Style "N" Special Tenor (w/res & flanges), "Little Wonder" Special Tenor (ditto), "Whyte Laydie" Special Tenor, Little Wonder open back, "Professional" Tenor, "Soloist" Vegaphone, "Artist" Vegaphone, "Deluxe" Vegaphone. Includes illustrations and descriptions of Vegavox models I, II, III, IV, Vega Tenor Guitar and Tenor Lute. Strings, cases, artists with their Vegas too!! Also a page describing (not shown) the rare "Ultra Deluxe" Vegaphone and VegaVox models that were available on special order basis. Cool digital catalog and a tremendous resource. Undated. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire catalog very clearly.

1930s VEGA BANJOS catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the RARE complete ORIGINAL 8" x 11" 24 page catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog shows and describes the complete line of Vega Regular Banjos. Shown and described are: Style "N" Tenor, "Little Wonder" Tenor, "Whyte Laydie" Tenor, "M" Tubaphone Tenor, "Senator" Plectrum Banjo, Regent Plectrum Banjo, "No. 2 Whyte Laydie" Plectrum, "No. 7 Whyte Laydie" (5 string), No. 3 Tubaphone Plectrum, "Regular Five String" (tubaphone #3 w/gryphon), "Style K" mandolin banjo, "Little Wonder" mandolin banjo, "L Whyte Laydie" mandolin banjo, "S Tubaphone" mandolin banjo, "X" Tubaphone mandolin banjo, Vega "Little Wonder" Guitar Banjo, Vega "M" Tubaphone Guitar Banjo. Also accessories like the "Magnatone" pie-plate hub cap resonator, Vega bridge , strings "Construction Features." Cool Original digital catalog and a tremendous resource. Undated. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire catalog very clearly.

1968 VEGA BANJOS brochure

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" 4 page brochure from my personal archive. This digital brochure shows and describes 12 Vega Banjos available from Vega Instrument Co., Inc at that time. Shown and described are: RANGER, PRO II, WONDER, EARL SCRUGGS MARK II, SONNY OSBORNE, SCRUGGS SOLOIST, V.I.P., VEGA VOX I, VEGA VOX III, VEGA VOX IV, FOLKLORE and PETE SEEGER . Dated September 1968, this is a neat little digital brochure and a tremendous resource. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print clearly the entire document.

1970 VEGA BANJOS brochure

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 8 1/2" x 11" 4 page brochure from my personal archive. This digital brochure shows and describes 7 Vega Banjos available from Vega of Boston (A Part Of The CF Martin Organisation) at that time. Shown and described are: "WONDER", BOBBY JOE FENSTER, VEGA VOX I, VEGA VOX IV, FOLKLORE, PETE SEEGER and V.I.P. dated Fall 1970, this is a neat little digital brochure and a tremendous resource. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire 4 page very clearly.

1971 VEGA BANJOS , BANJO PARTS PRICELIST

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 1971 VEGA BANJOS and BANJO PARTS PRICELIST. This 3 1/2" x 9" (closed) single piece of heavy stock paper that opens to 7 ½" x 9" contains prices on banjos , cases and accessories offered by VEGA. Effective date is June 1, 1971....Vega was under the CF Martin Organisation ownership at this time. Includes prices on some cool models offered .... V.I.P, Vega Vox I, Vega Vox IV, Vox-45, Vox-Ultra V, Peter Seeger, etc... Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire pricelist clearly.

1972 VEGA BANJOS (C.F. Martin) catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans (300dpi) of the complete ORIGINAL sixteen page full color catalog from my personal archive. This digital publication shows and describes the complete line of Vega Banjos available from The CF Martin Organisation at that time. (On May 15, 1970 Vega of Boston became a part of the C. F. Martin Organisation). Shown and described are: V-45, VEGA VOX I, VEGA VOX IV, PROFESSIONAL, WONDER, VIP, V-41, SS-5 FOLKLORE and PS-5 PETE SEEGER. dated Spring 1972, this is a stunning color catalog and a tremendous resource. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire 4 page very clearly.

1976 VEGA BANJOS Catalog

- Offering a Download containing high quality scans of the complete ORIGINAL 4" x 9" twenty-page booklet style catalog from my personal archive. This digital catalog shows and describes Vega Banjos available from Vega (A Part Of The CF Martin Organisation) at that time. Shown and described are : "Folk Wonder", "Folk V.I.P.", "No. 2 Tu- Ba-Phone XL" (long neck), "No. 2 Tu-Ba-Phone", "V.I.P.", "Wonder", "Vega Vox I", "V-41", "Vega Vox IV" , "V-45", "Vega Vox 45" and the top of the line "Ultra-Vox V". dated January 1976, this is a neat little digital brochure and a tremendous resource. Download includes PDF continuous document so you can see or print the entire catalog very clearly.

Huge Lot of Vintage Banjo Spec Sheets

- Offering for your enjoyment and edification, a PDF download containing high quality black and white scans of some of the banjos that have passed through my shop over the years. Some of the many banjos that passed through my shop over the years lingered just long enough for me to get a copy of their inlay patterns. Time permitting I'd take the necks to the local copy store and lay them right on the glass. The resulting actual size copies of pegheads and fingerboards were then pasted to a standard 8 1/2" x 11" page and kept for reference. I found them very useful when it came to restoration or building. Over the years many fellow banjo enthusiasts have requested copies of these sheets so I'm making them available digitally in PDF continuous document format. All together there are over 50 scans I think...some of the Banjos included are: 1900s Acme Professional 5 string .. 1930s B&D Montana #1 Silverbell Plectrum 1920s B&D Montana #1 Silverbell Tenor c.1929 B&D Montana #3 Silverbell Tenor c.1925 B&D Silverbell #1 Tenor 1935 B&D Serenader #1 Silverbell Tenor c.1908 Bacon Professional FF İChubby Dragonİ c.1910 Bacon Special Grand Concert W. A. Cole 5 string W. A. Cole ECLIPSE İMan In The Moonİ Epiphone B Recording Tenor Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No 2 #20788 Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No 2 #20788 Gryphon Peghead Gibson TB-2 No. 8851-19 Tenor Gibson TB-3 "Wreath" Tenor Orpheum #3 Special 5-string Orpheum #3 Special 5-string (Detailing Carved Heel) Orpheum #3 & Paramount A Pegheads Paramount Style A Tenor Paramount Style B Tenor Paramount Style E Plectrum Paramount Style E Plectrum (Detailing Peghead & Carved Heel) Paramount Style A Peghead Stewart Special Thoroughbred sn 57113 Fairbanks-Vega Tubaphone #3 İFlowerpotİ Fairbanks-Vega Tubaphone #9 styleX no49304 Fairbanks-Vega Tubaphone #9 Style X Peghead Fairbanks-Vega Tubaphone #9 Style X Peghead Backside Vega Tubaphone #9 Style X no54397 (short scale Tenor) THREE Vega Tubaphone #9 Pegheads Vega Artist Peghead no69750 Vega Whyte Laydie #7 Plectrum no51838 Vega Whyte Laydie #7 Flowerpot (Detail Peghead) FOUR different Vega Pegheads Vega Vegaphone Artist Tenor No 69750 Washburn 5-string Vine Inlay Weymann Style 1 Tenor No38596 Fairbanks WhyteLaydie #7 No21508 Vega Whyte Laydie #7 "Flowerpot" No68852 Vega Whyte Laydie #7 "Flowerpot" No68851 These prove to be very useful reference sheets for builders and restorers. Download includes PDF continuous document allowing you to see or PRINT the entire manual very clearly. $9.99

Huge Collection - 52 Hi Grade Vintage 5 string Banjos

- Offering for your enjoyment and edification, a download containing high quality scans of some of the finest 5 string banjos that have been photographed over the years in PDF format. Some were fortunate enough to locate and purchase one of the limited edition (only 500 produced) banjo cards showing, in high resolution color photos, the mind-numbing collection of open back banjos assembled by one of the world's most distinguished collectors. Here, in high resolution, is a collection of 52 different high grade 5 strings. The collection has been painstakingly edited to afford a single page view of both the catalog view of the banjo fingerboard and peghead alongside the banjo card full view. I'm making them available digitally in PDF continuous document format. All together there are 52 scans and, as mentioned, each scan shows BOTH the catalog view and the banjo card view in much larger format than the original cards and catalog. I think it was worth the enormous effort. the FIVE STRING Banjos included are: George Washburn Vine Inlay .. J.C. Haynes Baystate fancy engraved pearl George Washburn tree of life H.C. Dobson Presentation A.C. Fairbanks Special Electric No. 6 A.C. Fairbanks Special Electric No. 5 A.C. Fairbanks Whyte Laydie No. 7 Vega Whyte Laydie No. 7 Weymann & Son Vine Inlay Weymann & Son Presentation Grade inlay Weymann & Son Double Vine Inlay N.B. Curtiss Vine Inlay Bacon Special Grand Concert Luscomb fancy inlay W.A. Cole "Butterfly" Eclipse Buckbee fancy inlay Ed L. Bailey Continuous Vine Inlay R.S. Williams Echo 800 vine inlays H.C. Dobson wood inlaid vine fingerboard R.C. Williams fancy inlays Dobson fancy inlay H.C. Dobson fretless with exceptional pearl inlay H.C. Dobson fancy floral inlay peghead Dobson completely pearl inlaid W.A. Cole Eclipse "Man-in-Moon� W.A. Cole Eclipse "Butterfly" (2nd variation) W.A. Cole FANCY & carved Fairbanks & Cole Fancy inlaid Flush Fret Dobson FRETLESS with engraved figure inlays E.C. Dobson fancy star inlays Dobson multi-piece star inlay peghead Dobson FRETLESS wood marquetry inlaid fingerboard C.E. Dobson Great Echo fancy G.C. Dobson VICTOR PROFESSIONAL G.C. Dobson VICTOR CONCERT Dobson w/delicate fancy inlays J.B. Schall plectrum J.B. Schall 5 string, w/decorative metal peghead Vega Whyte Laydie #7 "FERN" peghead J.B. Schalll 5 string, w/decorative metal E.C. Dobson fancy inlays G. Washburn w/fancy peghead Fred F. Van Eps fancy peghead C Bobzin fancy 5 string H.C. Dobson GREAT ECHO Luscomb 7 string fancy Lyon & Healy 7 string fancy G.C. Dobson fancy flush fret Weymann fancy peghead,carved heel Rettberg & Lange fancy G. Washburn Flush Fret carved twist pegs Dobson early fancy w/geared 5th peg This was more or less a labor of love prompted by my own frustration with the difficulty of accessing and enjoying these lovely photos in the little 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" color catalog or on the cards. With this PDF document the entire group can easily be viewed on your computer monitor. $9.99

Huge Collection - 52 Vintage S.S. Stewart 5-string Banjos

- Offering for your enjoyment and edification, a PDF download containing high quality scans of some of the finest original S.S. Stewart 5-string banjos that have been photographed over the years. Some were fortunate enough to locate and purchase one of the limited edition (only 500 produced) banjo cards showing, in high resolution color photos, the mind-numbing collection of Stewart banjos assembled by one of the world's most distinguished collectors. Here, in high resolution, is a collection of 52 different high grade S.S. Stewarts. The collection has been painstakingly edited to afford a single page view of both the catalog view of the banjo fingerboard and peghead alongside the banjo card full view. I'm making them available digitally in PDF continuous document format. All together there are 52 scans and, as mentioned, each scan shows BOTH the catalog view and the banjo card view in much larger format than the original cards and catalog. I think it was worth the enormous effort. The S.S. STEWART Banjos included are: Presentation (fretless) Presentation Champion Presentation Prototype Special Thoroughbred Champion #3 Banjo Baneaurine #4 Imperial Banjeaurine #4 Orchestra #3 Champion #3 Orchestra #3 Orchestra #3 Acme University Glee Thoroughbred Acme University Glee Prototype (fretless) Banjo Baneaurine #3 Special Thoroughbred Universal Favorite #3 Prototype Pony Concert #2 Little Wonder #3 Giraffe Banjorette Lady Banjo #2 Orchestra #2 (fretless) Specialty Banjo (fretless) Orchestra #2 (fretless) 20th Century S.S.S.S. Banjeurine Prototype S.S. Stewart & Sons Special Thoroughbred Champion #2 Special Thoroughbred (solid rosewood neck!) Champion #2 Orchestra #2 Champion #1 Imperial Banjeaurine #1 Orchestra #2 Prototype Guitar Banjo #2 (7 strings) Banjeaurine (guitar gears!) universal Favorite #1 Solo Banjeaurine Prototype 2nd Grade 2nd Grade (flush fret) universal Favorite #1 Little Wonder #1 Pony Concert #1 Lady Banjo #1 American Princess #1 This was more or less a labor of love prompted by my own frustration with the difficulty of accessing and enjoying these lovely photos in the little 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" color catalog or on the cards. With this PDF document the entire group can easily be viewed on your computer monitor. $9.99