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For Sale: Bart Reiter Special Long Neck 1986, OHSC

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Bart Reiter built his first banjo in 1977 and his last in late 2020. Over the decades he built less than 15 long neck banjos, this is #129, built in 1986--a Bart Reiter Special. The Special was a natural maple neck and 11" maple pot with a rosewood cap, with an ebony fingerboard and headstock overlay. It's all original with a new set of medium strings, 10-12-16-23-10, and the original hard case, in great shape. The banjo plays and sounds amazing. It has a heavy, flat rolled brass tone ring, not a hoop, with a full range sound and plenty of pop. The Schaller tuners work like new. There is minimal play wear, including a finish scrape on the back of the neck from a capo being adjusted--this is only in the lacquer, not in the wood at all. The frets have some wear, but it does not affect playability or tone in any way. The headstock has crazing. The neck and pot have minimal crazing as this was played, not put away. Imagine an early 20th century Vega neck, then stretch that over a 31.25" scale. It doesn't feel like a long neck, but it sounds like one, reaching down three steps below standard tuning, or put on some heavy gauge strings and go even lower. This is a phenomenal sounding and rare banjo, and I've never ever used the word rare in ads in the 12 years I've been on BHO. I'm a banjo player and play long necks and open backs. I'm happy to pass it onto a lucky player.




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Price: $1,825.00 USD

Shipping: 125

Posted By: 35planar

United States, Decatur, GA,

Condition of Banjo:
Used - Very Good Condition

Type: 5-String Openback

Brand: Bart Reiter

Ad Status: Active, #105008

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