FS - rare 1920's French Guitar Banjo

Similar to Django's Guitar banjo, this rare instrument was made in France sometime during the roaring 20's and was played by the Célestin's Jazz. Set up with a calf skin head, it is in excellent condition with a straight neck. It plays easily and with a powerful sound.

Available for a closer look and pick up in NYC. Shipping at buyer's expense. $2000 or best offer.


  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    edited February 2 Posts: 1,421

    Calfskin head but still plays well?

    Wow, I can tell you as a plectrum banjo player that that’s kind of rare as they are very vulnerable to changes in humidity... that’s why most of us banjo plunkers use plastic ones nowadays.

    Sounds like a good’un... good luck!


    My religion is, I worship Lang the Father, Django the Son, and Oscar the Holy Ghost...

    While converts are always welcome, I get to be the Pope because I thought of this religion before you did...
  • schanschan ✭✭✭
    Posts: 27

    Surprisingly enough, the head remains taut. (It's not the original, but it's an excellent quality calfskin.) If you know anyone interested in plunking a 6-string banjo, let me know, please.

  • schanschan ✭✭✭
    Posts: 27

    Here is a picture of a street band including guitar-banjo, two accordions, violin, drums and a singer in Paris c. 1930.

    mac63000billyshakesWim Glenn
  • mac63000mac63000 Tacoma, WANew Geronimo Mateos Jazz B
    Posts: 158
  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc // Guitars: Gerome, Musicalia, Bucolo et. al.
    Posts: 360

    love the photo too, love the drummer and her minimalist cymbal stands ;-)

    |\ _,,,--,,_ ,)
    /,`.-'`' -, ;-;;'
    |,4- ) )-,_ ) /\
    '---''(_/--' (_/-'
  • schanschan ✭✭✭
    Posts: 27

    would be very interesting to visit Paris in the late 1920's

Sign In or Register to comment.
Home  |  Forum  |  Blog  |  Contact  |  206-528-9873
The Premier Gypsy Jazz Marketplace
Banner Adverts
Sell Your Guitar
© 2020, all rights reserved worldwide.
Software: Kryptronic eCommerce, Copyright 1999-2020 Kryptronic, Inc. Exec Time: 0.055588 Seconds Memory Usage: 3.450829 Megabytes