New Sullivan Vintage 35 Bluegrass banjo in WALNUT SOLD

Beyond Guitars is an authorized Sulllivan banjo dealer. 

This brand new banjo is set up and ready for delivery now!

Description

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On sale now for the first time-
Our top- slot professional level banjos were found on the road of Tradition and quality. Made from finest walnut, this is a genuine Sullivan Vintage 35 banjo. We feel this is the highest quality at the best price found anywhere in the world.

Mastertone Banjo tradition began with Gibson

The Gibson Mastertone was for many years, the premier manufacturer of the “mastertone” design banjos. This design departed from the older design by eliminating all shoe/bracket holes drilled in the rim. Instead, they used the flanged wooden rims, that mated to the metal single piece, or two piece flange (tube and plate) or the top tension style flanges, none of which need multiple holes drilled into the rim. This method of anchoring the tensioning hooks, and the inclusion of a specialized, heavy, sand cast bronze tone ring makes a banjo much more powerful. Maple and Mahogany became the two “traditional” woods used to build banjos, and hard rock maple for all of the banjo rims. The differing qualities of wood species give the banjos different tonal qualities. While Earl Scruggs preferred his maple Gibson for power, bright tone and drive, well known players like J.D. Crowe and others chose mahogany for its warmer tone- and today it is probably equally as popular. Today many players have found the Walnut has a unique trait that lies somewhere between maple and mahogany in tone.

About Sullivan

For decades First Quality Music (the company the Sullivan family was- and still is operating through), was the key supplier to Gibson for virtually all the parts including rims necks resonators and hardware parts that went into ALL of the Gibson Mastertone, Earl Scruggs, and other models sold under the Gibson name. If you have a Gibson banjo from this period, you already own Sullivan’s parts. Although the Gibson company is no longer in the banjo building business and no longer purchasing its banjo parts from the Sullivans, your passion for owning a new, authentically built bluegrass banjo of absolute first rate is still possible directly from them. The Walnut Vintage 35 banjo you see here performs as you would expect one of the world’s best maple Mastertone, single piece flanged banjos to. This very authentic style Walnut bluegrass banjo is an exacting duplicate of the Gibson banjo in dimensions, metals, plating, and the finest tonewoods available. They have made over 30,000 authentic Gibson banjo necks and over 32,000 pot assemblies, plus resonators and hardware parts that produced the actual Gibson banjos for decades. Yes, every single Gibson made for over 40 years! Gibson’s installed tone rings were made by different companies through the years. Sullivan never produced their own branded banjo during this time. But with the end of Gibson’s banjos and their own development of the V35 tone ring and rim, the Vintage 35 was born. You can put it up against any banjo made today. Compare the specs of a Vintage 35 to a similar Gibson and you will see virtually no difference whatsoever. The parts are interchangeable, from the rim and tone ring to the flange, hoop, neck and resonator. Their banjo components have been used on thousands of prewar Gibson banjo restorations and conversions. They are still making genuine Gibson replacement necks for Gibson banjo owners who need replacements, too. Using Sullivan parts keeps these old banjos as authentic as possible, and your new Vintage 35 banjo is the real deal.. 100% genuine, American made in Louisville Kentucky, USA.

Their unique banjo rims and tone rings

The rock maple rim of this banjo is made from wood that is NOT generally available on the market.. Old growth mature forests that have long been cut down, were put to many different uses, and Sullivan is reclaiming this old wood from old, abandoned factories whose floors were built of rock maple. these factories have stood for 100 years or more. That’s when the trees were cut, but this is wood was growing 200 years ago! These factory floor rims are truly the same old growth maple as the original prewar Gibson banjos. The addition of Sullivan’s authentic V35 tone ring has created the most accurate duplication of the prewar Gibson banjo pot assembly possible. Only Sullivan’s original and beautiful fingerboard inlay pattern and the Sullivan headstock badge tell you and others that you’ve got something special- a genuine Sullivan Vintage 35 banjo.

Reverse engineered

Today’s Vintage 35 banjos are the result of 3-1/2 years of development. This time was taken to develop a method to recover the factory floors for banjo rim use; To create their marvelous Vintage 35 bronze tone ring; and to develop methods necessary to merge these old style products with modern manufacturing. They accomplished these goals while keeping prices down. Their facility boasts modern computer controlled CNC machines for major parts and inlay work of the highest precision. Our order of three beautiful Sullivan banjos is taking time to produce, but they are worth the wait. We have this stunning, brand new banjo for your purchase today. This walnut Vintage 35 is just waiting for a discriminating musician to make some great music and keep the real Bluegrass tradition going for the current- and future generations!

Pricing and warranty

Our prices are the same as the Sullivan factory’s price. It is 100% covered by Sullivan’s lifetime limited warranty; This is a guarantee to the original owner to be free of defects in material and workmanship for the remainder of your life.

We requested three banjos to be built for Beyond Guitars’ customers, as of this writing we’re still waiting for the mahogany banjo, the Maple and the Walnut banjos are here now. Aside from the wood species of the neck and resonator, the technical specs are identical between them.  Departures from tradition are possible and this walnut banjo was ordered with a little more detailed neck and resonator binding of original type celluloid. The other two banjos, being of more traditional wood type are built straight out traditional, true blue, old school, with no customizations!  (at the time of this writing) we are still waiting for the mahogany banjo. The beautiful maple banjo is here, and we have our ad up for it, too. Check back soon for a view of all three, search “sullivan” in the search bar at the top of this page.

NECK
WOOD AMERICAN BLACK WALNUT
FINGERBOARD
BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD
PEGHEAD EBONY
INLAY CUSTOM SULLIVAN
BLOCK VINTAGE-35
BINDING CUSTOMIZED IVOROID
TUNERS NEW WAVERLY VINTAGE OFFSET STYLE
FRETWIRE MEDIUM .083 WIDE X .040 TALL
TRUSS ROD DELUXE TWO-WAY
NUT MATERIAL BONE
STAIN DARK WALNUT
FINISH NITRO LACQUER
SCALE
HISTORIC PRE-WAR
RESONATOR
CONSTRUCTION
AMERICAN BLACK WALNUT
BINDING
IVOROID WITH B/W LINE
STAIN
DARK WALNUT
FINISH
NITRO LACQUER
POT ASSEMBLY
RIM SULLIVAN HISTORIC FACTORY FLOOR RIM
TONERING SULLIVAN VINTAGE-35 FLATHEAD SAND CAST BRONZE
FLANGE
1 PIECE DIE CAST
TENSION HOOP NOTCHED BRASS
HEAD MEDIUM CROWN REMO WEATHERKING TOP FROSTED
TAILPIECE PRESTO
ARMREST SINGLE BRACKET
RODS
STANDARD DOUBLE ROD SET
BRIDGE SULLIVAN FACTORY FLOOR 5/8
STAIN DARK WALNUT
FINISH NITRO LACQUER
FLANGE METAL  ZINC (ZAMAC) ALLOY (AKA POT-METAL)
METAL HARDWARE NICKEL
STRINGS J60+
CASE
Professional Quality SUPERIOR  cd-1530 Hardshell Case

Spikes to capo the fifth string have been installed by the manufacturer at positions 7, 9 and 10.

Buy witn confidence at Beyond Guitars. This banjo is covered by our 14-day customer satisfaction guarantee! 

Additional information

Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 46 × 20 × 8 in

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