NBN Guitars Ltd. Style 4 Resonator Banjo

  • Excellent Condition
  • Year: 1970
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case


Founded in 1967 by ex-Ode craftspeople following Baldwin's purchase, NBN Guitars Ltd. "was a small company (employing just five or six people) located in Longmont, Colorado...Monty Novotny, Reb Bennett, and Bernie Nettesheim founded NBN in 1969...the firm went out of business in 1976. Though NBN apparently was never very profitable, it did leave a legacy of approximately 350 steel string guitars, 20 banjos, and eight to ten classical guitars. These instruments feature innovative designs, beautiful craftsmanship, and a well-balanced tone of exceptional clarity. Many of NBN's customers were professional musicians including James Taylor, Leo Kottke, Stephen Stills, Peter Yarrow, and Paul Simon..." (George Gruhn, "Frets Magazine", 11/1987). We're pleased to present an original example of one of NBN's Style 4 resonator banjos, which was next to top-of-the-line before the gold-plated Style 5. This is really a mouth-watering banjo, featuring a solid, carved, Brazilian rosewood resonator, with a stunning carving of an Audubon inspired Barred Owl on the back, to boot. The 11" rim assembly was built upon a Tony Pass Lost Forest maple rim, with perforated flat-head tonering; nickel-plated metal parts with engraved tension hoop, one-piece flange, armrest (with maker name), tailpiece. The five piece rosewood neck has a bound ebony fingerboard, carved heel, and ebony heel cap; mother of pearl inlay present on the board, ebony peghead overlay, and heel cap; 1-3/16" nut width; tuners are mismatched with Planetary style on bottom of peghead, with Grover offset on top. Condition wise, there are some dings, scuffs, scratches, finish checking, but no repairs noted.


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