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Doc Fossey Guitar with a banjo neck

Price: $1,000.00 USD

Wonderful and unique instrument- a guitar with a banjo neck! It's made by the Doc Fossey company. I was looking for banjo/alternative instruments and found this lovely, remarkably well-built, and great sounding instrument. When I talked to Bruce Fossey on the phone he said that he developed this as a way to pursue guitar approaches with a banjo set-up (and be able to play a rich, warm sound instead of the banjo's bright, loud sound). He told me that this was the last model he had, and was not making anymore as of now. I recently purchased this from him, but it had been in his possession for a bit, so I don't know what year it was built. I had it set up, so it has great action with medium strings. Why am I selling it? Well, I recently "recommitted" myself to getting better on the banjo, and just think that this would be too much of a temptation to keep reaching for (I also just bought another banjo, so something has to go out the door). Here's some specs- a small jumbo guitar body measuring 16 3/16” in width, 4 ¾” in depth at the bottom side, having a long scale length of 25.5” nut to saddle and a double cutaway, two-point body, dressed entirely in natural Engelmann spruce and East Indian rosewood, having brown-maple-brown wood purflings on all borders and edges, and abalone pearl border around the face, the soundhole, the headstock and the backstripe. This generously sized guitar body is connected to a comfortable, nicely inlaid 5-string banjo neck, one that features prewar type crests, floral settings and flourishes in abalone in 8 fret positions. The tapered headstock is elegant surrounded in wide, colorful abalone that spells out “doc” at the top horizontal in lower case, and “fossey” down the center, vertically, in what appears to be polished ebony. Headstock tuners are high quality Gotoh, gold plated, with pearloid buttons and the unsigned geared fifth peg on the bass side of the neck is similarly gold plated. The rectangular ebony bridge has a distinct, carved pyramid on each side and a raised rectangular plateau at the center, with a bone drop-in saddle. The nut is similarly made from (possibly) excessed [cow] femur. Here’s what the Good Doctor says: “Hand-made, quality construction, with a toneboard of Engelmann or Sitka, full sized small-jumbo body, solid hardwoods, Indian rosewood back and sides, abalone trim and inlays – plays like a 5-string banjo; sounds different; sounds great! Broaden your musical horizons with the [lower case] doc fossey guitar.” The workmanship is excellent. Brand new (if you could find one) it costs $1600, so this is a very good price.As you can see in the photos, there some small scratches on the top edge. I only bought this in August, and I've played it maybe 10 times in my house, so it must've been there before I had it. That's why it's listed as "Very Good". It comes with a beautiful hardshell case. I even left the plastic on the handle. I've only added shipping for Continental US. If you need to ship it elsewhere, you can contact me. I added a video from Doc Fossey. Maybe it's my medium strings, but I think this instrument sounds much warmer and fuller than the video, but I wanted to be as straightforward as possible. There are other videos on youtube you can check out.


Interested? Contact Seller to arrange purchase


Shipping: $60

Posted By: Johnny TooManyBanjos
United States, New York, NY, 10024

Contact Info: 845-820-1055

Condition of Banjo: Used - Very Good Condition

Type: Other, Brand: Doc Fossey

Ad Status: Active, #78245, viewed 371 times


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