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vintage dopera seckler tenor banjo
vintage dopera seckler tenor banjo
vintage dopera seckler tenor banjo
vintage dopera seckler tenor banjo
vintage dopera seckler tenor banjo
vintage dopera seckler tenor banjo
vintage dopera seckler tenor banjo

Ukuleles & Banjo Ukes, Tenor, Banjos1968 Dopera Tenor Banjo

Brother's John and Rudy Dopyera began making banjos in the 1920s, but perhaps are most famous for the resonator guitars they produced under the National and Dopyera Brothers (Dobro) brand names.

In response to the folk boom of the 1960s, the Dopyera brothers returned to their roots with the Dopera (sans "y") line of banjos in 1968 as Semie Mosley of Mosrite fame owned the rights to the Dobro name. The instruments were made with cast brass tone rings and cast aluminum flanges - a practice the brothers developed with Adolph Rickenbacker in the '30s. The ornate, engraved resonator is clearly informed by their work seen on metal bodied National guitars.

This instrument is in excellent cosmetic and playing condition. There is some wear on the back of the neck in the first position, and a small degree of overall playing wear. The plating is in spectacular condition, and the resonator appears dent and dimple free. The frets have plenty of life, the action is comfy, and the inlay work a thing of wonder.

This tenor banjo was made for bluegrass legend Curly Seckler. Seckler played with Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers over the course of his career, and has been inducted into both the North Carolina and IBMA Halls of Fame. By most accounts, only ten tenor sized banjos were made under the Dopera name, and most were colorfully painted. This may well be the only gold plated example in existence! Comes with the original hard case. $2750

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