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This particular banjo was built 4-27-2016. Serial #CA 1  

It was sold and I was able to trade for it back, so it is now considered pre-owned. I upgraded the tone ring from unplated to gold plated.  I also made and installed the cam tuners on it. It is in the same condition as it was when it originally left my shop, but must have the used price. The 2017 price new was $5525 and the 2018 price will be $6200.

 The price for this one is $5125

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The Yates "Carnegie"


   This mahogany banjo was designed to look and sound like the old 1934 icon treasured banjo that we all know. At one point, that banjos had a mahogany neck, so this banjo was inspired from that.

    In tying to recreate these old treasures, we replicated the hand made inlays of a to capture even the imperfections of that time period. These old inlays were without perfect symmetry and it captured the real hands on look. Today we use CNC to cut our inlays, but the patterns were straight from the past. With that basic exception, almost everything else is hand made by Warren Yates.

     These banjos have the ability to sound far bigger than their physical measurements dictate. They are cannons with tone to spare, and dry, meaning no unwanted overtones to cancel sound. These banjos cut through the fog and carry sound over great distances in their own range as not to step on the other instruments in the band. You "CAN" have that $1,000,000 sound at a fraction of the cost.


  • Mahogany Neck

  • Torrefied Maple Rim

  • Torrefied Resonator (short L-brackets)

  • Yates unplated Prewar 20 hole Tone Ring

  • All parts distressed to look and feel old

  • Waverly Tuners

  • TKL Case


Price $5125 + $400 for Cam Tuners

total $5525


2018 price will be $6200 effective Jan 31