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This could be called a "bantar" "banjitar", "guitjo" or six string banjo guitar. It was originally purchased in Europe in the early 1970s. It has seldom been played since then. It was made in East Germany and has "Made in GDR" on the back of the slotted headstock. The plastic banjo head says "Marna", the name of the East German company that made it. It's six strings are tuned like a guitar so if you play guitar, you can play this. Years ago the neck was adjusted and Gibson Kluson tuners were added by a man who also takes care of Willie Nelson's guitars in Austin, Texas. It has nice, low action so it's comfortable to play although these strings are old and will need to be replaced. (They were loosened while it was stored.)

The Gibson banjo case has been custom fitted for this particular instrument and includes a key for locking it and thick padding on the handle as well as a shoulder strap to make it easier to carry. Also included is a heavy duty leather banjo strap.

The most striking feature of this instrument is the beautiful wood inlay on the back that would make this a wonderful item to display in any home. This instrument is in beautiful condition. All it needs is a new home.

This video shows a similar model of Marma "banjitar" from the same company being played, although the headstock is different and the back is plain: http://youtu.be/IgazZBNR7Fk

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Reserved for Brooke Nelson Six String Banjo Guitar Bantar with Strap Case Marna 1970s East German European


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
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