SOLD: 1997 Stelling Red Fox Deluxe 5 String Banjo


 1997 Stelling Red Fox Deluxe 5 String Banjo

One of Stelling's newest models, inspired by master banjoist Bill Emerson, the Red Fox is a favorite of many banjo players. This 5-string banjo is among our top selling models. The Red Fox in the peghead and the abalone maple leaves in the fingerboard help to make this a very unique and beautiful instrument.

Stelling uses the Tony Pass 600TS old wood rim as standard equipment on all new Stelling banjos. This wood has been lying on the bottom of Lake Superior and other bodies of water for over 100 years and could have been hundreds of years old when it was cut down. After a special kiln drying process, this wood is in better than new condition (acoustically speaking) because of the age of the wood combined with the microbiological action to which it was subjected for so many years. It's been said that Stradivarius took advantage of the same process for his violin wood, but for a much shorter time (perhaps only a few years). The result in a new (or even used) Stelling banjo is awesome.

Unique to this model only, the Red Fox has universal appeal and has gained acceptance as a classic banjo design. The fancy curly maple used in this model is enhanced by the reddish stain. The Tony Pass 600TS* is now standard in all Stelling banjos.

The Red Fox is effortless to play and extremely responsive to the touch, so that it rings even with the lightest touch. And, when played hard, it keeps on giving. This maple banjo is a very full and powerful, with a deep bass end and well balanced treble all the way up the fingerboard.

This 1997 Stelling Red Fox Deluxe 5 String Banjo is in excellent condition with only a few surface scratches on the back and minor wear to the nickel finish as shown in the detailed photos below. It has minor fretwear and includes the original hardshell case.


  • Back and Sides: Flamed Maple
  • Scale: 26"
  • Nut Width: 1 1/4"
  • Year: 1997
  • Serial Number: 4667
  • Neck Material: Flamed Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Birch
  • Headstock Shape: Solid
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay: Abalone Fox and Stelling Logo
  • Tuners: Geared Tuners with Pearloid Buttons
  • Inlays: Abalone
  • Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Fretboard Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Case: Original Hardshell Case Included
  • Setup High D: 5/64"
  • Setup Low G: 2/32"
  • Weight: 11.8 lbs
  • Tony Pass Old Wood Rim
  • Nickel Hardware
  • Signed By Geoff Stelling
  • List Price: $3200
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This instrument has been spoken for. Please call 866-265-5993 or email to inquire about a similar instrument.

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