For your consideration is a 70's era Dorado Deluxe 5-string banjo with the original hard shell case. This banjo was produced as part of the Kasuga instrument company based out of Japan in the early to mid 1970's. Based on some paperwork found in the case, this instrument was serviced out of a repair shop in Spencer, IA on 5-10-1974 so we presume the instrument was produced in the early 1970's. This paperwork receipt can be photographed and sent by request. In this time, they produced banjo's under several names including Dorado, Alvarez, Aria, Ventura, Morris, and Kasuga as well as others. Models shared similarities regardless of headstock branding.

Banjo is a "deluxe" which features a resonator with intricate inlays and a special inlay on the headstock and truss rod cover plate. The "bowtie" design is also consistent with models from this time. 

Banjos like these were made in an effort to capitalize on the popularity of the USA designs made by companies such as Gibson. This model however isn't a direct copy, but more of an influenced model. The headstock has its own unique design and it plays awesome! This banjo was recently restrung with new D'Addario J60 light strings and had a Remo 11" medium collar banjo head installed and a setup done. Case is in fair condition but does have binding separating from the edge (see photo) and latches are worn. Still protects the instrument and has a nice neck pocket available. Would make a nice banjo for prospective buyer! 

Please examine all the pictures and read the entire description carefully before buying. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. For payments, we gladly accept Reverb Direct Checkout, Paypal or credit card payment over the phone.

About Us:
Ray’s Mid-Bell Music is a full-service school music dealer located in Sioux City, IA. The original company was founded in 1939. We have had a Sioux City location since 1972. You can buy with confidence knowing that you are dealing with a reputable brick and mortar store with a long history of excellent customer service.

Unless stated differently above, all used and vintage instruments are sold in the condition that we received it in. All repair facilities have different pricing. Please check with your local technician for approximate repair costs and, if purchased, ultimately the repair. It is our goal to accurately and truthfully describe each item, pointing out all flaws and defects, by providing as many high-quality pictures of each item as possible. However, sometimes things can be inadvertently overlooked.

We also take great pride in our shipping department and strive to make sure that each item is properly and securely packaged. Our daily UPS & USPS pick-up assures you of prompt delivery. We do ship internationally. For interested overseas buyers, please ask for a shipping quote before buying.

Listed4 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • Deluxe 5-String Banjo
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  • Japan

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Ray's Midbell Music

Sioux City, IA, United States
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