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Over 45 years of Experience and Expertise with Ukuleles and Banjo Ukes

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The Ludwig ‘Black Hawk’ was the sister instrument to the Ludwig ‘Big Chief’ Banjo, the only difference between them was that the headstock on the ‘Black Hawk’ was shaped like a spear-head and not like a Native American Chief’s head and head-dress as found on the ‘Big Chief. Unlike the latter, the spear-head shape was symmetrical which some people found more pleasing to the eye. Both of these banjos were priced at $450.00 (including the case) and were the top of the Ludwig range. They were both heavily gold-plated, hand-carved, elaborately hand-engraved, hand-embossed and hand-chased, and the workmanship was truly stunning. This ‘Black Hawk’ is in truly remarkable original condition although the armrest has been re-plated and the neck has a genuinely small bow in it - although it remains perfectly playable. It still has its original leather case and badge, original tension key and original hang tag. This is an extremely rare banjo and only five or six of them are known to exist.