Sullivan Banjos

Desert Rose Musical Instruments is proud to announce we have been appointed the exclusive Japanese distributor for the great Sullivan line of professional banjos.

We are also the ONLY appointed distributor of the popular priced Sullivan FESTIVAL banjos outside of the manufacturer.

Bill Sullivan, First Quality Music, Founder and President has been involved in the repairing, restoring and recreation of the Mastertone banjos of the 1930's for over thirty years.

First Quality Music is a subcontractor for a number of the major banjo makers, supplying key components to their production. In addition, Bill has been responsible for some of the most important tone ring advances of the last twenty years.

The Sullivan Banjo represents the summation of the years Bill has been involved with the five string banjo. The craftsmen at First Quality build each banjo with  care and attention to detail second to none. The highest quality seasoned hardwoods from around the world are used, with  emphasis on selecting the most beautiful examples of each species. These banjos are designed with inspiration taken from the great flathead banjos of the 1930's. They are a professionaly crafted instrument delivering professional sound and playability.

The banjos feature the exclusive Sullivan torch inlay on the bound ebony head, and matching fingerboard inlay. All banjos are nickel plated with Waverly tuning machines. A custom designed Sullivan Flathead tone ring and zinc one piece flange are perfectly fitted to a maple three ply rim. In addition, each banjo comes with a Presto tailpiece and Snuffy Smith bridge. All banjos are shipped in a custom TKL hard case.

All Sullivan banjos come with a transferable lifetime warrantee covering materials and craftsmanship. In addition, our Japanese customers can rely on Desert Rose Musical Instruments for all your warrantee needs, and qualified set up and adjustment of your banjo should you need periodic adjustments.




Professional Model Lineup

  • Greenbriar (curly maple, fancy pearl inlays), OPEN PRICE
  • Bardstown (burl mahogany, fancy pearl inlays), OPEN PRICE
  • Radcliff (burl walnut, fancy pearl inlays), OPEN PRICE sulphl.jpg

    These three models are in stock in Japan for immediate Far East delivery.
  • Popular Priced Model
  • Festival (maple, satin burgundy finish, T20 tone ring, plain appointments, yet all the important parts to be the real thing soundwise). This model is now in stock in Japan for immediate Far East delivery, OPEN PRICE
  •        The Sullivan Fesitval banjo is also available in a deluxe model, and is now in stock in Japan for immediate delivery.


    Japanese banjo players and interested dealers can now order the whole Sullivan banjo lineup directly from

    Desert Rose Musical Instruments
    Tel and fax 0263-28-5080


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