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bryantde - Posted - 03/31/2011:  14:44:46


I have a banjo in the shop I have been working on for a customer and I was wanting to find out a little about it.
It is a Gibson RB5 Special I believe. Says RB5 Special on Kershner tailpiece.
Pearl nut and 5th nut.
I am aware of the re-issue RB5s but they were fiddle peghead and wreath inlays similar to the prewar style 5s.
This one has a doublecut peghead , walnut with all appointment like the style 5 with fancy binding and wood marquetry under binding and in back of pegheadm gold engraved, and Gibson label is signed by Nick Kimmons who did the engraving I am sure.
The inlays are very close to an RB4 flying eagle with a few quaint modifications.
In any event if it had fiddle peghead instead of doublecut and had the wreath inlays it would make sense.
Does anyone know when this was made roughly?
I can't find any pics of this particular one on the net.
Thanks
Don Bryant in NC


Edited by - bryantde on 03/31/2011 14:46:39

picknben - Posted - 03/31/2011:  14:53:17


Don it could be a custom banjo from Gibson. I have owned a reissue Style 5 and it was true to the original appointments of the 20s, with 2 pc flange, wreath inlays, fiddle peghead, wood marquetry on back of peghead and the wood marquetry and pearl binding on resonator and fingerboard. I have not seen one like you have there. Some of the reissues had Kershner tailpieces and most had prestos with "Deluxe" engraved. May be a custom banjo you have. Would love to see some pics.

El Dobro - Posted - 03/31/2011:  16:44:18


Here you go.
www2.gibson.com/Products/Acous...luxe.aspx

RB5 - Posted - 03/31/2011:  16:45:38


Yep I second that, it sounds like it could be a custom or someones hand made replica. It is odd that it would have a flying eagle style inlays when style fives were known for their wreath inlays. Please post pictures of it so we can all see.

El Dobro - Posted - 03/31/2011:  16:54:48


What plating does it have? The one I posted above is chrome plated.

Mike Casey - Posted - 03/31/2011:  16:56:51


If it is a Gibson custom it will still have a serial number stamped in the rim and the Gibson label (most likely). If it has a Kulesh tone ring it will have Gibson USA stamped on the face of the tone ring. Does the banjo you're working on have any of these? Gibson made a lot of custom banjos over time and Nick Kimmons worked there for a long time as well. He is a real nice guy who still does custom engraving.

bryantde - Posted - 03/31/2011:  18:38:03


quote:
Originally posted by El Dobro

Here you go.
www2.gibson.com/Products/Acous...luxe.aspx



No, is does not have the wreath patteren but a mostly flying eagle pattern with a few mods in the inlays

bryantde - Posted - 03/31/2011:  18:39:30


quote:
Originally posted by Mike Casey

If it is a Gibson custom it will still have a serial number stamped in the rim and the Gibson label (most likely). If it has a Kulesh tone ring it will have Gibson USA stamped on the face of the tone ring. Does the banjo you're working on have any of these? Gibson made a lot of custom banjos over time and Nick Kimmons worked there for a long time as well. He is a real nice guy who still does custom engraving.



Mike,
It has a serial number in the rim and a Gibson sticker and is signed by Nick Kimmons who probably did the engraving on it.
It's gold plated which is cottect for a style 5

El Dobro - Posted - 03/31/2011:  19:37:17


Sounds like it's totally custom then.

bryantde - Posted - 04/01/2011:  04:22:33


quote:
Originally posted by El Dobro

Sounds like it's totally custom then.



I agree..
Don



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