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AbbyF

United States
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since 1/2/17

01/11/2017 09:01:23 Reply with Quote

Would you expect to have the characteristic golden Gibson mastertone label on the inside of a 2001 RB250?  I'm looking to buy one but the seller says no label is present on the inside of the banjo.  Should I be concerned that there isn't one- is something possibly not original?

Fathand

Canada
9668 posts since 2/7/08

01/11/2017 10:22:23View Fathand's MP3 Archive View Fathand's Photo Albums View Fathand's Blog Reply with Quote

Labels can fall out, rims can be changed and instruments can be replicated. Post pictures and people here can give you an idea of whats going on.

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Jim BrittonPlayers Union Member

United States
1217 posts since 1/16/13

01/11/2017 11:05:18View Jim Britton's MP3 Archive View Jim Britton's Classified Ads View Jim Britton's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

There should be a serial number stamped inside the rim as well.

-Jim

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Jim BrittonPlayers Union Member

United States
1217 posts since 1/16/13

01/11/2017 11:07:55View Jim Britton's MP3 Archive View Jim Britton's Classified Ads View Jim Britton's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Jim Britton
 

There should be a serial number stamped inside the rim as well. Also the flange should have "Gibson USA" on the underside at the neck heel. And the tone ring and tailpiece would be marked if all original.

-Jim


 

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AbbyF

United States
4 posts since 1/2/17

01/11/2017 12:52:18 Reply with Quote

Here's a link to the ad. It's from Elderly, which I hear is a great place to work with.

http://www.elderly.com/instruments/banjos/resonator-back-banjos-5-string/gibson-rb-250-2001.htm

Thanks for the help!

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RioStatPlayers Union Member

United States
3539 posts since 10/12/09

01/11/2017 13:37:41 View RioStat's Classified Ads View RioStat's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

http://www.elderly.com/instruments/banjos/resonator-back-banjos-5-string/gibson-rb-250-2001.htm

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Old Hickory

United States
7634 posts since 6/2/08

01/11/2017 14:24:26View Old Hickory's MP3 Archive View Old Hickory's Classified Ads View Old Hickory's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Would the flange, tailpiece and armrest be stamped "Gibson" on one of these?

It must have a serial number, otherwise how would Elderly be able to identify it as a 2001?

If it's authentic and 100% original, that's a pretty good price. Take note: the listing says it has a repaired heel break.  Even though well done, that's probably the main reason for a sub-$2000 price.


Edited by - Old Hickory on 01/11/2017 14:24:56

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jhko

United States
649 posts since 10/31/14

01/11/2017 15:15:12View jhko's MP3 Archive View jhko's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Ken is right. That heel break is likely the source of the fairly low price.

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Culloden

United States
1750 posts since 5/29/11

01/11/2017 16:41:30 View Culloden's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

The Mastertone label will be in the wall of the rim that is closest to the floor when the banjo is in playing position. The pictures in the ad only show the opposite side of the rim. 

I hope that made sense.  

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Old Hickory

United States
7634 posts since 6/2/08

01/11/2017 17:51:18View Old Hickory's MP3 Archive View Old Hickory's Classified Ads View Old Hickory's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I trust Elderly to know their stuff. If you're really interested in the banjo call or email them to ask if it has a label, how they know it's a 2001 and whether any parts are replaced. That's all reasonable for a serious buyer to ask.


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AbbyF

United States
4 posts since 1/2/17

01/12/2017 06:21:09 Reply with Quote

Thanks everyone! I have contacted Elderly and they said there isn't a label and that as far as they know, the head may be the only thing to have been replaced.

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BANJO TONY

United States
3169 posts since 9/24/03

01/12/2017 07:09:45 View BANJO TONY's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

heel break, no label, sounds like warning sings to me. if it were me I would wait & pay a little more for a RB-250 with out a heel break &  Gibson label. there is a TB-2 conversion for sale here for $1,800.00 worth taking a look at.


Edited by - BANJO TONY on 01/12/2017 07:21:14

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CommonUser4

Canada
258 posts since 8/27/15

01/12/2017 14:03:34 View CommonUser4's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Found "gibson" on the flange . Not so sure about the rim tho.



 
 
 
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h

534 posts since 2/20/13

01/13/2017 05:27:51 View h's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

  It's not unheard of Gibsons in that time range to not have labels on the inside.  I have seen at least three such.  There is a distinctive look to the Gibson hardware so it's easy to tell if something has been swapped out.

  I agree the heel repair means a lower price than otherwise.

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