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deestexas

United States
678 posts
since 4/13/09

03/20/2017 19:10:52 View deestexas's MP3 Archive View deestexas's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I lost count of the strange characteristics here. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1935-Gibson-Banjo-Ser-258-2-/122407264220?hash=item1c800a9fdc:g:s7gAAOSwsW9Y0IGI

dhergert

United States
3787 posts since 9/6/06

03/20/2017 19:25:59View dhergert's MP3 Archive View dhergert's Photo Albums View dhergert's Blog Reply with Quote

If this was once a product of the Gibson factory, originality has been heavily compromised.  Better pictures would be required to even get close.

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BanjoLink

United States
7144 posts since 1/15/05

03/20/2017 19:37:55 View BanjoLink's Classified Ads View BanjoLink's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Could they have possibly taken worse photos?

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O.D.

United States
3033 posts since 10/29/03

03/20/2017 19:42:16View O.D.'s MP3 Archive View O.D.'s Classified Ads View O.D.'s Photo Albums Reply with Quote

seller says the banjo is "in tune".
thats gotta be worth something big right there !

Everett

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mijknahs

United States
182 posts since 10/11/13

03/20/2017 20:15:19 View mijknahs's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I've never seen a banjo "in tune". This is a rare find indeed!

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RioStatPlayers Union Member

United States
3650 posts since 10/12/09

03/20/2017 20:21:38 View RioStat's Classified Ads View RioStat's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I just had to "gauck" at it, even though the seller says I shouldn't !!

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kyleb

1451 posts since 1/4/09

03/20/2017 21:06:30 View kyleb's Classified Ads View kyleb's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I think it started as a real gibson, hear me out. it looks like a real rim, numbers are there, so is the logo. Also looks like a real flange than has been snipped, basically cut off the outside part, for some reason. I have no idea what the hell happened with the resonator. but you can see the jerryrigged resonator attachment in some of the pictures. Also it looks like the fingerboard has been replaced, the headstock is right for the fon, which would be a tb-1, but the fingerboard is a bow tie. What other famous banjo had a bowtie fretboard for awhile in the 50s?

 

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kyleb

1451 posts since 1/4/09

03/20/2017 21:25:44 View kyleb's Classified Ads View kyleb's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

i dont think its possible to take the resonator off without removing the head.

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markdonc

United States
176 posts since 3/6/08

03/21/2017 05:45:56 View markdonc's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

But it is the "real deal"

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DSmoke

United States
350 posts since 11/30/15

03/21/2017 17:23:20View DSmoke's MP3 Archive View DSmoke's Classified Ads View DSmoke's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I couldn't read the whole description, what is with the capital letters, and so many misspellings, I feel bad for someone who would believe the information that is presented in that state.

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RioStatPlayers Union Member

United States
3650 posts since 10/12/09

03/21/2017 17:32:22 View RioStat's Classified Ads View RioStat's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by DSmoke

I couldn't read the whole description, what is with the capital letters, and so many misspellings, I feel bad for someone who would believe the information that is presented in that state.






I feel sorry for the person who "wrote" that ad.......

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J.Albert

United States
1682 posts since 4/16/03

03/22/2017 14:26:56View J.Albert's MP3 Archive View J.Albert's Classified Ads View J.Albert's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Looks like a TB-1 with a 1-piece flange that probably got broken somewhere.

Whoever owned it, decided to (cough!) "re-work" the flange by grinding or cutting off the outer portion of it.

The bowtie fingerboard may be a result of the banjo having been sent back to Gibson post-1949 for either a fret job or fingerboard replacement.
Didn't the same thing get done with Earl's original Granada neck?

As for the resonator -- not sure what's going on with that.
It -looks like- the back of it had the rims removed, the back "trimmed down" in diameter, than re-bound and stuck on the back.

The case looks to be original to hold a resonator-backed tenor.

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Bob Rodgers

United States
1039 posts since 7/25/06

03/22/2017 16:30:55View Bob Rodgers's MP3 Archive View Bob Rodgers's Photo Albums Reply with Quote


When I see this kind of description, I look at sellers other items for sale. Duck decoys. I see a tenor tension hoop, No volute on neck, unusual for 1935. A resonator to feed chickens, A 150 fingerboard. If someone wants this contraption, pay by credit card, They are going ask for a full refund, Plus the bill to visit their Doctor,,,,

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Bob Rodgers

United States
1039 posts since 7/25/06

03/22/2017 16:36:05View Bob Rodgers's MP3 Archive View Bob Rodgers's Photo Albums Reply with Quote


Now, They have pottery and figurines added to other items for sale.

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