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atkinsmusic - Posted - 03/12/2010: 16:21:15
I have an old gibson banjo guitar, banjitar, six-string banjo, whatever you call it. THe serial number is 543 or 548. I can't tell what model number or what year it is.
You can find more pictures at:
Edited by - atkinsmusic on 03/12/2010 16:31:04
atkinsmusic - Posted - 03/12/2010: 16:28:53
Just a quick follow up question. There's a signature on the underside of the skin head. I can't make it out. You can see it at the link above....there's a few pictures of it.
Bill Rogers - Posted - 03/12/2010: 19:07:47
I'm not sure of the banjo model; it's early '20s though. The head is a Joseph Rogers three-star, a top-end skin head and well worth preserving. The signature and stars were rubber-stamped on the heads.
Edited by - Bill Rogers on 03/12/2010 21:33:15
tpbiii - Posted - 03/13/2010: 03:48:25
jims38134 - Posted - 03/13/2010: 04:22:32
I am not an expert, but the Jos B Rogers signature looks odd to me. Also, XXX? I thought they were three "stars" not X's.
rexhunt - Posted - 03/13/2010: 04:42:21
According to the Rogers book, there were two different signatures used depending on which tannery it was made in.
The triple X was the second best I think. I think it's probably a GB-4 too. Didn't the style 4s back then have the fleur de Lis inlay on the headstock? The rim looks bigger than the standard for the tenors - what is the diameter? Also, does it have any sort of tone ring?
Edited by - rexhunt on 03/13/2010 08:36:22
atkinsmusic - Posted - 03/13/2010: 04:58:41
Diameter is 14".
tpbiii - Posted - 03/13/2010: 07:35:08
I'm quite certain it is a GB-4. We have had one for years. Norman Blake has one he calls the "dreaded big banjo" -- he plays it quite a bit on the "Chattanooga Sugar Babe" album.
Here are pictures with our 1924 RB-4
Edited by - tpbiii on 03/13/2010 07:45:26
atkinsmusic - Posted - 03/13/2010: 11:57:59
Very nice instruments Tom. And thanks to all who helped me out. I've already listed this banjo on ebay....true auction...no reserve. I have no idea what its worth...but I guess it's worth whatever it brings.
if you are curious to follow it ..... here's the link:
5stringpicker2 - Posted - 03/13/2010: 14:35:02
Different that's for sure.