I have a 1989 Sunburst Gibson RB-250, and recently at Banjothon I was told by Greg Rich and others that the banjo was rather rare. Unbeknownst to me because I bought this banjo in a pawn shop in Nashville years ago. I was curious if anyone could give me some insight into the rarity/collector value of this instrument. I have not been able to find much information online and figured y'all were the ones to come to!
Greg would know if the finish is original. If you have a selfie of the two of you with the instrument, that's about all the provenance you'll need. You did get that selfie, right?
Rare is a relative term. If he says it is, then it is. Whether that translates into increased market value is something you'll know only when it's time to sell — and then only if someone will pay extra.
Should I tell you the little secret about sunburst instruments not specially ordered that way?
(The 'burst is hiding something — shhhhh, don't tell anyone). Might not be in the resonator; could be heat discoloration in the neck like most Vegas — in that case, the resonator would be finished to match..
Thanks Mike! I definitely got a photo us Greg and myself holding the banjo! haha That makes a lot of sense that the sunburst could be hiding a flaw. Greg made me feel confident that the neck and resonator were original to the banjo.
I definitely got a photo us Greg and myself holding the banjo! haha
That makes a lot of sense that the sunburst could be hiding a flaw. Greg made me feel confident that the neck and resonator were original to the banjo.
If the wood was really ugly, it would have gone to the Custom shop to be covered in pearl or paint — whatever it took. Greg and Rick Turner have both told me this more than once. Makes sense when you think of it.