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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Mystery bowtie factory order number

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Barretone - Posted - 10/29/2020:  14:33:53

Hi all. I've got an RB 150 Gibson bowtie with an FON of 612505-16. I've never been able to date this thing, though most 150s were made in the 1950s. Anybody got a clue?


beegee - Posted - 10/29/2020:  14:41:13

That number seems atypical. Do you have a picture of the number?

The Old Timer - Posted - 10/29/2020:  16:07:21

Yeah, unusual. 150s were made in the late 1940s also.

Lemon Banjos - Posted - 10/29/2020:  17:12:03

150s were made from 1949 to 1958.

Ira Gitlin - Posted - 10/30/2020:  07:19:23

Is that a new acquisition, Randy, or is this one I've already seen?

Barretone - Posted - 10/30/2020:  11:52:15

Here's the FON. The banjo was all original when I bought it, except for a mystery tone ring (now a Huber). It would have had a brass hoop when it began life.


Barretone - Posted - 10/30/2020:  11:52:48

This is my old workhorse.



Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

Is that a new acquisition, Randy, or is this one I've already seen?


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