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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: What is this Gibson prewar banjo worth?


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kschultz1 - Posted - 04/27/2022:  07:09:55


I was just wondering what this banjo is worth? It is a 1927 Gibson Mastertone TB-3 conversion. No Hole Tone Ring. Fat rim. All original pot. Resonator serial number matches the rim. 8834-29. Non original case. Resonator is in good condition. No cracks. Binding is good. Unknown neck builder.  I have the original Grover tuners.  Do not have the original tenor neck.  Thanks.


Edited by - kschultz1 on 04/27/2022 07:31:22








The Old Timer - Posted - 04/27/2022:  07:14:48


I can't account for Canadian money conversion, but the on line vintage dealers have these at US$4500+ depending on quality/correctness of the 5 string neck, whether ALL the parts are orginal (tuners, tailpiece, armrest, "E2" stamped tension hoop, etc) and original tenor neck is included. Of course vintage dealers tend to have the highest asking prices.



Here's one at Gruhn:  guitars.com/inventory/ja6838-1...ve-string



Are you bying or selling?


Edited by - The Old Timer on 04/27/2022 07:20:32

ChunoTheDog - Posted - 04/27/2022:  07:21:24


About 5300cad give or take. More if it had a more appropriate repro neck and original tuners


Edited by - ChunoTheDog on 04/27/2022 07:22:32

Alvin Conder - Posted - 04/27/2022:  07:22:05


Tough question to answer without a little more info.



Who made the neck?

Do you have the original Tenor neck, case, ect..?



Those two things make a big difference. No name neck vs. known maker could make a difference of 800-1200. Having the original parts, neck, case ect, maybe another 350 or so.



As I see it in your photo, figure somewhere +/- 3900-4500 if you are selling it yourself. From a dealer, a good deal higher.  If the neck it a known builder, figure accordingly as above.



I also have a 1927 no hole arch top, similar to yours. Original style neck. Incredible instruments and pretty rare.


Edited by - Alvin Conder on 04/27/2022 07:23:33

kschultz1 - Posted - 04/27/2022:  08:21:10


quote:

Originally posted by The Old Timer

I can't account for Canadian money conversion, but the on line vintage dealers have these at US$4500+ depending on quality/correctness of the 5 string neck, whether ALL the parts are orginal (tuners, tailpiece, armrest, "E2" stamped tension hoop, etc) and original tenor neck is included. Of course vintage dealers tend to have the highest asking prices.



Here's one at Gruhn:  guitars.com/inventory/ja6838-1...ve-string



Are you bying or selling?






I own this. Recently bought it. I took a gamble.  Judging by the posts here i did pretty well.

From Greylock to Bean Blossom - Posted - 04/27/2022:  08:58:17


 

Originally posted by kschultz1

quote:

Originally posted by The Old Timer

I can't account for Canadian money conversion, but the on line vintage dealers have these at US$4500+ depending on quality/correctness of the 5 string neck, whether ALL the parts are orginal (tuners, tailpiece, armrest, "E2" stamped tension hoop, etc) and original tenor neck is included. Of course vintage dealers tend to have the highest asking prices.



Here's one at Gruhn:  guitars.com/inventory/ja6838-1...ve-string



Are you bying or selling?






I own this. Recently bought it. I took a gamble.  Judging by the posts here i did pretty well.






laughyes

The Old Timer - Posted - 04/27/2022:  08:58:37


Congrats. I have one of same vintage and number of holes. Great old banjos.

Fathand - Posted - 04/27/2022:  09:48:03


My understanding is that " Fat Rim" usually refers to early One Piece Flange models where the bottom of the rim is slightly larger than the later OPF models. This in spite of 2PF rims being fatter.



banjohangout.org/archive/216356


Edited by - Fathand on 04/27/2022 09:49:36

ChunoTheDog - Posted - 04/27/2022:  10:03:00


Yea the late 20s era 2pf rims are more substantial than the mid 30s rims used on the 1pf Mastertones.

Also brass flange/hardware vs another (pot?) metal if I recall correctly?

gcpicken - Posted - 04/30/2022:  21:38:09


I bought something similar for $3950 through Banjo Warehouse. 1927 TB4 Mastertone conversion by Steve Huber, New Huber neck all Prucha metal. Original pot, no hole tone ring, resonator, archtop. Reso had numbers inside. Not original case. It plays like my 1983 Mastertone that was just worked on and fret leveled by Elderly Instruments.



So it seems comparable.


Edited by - gcpicken on 04/30/2022 21:39:36

rcc56 - Posted - 04/30/2022:  21:56:22


I believe that these days, no-hole archtops tend to bring a bit more than 40 hole archtops in similar condition.

I'll also note that it's getting harder to find Gibson archtops in decent shape that still have their original tone rings, and that the prices for them have gone up quite a bit over the last 5 years.


Edited by - rcc56 on 04/30/2022 21:59:03

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