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TeachthefishCullen - Posted - 05/01/2022:  01:18:56


Hi there I’m looking for some help to give a value to my friends late fathers vintage Gibson banjo. My friend is a non musician and wants to sell the banjo (1 of 6 in his fathers collection the other five being English banjos). I have ascertained that the Gibson is made up of different neck and body from the 1930s

lightgauge - Posted - 05/01/2022:  04:22:38


Number shows a TB-3 from 1930. Extensive pictures needed to estimate value. Post them here in the comments for best responses.

kyleb - Posted - 05/01/2022:  05:24:44


Hi we'll need pictures , detailed ones to give you a good value estimate. It's it's really a 1930 tb 3 it's sought after for players and collectors and has value. Depending on on what kind of tone ring it and condition. If it's an archtop with a modern neck it's worth atleast 4,000 usd, if it's got a real prewar Gibson flathead ring in it it's worth atleast 10 times that. But it also might be a reproduction and worth less. We won't know without pictures.

Alvin Conder - Posted - 05/01/2022:  06:29:43


Pictures, Pictures, and pictures and also the serial number.

BanjoLink - Posted - 05/01/2022:  08:12:28


quote:

Originally posted by kyleb

Hi we'll need pictures , detailed ones to give you a good value estimate. It's it's really a 1930 tb 3 it's sought after for players and collectors and has value. Depending on on what kind of tone ring it and condition. If it's an archtop with a modern neck it's worth atleast 4,000 usd, if it's got a real prewar Gibson flathead ring in it it's worth atleast 10 times that. But it also might be a reproduction and worth less. We won't know without pictures.






If it is TB-3 from the 30's it would have one-piece flange and certainly be worth twice as much as $4,000 if it has an archtop tone ring, depending on the condition of course.  That would be as a tenor  without a conversion 5-string neck .... probably closer to $9,000 - $11,000 with a nice 5-string neck.

kyleb - Posted - 05/01/2022:  08:14:55


I totally agree , if it's all original , etc I just wanted to offer the low to high range.

550Spyder - Posted - 05/01/2022:  09:00:34


There is a picture of the rim in the user's media file. 9549-24, 40-hole archtop, in 1930.

rcc56 - Posted - 05/01/2022:  09:17:15


From the one picture the OP furnished on his home page, the banjo has a 40 hole archtop tone ring and a serial number that corresponds to a batch of TB-3's made in 1930.



I would expect to see a one piece flange on an authentic example from that batch.



Teachthefish, we need clear pictures of the inside and outside of the resonator, 2 or 3 shots of the inside of the rim from different angles that show all stamps and labels, a couple of shots of the back side of the flange [the piece with the large semi-rectangular cut-outs that butts against the resonator], shots of the front and back of the neck, shots of the front and back of the peghead, and shots of the front, back, and sides of the whole instrument.



With these, we can give a rough idea of the instrument's authenticity, originality, and market value.

If it is indeed an authentic TB-3 with a one piece flange, an in-hand inspection by a Gibson expert would be neccesary for the most accurate evaluation of the instrument's value.



An all original example with original finish in excellent condition might be worth as much as $10K.  A well-made copy might be worth $1500.  A worn example with original tone ring and resonator might bring anywhere between $4K and $7K, depending on its general condition and the originality of the flange.


Edited by - rcc56 on 05/01/2022 09:22:55

TeachthefishCullen - Posted - 05/04/2022:  02:21:13


quote:

Originally posted by lightgauge

Number shows a TB-3 from 1930. Extensive pictures needed to estimate value. Post them here in the comments for best responses.






 

TeachthefishCullen - Posted - 05/04/2022:  02:23:40


Thanks for your offer of help. I’m not very tech savvy with using phones to apply photos but I’m learning. I’ll see if I can get better pics to you. Thanks again.
Terry

The Old Timer - Posted - 05/04/2022:  08:44:47


Your photo (under you profile "Media" link) labeled "Resonator" show a MOST unusual tension hoop, which is not Gibson at all. I can't imagine where it came from.

There are a number of old screw holes on the inside of the rim too. Perhaps these were for the "lights" that were common in the old days. But it makes one wonder what else on the banjo might be "altered" along with the tension hoop.

Photos of the neck and back of the resonator are needed for anyone to even guess at this banjo's potential value.

ChunoTheDog - Posted - 05/04/2022:  09:01:52


For God's sake just take a picture of the whole front and whole back of the instrument. It's not rocket surgery.

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