Hi, I have no connection to the banjo or seller. But I just wanted to point out a near mint 1961 Gibson RB-170 on facebook marketplace in Blue Ridge, Georgia in the mountains well north of Atlanta. The price is very reasonable for it being the first year and that clean. Someone put a 5 Star head and a geared 5th string tuner. I already play a '63, so I'm not getting it, but someone should.
I wrote the person and let them know exactly what it was. Fortunately they changed the price and I think they'll change the description. They mentioned the don't play banjo and had no idea what it was.
Those early 170’s are highly under rated instruments. I have owned at least three over the years, still have one, a 1960, and each one was high quality and an excellent player. Versatile for both Frailing and finger style.
For some reason, traditional style players tend to shy away from these, someone told me once that they don’t “look right” for Old time music but I find them perfectly suited for the style amd I could care less about how an instrument looks, I care about how it sounds.
I dropped an 11” solid ring tone ring from off of an Pre WWII sub- Mastertone Gibson into the one I still have, and it sounds amazing.
At this point in the game, 1200 for a early issue that is all original seems to me to be a very fair price. I sold a 1961 a few years ago for 1100. Buyer was extremely happy.