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Ever seen a walnut Studio King?

Posted by StudioKing on Thursday, February 14, 2013

I'm very curious about this amazing pre-war Gibson Studio King. I'm posting pictures posted on my homepage. Can't find any references to Studio Kings in walnut. Got it from a member on the hangout, who got it from Huber, who told him it was a 1930s Studio King. It's very much like a 1930s Style 4, one-piece flange, walnut with chrome hardware. Originally had a 40-hole archtop ring, cut by Huber for an HR-30 flathead. Differs from a Style 4 in that it only has 3 resonator lugs, one co-rod, and no purfling rings on resonator back. No serial number or label. Rim varies from 0.61" to 0.625" in thickness--don't know if that makes it a "Fatboy" or not, but the sound coming out of this thing seems to come from another world! Truly incredible.

The neck is walnut Flying Eagle by an unknown maker

5 comments on “Ever seen a walnut Studio King?”

Ks_5-picker Says:
Monday, February 18, 2013 @11:32:23 AM

I have a kel kroydon with walnut neck and HR30 ring.It's truly the best sounding banjo I've ever played.

StudioKing Says:
Thursday, February 21, 2013 @11:32:52 AM

Yes, I can say that about this one. Walnut neck and HR30 ring. Best sounding banjo I've ever played, by a long shot. And I've had a couple of pre-wars, and a '54 with McPeake ring, etc.

howdydoody51 Says:
Saturday, February 23, 2013 @5:52:16 AM

I sure miss it! but needed the bucks. Glad it has a home

DIV Says:
Saturday, June 1, 2013 @6:07:44 AM

I do love The tone of walnut. Strong, but very pure. Congrats on a very cool's a keeper for sure!

GStump Says:
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @8:34:23 AM

hey studio king - in answer to your question about walnut studio king/s, yes, i have seen a few over the years. not many.... i don't suppose there were that many made. for sure they would have been a high dollar item back in the day.

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