Posted by firebud on Tuesday, July 10, 2007
If you take no name rim and add a no name tonering no name resonator and have some one make you a neck with a gibson logo and get all the other parts from the usual parts outlets is this a gibson ?I think not and not a prewar as many are tring to pass off these days I can see a replacement neck or if conversion is done a new tonering also. but not complete banjo .So I ask how much does it take to make a prewar gibson banjo ?
Tuesday, July 10, 2007 @11:21:33 PM
About $25.000 worth of prewar parts ,sad to say.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 @12:56:54 AM
I have a similar question. How much can you change on a <insert banjo brand name here> and still have a <insert the same banjo brand name here>? In other words, if I have a Gibson and change the tone ring do I still have a Gibson? How about if I change the pot to submerged wood pot? And so on and so forth. Just an idle thought of absolutely no importance!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 @1:35:26 PM
I get lots of disagreement, but for me, and old Gibson only stays authenic when the pot isn't messed with any more than necessary to keep the banjo intact and playable. I also believe that any reproduction 5-string neck made for conversion should stay in the same style as the original in all respects. Given that a lot of the original 1-pc. flanges are going to disintegrate, I except that it will eventually become necessary to accept new replacement flanges on pre-wars. The same goes for tuners, brackets and other parts that are stressed or worn down naturally through age. Any conversion tone rings etc. are okay as long as they don't require rim cutting or alteration. This also goes for other makes as well.
Saturday, May 24, 2008 @12:34:31 PM
Wow. Theres alot to think about right there. I live in Australia and would'nt know a prewar banjo if it jumped out and hit me. If someone told me it was prewar I would have to believe them. But I can tell if parts are new or been repainted or colour mismatched.
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