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UNCLE DAVE MACON's original Gibson banjo - with new JDBalch hide head

Posted by jbalch on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Charlie Cushman recently completed a set-up on one of Uncle Dave's genuine custom Gibson banjos.  I was thrilled that he wanted to replace the newer (obviously non-original) REMO plastic with a JDBalch / Stern Tanning Co. hide head. It is a real honor to contribute a part to such an historic and significant instrument.  THANK-You Charlie!

 



11 comments on “UNCLE DAVE MACON's original Gibson banjo - with new JDBalch hide head”

Gordy Ohliger Says:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @3:26:57 PM

I was just listening to the Dixie Dewdrop hours ago!
This ol' boy SHOULD be cared for...I've gotten a lot of pleasure from her.
What's the tone-ring like? Wood of the pot?
Thank you ~

GSCarson Says:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @3:28:17 PM

Very cool John. Is that the same one George G owns? If so, I had a chance to check it out when we were in Nashville, neat piece of banjo history! The head looks perfect. Glenn

jbalch Says:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @3:42:29 PM

This one belongs to an heir of a legendary country music family (Nashville royalty). It is not the one that George has. It is no-doubt authentic. The provenance is clear. I think Uncle Dave personally gave it to the current owner's famous grandmother. Apparently, there were four (4) or five (5) of these that were custom-made for Uncle Dave with dowel sticks rather then the standard RB-1 coordinator rod. The dowel made it possible for Uncle Dave to do his stage tricks - spinning and flipping the banjo.

banjochuck Says:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @3:46:53 PM

Kudos top you, John! That historic banjo joins the growing exclusive club of Balch-headed banjers!

Chuck

jbalch Says:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @3:48:50 PM

Gordy: I didn't get to handle the banjo - just to supply the head. From what I understand - other than the dowel stick - it is a standard RB1 from the period. The tone ring would be a simple brass hoop. Rim was most likely 3-ply.

dbrooks Says:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @4:05:15 PM

What a great story, John. This just feels right.

Gordy Ohliger Says:
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @7:55:22 AM

That just tickles the heck out of me, and starts my day in the right frame of mind.
Why, I just might play a little tune...

pastorharry Says:
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @10:36:48 AM

Been listening to Uncle Dave in my car while driving back and forth to jams Monday and Tuesday
...no mean feat! :)

pastorharry Says:
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @10:38:26 AM

Is that the one Stringbean got?

five-string fever Says:
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @2:41:09 PM

I am guessing Roseanne Cash inherited it from Maybelle Carter.

five-string fever Says:
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @2:54:26 PM

Just thinking that would be about as Nashville Royalty as you get. I can't imagine too many other famous females in the industry from 80 or more years ago who'd have kids and grandkids still in the business. It might have been Maybelle>June Carter-Cash>Roseanne.

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