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Gibson Plectrum 1920 PB 1 neck, mated to new rim

Posted by frianm on Saturday, August 23, 2008

I was browsing EBay when I saw this neck for a Buy it Now price that I thought generous.  So now I have it.  I spent the first afternoon detaching the lower lag bolt which had been set with an inner holding device that I had never seen before.  I could probably have removed the heel cap to remove it but I chose to use a sleeve drill and cut around it and then severed the attachment.  It was as clean as I could and after drilling and putting in a birch dowel I am well pleased.  I attached it to a rim made by Dan Pennington from a variety of woods, and onto which I have put an RK  tone ring.  I have yet to put on the proper bridge but I re-cut an old one that I had as a temporary.  The head is a fairly thick no name from the 70's.  I am delighted with this new instrument.  I am not sure yet if I shall put on a resonator - I have a few to choose from.

The seller stated that the neck was from a 1920 PB-1.  The peghead had already been reamed to take the 5 Star machines.  All I had to do was put it together and play.

The pictures are in the Photo section if you are interested.

2 comments on “Gibson Plectrum 1920 PB 1 neck, mated to new rim”

mainejohn Says:
Saturday, August 23, 2008 @12:05:08 PM

Dang! How did I miss that? (not that I need another plectrum)...but those necks rarely come up for sale.

Banjoman Says:
Saturday, August 23, 2008 @4:45:30 PM

"I spent the first afternoon detaching the lower lag bolt which had been set with an inner holding device that I had never seen before.  I could probably have removed the heel cap to remove it but I chose to use a sleeve drill and cut around it and then severed the attachment."

Too bad you did that. :-(

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