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SOLD For Sale: SOLD: 1962 Gibson RB-250 Bowtie Mastertone All-Original

Posted By: Oldtimeypickin (+14) | Rate Member
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$2,700 USD

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The bowtie Gibson RB-250 Mastertone was THE banjo to have for a decade and a half. Often associated with bluegrass, the RB-250 was also the go to instrument for many old time musicians who sought out the finest banjo on the market.

This 1962 example is a notable survivor having escaped much of the hot-rodding that most 250s experienced. This banjo features its original Kluson tuners in fine working shape (I added leather washers), it's original finish, frets, hardware, triangle tailpiece, friction fifth string tuner (in the case pocket) etc. etc.

There is one small piece of binding on the neck that popped off, but that piece is with the banjo and can be glued back on seamlessly. There is one spot of binding loose on the resonator that can be glued and clamped easily.

The banjo did have a sliding fifth capo (didn't they all?) that has been removed and the holes filled. Thankfully the holes were in the wood and not the binding. You can also see in the reso where someone wrote their name and a date in 1969. The summer of banjo love I believe.

I see no sign of a headstock break/crack as often found on these, and while there are no cam tuner holes, it looks like there were some sort of de-tuner clamped on the headstock that left some marks and was covered up. I'm sure this can be touched up easily. From close inspection with a magnifying glass and having two luthiers look at it, it has not had cam holes. Rather, I believe this banjo had some other detuners clamped on maybe like Sonny's Ugly Tuners or the old style Mighty De-Tuners and someone used some kind of putty to cover up some scratches. In looking at the back of the peghead it seems like there are clamp marks with adhesive residue and no sign at all of former holes/plugged holes.

The original 4 hole tone ring has a loose slip fit and this puppy rumbles. I've got the head set to about 86-87 and it sounds much more open and full than the pinched reputation these banjos often get.

Comes in a newer Washburn hard case. Feel free to ask questions.

Will ship quickly and safely.


United States, Floyd, VA, 24091



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Return Policy:

Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition




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