Here's a bit of a "rare bird". A 1928 Gibson TB-5 conversion F.O.N. 9029-29. These banjos were introduced in 1925 as the "Cadillac" banjo from Gibson and were replaced with the Style 6 around 1929. The neck was made by well known luthier Randy Wood. This walnut neck has been with the banjo for a long time and is a perfect match in every way and features the hand cut Style 5 wreath inlay. 5th string spikes at 7,9,10, and 12. The fret wear is minimal and the profile is excellent.
The pot still remains original and uncut with the 40-hole A.T. ring with the exception of a couple newer hooks. Notably this banjo has a 5-string tension hoop and a one-piece armrest. There are bumps, and nicks and some nice vintage gold patina on this nearly 90 YEAR OLD banjo. The tuners are 5-star and I decided to leave the head on just in case someone would rather have it that way. If the buyer would like different tuners or a new head installed, we can talk about that.
YouTube Sample: youtube.com/watch?v=BVomxjN_rHc
Here's a link to Greg Earnest's site for the "in's and out's" of Prewar Gibson Style 5's
Don't hesitate to email with questions or if you need additional pictures.
United States, TN
T.B.D. will ship USPS or UPS international as well. Can meet if reasonable distance.
Check/Money Order, Cash (in person), Paypal
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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