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SOLD For Sale: SOLD: 1930s Gibson PB-11 for sale

Posted By: Greg Earnest (+6) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller

$2,800 USD

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This PB-11 has no factory order number or serial number but would date to the mid to late 1930s. The tension hoop is a newer replacement; one hook and nut are prewar replacements. The original hooks show plating loss and oxidation. Someone removed the blue paint from the sides of the resonator, revealing that this is a mahogany resonator as used on style 3 Mastertones of the same period. Judging by the appearance of the grain in the heel, the neck is walnut meaning it would originally have been intended for a PB-4 flathead (it's well-established that Gibson routinely culled necks and resonators with minor cosmetic flaws for use in style 11 banjos, since the imperfections would be covered by the blue paint and pearloid). The original blue paint remains on the rest of the banjo. There is some lifting of the pearloid peghead veneer and one of the Grover two-tab tuners is losing its leather washer. The four-string Presto-type tailpiece on this one is a bit of a puzzle--it has no Grover markings and the cover has no decorative border. The original one-piece flange is in excellent condition. A nice bonus with this banjo is the presence of its original prewar hardshell case with plush lining; the case has some condition problems as is common with these older cases--full photos are available on request--but it would definitely be serviceable to house this banjo after conversion to five-string. Please contact me through the Hangout with any questions. Many more photos are available on request. Insured shipping is $75 to the lower 48.


United States, Smyrna, GA


$75 UPS to lower 48

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Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition




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