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For Sale: 1930 GIBSON TB-2 Conversion "The Doc Buring"

An Excellent Banjo!

Posted By: T-Bone 30 (+2) | Rate Member
 Member 6+ Years  Verified Seller

$5,700 USD

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Absolutely wonderful 1930 Gibson TB2 to RB2 Pre-War Conversion. Factory order # 9691-27. The Conversion was hand done by Jim Yarboro of Gunbarrel City, Texas, in June, 1992 as a family birthday gift to their father. It is known as "The Doc Buring". Nothing was spared! The pot is all original with a beautiful original finish on the 4 lug walnut resonator. The rim was cut by Jim and a great Steve Ryan 20 hole flathead ring installed. All hardware is original. The Presto tailpiece is original to the banjo and was punched under the cover so it doesn't show. I have a great 5/8" Scorpion Bridge on it. The original one piece flange has minimal natural "pull". The head is a "pre-EPA" Remo in great shape. Single coordinator rod. Rim and resonator numbers are correct and clear. The sound is wonderful!

The neck was hand built from 100+ y.o. mahogany taken from an antique piano. The mahogany is a perfect replacement combination on a normally walnut banjo. It has a two way truss rod and Jim used the yellowish truss rod cover from the original neck. The fretboard is Brazilian rosewood with hand-cut MOP inlays matching the original Type 2 stencils. Beautifully inlaid and I've never seen another like it in pearl. Frets are in perfect shape and the set-up is as well. Original Tuners. When I bought this banjo from Doc's family, it was hand delivered first to Jim Yarboro and he was gracious enough to check it over and set it up for me. The heel cut is perfect with the correct hairline gap at the tension hoop. The heel is signed and dated by Jim.

You won't find a nicer one...period! I bought, sold and traded Gibson banjos for nearly 10 years looking for one this good. Now, because I am such a poor player, I've decided to drop my pride and let it go, hopefully to someone who can do it justice. There is no "hype" in my description. I will include the original tenor neck and both necks will be shipped in a separate shipping tube or as you specify. No trade offers please. You will not be disappointed. Price has been lowered and is final. I will include shipping. Thanks for your interest.


United States, GA, 30078


Shipping to lower 48 included

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Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition




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770-344-8086 c Steven

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