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For Sale: (Price Reduced) 1960 Gibson RB-250 Bow-Tie Banjo - Excellent, Clean Condition - Great Sound!

Posted By: alex riffle | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller

$3,200 USD

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This is a 1960 Gibson RB-250, “Bow-Tie” banjo (Serial #0-7768-27). This banjo is in excellent shape for its age and has a great, big sound compared to other RB-250s I have played (I’ve traveled parts of the USA playing bluegrass music for over a decade and have played good amount of these banjos).

This banjo is almost all original, with its original 4-hole archtop ring. The only non-original components from what I can tell are the 5th string tuner peg (the old one did not come with the banjo when I purchased it) as well as the finish on the top of the peg head, which was professionally restored at the Gibson Showcase in Nashville, TN nearly 10 years ago. It looks fantastic! The banjo does have some “checking” of the finish, primarily on the back of the neck. There a few marks on the resonator and neck, as well as a small dent in the metal armrest. There are also some previously professionally filled in tiny holes in the side of the neck where a fifth string sliding capo used to be mounted. The banjo now has “railroad spikes” for the fifth string capo.

This banjo was last professionally setup by one of the best in the business, Charlie Cushman, in 2016 and it really sounds great! It’s bright up the neck and has a deep growl from its low D string just where you need it. The banjo does need to be tinkered with a bit as it has some buzzes at different parts of the neck when fretting. However, the buzzes don’t seem to be transmitted much at all when the banjo is played to other people/heard by those other than the player. Charlie’s setup included a new head, bridge, 5th string nut, fingerboard re-leveling and an overall tune up of the neck, etc. to make this banjo sound the best it can as judged by his expertise.

These Bow-Tie banjos are highly sought after, especially if they are pre-1963/64, when the better sounding of this model from Gibson seemed to be made (according to what I’ve heard from those who are bigger “banjo nerds” than I am).

The banjo comes with the case it came with when I purchased it, which is a modern TKL American Vintage Series case with a blue velvet interior. The case is in decent condition, with just the latch of the locking mechanism missing and some tape residue on the outside of the case. The inside of the case is excellent and it is certainly sound.

If you are looking for a Gibson RB-250 that has had a good amount of recent playing time, has a well balanced great sound, and is in fantastic condition for its age, then this is the banjo for you!

It’s unfortunate that I must sell this banjo in order to help with graduate school tuition, but I am happy that it will hopefully be finding a home with a great player and/or collector sometime soon!

I’m willing to ship this banjo within the main 48 of the USA or it is available for pick up from any where within the southern half of Missouri or the northern half of Arkansas, as well as neighboring areas.

Please don’t hesitate to ask me for further information or questions and I will do my best to answer them. Thank you for taking the time to view this listing!


United States, Poplar Bluff, MO, 63901



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Cash (in person), Paypal

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Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition




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