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For Sale: vintage Gibson CB-4 cello banjo 1921-1924 rare

$2,450 USD

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Selling this rare Gibson cello banjo. I was informed by Greg Earnest of that this was a 1922 cello banjo. I had a professional appraisal done in May 2019 by Karl Dieterichs of Bucks County Folk Music Shop. I can furnish the entire appraisal upon request but among the highlights are:
Gibson CB-4 cello banjo,
14 inch head,
24.75" scale length,
1 11/16" width pearl nut,
laminated maple rim
curly maple neck w/ rosewood center strip,
ebony fingerboard, no truss rod, no tone ring,
FON stamped on wooden dowel,
calfskin head, not original but very good quality and mounted well
"this cello banjo is in very good condition and appears to be all original except for the head and the bridge. There is a slight negative bow in the neck which cannot be corrected, as there is no truss rod. The first 7 frets are severely worn to the point where a dress and crown could not be performed, and replacing the frets would be recommended. That fret wire may not be available and a retro fit may be the only option...
based on this instrument's condition, and the fact that very few of these cello banjos were made by Gibson, we approximate its current value at around $3,900.00. Because this is an unusual instrument it may take longer to sell."

So that's the appraisal from someone who has been in the business for 50 plus years with his store and whose niche is acoustic and folk instruments exclusively. My asking price is, obviously, significantly below the appraised value, so for someone who pines for a cello banjo this would be about as good a hook-up as you could want.

In addition to putting the new head on it when I got this instrument as a barter arrangement for studio time, I also assembled a set of strings based on research of proper gauge for a cello banjo. The strings may not be exactly correct or set up to your preference but it needed strings to assess its playability, etc. It also comes with a bunch of very old Black Diamond banjo strings that were in the case. God knows why anyone would want them, but I've seen old strings for sale quite a few times, so....go figure! The case is, I believe original, was in pretty bad shape when I got it, and I patched the Tolex with new Tolex in several places, and bought a leather handle for it...just so it wouldn't look so horrifying and scary. The appraisal said it neither adds nor detracts from the value of the instrument...nice to know I spent all that time piecing in those Tolex patches!

There is a small nick out of the wood on the back of the pot. See one of the pictures for detail. That's the only actual defect in any of the wood structure of the instrument...remarkable considering it's over 95 years old!

Visual note: in a couple of the pictures, the chrome looks quite tarnished and gnarly. That is the reflection of the highly mottled granite counter it is sitting on top of. Although not flawless, the chrome is in really nice condition and looks very good overall. (as referenced in appraisal language)

If you pay by check I will ship the instrument once your check has cleared into my bank account.

I will ship to Continental U.S. only. Shipping charges will be only what it costs guess is in the $45 to $65 range.
You will get tracking info from me as soon as it is shipped.
For your reassurance, feel free to check out my online reputation on eBay where I have been a 100% positive seller/buyer for 19 years under: canadianbush

Thanks for taking the time to look at this ad.


United States, PA, 19086

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Check/Money Order, Paypal

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Returns not accepted.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition




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