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For Sale or Trade: RB-00 Original Five String Late 30s

Posted By: revellfa (+28) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Returns allowed with money back refund

$4,000 USD

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A fine example. All original except head and bridge.

Looks to be late 30s as the hardware is in such good condition. Flange is pulling up near the neck only, the rest is straight. There is a slight but stable de-lamination in the rim which has been stable for years. Some slight wear and a few dings here and there—all pictured.

Sound and playability is fantastic. Great lightweight banjo. As Richie Dotson said in one of his videos, there are a lot of wood tone ring, light weight banjos around but none of them sound like an all original RB-00. Indeed, there is something special about this old wood that Gibson used.

This banjo is absolutely stage and studio ready. Also, it will be heard in a jam. In fact, I have considered a Fiberskyn or ren head on this due to it’s volume. I actually think a five star would likely serve it best but I’ll leave that to the new owner. Claw hammer and two finger also sound great on this banjo.

Unmolested rim.
Original tuners hold very well.
Frets, which appear to be original, are in fantastic condition.
Neck is straight as an arrow and the action is fantastic with a 11/16th bridge.
RR spikes installed.

Will be shipped in a new tweed case.

I’d be looking for just about anything in a trade/partial trade with cash.


United States, Lavale, MD, 21502


Free to CONT USA

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Check/Money Order, Cash (in person), Paypal

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Return Policy:

Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

Additional return policy details: 10% restock fee if item is returned. Also, item must be returned in the same condition sent. If damaged in shipping buyer must exhaust claims process with shipping company before requesting refund from seller.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition




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