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For Sale or Trade: 1997 Gibson RB-3 Wreath

Posted By: timacn (+5) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$2,500 USD

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Serial number 3-9702-11 is engraved into the rim and chalked on the resonator. This makes it a February, 1997 instrument, I think. Not officially "Greg Rich Era" but almost.

Excellent condition. Some tarnish on the metal and the resonator is not as pristine as a mirror, (a few smudges and marks that I can hardly see and photograph) but in extremely good cosmetic condition.

Functionally and structurally perfect so far as I can tell. Sounds great.

Comes with two Keith tuners. Kulesh tone ring, I believe. I was told it was once owned by Bill Emerson.

Comes with Gibson hardshell. Case is in good condition, but the combo lock does not work.

I bought it a couple years ago from Turtle Hill Banjo and haven't played it much. An advertisement from Janet Davis Music was in the case with a sale price listed. (see pictures) I have assumed that the advertisement and sale price related to this specific instrument, but I am not sure as the ad does not specify a serial number.

2019 Vintage Guitar Guide lists its value range as $3,000-$3,900.

There is no 'Mastertone" label on the rim but in response to a post here on BHO, the absence of a Mastertone label was not unheard of, particularly during certain years. Here is my post and BHO members' responses:

I also posed the question to Gruhn Guitars and Joe Spann of Gruhn Guitars told me this about the absence of the label:

"My name is Joe Spann and I coordinate the appraisal functions for George Gruhn here at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville. We received your recent email with questions concerning your 1997 Gibson RB-3 banjo.
The lack of a Gibson Mastertone Guarantee label on the interior of the rim is not common, but has been seen by us on numerous occasions."

Will ship CONUS. Buyer pays shipping. Paypal preferred. Will split paypal fee with buyer.

48 hour evaluation period with buyer paying return shipping.


United States, Lancaster, PA


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Payment Methods:

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

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: Banjo must be in the same condition as when originally sent out

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition




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