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SOLD For Sale: SOLD: 1938 Recording King M-6 Tenor Banjo (Pre-War Gibson)

Posted By: Seeders | Rate Member
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$1,300 USD

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1938 Recording King M-6 tenor banjo. These were made by Gibson and resemble the Gibson Style 00 banjos. To quote who has great info on these banjos...

"The peghead shape is the same as that used on Gibson’s style 11 banjos and on the budget-model banjos made by Gibson under the Kel Kroydon brand name. The model designation is stenciled on the peghead just above the nut, where the truss rod cover would be located on a Gibson-brand banjo; an adjustable truss rod was available only on “real” Gibsons. The resonator, as is typical for Recording Kings, is somewhat deeper than the ones found on Gibson-brand banjos. The sunburst finish on the back and sides of the resonator is reminiscent of the stain used on Gibson’s style 00 banjos, but the binding here is multi-ply and there is a moderate amount of flame on the resonator back.

The pot construction is essentially the same as that found on Gibson-brand style 00 banjos, with a rim measuring only 1/2? thick below the flange and a thin tension hoop fitted with flat hooks, but the same one-piece pot metal flange found on Gibson’s more expensive Mastertone models.

The peghead and rosewood fingerboard are inlaid with the fan design common to Recording King banjos. The serial number is stamped on the back of the peghead; the “D” indicates the year 1938, and the “W” stands for “Ward”."

This banjo sports a Grover tailpiece and the rim is in good condition with one spot of binding and inside the resonator that has been glued with something unknown but should clean up fairly easily. Would make a fun and interesting conversion with a unique sound. If anything the flange can be salvaged for a replacement for a Pre-War Mastertone as it's in great shape.

Please message for any questions or more photos. Offers welcome!


United States, Dorset, VT, 05251


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

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Good Condition




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