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For Sale: 1926 Gibson Original 5-String RB-3 w/Conversion Ring w/Video

All original parts included

Posted By: Ceres Banjo Works (+77) | Rate Member
 Member 8+ Years  Verified Seller  Players Union Member  Top Seller  Returns allowed with money back refund

$4,999 USD

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According to page 81 in Spann's Guide To Gibson there were only 35 of the 5-string RB-3's made. This banjo is F.O.N. 8447-7 which is the 7th in the batch. In 1926, The Mastertone pot was what's now called the "ball bearing" style. I had Steve Huber fit a Sullivan flathead conversion tone ring to this banjo and do the neck fit. All of the original balls, springs, washers, and tone ring with skirt and original friction 5th peg and bridge are still with this banjo and included in the sale. The original rim and label have not been altered in any way. This banjo came from the family of the original owner. It still had the hide head and had never had 5th string spikes. At some point in the 1970's the neck was broken at the peg head and crudely repaired... I've now had the repair properly addressed by Eric Sullivan and it looks great. New frets have been installed and show almost zero wear. Through the years the binding on the neck has been repaired. One thumb screw for the resonator is missing and the banjo also has an original 5-string Grover Presto tailpiece. At 95 years old this banjo has been around quite a while and now has a new "lease on life" as a Powerhouse with a new 5th string nut, spikes, flathead ring and AMB head. Here's a YouTube sample of this banjo:


United States, TN


UPS, USPS, International as well.

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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.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Excellent Condition




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