This banjo was originally a flathead, as was the usual configuration by Gibson in the 1970's, with a tube and plate flange. It was owned by a friend of mine who idolized Allen Shelton and who spent a lot of time with Allen, when Jim and Jesse were on TV and based in the Montgomery, AL area, in the mid-1960's. Therefore, only an archtop banjo would satisfy my friend.
I suggested sometime in the 1980's that First Quality, in Louisville, could certainly turn this flathead into an archtop. He took my advice and had the Sullivans at First Quality performed the transformation.
As the photos show, the pot is now a First Quality 40-hole archtop ring on a First Quality late 1920's style rim. The serial number from the banjo peghead is stamped in the rim. The metal appears to be chrome, with the exception of the Presto repro tailpiece. I have a chrome Waverly if the buyer would like to have a chrome tailpiece.
The armrest has the script Gibson and the tuners are stamped Gibson. The head is an 80's 5-Star and the case is an unblemished 80's TKL. The Showcase basketweave leather strap is included.
The finish is no longer the customary lacquer, as it would have had from the factory. It is a brown satin finish of some origin. Feels and looks very nice.
If you love the unmistakable sound of an archtop, this one will not disappoint.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
United States, Montgomery, AL, 36116
TBD/CONUSA ONLY/NO INTERNATIONAL SALES
Returns not accepted.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Very Good Condition
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