1926 style 5 ball bearing with a Robin Smith 5 string neck. Good condition.
Does not include tenor neck or original tuners. Case included and leather strap.
Robin Smith of Heartland Banjo built the 5 string neck that is on the banjo.
The banjo has the original ball bearing tone ring. I've played the banjo a lot and it sounds really great IMHO. She's ready to go.
Style 5 was the highest-priced model in the original Mastertone line of 1925 and remained in production until about 1929 when it was replaced by style 6. Style 5 banjos were gold-plated and heavily engraved, with two-piece flanges and either ball-bearing or archtop tone rings. Ornamentation included multicolored wood purfling, multicolored wood inlay on the back of the peghead, and various types of fancy binding. The peghead was fiddle-shaped, the inlays were wreath pattern and the neck and resonator were walnut. The gold-plated Grover tuners featured genuine mother-of-pearl buttons, and the Kerschner tailpiece was engraved “DeLuxe”.
#8252-19 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to 1926, the second year of Mastertone production, and conforms to typical specifications for that time including a ball-bearing tone ring, grooved tension hoop, and flat hooks. At least one other banjo from this lot, #8252-23, is known to exist with an original forty-hole archtop tone ring, a notched tension hoop, and round hooks, suggesting that after the rim was stamped it remained at the factory for a few years before being assembled into a banjo.
United States, Burlington, WI, 53105
$7,950 (Was $11,250) firm // Shipping included to USA Mainland Only
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Condition of Item(s):
Used - Good Condition
'Recording King RK35' 5 hrs