Do you want to play it as a tenor, or make it into a 5 string? A 5 string neck is gonna cost around $1000, give or take. Sometimes you can find an old RB 100 neck for sale someplace, but they're not common.
Most likely convert it Dick.
I haven't seen it in person but it looks like a fat rim. Does anyone concur?
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Does hot look like a fat rim to me.
Since a neck is gonna cost more or less $1000, and you can get a perfectly fine used post 1987 RB 3 or RB 250 for low $2000s, I wouldn't think any TB 100 would be "worth" as much as $1000.
There's a few rb-100's in ebay completed (Sold) auctions you can look at, also past asking prices banjobuyer.com/make-archived/Gibson/
Not sure if you want the full 5 string flathead conversion or just put a 5 string neck on. I've had a rb100 for a couple months and played it for the first time a half hour ago... Long story, but even needing a neck reset, refret, flange bent, rim delamming and a bunch of other stuff, I love it.
Thanks, that's helpful. The person is asking $750.00 for it. Add a replacement 5 string neck and you're up to the price of an original RB-100.
If the banjo is in good condition (flange, resonator), $750 is not a bad price. Too, there are aplenty of good, used 'Gibson' necks to be had, many at $400-$600. Forget adding a tone ring 'til you decide if it needs it.
750 is a decent price if the tenor is in very good condition. It’s been said you can get a good neck for anywhere from 600-1000 for the instrument.
Just a thought, but if you keep on the lookout, you can find a really good all original RB100 with a case for between 1100 and 1400. Really nice older examples can go for more than that, but it’s not uncommon to see them for a bargain price.
Could save you time, and you get something that is original and should increase in value over the years. 100’s are nice versatile players.
They turn up fairly often here and other places. If you scan the usual places, you might find one and have it in your hands in a week or so.
There was one on CL for sale here in the NW for $800 for a long time.
I paid $800 for an unplayed 62 PB100. Thick rim. Unblemished anywhere. (Guitar Center!)
Richie Dotson converted it and we put a Huber Vintage Ring on it and one of his necks.
That price seems reasonable. There's a nice Cioffi conversion neck n the classifieds right now (repaired headstock /neck crack) , others pop up from time to time, or there's the $400 Saga/Golden Gate "luthier quality" conversion necks: beyondguitars.com/product/maho...ler-tone/
Add tuners, set lag bolts and cut neck heel, fret leve/crown unless you'd done those yourself, (preferably period-correct) case, bridge, tailpiece, your costs are mounting.
rb100s: did you see https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/68380 ?
Or the one at Fiddlers Green?
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