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Feb 12, 2019 - 5:21:04 AM
626 posts since 8/26/2009

Any identifying marks on 63 TB Bowtie to look for.
Too far away to get pictures now, but I did briefly inspect. Found listed in Banjophiles.

Changes made as far as I could tell with a brief inspection (removed rim):
Rim has Gibson sticker and is 3 ply without glue lines filled with strips, tone ring has lots of holes in it, resonator is a TB100 style (why?) with 4 thumbscrews instead of 3, 2nd co-rod installed instead of one. Probably refinished and one-piece flange and hardware look original?

Since last full year of Gibson 3 ply rims for awhile, I was thinking of buying and installing 5 string neck, but then I really don't need another player at my age.

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:11:55 AM

2339 posts since 2/16/2017

I’m not so sure that that rim should have a sticker on it. RB-250 rims of that era did not. Maybe it was added. Best to post some pics when you can.

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:42:15 AM

149 posts since 12/7/2017

Archtop or flat head ?

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:57:06 AM
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32 posts since 8/8/2007

I have a 1960 conversion that i like a lot Neat neck cut to flathead mystery tone ring but a great banjo probably mics better than any i have ever owned

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:05:53 AM



4182 posts since 6/8/2004

Converting a TB-250 ? I never thought that the Bowtie Gibsons would ever be so desirable enough to be converted. Things are changing , Bow tie owners are ya payin attention? that's a good sign !

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:11:57 AM

626 posts since 8/26/2009

It is a flat head. Kind of curious as to why a tb100 resonator?

I may be wrong that it has a Gibson sticker on the rim. Been awhile since I checked it over. I don't think too many post war stickers would have been copied.


Feb 12, 2019 - 8:27:29 AM

11773 posts since 10/30/2008

There were no post war stickers in the rim in the 40s, 50s or 60s. They came in the 70s and later.

This sounds like a put-together banjo to me.

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:44:18 AM

253 posts since 5/19/2018

That does not sound like a complete ‘63 250.

Never seen any of the BowTies ‘63 or earlier with a sticker in the rim.

Rim should be the nice Brown ones.

Resonator from off a 100 is also a red flag.

Seems like a parts banjo or a 100 that someone tried to soup up to something it isn’t.

Unless the price is a great bargain, I would stay away from it.

As I have said said before, the early bow tie Mastertones and 150’s are the great sleeper banjo out there right now. Well not so much anymore as the prices are getting up there, but they offer some of the biggest bang for the buck if you can find an unmolested all original one.

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