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GIBSON ES 49 Classic, PLEASE Advise...

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Apr 18, 2019 - 1:19:08 PM
127 posts since 9/19/2014

Hi Can you guys please advise and let me know your feedback? I would highly appreciate this.

Thanks in advance

Gibson Banjo: 2004 ES 49 Classic

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:21:30 PM

2235 posts since 4/16/2003

Nobody is replying because they're probably trying to get to it first!

That's an excellent price on a very desirable variation of the Scruggs model.
And you get TWO very good rings with it.

Check out the bottom of the rim per the ad -- if it looks ok, hand the guy the cash, take the banjo and run!

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:33:33 PM

11833 posts since 10/30/2008

Without pictures or in-hand inspection it's tough to say anything about the apparent finish cracks on the bottom of the rim, except to say, they're not wildly unusual in Gibsons. The description says you can't put a business card in the crack, so that's encouraging.

Two rings is of course interesting.

They are VERY good banjos, in general. I have one.

Price is excellent IF NOTHING ELSE IS WRONG.

Good luck, you'll have to look at the rim and judge for yourself.

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:36:36 PM

276 posts since 5/19/2018

One note of caution from someone who does a good deal of Craiglist transactions.

No Photos.

Who ever traces this one down, make sure you call and get the seller to text you photos. Also have an educated conversation about the instrument. No photos, iffy conversation about specifics of the instrument, don’t bother to meet to buy it.

When it come time to meet. ALWAYS pick a very public place. In front of or in a local police precinct house is a great place. You, the buyer, pick the location. Mall parking lots, train stations and the like are not great locations to meet. Try not to go alone.

Keep in mind, you are meeting a stranger with over $2,000 in cash in your pocket. Just be smart and don’t let a good price get you in a tough position.

Some of the most amazing banjo bargains I have ever made were from craiglist ads. Just be smart when working out the details. If it seems a little off when you are talking, you know it is way off. If you can’t talk, and the person only texts you...stay away.

Other than that, at the price he is asking, if I was in LA, I would be right on it.

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:37:30 PM

1642 posts since 9/10/2003

They are great banjos, I also have a 1996 49’ Classic. The nice feature about this model is that Gibson only produced less than 400 of them! Definitely worth checking out.


Apr 21, 2019 - 12:19:50 AM

1502 posts since 4/10/2005

I have sold ten instruments through CL over the past decade. Aside from one priced at around $900, all were in the range of $1200 to $2700.

I have never once posted photos on CL or sent them to anyone, as all sales are cash only in person, and the individual will be giving it the once-over for themselves.   Two were high-end banjos, a Gibson and a Stelling.   Both went to delighted, even overjoyed people, because I am punctiliously truthful in the CL descriptions and fair on pricing.

I never blabber with people on the telephone before meeting them in person, and then I'm happy to blabber all they want. All questions before examining the instrument in person are asked and answered (truthfully) in writing. I send a number to text if they get hung up the day of the appointment.

I do all meet-ups in daylight business hours in a public place. I bend over backwards to meet people halfway geographically at minimum, and sometimes go farther for their convenience.

And finally, should the person decide they wish to purchase the instrument, I never take cash on the spot. All meet-ups are set near my bank, and we walk there. After the teller has taken the money for the deposit, a process in which they run it under the counterfeit lights, the purchaser and I shake hands and go our separate ways, them with the instrument.

My listings sometimes sit there for a while. But not one of the above sales had a problem, and I firmly believe this owes in large part to my protocols as described above. They also happen to add up to a pretty good Looky-Loo screening method.


The one time I've spoken to someone on the phone i was a buyer,   and the seller was on the other side of the country, and they wanted to touch base by phone because they were nervous about shipping.

Edited by - ceemonster on 04/21/2019 00:27:21

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