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Original 1928 RB-3 No-hole Archtop at. Gryphon

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Apr 18, 2019 - 3:09:37 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

21839 posts since 6/25/2005

Seems to be a consignment, and the owner wants a healthy premium for the original neck. That said, it’s a rare banjo.  And no, I have no connection to it.  

https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/products/1928-5-string-resonator-gibson-banjo-rb3-solid-archtop-tone-ring-55818

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:36:59 PM

11840 posts since 10/30/2008

Too much considering the crack at the volute. Otherwise a very nice banjo.

What would one go for nowadays with an unbroken neck? I remember decades ago seeing the Fred Bacon RB-3 of this vintage at under $10,000 and I was in no position to buy. I remember years ago seeing original RB-3s of this vintage as high as $20,000 asking price, but I expect that has dropped significantly post-recession.

I also saw Mike Seeger's RB 3 of this vintage, with a somewhat boogered-up neck, at Vintage Instruments in Philly, maybe 5 years ago. I commented on it here, still had a skin head.

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:20:04 PM

2068 posts since 9/25/2006

Seems a fair price to me, even considering the neck repair. I always say “if that’s too much for you find me another that’s cheaper, for that matter find me another one period!” They ain’t makin’ any more original five string mastertones, that’s for sure.

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:46:57 AM

csacwp

USA

2150 posts since 1/15/2014

I think the price would be fair if the peghead hadn't been broken.

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