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Jul 16, 2019 - 12:20:31 PM


South Africa

76 posts since 11/1/2011

The table at shows that only 52 PB150 plectrum banjos were ever made. These “bowties” were shipped from the factory between 1950 and 58. That makes a PB150 a very rare instrument. Are there any left that have not been converted to 5 string?

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:48:52 AM

400 posts since 5/19/2018

I’m surprised no one has gotten back to you.

Yes, a PB-150 Gibson banjo would be a very rare instrument.

I am sure that there has to be a few still lurking under beds and in basements and the like, still in the original PB configuration. Hopefully a few more still actually being played as plectrum instruments.

I am also pretty sure that if one was to turn up, at least in the United States, it would be quickly converted to a five string instrument.

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