I want to sell my dads banjo, but I don’t know the value of it. I think it’s a late 60’s Gibson rb100
# on the head is 506694
If anyone out there could help me, that would be great
It’s on eBay listed as a 1968 5 string Gibson for $1100
Thank you, Tony
Edited by - Lynne on 12/07/2019 11:12:01
I remember the banjo on Craigslist (i have a rb100), I actually checked to see how long it would take to drive to Colville (long time)
Re: the ebay listing. Could use more pix, especially of the rim/back of neck w/resonator removed, and specify OHSC, and looks like minimal fretwear but a few headstock dings etc. Anything else you can say, straight neck, no repairs etc. If you can put on a new head, that would look a little nicer.
If you post it here in "Marketplace", you'll get lots more looks at it.
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Looks to be an rb100 w/ the larger brass hoop, earlier ones usually had a smaller diameter hoop that made it look like an archtop. If it had a flathead tonering you should say so, tho.
That seems to be a fair asking price if you're taking offers. Also list extras: picks, strings, capo etc
If you put on new head, include the vintage one as well. I think the case by itself in decent condition could be sold for a few $hundreds
Also say if it's a 5/8" bridge, measure string height at last fret, take picture of neck joint from the side.
Edited by - gtani7 on 12/07/2019 11:46:35
Tony, check out the Gibsons for sale here on the Hangout, then look on elderly.com and also check some of our vendors to see if they have any Gibsons like yours for sale. That would give you a ballpark idea of what to ask for it.
If you're going to advertise it here on the Hangout, you need to first read the rules for classifieds (found here: banjohangout.org/classifieds/rules/) and then take lots of pictures to post with your classified. After you post the ad on the Hangout, be sure to start a thread on the Swap Shop forum about your banjo and give a live URL back to your classified. Maybe someone is looking for just that banjo.
I wish you the best of luck selling your Dad's banjo. Unfortunately, this comes from one of the less popular times in Gibson history, and may affect your value. I would suspect your pricing is a bit optimistic, but time will tell.
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
That’s a later RB-100, probably not as well-thought-of as earlier ones, so I tend to concur with Bobby Reavis.
Thank you guys for the great feedback, it really helped.
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