Share any knowledge or wisdom you may have about Ralph Stanley banjo’s made by Frank Neat. Thanks!
Edited by - Bill Rogers on 12/12/2019 22:33:45
If I remember correctly, at Ralph’s festival, 10+ years ago, they were for sale for $3400-$4000.
They made quite a number of them. I seem to remember seeing one labeled as the 90th? I may be wrong, but it seems to me there were at least 50.
I remember seeing Ralph in the late 70's and Curly Ray Cline did the sales pitch, "You can own this very banjo Ralph is playing here tonight." A great way to sell banjos but I haven't seen anyone else do it. I didn't buy the banjo but I did buy a Curly Ray key chain with his picture on it.
I actually got to hold and pick one way back in the '90s. Beautiful banjo, loud, in your face sound like that of a Gibson archtop. Couldn't afford it, but would have loved to have it.
Haskell McCormack was making sales pitches for "old" Gibson banjos on stage with Lester Flatt back in the early 1970s. I was told Haskell never traveled without an old Gibson or two in the bus for sale.
I've heard it suggested that Earl did this too. Can't testify to it though.
'1930 Gibson TB3' 1 hr