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For better or worse! Original 5 String Gibson 955

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Jan 20, 2020 - 4:30:52 PM
43 posts since 8/12/2019

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Includes video, mp3, and exhaustive description. Thanks to everyone who has given me input and help!

Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:42:53 AM

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Wow!

There was a discussion of one of these not too long ago. No one seemed to know exactly what it was.  The peghead looked like a Gibson RB-00 that had been monkeyed with. And I think it had that same type of serial number.  I can't find the discussion now. But your ad is a real education.

Good luck.

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:13:14 AM
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Eric A

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Greg Boyd has a Kalamazoo listed right now, with a youtube. Similar type of construction, I think. Greg's banjo sounds amazing, and I like his comments about the wood, the rim, etc.
 

Jan 21, 2020 - 4:27:39 PM

43 posts since 8/12/2019

I saw that video and found it enjoyable and instructive as well!

And yes this would be that same banjo with the funky headstock, I must have posted four or five threads on it during different iterations. (Dead horses sometimes do rise if they’re beat long enough ha, but apologies for that.)

Here’s a link to the sound sample for convenience, I think it showcases the play potential better than the video

banjohangout.org/myhangout/med...archived=

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Thanks!

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:30:03 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by crowfielder

... yes this would be that same banjo with the funky headstock, I must have posted four or five threads on it during different iterations.


Thanks for confirming my memory!  I couldn't find that discussion to save my life.  I thought I had commented on it, but now I think I started to and then deleted what I was going to write.

Glad I did, because I would have been totally wrong!  I was going to guess you had a late pre-war RB-00 on which someone had reshaped the peghead to give it that decorative top. And I thought the lower end of the peghead had been altered.  I did not know about the Gibson-made Ward banjo that had this very peghead.

Anyway . . . your restoration/repair looks good and your price is extremely reasonable.  That's a very rare original Gibson-made pre-war 5-string neck.  Back in 2013, I played an all-original 1940/41 RB-00 at Retrofret in Brooklyn, NY, that they were selling for $4500.  Yours at under $2000 is very well priced.

I'm sorry I'm not in the market.

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:33:21 PM

43 posts since 8/12/2019

Updated ad with new video! Have also updated to include a return policy!

Thanks for your kind input there Ken, much appreciated!

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:48:06 PM

43 posts since 8/12/2019

Reduced!

Feb 2, 2020 - 1:19:41 PM

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Reduced!

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