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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.
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.
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
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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.
Updated ad with new video! Have also updated to include a return policy!
Thanks for your kind input there Ken, much appreciated!
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