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Please help identify my Grandpa’s Gibson

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Jan 26, 2020 - 5:41:16 PM
6 posts since 1/26/2020

When my Grandfather passed I acquired one of his many banjos. Recently finding out that one of them was worth quite a bit of money I thought I should look into what I have. I can’t find any serial numbers or any identifying marks other than the Gibson on the headstock. Any info would be appreciated


Jan 26, 2020 - 5:57:11 PM

3837 posts since 9/21/2009

My guess would be that' it's an RB-100 worth between $1300 to $1500, but to be sure there would need to be more photos.

Edited by - banjoman56 on 01/26/2020 17:58:11

Jan 26, 2020 - 6:01:45 PM

6 posts since 1/26/2020

What would you need pictures of?

Jan 26, 2020 - 6:20:42 PM

12520 posts since 10/30/2008

There may be a number inside the "pot" if you take the resonator off -- it should be stamped inside the wooden rim of the pot if it's 1960 or older.

Usually on RB 100s made after 1960 there would be a number stamped into the back of the peghead.

Close up, well-it photos of the pot from front, each side, and inside; close up of the neck in sections -- front, back and each side. Good photo of the 5th string tuner. Close up of peghead face, each side, and back including the tuners. Good close up of resonator back, each side, and inside. If you find a stamped number in your explorations, get a good photo of that number.

Good luck. I agree with the suggested valuation, if nothing is broken or repaired half-assed. Do you have the hard shell case for it? That helps too.

Through the 50s and 60s RB 100s had a gold Gibson decal on the black surfaced peghead.  Yours has inlaid pearl on a brown stained peghead, by the looks of it.  That might place it in the late 1960s?

Edited by - The Old Timer on 01/26/2020 18:22:42

Jan 26, 2020 - 6:31:42 PM
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beegee

USA

21466 posts since 7/6/2005

I would say late 60"s. I had a 69-70 that had a fiddle-shaped peghead, same coloration.

Jan 26, 2020 - 6:54:15 PM

6 posts since 1/26/2020

More photos of what I think you’re referring to as the pot and resonator. No stamped numbers anywhere I can see.

Jan 26, 2020 - 6:59:49 PM

6 posts since 1/26/2020

Here’s the pics

Jan 26, 2020 - 7:00:59 PM

6 posts since 1/26/2020

Sorry I can’t seem to get the photos uploaded

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:31:06 AM

2040 posts since 4/7/2010

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

 

Through the 50s and 60s RB 100s had a gold Gibson decal on the black surfaced peghead.  Yours has inlaid pearl on a brown stained peghead, by the looks of it.  That might place it in the late 1960s?


The Gibson logo on the peghead is not inlaid, but rather a thin mother of pearl "Gibson" glued to the headstock and finished over. Like other details BHO members have pointed out, it indicates the banjo was made in the late 1960's. 

 

Bob Smakula

smakula.com

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:55:42 AM

3350 posts since 4/27/2004

I think it is a late 60s vintage too........chrome hardware, MOP logo, thin rim. I believe the tuners (except 5th string) may have been changed to 50s vintage Grovers.

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:00:33 AM

6 posts since 1/26/2020

Thanks everyone for all the info!! It’s much appreciated!

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