How much are pre war style 3 tenor necks selling for? If they are even selling at all? Also tenor gibson cases?
I doubt if there is a market anywhere for tenor necks. Most people just throw them in a closet and forget about them.
If anybody would have your answer, it would be Jim Mills. He sees it all: especially the Gibson line. JimMillsBanjo@msn.com
Eric Sullivan is another person who would probably know. You can PM him through BHO.
If this neck is from a banjo that you have had converted, you might want to just keep it with the banjo in case someone in the distant future decides to return it to its original tenor configuration.
I paid $150 several years ago for a nice 1920s TB 3 neck that I wanted just for display purposes. Tuners were not included. It's just a wall hanger. Think of it like art.
I bought one from the classifieds here for $125 five months ago.
I used to buy tenor necks quite often. Liked to hang them on the wall, or use them for comparisons when looking at “original 5 strings”. 15-20 years ago 50-75$ US Was pretty much the going price, be it a Style 11, 3, Granada or what not. Back then and before that builders used to harvest the inlay and peel the peghead veneer for use on new conversion necks. I remember seeing decades ago in one builders shop a wood barrel full of tenor necks. Nobody wanted them back then when they did the conversions.
As mentioned above, 125.00 seems now the base line for style 3’s, and they go up significantly from there the few times recently I have seen 4’s and up tenor necks go for sale. I’m pretty sure folks who have a converted banjo want the necks now to go with the five string for resale.
So I would say, they absolutely have value.
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