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Apr 8, 2020 - 1:08:03 PM

Jack31

France

3 posts since 2/20/2017

I'm french banjo palyer and i buy one gibson mastertone ESS year 1989.
RIM number 1427.
Tone ring AFP (Kulesh) Serie F number 21.
Salutation of France.
Jack.

Apr 8, 2020 - 1:57:59 PM
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1355 posts since 10/5/2006

April 3, 1989

Apr 9, 2020 - 12:47:04 AM

Jack31

France

3 posts since 2/20/2017

Hello Frank.
How do you know the date?
Did you work at Gibson?
Thank you very much for your information.
Jack.

Apr 9, 2020 - 3:50:25 AM
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1355 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Jack31

Hello Frank.
How do you know the date?
Did you work at Gibson?
Thank you very much for your information.
Jack.


No, did not work at Gibson, but have copy of a few handwritten notes by the man who assembled them.

Apr 9, 2020 - 5:10:14 AM

Jack31

France

3 posts since 2/20/2017

Many thanks!!

Apr 9, 2020 - 5:14:23 AM

2030 posts since 10/17/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Oldtwanger
quote:
Originally posted by Jack31

Hello Frank.
How do you know the date?
Did you work at Gibson?
Thank you very much for your information.
Jack.


No, did not work at Gibson, but have copy of a few handwritten notes by the man who assembled them.


A few handwritten notes! 

Jack, don’t be misled into thinking that “a few handwritten notes” is all Frank goes by. 

Frank knows a TON about Gibson banjos, both prewar and postwar; his expertise is excelled perhaps only by Joe Spann. However, I do not know if there is any ONE person who has seen every possible example of Gibson banjo configuration. Suffice it to say that Joe Spann is the closest thing to a “walking, talking” Gibson banjo encyclopedia.

 At one point, it would have been theoretically possible to do so, but “moth and rust corrupting, and thieves breaking through and stealing,” have since prevented such a quest, not to mention devastating natural disasters, which have undoubtedly reduced the number of existing Gibsons. There is nobody who can say “I’ve seen a photo of every banjo Gibson made, and every sales record as well.” 

 

“A few handwritten notes” shows Frank’s down-to-earth humbleness. He could have said, “I know a lot more than most persons,” but he didn’t. 

Mark my words, it sometimes takes more than “a few handwritten notes” to date certain Gibson banjos!

Edited by - okbluegrassbanjopicker on 04/09/2020 05:20:07

Apr 9, 2020 - 5:37:16 AM
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1355 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by okbluegrassbanjopicker
quote:
Originally posted by Oldtwanger
quote:
Originally posted by Jack31

Hello Frank.
How do you know the date?
Did you work at Gibson?
Thank you very much for your information.
Jack.


No, did not work at Gibson, but have copy of a few handwritten notes by the man who assembled them.


A few handwritten notes! 

Jack, don’t be misled into thinking that “a few handwritten notes” is all Frank goes by. 

Frank knows a TON about Gibson banjos, both prewar and postwar; his expertise is excelled perhaps only by Joe Spann. However, I do not know if there is any ONE person who has seen every possible example of Gibson banjo configuration. Suffice it to say that Joe Spann is the closest thing to a “walking, talking” Gibson banjo encyclopedia.

 At one point, it would have been theoretically possible to do so, but “moth and rust corrupting, and thieves breaking through and stealing,” have since prevented such a quest, not to mention devastating natural disasters, which have undoubtedly reduced the number of existing Gibsons. There is nobody who can say “I’ve seen a photo of every banjo Gibson made, and every sales record as well.” 

 

“A few handwritten notes” shows Frank’s down-to-earth humbleness. He could have said, “I know a lot more than most persons,” but he didn’t. 

Mark my words, it sometimes takes more than “a few handwritten notes” to date certain Gibson banjos!


Thank you for your kind words.
All I can say is that the more I learn, the more I find out how much I don't know.......indecision

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