I am looking to buy a Gibson Style 3 banjo. I am not sure the date of the banjo. I looks fairly new. The serial number is 184-3. The sticker on the inside rim says it was produced in Kalamazoo. I can't find the serial number anywhere.
Does this serial number look familiar to anyone?
Thanks for your help.
Edited by - dkframe on 05/23/2020 15:17:12
Your subject heading says style 6, but your post says style 3. Which is it? A picture would be helpful.
The Kalamazoo plant was closed in 1984. Style 3 was not re-introduced until 1988, and style 6 was reintroduced in 1995. So something does not add up if it has a Kalamazoo label.
The only banjos that were being made in Kalamazoo in the 1980's were styles 250, 800, and perhaps a handful of the first Earl Scruggs model.
There were a handful of pre-war style 3 banjos that had serial numbers with that configuration.
Perhaps you have mis-identified the model. Or the label could be false, or maybe the banjo wasn't made by Gibson at all, or perhaps the banjo is very old.
If you can post a picture of the front and back of the banjo, and one of the label, and we might be able to sort this out.
Edited by - rcc56 on 05/23/2020 14:26:50
Sorry, it is a mistype in the subject line. The owner said it is a style 3 (not 6).
I will try to get a picture and post it.
I am thinking the banjo was not made by Gibson.
If the banjo has a set of d tuners drilled in the peghead it is a Gibson copy of a RB3 that frank neat made in 2008.
Great banjo with a Blaylock ring but it was not made by Gibson.
Yes, that is the banjo.
I contacted Frank Neat and he said he did not make the banjo. It is a Neat neck, but the banjo was not made by Frank Neat.
Joe Spann's big book of all things Gibson lists some 1936 Style 3 banjos with the prefix 186. No 184 is listed, there's gap after 183 which was an RB 1. Possible I suppose. Photos needed.
After digging into it a little more, I believe it wasn’t made by Gibson. It is a Gibson copy.
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