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May 28, 2020 - 7:22:03 PM
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...But thoughts on it.

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Definitely a one off. I really like the looks of it, color scheme and engravings, but 8900?

Love to hear a few comments on it from folks who are experts on post WWII Gibson’s.

Anybody know the background on the design for this?

May 28, 2020 - 8:25:59 PM

klgera

USA

504 posts since 12/3/2004

I have seen 2 reissue RB6 gold sparkle banjos sell, one for $5790 on Ebay and one for $6000 at a festival. So, I think the $8900 is a little high, but then again go find another one.
I know Gibson reissued the RB6 in checkerboard and Sparkle in about 1994 and later. Maybe there was another reissue in 2006.
I would like to see the serial number, and if it is a custom shop, I thought they had a sticker denoting that.
The engraving looks to be accurate for the reissues of the gold sparkle models.

May 28, 2020 - 8:53:29 PM

Foote

USA

366 posts since 3/25/2009

The binding doesn't look like a RB-6 sparkle. Also the tag says sparkle but not RB-6.

May 29, 2020 - 12:37:09 AM
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But according to the ad this one has been recently tuned. Surely that's worth something ?

May 29, 2020 - 1:39:34 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23602 posts since 6/25/2005

I’m sorry, but the gold sparkle banjos look like they belong in a chain drugstore’s hairbrush aisle.

May 29, 2020 - 5:39:05 AM

2199 posts since 4/7/2010

If you needed to purchase an as new #6, the price is high, but not unrealistic. I wonder if anyone has a retail price list from 2006 to offer perspective.

Not that I am a huge Gibson fan, I do like checkerboard #6 banjos better than gold sparkle, but the red in the middle of the greyburst bothers my eye.

Bob Smakula

May 29, 2020 - 5:49:04 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

If you needed to purchase an as new #6, the price is high, but not unrealistic. I wonder if anyone has a retail price list from 2006 to offer perspective.

Not that I am a huge Gibson fan, I do like checkerboard #6 banjos better than gold sparkle, but the red in the middle of the greyburst bothers my eye.

Bob Smakula


I agree Bob.  The "attempt" at the Argentine Gray finish is pretty lacking.  I think the price is probably just a little higher than Gibson was asking for this type of banjo at the time of production.  The custom shop banjos were high.

May 29, 2020 - 6:57:39 AM
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12969 posts since 10/30/2008

Just for reference, Gibson's MSRP on Style 6 reissues was $10,000. I saw several of them, new, and they tended to look like this one.

Nowadays though, if you can scratch up $8900, you're only a couple thousand short of buying a pre-war 6. No, not a flat head, but...

May 29, 2020 - 11:03:39 AM
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2659 posts since 12/4/2009

Hello,

This owner was conned in to take as collateral an instrument as payment for services. This price is the price to cover his services.

I can see his pain when the Gibson flood happened and the equity of that sale is now Down the drain so to speak. This banjo should sing like Earl’s to warrant that price. My hope is that it does.

May 29, 2020 - 11:08:51 AM
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All the above comments are pretty much align with my thoughts.

It’s like a strange, but well done mash up of a 80’s RB800 and a Sparkle 6.

As I said, I do like it for some strange reason, but then again I really like those Fire Engine red 800’s, A5’s and Doves. My quirk.

Nice banjo, but for 8900, I’m saving the extra 3-4 and hunting for a Pre WWII 6 if I’m dropping that amount of coin.

Nice interesting banjo though. Should make someone real happy at a better price point.

May 29, 2020 - 9:33:06 PM

RevD

USA

99 posts since 4/8/2019

Never knew they did a clown burst on them (its what we called them as a guitarist lol) but its pretty custom. I'm sure its pretty in your hands, 9 large though... gulp....

May 29, 2020 - 9:36 PM

RevD

USA

99 posts since 4/8/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Aradobanjo

Hello,

This owner was conned in to take as collateral an instrument as payment for services. This price is the price to cover his services.

I can see his pain when the Gibson flood happened and the equity of that sale is now Down the drain so to speak. This banjo should sing like Earl’s to warrant that price. My hope is that it does.


 I was thinking the same. Probably gave him a ridiculous 'retail' price on this custom banjo they had laying around. I feel bad for that contractor if that's indeed what happened.

May 30, 2020 - 12:46 AM

rcc56

USA

2856 posts since 2/20/2016

Well, Alvin, $8900 plus another $1100 will buy the converted TB-6 archtop at Gruhn's.

Looking at this, I'm reminded of the Greg Rich era RB-"Moo" banjo, and the olive green limited edition J-45 guitars that were available just before Henry J's demise.

The "Moo" banjo did have its charm in an odd sort of way. But I don't think that many folks would have cared for the olive green guitar. I feel vaguely ill just thinking about that one. I think we'll all be happier if I refrain from further comment about it.

Edited by - rcc56 on 05/30/2020 00:49:36

May 30, 2020 - 4:41:55 AM
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Aquote:
Originally posted by RevD
quote:
Originally posted by Aradobanjo

Hello,

This owner was conned in to take as collateral an instrument as payment for services. This price is the price to cover his services.

I can see his pain when the Gibson flood happened and the equity of that sale is now Down the drain so to speak. This banjo should sing like Earl’s to warrant that price. My hope is that it does.


 I was thinking the same. Probably gave him a ridiculous 'retail' price on this custom banjo they had laying around. I feel bad for that contractor if that's indeed what happened.


Hello,

Owning your own business is the AMERICAN dream. Getting paid for services provided is one big consternation of suspense. My father was a general contractor. Contract or gentleman’s agreement, the first and last draws were problematic. Invariably, non-payment or bartering were the results. 

As an owner of my own consulting business, I was working with a company on security. The CIO was contracted to this company also. At that time, this company owned the contract CIO a lot of money. The owner gave the CIO a used Porsche 911 as collateral. This Porsche already had nearly 100,000 miles. To fix anything on a custom import car is not cheap. 

Not getting paid or stiffed for services is never fun. 30, 60, and 90 days are equally nerve racking the closer each band of time ends. After 90 days, lawsuits can happen. Lawsuits cost money. If the bill is less than the lawsuit, buyers pick the time to pull these stunts. No one likes to break even. 

Edited by - Aradobanjo on 05/30/2020 04:43:47

May 31, 2020 - 11:56:38 AM

Cleitus

New Zealand

368 posts since 6/10/2011

If I was a pro playing nightly I'd happily go for it. After all if the worst happens with damage or theft, it's a modern banjo and not a vintage treasure you would lament over. Agreed you would not exactly be jumping for joy either but it would not be the end of the world.

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