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Jul 2, 2020 - 8:45:35 AM



21766 posts since 7/6/2005

This tone ring was installed in a 1926 Gibson BB, damaging the rim. Thanks to John Boulding for repairing the rim to accept the original BB hardware. I am cleaning and inventorying and found this.

I have no idea who made this. It is obviously old. It is cast brass of some kind, probably red brass. It is just odd. The bearing edge is very sharp. The skirt is 1.06" tall and 1/8" thick. The tone ring is 10-15/16" OD and 9-13/16" ID. It weighs 2.66 lbs. It has strange tapered edges on the skirt and the angled face is 45º, measuring .75". This would fit a rim of .60" thickness minus the channel for the skirt.

Does anybody have any idea about the origins of this ring? I'll take any reasonable offer for it.

Jul 2, 2020 - 9:39:36 AM

10216 posts since 7/4/2004

Years ago, I bought a big box of banjo parts off of eBay and darned if that doesn't look like the ring that was in the box.

Jul 2, 2020 - 9:56:25 AM
like this

1005 posts since 5/19/2018

No idea who made it or when....but just as things would have it, it probably is the first One off prototype flat head ring made for Gibson....

Jul 6, 2020 - 5:54:56 PM

332 posts since 2/14/2013

Bob, I have a ring that is an absolute twin to that one! Same dimensions, patina, everything, although the skirt on mine is much thinner than 1/8”.

Jul 8, 2020 - 5:34:28 PM

1364 posts since 11/29/2004

It looks a lot like a tone ring that Larry Martin got from CE Ward at Union Grove in the early 70's. Claremon had a batch poured, turned and fitted them for various rims. Larry never liked the ring and I was able to trade him out of it and played it in my main banjo for about 15 years, it just didn't perform in his rim, but I loved it. Still have it...

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