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Jul 3, 2020 - 8:47:40 PM
1 posts since 7/3/2020

I've got a friend that's looking to purchase this banjo. Looking for any info you might have, so he can get a good trade value for it! These are the only 2 images I have. Thanks so much for your time!

Jul 3, 2020 - 9:07:35 PM

13102 posts since 10/30/2008

It appears to be a Gibson RB 100. Probably from the mid 1960s. Presuming it's all original, nothing broken or half-assed repaired, these can be worth $1000-$1500. The hard case is a nice addition. If that serial # were quite a bit lower, it might be worth a bit more to some who would like to install a Mastertone tone ring in it -- making it a "stealth" Mastertone because it would lack all the fancier decorations of a Mastertone model. About 1964 Gibson reduced the thickness/quality of the wooden rim inside the banjo. The thicker, earlier rims make the best conversions to Mastertones. The later/thinner rims, not so prized for that purpose, so they sell for the price range I indicated. The earlier, thicker rimmed ones might fetch a premium price.

I started out learning banjo on an RB 100 made about 1963, when I was 11 years old. They are very well made banjos. Their only "drawbacks" were lack of a Mastertone tone ring, and lack of more decoration. That made them the "entry level" resonator banjo in the Gibson line up. Like many many others, once I learned to play a little bit on the RB 100, I traded up for an RB 250 Mastertone model. The RB 100 is a GREAT banjo to learn to play bluegrass on.

I wish your friend good luck getting it at a good price.

Jul 4, 2020 - 7:31:45 AM



21752 posts since 7/6/2005

1968 RB-100. Latest one I found sold in June 2020 for $1250. Another for sale for $1599, but it's not sold yet. I think it's priced a tad high.

Jul 4, 2020 - 7:35:21 AM

10340 posts since 1/15/2005

Originally posted by beegee

1968 RB-100. Latest one I found sold in June 2020 for $1250. Another for sale for $1599, but it's not sold yet. I think it's priced a tad high.

'68 should be a thin rim, so around $1250 should be about right.

Jul 4, 2020 - 8:48:35 AM

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The thin rim would be consistent with a 1968 manufacture. The brass ring inside sits on the outer edge of the rim giving it a flat head appearance rather than the arch top look of the earlier models with thick rims. They had a brass ring which sat on the inner edge of the rim. The thin rim would not support a ring on the inner edge.

Edited by - Culloden on 07/04/2020 08:49:54

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