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Jul 20, 2020 - 6:04:25 PM
391 posts since 4/15/2008

Probably my favorite bluegrass LP is the double album SLP 136 (Banjo Jamboree Spectacular) put out by Starday. On the cover is a man in a red plaid shirt holding what appears to be an original RB-3 wreath. The reason I say it appears original is because it has a 5-string tension hoop and the frets look like the narrow variety used on some of the old pre-wars.

Do any of you old timers know which banjo this is and who might have it now?

Jul 20, 2020 - 6:34 PM

11088 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by Banjorb3

Do any of you old timers know which banjo this is and who might have it now?


Really?

Edited by - Old Hickory on 07/20/2020 18:34:26

Jul 20, 2020 - 7:08:12 PM
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beegee

USA

21837 posts since 7/6/2005

From the BHO archives, it is reported that the picker is Joe Drumright and the banjo was subsequently owned by Richard Bailey and was for sale on BanjoBuyer.com by Larry Perkins who details the banjo's history here:RB-3 Wreath

Edited by - beegee on 07/20/2020 19:15:26

Jul 20, 2020 - 7:40:46 PM

13261 posts since 10/30/2008

Very educational!

Jul 20, 2020 - 10:21:44 PM

391 posts since 4/15/2008

quote:
Originally posted by beegee

From the BHO archives, it is reported that the picker is Joe Drumright and the banjo was subsequently owned by Richard Bailey and was for sale on BanjoBuyer.com by Larry Perkins who details the banjo's history here:RB-3 Wreath

 

 


Bob,

Thanks for the info.  Do you know how long ago the ad was posted by Larry?

I have heard the story about Earl switching out parts but didn't know this banjo was one of them.

Jul 21, 2020 - 4:42:21 AM

1063 posts since 5/19/2018

I am always amazed by this site.

Given the smallest amount of info, the tiniest clue, and there always is a wealth of info that follows from folks.

Loved re-reading the ad again.

“Well...we got two of them, let’s just switch some things...”

Jul 21, 2020 - 6:43:41 AM
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357 posts since 3/18/2013

If this is the same banjo I think it is, Sonny Osborne is also a part of the history. He recalls borrowing that banjo from Joe to record Black Sheep Returned to the Fold, Fair and Tender Ladies, and maybe one more. He said that he was talking to Earl once, and Earl told him that he recorded one song with this banjo while he had it. It was Red Foley’s record of Polka on the Banjo that Earl played on. That’s straight from Sonny.

Edited by - gibson49classic on 07/21/2020 06:44:45

Jul 21, 2020 - 8:12:26 AM

beegee

USA

21837 posts since 7/6/2005

Ken, contact Larry. He probably knows where the banjo is now.

Edited by - beegee on 07/21/2020 08:12:41

Jul 21, 2020 - 1:14:41 PM
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391 posts since 4/15/2008

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Originally posted by beegee

Ken, contact Larry. He probably knows where the banjo is now.


I did contact Larry.  Richard Bailey changed his mind about selling, so probably still owns it.

Sure would be interesting to find the "other" banjo and get the matching parts back together again.

Jul 21, 2020 - 1:17:22 PM

beegee

USA

21837 posts since 7/6/2005

Ken, did you ever see the banjo Mark Barnett had? It was on one of the F&S album covers. It has a weird inlay pattern. I don't know if Mark got he neck from Earl, or if it's a whole banjo. I think i may have been the mahogany neck Earl had on the Granada or it may be a copy. Does anybody know?

Edited by - beegee on 07/21/2020 13:20:20

Jul 21, 2020 - 2:40:50 PM

391 posts since 4/15/2008

quote:
Originally posted by beegee

Ken, did you ever see the banjo Mark Barnett had? It was on one of the F&S album covers. It has a weird inlay pattern. I don't know if Mark got he neck from Earl, or if it's a whole banjo. I think i may have been the mahogany neck Earl had on the Granada or it may be a copy. Does anybody know?


The only weird inlay neck I found in my F&S albums was on a Rounder re-issue called the Golden Years.  The fiddle cut peghead is inlaid with the diamonds and squares pattern, but the fingerboard is certainly not anything from Gibson.

Jul 22, 2020 - 7:04:06 AM

1380 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by beegee

Ken, did you ever see the banjo Mark Barnett had? It was on one of the F&S album covers. It has a weird inlay pattern. I don't know if Mark got he neck from Earl, or if it's a whole banjo. I think i may have been the mahogany neck Earl had on the Granada or it may be a copy. Does anybody know?


Hi Bob.  As I recall, the fingerboard on the Mark Barnett banjo was early Mike Longworth work.
Earl's mahogany G W Gower H&F neck went on the parts banjo he built for his son Stevie.

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