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Aug 6, 2020 - 1:46:31 PM
16 posts since 10/7/2017

Can't remember the exact year I got my banjo. Peg head has serial 205343 over Made in USA. I bought it sometime in the 70's. Probably between 73 and 75, but I don't remember. I thought it would be easy to look up the serial #, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Any help anyone can offer would be appreciated.

Aug 6, 2020 - 2:04:13 PM

rcc56

USA

3098 posts since 2/20/2016

There is currently no source that I know of that can narrow down the dates of 6 digit '70's serial number to an exact year.
Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars confirms that a number in the 200,000's would have been built between 1973 and 75.
I realize that's no help, but it confirms that your memory is working well.

If you are trying to identify the model number, we would be able to identify it from a couple of pictures. The most common model made in the early '70's was the RB-250.

Aug 6, 2020 - 2:06:22 PM

2297 posts since 4/7/2010

The closest that accepted serial number lists can point to is between 1973 and 1975. But you already knew that.

Bob Smakula

Aug 6, 2020 - 2:10:09 PM
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Jriceaz

USA

16 posts since 10/7/2017

Thanks, I am old so it is good to know my memory is not totally gone. I know for sure it is an RB250. There is nothing fancy about it and I am sure it is just the standard version. Shortly after I got it I had Jon Janzegar make a bell brass tone ring and maple rim for it. It has always had a great sound and it was a major improvement to the stock banjo. Seems like they should have been a little more fastidious about keeping track of what they were building.

Aug 6, 2020 - 2:40:53 PM

rcc56

USA

3098 posts since 2/20/2016

At the time your banjo was built, Gibson was owned by an Ecuadorian conglomerate called Norlin that didn't care much about many things. They were on the verge of bankruptcy when Henry J. and his partners bought the business in 1986.

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