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Aug 13, 2020 - 5:39:06 AM
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Anyone familiar with these??










Aug 13, 2020 - 6:03:58 AM
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That is a first for me. Never seen the sub-label Wolf of any Gibson product before.

Obviously a Gibson TB-1 in everything but name.

Really a very nice instrument as you well know.

Time to put another name onto Gibson sub-brands.

Good catch.

Aug 13, 2020 - 6:39:24 AM
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Eric A

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Another one where it would be criminal to alter that rim for a flathead.

Aug 15, 2020 - 4:29:29 AM

Brett

USA

2280 posts since 11/29/2005

They don’t make flat head tone rings in 10.5” diameter that I’m aware of. Unless I’m seeing wrong that’s not an 11” banjo. It’s clean and I guess that was about as easy as Charles McNeil or Kalamazoo or whatever other stencil name. I assume mr. Wolf had to buy a min lot from Gibson to get his name stenciled. Wonder if Gibson did the stencil or whatever it is, or he got them blank and had his own name added?

Aug 15, 2020 - 4:30:51 AM

Brett

USA

2280 posts since 11/29/2005

That baby is clean, clean, clean, clean!

Aug 15, 2020 - 7:14:09 AM

2465 posts since 1/16/2013

Hey Brett, it's an 11 inch pot.
Thanks!

Originally posted by Brett

They don’t make flat head tone rings in 10.5” diameter that I’m aware of. Unless I’m seeing wrong that’s not an 11” banjo. It’s clean and I guess that was about as easy as Charles McNeil or Kalamazoo or whatever other stencil name. I assume mr. Wolf had to buy a min lot from Gibson to get his name stenciled. Wonder if Gibson did the stencil or whatever it is, or he got them blank and had his own name added?


Aug 15, 2020 - 7:47:43 AM

Brett

USA

2280 posts since 11/29/2005

Oops, it looked smaller in pix. My mistake.

Aug 15, 2020 - 8:00:21 AM

Brett

USA

2280 posts since 11/29/2005

I’ll have to go dig out some old oriole necks I have, and see if that is same shape. The cutting it for ring part, I guess it depends how happy a person would be once they get a well fitted high quality conversion neck. They could chose to sell if unhappy. I’ve got heavy banjos and light banjos and I tend to go towards lighter ones now that I’m getting older, wimpier and gimpier by the year.
I usually either play a 65 Vega pro II (about 3 pounds lighter than a mastertone), or my prewar 1 piece flange recording king with modern Gibson neck and matching resonator). No ring or metal just wood and pot metal stock 1 piece flange and prewar presto. About the same weight as the Vega.
This would be a super clean one for someone to get into that merits a quality neck builder. And try it a year or so with no ring. I think you’d be happy with it stock, particularly if you’ve hit the mid century mark. But, a lot of folks don’t play outdoors and standing a lot, so weight might not bother you as much.


Aug 15, 2020 - 8:01:18 AM

Brett

USA

2280 posts since 11/29/2005

No idea how I posted the tuner sheet.

Aug 15, 2020 - 8:38:08 AM
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Brett

USA

2280 posts since 11/29/2005

I went and dug out some of my necks laying around and have pix in my photos will try to attach here. Gibson prewar build.


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