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Identifying an old banjo - the Gibson Medium

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Sep 29, 2020 - 11:42:11 PM
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1308 posts since 2/4/2013

It is important to look for signs of the maker of a banjo. In this case someone in the past has taped a Gibson medium plectrum to the back of the banjo. And thus it has been listed on Ebay Uk as a Gibson Medium banjo!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/gibson-Medium-banjo/154110465087?hash=item23e1b3143f:g:aNgAAOSwqPBfc57m


 


Sep 30, 2020 - 2:56:46 AM

187 posts since 11/29/2012

Is there another listing for it as a B.O.A.C. Model banjo as well--I wonder?

Sep 30, 2020 - 3:11:58 AM
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1743 posts since 2/12/2009

definitely looks to be pre war !

Sep 30, 2020 - 3:55:28 AM
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2936 posts since 4/29/2012

Love that BOAC sticker. Harks back to the days when you could check in your banjo without a case and pick it up in one piece at the other end.

Sep 30, 2020 - 5:29:15 AM
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139 posts since 5/25/2015

I've got a couple of those plectrums. Ker-ching!

Sep 30, 2020 - 5:46:54 AM
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721 posts since 1/30/2019

I'm not sure what's more surprising, the fact that this can be called a Gibson because of the pick, or the fact that the BOAC label suggests there was a time you could put a banjo in an aeroplane hold without a case. Especially surprising for an instrument as rare as a Gibson Medium.

Sep 30, 2020 - 6:32:36 AM

2002 posts since 1/10/2004

Nice, a rare medium-sized banjo.

Sep 30, 2020 - 7:52:49 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by spoonfed

definitely looks to be pre war !


Pre Boer War.

Sep 30, 2020 - 8:02:33 AM
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5605 posts since 9/21/2007

I think the banjo is medium thickness.

Or perhaps it is a spiritual medium and able to bend spoons and contact the dead.

Sep 30, 2020 - 9:59:41 AM
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1269 posts since 2/9/2007

It sure ain't Gibson. Medium? Nah, more like raw. I mean, it's not rare and definitely not well-done.

Sep 30, 2020 - 10:12:05 AM
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17 posts since 9/24/2020

Its the ‘Spears’ i’m worried about !

Sep 30, 2020 - 10:54:10 AM

1308 posts since 2/4/2013

Oh dear. The listing has been renamed. The chance of getting a Gibson Medium has gone. Although it's still in the description.

Oct 2, 2020 - 8:22:48 AM
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7735 posts since 8/28/2013
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quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

I think the banjo is medium thickness.

Or perhaps it is a spiritual medium and able to bend spoons and contact the dead.


Yes, and it's first revelation from the great beyond is that its seller is an idiot, and the person who buys it is a sucker.

Oct 2, 2020 - 7:08:06 PM

RevD

USA

128 posts since 4/8/2019

quote:
Originally posted by alfienoalkes

Its the ‘Spears’ i’m worried about !


 That's what happened to the head, a early music critic... surprise

Oct 3, 2020 - 8:49:26 AM

JSB88

UK

142 posts since 3/9/2017

I missed all of this and started a new post. Apologies for crashing, but it is very funny

Oct 3, 2020 - 8:57:39 AM
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55708 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by 35planar

Is there another listing for it as a B.O.A.C. Model banjo as well--I wonder?


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