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Nov 18, 2020 - 5:14:22 AM
4824 posts since 3/22/2008

On Craigslist: https://quadcities.craigslist.org/msg/d/kewanee-rare-gibson-tb-100-banjo-looks/7229461224.html

Serial number 400782.  Is this 1966?  If 1966 then Price Guide estimates value at $900 to $1125.  Is Craigslist asking price $800 reasonable?

If 1966 TB 100 does it have a tone hoop?

Seller says banjo is "Rare".  Is this banjo rare?

Is the peghead shape what is called "Flyswatter"?

Just curious.


Nov 18, 2020 - 6:13:53 AM
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1993 posts since 1/4/2009

I'm not sure if rare is really the right word. That year they probably made less tenors than five strings.. but rare? That implies added collectability.

As for a deal I would say that's a fair price , even a good one and it's craigslist so you can pick up for even cheaper. Make sure it's a full thickness rim, I'm not sure when in the late sixties they went to the thin rims. And yes it should have a tone hoop.

Nov 18, 2020 - 6:36:13 AM
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563 posts since 8/10/2009

The serial number of this Gibson TB-100 (400782) indicates that it was produced in the year 1966. The presence of chrome-plated metal hardware (use begins in the year 1965), one-piece die-cast Zamac flange (use ends 1970), and "flyswatter" peghead shape (in use 1948 through 1969) are all also consistent with manufacture in 1966.

Gibson only shipped 71 TB-100 model banjos in 1966, but shipped a total of 2,174 TB-100's of similar construction between 1948 and 1969. Therefore, it would not be considered a rare model.

If original, it should be equipped with a brass hoop tone ring.

Joe Spann

Nov 18, 2020 - 6:39:09 AM

3430 posts since 4/27/2004

It's most likely got the thin black rim. Gibson started using the thin rim and chrome plated hardware around 1965. This one appears to be chrome plated too. At $800, I wouldn't call it a steal. If it were a 5-string, then that would be a good price. But to make it into a playable Bluegrass banjo, you're looking at adding 5-string neck ($800-$1200), a full thickness rim ($200) and a "Mastertone" style tonering ($400-$500).

Nov 18, 2020 - 6:44:36 AM

1208 posts since 5/19/2018

If I am correct, Gibson went to multi ply rims around early 1966.

If that particular banjo has the more desirable Brown 3 ply rim, 800 would be a fair price if the banjo is in great condition. If it also had an original lifton Hard case. The one listed does not, so I would knock off about 100-150 for that omission.

If it has the less desirable Black multi ply rim, 800 is way too much. That banjo would be a 600 Craigslist find.

It would have the brass tone hoop.

As mentioned above, not really rare, but not really common. And yes, some folks call that style of Peghead a flyswatter.

If it’s in good shape, you want to play some form of music on a tenor banjo, that would be a decent instrument to work with.

Nov 18, 2020 - 7:22:49 AM

13601 posts since 10/30/2008

And yes, that peghead shape is called "flyswatter" or "guitar style".

Nov 18, 2020 - 7:51:03 AM

4824 posts since 3/22/2008

Thanks very much for your great replies. I understand that the rim type is very important.

Nov 18, 2020 - 8:18:46 AM

1681 posts since 6/2/2010

quote:
Originally posted by southerndrifter

It's most likely got the thin black rim. Gibson started using the thin rim and chrome plated hardware around 1965. This one appears to be chrome plated too. At $800, I wouldn't call it a steal. If it were a 5-string, then that would be a good price. But to make it into a playable Bluegrass banjo, you're looking at adding 5-string neck ($800-$1200), a full thickness rim ($200) and a "Mastertone" style tonering ($400-$500).


Replace the neck, the rim and the tone hoop?  You could probably replace the same parts on a bottle cap banjo and it would sound the same.

Nov 18, 2020 - 11:54:20 AM
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763 posts since 1/28/2013

Just offer $700, install a used 5 string neck for around $500, and play it as is. You could easily sell it for at least
$1000 later down the road when you upgrade. If it had the full thickness rim it would already be sold on Craigslist the first day it appeared.

Nov 18, 2020 - 6:30:38 PM

291 posts since 12/7/2017

As a tenor player I like very much the TB-100, so far it’s my favorite Gibson (with TB-150), this price is fair.

Nov 18, 2020 - 6:55:59 PM

1569 posts since 4/13/2017

I just checked Banjophiles, and there is a 1967 TB-100 on that database that has the serial number "400756". That is the closest instance on that list to the banjo on Craigslist, which is "400782".

The one on Banjophiles says it has a thin rim, so the one on Craigslist most likely does too.

If it were closer to my area, I may pay $500 for it, build new 5 string neck and replace the rim with one of my own and resell it for about $1600 or so, including the original neck and rim in the sale.

Nov 19, 2020 - 12:03:26 PM
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763 posts since 1/28/2013

I thought the rim was the most important part.

Nov 19, 2020 - 12:07:17 PM
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1891 posts since 2/12/2009

Sounds like George Washingtons axe again !

Nov 19, 2020 - 2:58:07 PM

Emiel

Austria

9695 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by jan dupree

Just offer $700, install a used 5 string neck for around $500, and play it as is. 


The original poster plays tenor banjo (as far as I know), so he would probably not do that…

Nov 19, 2020 - 7:44:23 PM

3924 posts since 5/1/2003

Any time the seller shows 10 pics but none of the back of the resonator I assume the buckle rash is excessive.

Edited by - Ks_5-picker on 11/19/2020 19:45:09

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