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Feb 26, 2021 - 10:20:12 PM
24 posts since 2/4/2017

I'm needing to downsize my banjo hoard, and I'm wondering what to price this one at. I bought it as a Granada, but I'm not sure if the "Granada" name existed at the time, and should I be thinking of it as a RB-5 (conversion; it has a newer 5-string neck, and likely non-original resonator)? It's a 1925 mastertone with the 'shotgun' skirt. Engraved gold-plated hardware. I think the FON reads 8091-7

Photos here:

Any additional info from Gibson experts would be much appreciated!

Feb 27, 2021 - 4:11:04 AM
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9846 posts since 1/22/2003

The Granada-name did exist at that time. Here's a 1925 ball-bearing Granada:

Feb 27, 2021 - 4:59:19 AM

1313 posts since 5/19/2018

Looks like what you have is a early 1925 TB-5 pot with a nicely done, older neck and a non-1925 resonator.

I have seen a few of these sell recently. Asking prices were in the mid 6k figures. The one I know of personally sold for less than asking and had a F. neat neck on it and a 100% original pot. Beautiful instrument.

Intermountain has a instrument similar to yours for sale for 5995.00. Been there for a while.

Always loved those early Style 5’s. I really like that yours has a neck on it that looks like it has been played.

If you firmly decide to sell and come up with an asking price after everyone here gives you solid advice and feedback, reach out to me via PM with an asking price. Maybe we can work something out.

Feb 27, 2021 - 12:32:07 PM

13849 posts since 10/30/2008

Agreed, a Style 5 DeLuxe (according to the metal engraving pattern on pot and armrest) with a conversion Style 5 neck and a replaced resonator which appeas to be maple instead of the Style 5 "black" walnut. Non original tailpiece.

Since there are a few Ball Bearing Style 5s currently for sale (and not moving very fast) with asking prices around $6K, you might need to price yours more like $4k if you want it to move.

The 1925 Granada and Style 5 DeLuxe did share one decorative feature, the inlaid wood in the back of the peghead.  As the helpful photo of the old Granada shows, it used black colored wood "leaves" or "flowers", where the Style 5 (like your conversion neck) used aqua colored leaves or flowers.   Granada stopped using this decorative touch by 1926, leaving it only to the Style 5 DeLuxe.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 02/27/2021 12:35:39

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