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Apr 11, 2021 - 4:56:09 PM
1488 posts since 8/30/2012

This banjo popped up on Craigslist. Listed as a Gibson. Only one picture. I don't think it's a Gibson, based on the inlay and what looks like a blonde maple resonator, but I figured I'd ask.


Apr 11, 2021 - 5:22:25 PM



11736 posts since 2/7/2008

Your picture doesn't show much but I think in the later years, Gibson made a RB1 model with a peghead shape like that. As their budget model, I don't think they were a Mastertone or had a tone ring.

Apr 11, 2021 - 5:26:51 PM
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1451 posts since 2/9/2007

looks like their economy model c.1990. I think they called it just "RB", no number.

Apr 11, 2021 - 5:54:27 PM
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22315 posts since 7/6/2005

Gibson RB, available in natural and reddish-brown. They later issued an RB-Deluxe with a tone ring. Neither model made great inroads in the market and were discontinued. 

Edited by - beegee on 04/11/2021 17:54:42

Apr 11, 2021 - 5:56:40 PM
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Mr. Gellert nailed it ! I would only add that the "RB" had only a wood rim, the "RB Deluxe" had a flathead tone ring.

They came in blond, natural-finished maple, often highly figured, curly maple or dark, reddish-brown mahogany.

They were somewhat maligned for the ugly headstock shape.

*** I see beegee posted while i was typing!***

Edited by - RioStat on 04/11/2021 17:58:42

Apr 12, 2021 - 4:45:03 AM

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I liked the peghead on these.

Since it’s a sub- Mastertone it should cost a lot less than other post-80s Gibsons.

Apr 12, 2021 - 5:58:13 AM

1333 posts since 5/19/2018

As mentioned above, that’s an Gibson RB banjo.

My buddy bought one for 900.00 a few years ago. Ugly, but a real nice sounding and playing banjo.

Apr 12, 2021 - 6:18:47 AM



7115 posts since 4/19/2004

RB. Good banjo to put a tone ring of your choice in and have a super banjo for cheap.

Apr 12, 2021 - 8:07:46 AM
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9868 posts since 1/22/2003

Hard to tell from the picture if this is the Gibson RB or the RB Deluxe. I don't find the peghead ugly…

Here is Josh Turner playing the Gibson RB, and this not the Deluxe with the Mastertone tonering, it has the simple hoop (Josh Turner confirmed this himself here on the BHO):

Apr 12, 2021 - 10:11:31 AM
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1221 posts since 8/10/2010

It is. friend of mine has one. Nice banjo. If i remember right it just has a simple hoop ring. But it has a nice bright punch to it.

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