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Apr 19, 2021 - 7:29:35 PM
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30 posts since 1/25/2021

Hey all, I saw this on Facebook marketplace; I've never used it before. Just curious if this looks like a deal or a walk-away?

Apr 19, 2021 - 7:48:05 PM

137 posts since 2/20/2004

Looks like a good buy on an RB 250. I’d drive 100 miles each way to check it out

Apr 19, 2021 - 7:51:30 PM



3458 posts since 2/20/2016

Our modern era Gibson people will need to see more and better pictures to give you informed opinions.
There are probably few, if any protections if you buy on facebook.

Don't even think of pulling the trigger without pictures of the back of the neck, the resonator, and if possible, the inside of the rim.

That is, unless you are indeed within driving distance and are sure you can recognize a Gibson banjo as authentic.  Then, you might meet the seller in a public place.  And it wouldn't hurt to take another person along.  But I am guessing that you wouldn't be asking questions here if you knew Gibson banjos well.   

Edited by - rcc56 on 04/19/2021 19:58:23

Apr 19, 2021 - 8:06:37 PM

3953 posts since 9/21/2009

What I can see looks right to me. I would want photos of the back of the neck and resonator and inside the pot if I was looking to buy though.

Apr 20, 2021 - 4:48:23 AM

4614 posts since 11/20/2004

2 pc. Flange, so not from the more sought after years. Reasonable, if you loved it.

Apr 20, 2021 - 6:54:39 AM



22302 posts since 7/6/2005

I question the tailpiece. Most of these had the clamshell, Gibson-branded. I can't see the armrest, but it should be 2-legged, also Gibson-stamped.

But, it appears OK otherwise and $1400 is a decent price.

Apr 20, 2021 - 7:31:13 AM

30 posts since 1/25/2021

Originally posted by beegee

I question the tailpiece. Most of these had the clamshell, Gibson-branded. I can't see the armrest, but it should be 2-legged, also Gibson-stamped.

OK, I was wondering about that tailpiece as well. I'm a total newbie, but I'd looked at a couple RB 250s and that tailpiece looked weird to me, too. Anyone have an idea what it might be? 

I asked the guy for more photos, but I also let him know I might not be a strong buyer. So we'll see if he adds any more. 

Apr 20, 2021 - 7:56:07 AM

13887 posts since 10/30/2008

That's a fairly standard tailpiece (I believe called the steel Waverly) that Gibson used for much of the 1960s, or a repro of the same. I agree it wasn't the standard cataloged tailpiece for this model banjo.

The main structural issue with this period of RB 250 is "sometimes" the wood bead on the outer top of the rim, that holds the "tube" of the "tube and plate" flange solidly in place, "sometimes" would break away from the body of the rim. This would let the tube/plate flange get "cockeyed" on the rim. Easy to see if it has happened. Hard to repair. Other than that, typically no red flags on this model that wouldn't be red flags on any banjo. Oh, one other red flag -- some of these period 250s have deteriorating binding. Again would be obvious.

Look for busted/cracked and home-repaired broken peghead or cracked heel. (from being dropped or knocked over).

I agree, $1400 is a fair price for these banjos. Although not ranked among Gibson's best efforts, some of them are really liked by their owners and sound and play quite well.

If you can visit to see it first, or get it on 48 hour approval for inspection, and you want it, go ahead. You will find it difficult to flip it for much of a profit though.

More photos is a very reasonable request.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 04/20/2021 07:57:02

Apr 20, 2021 - 9:15:45 AM

30 posts since 1/25/2021

Just heard from the guy. It's a parts banjo.
RB 250 neck, no info what the rest of the body is made of.
Actually, that kind of makes it more interesting, somehow, since I'd be looking for it as a player, not a collectible. But I do wonder if that makes it overpriced?
Honestly, end of the day, I probably don't know enough to look at a parts banjo and know if it's solid or if it's going to implode on me.
What do folks think?

Apr 20, 2021 - 10:04:52 AM

145 posts since 9/23/2019

One wonders why he failed to mention that it's a parts banjo in the ad.

Apr 20, 2021 - 10:21:20 AM

30 posts since 1/25/2021

I think he might just be a crotchety old guy.
I replied and suggested that he might want to post more pics to his ad, but was honest that I didn't think I was a strong prospect so he shouldn't do it just for my benefit.
He kind of tore into me.
Unusual sales technique, but to each their own. Some folk are quick to take umbrage.
I feel like a parts banjo could have some appeal, but that is for another thread.

Apr 20, 2021 - 10:37:07 AM
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13887 posts since 10/30/2008

Walk away.

Apr 20, 2021 - 2:24:29 PM



22302 posts since 7/6/2005

$1000-1200, no more, for a parts banjo, IF it is well put-togther and plays and sounds good.

Apr 20, 2021 - 2:54:21 PM
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57105 posts since 12/14/2005

"I'm a nice guy, with a halfway decent banjo for sale....."

"Now, BUY  my parts banjo without asking for more information, or I'll chew your face off!"

-Nice Guy-

Apr 20, 2021 - 7:23:03 PM

30 posts since 1/25/2021



"Now, BUY  my parts banjo without asking for more information, or I'll chew your face off!"

-Nice Guy-


Ha! Love it!

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