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May 7, 2021 - 8:19:42 AM
827 posts since 8/9/2019

Browsing through the Getty images photobanks I stumbled across this photograph of Dr. Stanley playing what appears to be his Gibson style 5, as opposed to one of his Frank Neat builds.

Through the flange one can make out a partial FON (pictured).

Thought it may be of interest to some of the Stanley disciples on BHO, I don't think I've ever seen someone confirm the FON on Ralph's style 5.


 

Edited by - ChunoTheDog on 05/07/2021 08:47:21

May 7, 2021 - 8:51:57 AM
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RioStat

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5486 posts since 10/12/2009

I'll admit, that this is somewhat of a stretch, based on what can be seen from that photo, (the only number I see, that I would "bet money on" is a "4" though the others look like "0"), but Earnest' website has three Style 5's from 1927, with FON 0404 .......

Edited by - RioStat on 05/07/2021 08:52:26

May 7, 2021 - 5:09:42 PM
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Clearly it's one of the 0404 series. I have one of them. Banjophiles shows several in this series.  The highest suffix they show is -14, so that suggests at least 3 batches of 5 were made, as they reportedly used to make in those days.

VERY sharp eyes and a good catch, and I appreciate your post!

Edited by - The Old Timer on 05/07/2021 17:11:57

May 7, 2021 - 5:20:46 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

827 posts since 8/9/2019

Old Timer, is yours a 40 hole? Everyone seems to say Ralph's was a 40hole.

May 7, 2021 - 6:33:42 PM
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ChunoTheDog

Canada

827 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

Clearly it's one of the 0404 series. I have one of them. Banjophiles shows several in this series.  The highest suffix they show is -14, so that suggests at least 3 batches of 5 were made, as they reportedly used to make in those days.

VERY sharp eyes and a good catch, and I appreciate your post!


Im very glad to see someone get as excited about this as me! haha 

May 7, 2021 - 8:42:42 PM

13964 posts since 10/30/2008

Yes mine is a 40 hole, but I believe there were some no holes in the same 0404 series.

Also, I remember learning that Ralph had TWO Style 5s.  I believe a 27 and a 29.  One had Kershner tailpiece, the other a Grover 4 hump.  I saw one of them in the Country Music Hall of Fame many years ago (along with Carter's D28).  It had Ralph's name engraved prominently in the armrest.   Can't remember which year it was.

IIRC the late James Alan Shelton was given one of them by Ralph.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 05/07/2021 20:45:10

May 8, 2021 - 6:17:19 AM
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I have a 1927 TB 5 from the 0404 series, and it’s a no hole, so yes, for some reason they made both that year.

Thanks for posting the picture.

May 8, 2021 - 11:49:31 AM
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1373 posts since 5/19/2018

To pick up on that is amazing.

Reminds me of an old 1960s spy movie when the space satellite picked up the serial numbers on the ground ICBM.

I love those old Style RB5’s.

May 8, 2021 - 12:13:27 PM
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ChunoTheDog

Canada

827 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Murphy

I have a 1927 TB 5 from the 0404 series, and it’s a no hole, so yes, for some reason they made both that year.

Thanks for posting the picture.


I think a no-hole style 5 would be my holy grail of 5 strings

May 27, 2021 - 5:42:29 PM

2 posts since 5/26/2021

Good catch !

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