Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

501
Banjo Lovers Online


Jun 12, 2021 - 3:30:49 PM
4 posts since 6/12/2021

Can anyone give me information on this banjo? I know my mom bought it in the 60s, and nothing has been changed on it. Even the hardshell case is original. The serial number is 4-2466-40.


 

Jun 12, 2021 - 6:33:08 PM
likes this

14072 posts since 10/30/2008

Sure seems to be a 1954 RB 100. Nice.

Jun 12, 2021 - 6:35:04 PM
likes this

1412 posts since 5/19/2018

Another time capsule comes to light..

Jun 12, 2021 - 8:31:59 PM
like this

2320 posts since 9/25/2006

Awesome banjo. If you get rid of it I sure hope it goes to somebody who will leave it as is. That one sure is a beauty. Original hide head i assume…

Jun 12, 2021 - 9:45:15 PM
like this

28 posts since 5/8/2021

quote:
Originally posted by revellfa

Awesome banjo. If you get rid of it I sure hope it goes to somebody who will leave it as is. That one sure is a beauty. Original hide head i assume…


Unfortunately, there's a good chance it will be massacred and turned into an "All Original Gibson Mastertone."

I can only imagine the description banjo warehouse would write about this...

Jun 12, 2021 - 11:54:20 PM
likes this
Players Union Member

Emiel

Austria

9913 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by revellfa

Original hide head i assume…


It looks like the original plastic head to me…

Jun 13, 2021 - 12:14:58 AM
like this

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24821 posts since 6/25/2005

Wouldn’t be original then.

Jun 13, 2021 - 5:32:12 AM
likes this

1412 posts since 5/19/2018

That head is not original, but it looks as if everything else is spot on.

My hopes are the same as The Reverends, I hope that if it gets sold, it’s left alone. Enough of these hoop banjos getting turned into “Original” Mastertones.

But...most likely the rim will be cut, new ring added, peghead recut and new fingerboard added and...Viola!!!...and all original 100% Gibson that has that Pre-War crack and can peel paint off the walls...6995. B.O.

Jun 13, 2021 - 5:40:14 AM
likes this

461 posts since 7/13/2008

Well 1954 wouldn't be pre-war, exactly, but we get the point.

Jun 13, 2021 - 5:40:46 AM
likes this

banjoy

USA

9668 posts since 7/1/2006

RB100's are great players and just simple, nice no-frills banjos. They can sound fantastic.

Banjo heads and strings are consumables so no big deal. This is a 67 year old banjo after all.

I'm also of the mindset that this is perfect just as it is. I think in the long term, it's more valuable remaining authentic, without cannibalizing its parts or upgrading it somehow. This banjo doesn't need a tone ring. In 50 years, how many of these will still be around?

Decades ago I had a chance to buy a early RB100 for a bargain, and I still kick myself for not going for it. I think my reasoning was I already had a good banjo. Silly me.

Edited by - banjoy on 06/13/2021 05:45:20

Jun 13, 2021 - 8:21:57 AM
likes this
Players Union Member

Emiel

Austria

9913 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Wouldn’t be original then.


That's true, not if the banjo is from 1954…

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.21875