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Jun 16, 2021 - 1:51:12 PM
56 posts since 6/3/2021
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Hello everyone, here is another banjo from my dads friend.
Under the neck seems to be a slight crack, it doesn't go through and some work looks like was done on the tuners as there are additional holes.
Also, the fret seems to be separating from the neck at the bottom.
Anything you can tell me about it is very much appreciated. Thank you!

Jun 16, 2021 - 2:19:20 PM
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2164 posts since 1/4/2009

Does it have a resonator? It could be a 1949 tb150 or a 1961 tb150, im not sure if 61 would have the rim stamp

Jun 16, 2021 - 3:35:38 PM
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5514 posts since 10/12/2009

Judging by the "style" of sunburst on the neck, I'd lean towards 1949

Jun 16, 2021 - 4:42:12 PM

1122 posts since 7/25/2006

You have a 1949 model.  missing is  the lower adjusting Rod,  Resonator,  Armrest.  from the looks of string height,  Your rim  will be out of round.  I cringe when I see a gibson with No adjusting rod attached. The wood rim can,t stand the pressure of string tension without warping,,

Edited by - Bob Rodgers on 06/16/2021 16:43:41

Jun 17, 2021 - 8:36:27 AM
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567 posts since 8/10/2009

This is a modified Gibson TB-150 model tenor banjo made late in the year 1949 (probably November).

Jun 18, 2021 - 1:16:36 PM

2728 posts since 4/16/2003

The neck doesn't look so go on that one.
I reckon the instrument's value is without the neck as a 5-string conversion (with or withOUT) a tone ring...

Jun 18, 2021 - 1:52:14 PM
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8713 posts since 8/28/2013

One can easily tell this is modified somehow. I've never seen a banjo with a position marker at the 8th fret. That "tone ring" looks strange, too.

Jun 19, 2021 - 5:54:42 AM

1122 posts since 7/25/2006

This banjo has a .250 1/4 inch rolled brass Hoop Ring. Nothing looks different with that ring ,,,,

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