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Jun 16, 2021 - 7:16:55 PM
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Hi , We have a rb800 Mastertone
I can't find info online about the year and date it was made.
On the back of the tuning keys head it has
Rb 800
Made in the USA
I think it has the wreath inlay , the fret board has black wood .
Hope this is the right section and any help would be appreciated .
Thank you

Edited by - les paul on 06/16/2021 20:00:49

Jun 16, 2021 - 7:54:12 PM
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22431 posts since 7/6/2005

06=1977 188974= some sequential number, probably later in the year
black frets? dunno, unless they are just tarnished.

Edited by - beegee on 06/16/2021 19:55:12

Jun 16, 2021 - 8:04:31 PM

5 posts since 6/16/2021

I should have typed black wood around the wreath inlays , instead of black frets my mistake.
Thank you for responding.

Jun 16, 2021 - 8:23:51 PM
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22431 posts since 7/6/2005

ebony fretboard

Jun 17, 2021 - 2:03:36 AM
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430 posts since 12/29/2003

Wow! I have Mastertone # 06188975 One number after yours.
Mine is Left-handed.
Got this from Gibson.....
Thank you for contacting Gibson. The serial number with the "06" prefix would be consistent with an instrument built in 1977. Banjos were built in Kalamazoo until 1978 when production was moved to Nashville.

Jun 17, 2021 - 6:20:46 AM
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1418 posts since 5/19/2018

Post a few photos.

They made those in a few different color schemes, and it’s always interesting to see what folks have.

With photos, you will get a world of answers here.

Front, back and peghead. Also tuners if you can.

Those 800’s can be fine instruments if set up right.

Jun 17, 2021 - 8:17:19 PM

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Jun 17, 2021 - 8:17:53 PM

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Jun 19, 2021 - 7:02:22 AM

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Thanks for posting those.

I forget what Gibson called those red sunburst banjos, but my Brother refers to my red sunburst banjo as my “Cathouse” banjo.

RB 800s came in a few different finishes. Natural, What you have and a Tobacco finish.

Nice looking instrument with an impressive color scheme. Looks also to be in very good condition.

Jun 19, 2021 - 1:41:46 PM

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Jun 19, 2021 - 5:43:48 PM



3622 posts since 2/20/2016

Gibson always called that finish "cherry sunburst," unless they used a separate name for that finish when they used it on the 800's. It was a common finish on guitars built in the later 60's and 70's. They are still using a version of it on one of their Les Paul models. At the moment they are calling it "Heritage cherry sunburst." Fancier name, same colors. Ahh, marketing.

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