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Sep 12, 2021 - 12:00:23 AM


New Zealand

11247 posts since 6/29/2003

A friend here in NZ has messaged me with a photo of this banjo. I have dated it via its serial no. It looks all original with metal friction peg and Kluson tuners. Comes with a case. All looks in good condition. Can any one offer a ball park figure of worth?

Sep 12, 2021 - 5:56:39 AM

1532 posts since 5/19/2018

In the United States these go for around 2500 USD to 3500 USD depending upon condition and a few other factors. Type of ring. Original case condition. ect.

I think that translates to about 3500 NZD to 5000 NZD.

I can’t say if that instrument is worth more or less in New Z.

As always, pictures help.

Sep 12, 2021 - 8:53:51 AM
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9953 posts since 1/22/2003

Maybe you should at least reveal if it's a flathead or an archtop…

Sep 12, 2021 - 8:55:37 AM

14232 posts since 10/30/2008

Post photos and "we" can comment if it looks correct for a 1963 RB 250. There are ways to tell in addition to the serial number, which SHOULD BE stamped in the back of the peghead for that year.

An original flat head sells for a significantly higher price than the 4-hole arch top version.

Gibson serial #s were sometimes repeated/reused in later years of the 60s and the 1970s. While later ones feature chrome finish, which is nice, the rims can be quite thin and cheap post 1964. So it's important to establish that yours is consistent with the "more valuable" pre-1964 version.

It's fairly easy for those experienced with bow tie banjos to discern pre vs. post 1964 versions.

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