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Sep 18, 2021 - 8:12:51 AM
48 posts since 12/31/2012

reverb.com/item/44050904-gibson-banjo
This looks interesting what are your thoughts

Sep 18, 2021 - 8:27:12 AM

3913 posts since 3/28/2008

I'm no expert--certainly not on postwar Gibsons--but aside from the, uh, questionable condition, I wonder about that fingerboard. Did Gibson ever use small rectangular inlays like that on any of their banjos?

Sep 18, 2021 - 8:54:48 AM
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RioStat

USA

5595 posts since 10/12/2009

I'd say it's an RB 150, with a non-original fretboard.

Looks legit except for the fretboard / inlays.

Sep 18, 2021 - 10:06:16 AM
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14250 posts since 10/30/2008

"Poor" condition indeed! At least the seller is straight up about it.

Basically unplayable until that "pyramid nut" and the missing upper lag bolt are replaced, the neck must be loose.

While I find it unusual that anyone would bother to change the fingerboard and have incorrect inlays, I guess it could happen.

I tend to agree it's an RB 150 (no binding on peghead). There should be a serial # in the rim somewhere.

Sep 18, 2021 - 10:43:03 AM

48 posts since 12/31/2012

Thats what i thought. Its different. $2000 seems steep to me

Sep 18, 2021 - 10:48:39 AM
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Maybe half what they're asking.

Sep 19, 2021 - 2:25:40 PM
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beegee

USA

22484 posts since 7/6/2005

I think it's more likely an RB-100 neck fitted to an TB-150 pot. I think they added the block inlays by carving out over top of the dot inlays. It has definitely been re-fretted

Edited by - beegee on 09/19/2021 14:26:14

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