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Sep 23, 2021 - 6:38:47 PM
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115 posts since 4/9/2019

Just curious if there is any information around about the history behind the Gibson Custom Banjo shop… how it was organized, who worked there, etc.

Edited by - DocSavino on 09/23/2021 18:41:01

Sep 23, 2021 - 9:07:41 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

1028 posts since 8/9/2019

Your best sources would be Greg Earnest and Joe Spann search for stuff from those guys online and you can find bits of info specifically about the banjo making at Kalamazoo.

Sep 24, 2021 - 6:04:18 AM

2700 posts since 12/31/2005

I thought Nashville had a custom shop. Isn't that where Charlie Cushman worked?

Sep 24, 2021 - 6:15:42 AM

R Buck

USA

2985 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Brian Murphy

I thought Nashville had a custom shop. Isn't that where Charlie Cushman worked?


They had a shop downtown near the river. It got flooded out in 2010 and they  never started production there again. I believe Charlie did work there. I saw him about that time but we did nto talk about that.

Sep 24, 2021 - 7:58:52 AM

5725 posts since 12/20/2005

Just curious, maybe this should be another topic, but was there a dedicated custom shop in the years prior to WWll ?

Sep 24, 2021 - 8:07:58 AM

344 posts since 4/14/2014

quote:
Originally posted by R Buck

They had a shop downtown near the river. It got flooded out in 2010 and they  never started production there again. I believe Charlie did work there. I saw him about that time but we did nto talk about that.


I recall reading here years back that they had closed the shop down several months prior to the flooding. I don't recall who had written as much, and I am not sure if it is true, but I know I'd read that at some point. 

Sep 24, 2021 - 8:35:20 AM

50 posts since 2/25/2020

Definitely check out "Spann's Guide to Gibson". It has a whole chapter dedicated to the layout of the shop! It also has a full list of everybody who was known to have worked there, what their jobs were, etc...

It's a great book for learning about the Gibson company, as well as their banjos!

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