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Oct 13, 2021 - 6:53:40 PM

AGACNP

USA

186 posts since 10/12/2011

Your assistance will be greatly appreciated!

After I'd scraped around an a Harmony for a year or so as a pre teen, my dad brought home a new RB-250 in the mid 1970s. His brother owned a music store and had ordered it from Gibson.

Serial # is 00201856 on the back of the headstock with “Made in USA” stamped adjacently. Banjophiles suggests it was made in 1973…but my memory is that dad brought it home a later year.

Your thoughts?

Edited by - AGACNP on 10/13/2021 18:54:15

Oct 14, 2021 - 7:45:39 AM
like this

14232 posts since 10/30/2008

It sure could have been made in 73 and "brought" home later. It may have sat around at Gibson, at their distributor or in some other music store for months.

If you post clear detailed photos folks here will tell you if there are any signs it's NOT 1973.

You could also take it down to Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville and they will probably tell you pretty quick.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 10/14/2021 07:46:46

Oct 14, 2021 - 9:07:48 AM

AGACNP

USA

186 posts since 10/12/2011

Thanks Dick. The procedure for posting photos is so clunky here, that I always dread doing it.

This one has all the “usual” 70s Norlin/Gibson standard features: fiddle cut headstock, pseudo style 3 inlays, multi ply black rim, 2PF, laminated mahogany neck, plain sawn (no concentric ring) mahogany veneer resonator.

It could have sat somewhere for several months as you said, and got sent to the uncles music shop when it was ‘ordered,’ didn’t think of that.

I’ll see if I can figure out (again) how to post some pics later this week…

Edited by - AGACNP on 10/14/2021 09:11:27

Oct 14, 2021 - 10:52:37 AM

14232 posts since 10/30/2008

You've pretty well described a 1973 to perfection!

Oct 14, 2021 - 11:56:24 AM

AGACNP

USA

186 posts since 10/12/2011

My (sometimes faulty) recollection was that he brought it home ~1975, suggesting it sat somewhere quite awhile…possible, I guess.

Have sometimes wished he’d left it sitting and instead found a local bowtie instead!

Oct 14, 2021 - 12:09:55 PM

2764 posts since 4/16/2003

Tuners should be "Waverly-like" with "Gibson" stamped on them.

The armrest should have 2 legs and "Gibson" engraved on it.

The tailpiece is a clamshell-style, with adjustable knob, and also engraved with "Gibson". High-quality original part.

Oct 14, 2021 - 1:12:33 PM

AGACNP

USA

186 posts since 10/12/2011

quote:
Originally posted by J.Albert

Tuners should be "Waverly-like" with "Gibson" stamped on them.

The armrest should have 2 legs and "Gibson" engraved on it.

The tailpiece is a clamshell-style, with adjustable knob, and also engraved with "Gibson". High-quality original part.


Thanks, forgot to mention all those; you are correct. It's all original. I've done nothing to it since he brought it home new, other than put a pair of Schallers on 2nd/3rd, new head (s), new strings.

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