Super new here - can anyone advise me on how much a used Fender FB-300 goes for nowadays?
I know they are no longer being made, so I am not sure if they have any type of rare, collectability value to them.
I have one that is in great shape with model number: 0100600245
Thanks for your help!
Pricing history at Reverb.com suggests $175.
If I wanted one, I'd pay as little over $100 as possible.
These probably turn up for under $100 at yard sales.
No vintage, collectible or rare value. Churned out by the hundreds or thousands from Asian factories and shipped around the world with different brand names on them as ordered by importers.
Good to learn on. Easy to outgrow.
I looked the FB-300 up and seems to me that a steel rim would make a good camping/travel instrument that would be indestructable. The other advantage is that if you want an open back, tension hooks appear to be attached to the rim and it does not have a flange. Just remove the resonator and there you are.
So learn on that FB-300 then move on but keep it for a 'bang around/camper' instrument.
Hate to say it, but I wouldn't advise anyone to pay more than $100 for one of these. I've seen a fair number of them show up in the hands of beginning students. They were a bottom-of-the-line mass-produced starter instrument; I've seen others of nearly identical design (arguably same provenance) and the Fender versions were... well, I'll put it gently - by far the most likely to reveal quality control problems.
That value MAY differ depending on your local market conditions.
I have seen these listed on Ebay at ridiculous prices on the premise that it has Fender on the peghead. While they mainly had the factory put their name on on one of the most basic multiply rim banjos available at the time, as we can see from Glen's comment, they also had the factory use the most basic aluminium rim banjo and listed it with the same product name for a while.
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