93 Granada started as a Tenor but now has Frank Neat 5 string Lefty neck . I am a Lefty. The Osborne Chief is as bought new. Which is worth more?
WOW, nobody here has an opinion!
these banjos just did't sell,sonny was not a household name,the banjos were average sounding, interest in bg was just starting and earl played a granada, so there you go
Personally I would pay more for the '93 Granada. But if the Chief had H&F inlays and the Huber Vintage ring- then I would pay more for the Chief.
Edited by - rbfour5 on 05/22/2022 16:21:32
Is the Osborne a lefty? You do not tell about it.
Assuming by "worth more" you mean for current purchase, future resale, or both, and if the Granada pot is all original Gibson, then I would expect the Granada to be worth more. Even with the replacement neck.
I've heard several '90s Granadas and one Chief up close (the Chief was being played by Bill Emerson in the band room for an indoor winter festival). All were great sounding banjos.
Of course, you should base your purchase decision on playing and hearing the banjo. The one that feels and sounds better should get the nod.
But sight unseen, I think a 90s Granada -- even a conversion -- is going to be "worth more" than an Osborne.
I could be wrong.
I’ve played a ‘92 Granada and Chief #8 . It’s a toss-up which is worth more to me. A person’s personal unique attack on the strings to bring out the best tone should be the deciding factor, imho.
Thanks ya'll. Chief is a righty
If you can find a lefty who wants a Granada, that's where you'll get the most $$. But it may take a long time.
The Chief will sell faster, but for less.
Edited by - The Old Timer on 05/22/2022 18:58:26
I suspect the value of Gibson banjos is simply going to go up, UNESS they decide to start building banjos again at some point in the future, and even then I do believe the Gibson Granada will always generally be worth more, and might also be an easier banjo to sell. Most of the time when I am buying a banjo I also try to keep in mind the probable resale value, AND how easy or hard it will be to resell said banjo. I do want to stress this is MY opinion only but no doubt is shared by many. I simply can NOT buy a banjo anymore and think to myself "this is my dream banjo and I will NEVER SELL it." Because I know better!!
Bought the Granada.
Granada might not be a better banjo, but brand recognition means a lot to many people
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