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Jul 1, 2022 - 9:47:55 PM
18 posts since 7/24/2021

Hello everyone,
How many Gibson rb-3s were made in 1989? How many were wreath? How many F.E etc? Any help would be appreciated. Obliged

Jul 2, 2022 - 7:54:05 AM
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1199 posts since 4/8/2004

i had rb-3 s/n 3-8901-01. it was an h&f. another i should have kept

Jul 2, 2022 - 8:28:02 AM

18 posts since 7/24/2021

Thanks. I’ve had a couple of pre wars. This is my first Gibson from that era. I’m just tryin to educate my self on that 98 year and the rb-3s. Thanks for any all replies. Happy 4th of July

Jul 2, 2022 - 7:59:42 PM

511 posts since 1/24/2004

I have a 1989 RB-3 Custom S/N 3-8905-69. The serial number convention for this era is Model (3) -- 2 Digit Year (89) 2 Digit Month (05) -- total number made of the model to that point in the year (69). Using mine as a rough reference, 69 units in 5 months would project to about 165 for the 1989 year of Style 3 banjos.

Doug Hutchins wrote me that the banjos were very popular by that time and that there was a backlog of orders which could be line-jumped by placing a special order and paying an up-charge. My banjo is a Leaves and Bows Style 3 from the front and a sunburst flamed maple Granada from the rear. I think banjos from this era are exceptional.

Jul 2, 2022 - 10:41:13 PM

18 posts since 7/24/2021

Thank you Tim. I just acquired one 3-8912-190. It has a wreath pattern. I’ve noticed other inlays in that 89 year and was curious. Thanks for the time and info.

Jul 3, 2022 - 6:27:22 AM

1483 posts since 10/5/2006

@Will Frady
The last style -3 assembly recorded in 1989 was 3-8912-195 on December 20, 1989.
This indicates a total of 195 style 3 banjos that year.
Occasionally the inlay style was recorded, but usually not, so an accurate determination cannot be made.
This information is from the assembly notes privately recorded by Nick Kimmons and made available courtesy of Mr. Kimmons and Doug Hutchens.

Edited by - Oldtwanger on 07/03/2022 06:32:45

Jul 3, 2022 - 6:50:02 AM

18 posts since 7/24/2021

Thank you Frank. That was very helpful. Best wishes and happy 4th of July

Jul 3, 2022 - 7:08:44 AM

1483 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Oldtwanger

@Will Frady
The last style -3 assembly recorded in 1989 was 3-8912-195 on December 20, 1989.
This indicates a total of 195 style 3 banjos that year.
Occasionally the inlay style was recorded, but usually not, so an accurate determination cannot be made.
This information is from the assembly notes privately recorded by Nick Kimmons and made available courtesy of Mr. Kimmons and Doug Hutchens.


@Will Frady
From the existing records of inlay patterns noted on 1989 style -3 banjos, I find the following which may be an indication of approximate totals albeit not verifiably accurate:

150 - Leaves and Bows
21    - Wreath inlay 
3      - FE (board and headstock) 
17    - Reno (FE board, L&B headstock) 
3       - Hearts & Flowers
1       - Custom Vine
__________
195 Total
 

Edited by - Oldtwanger on 07/03/2022 07:10:33

Jul 3, 2022 - 10:54:51 AM

18 posts since 7/24/2021

That is great information, I’m much Obliged. I’m trying to learn as much as possible about that era banjos. That definitely gives me insight.

Jul 3, 2022 - 8:06:22 PM

511 posts since 1/24/2004

Oldtwanger , I also own RB-3 #3-9002-11 which has been my main banjo since 2005. It's a Flying Eagle board with Leaves and Bows headstock. Do you have the same breakdown of styles for 1990? Thanks, I really appreciate your expertise!

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Jul 4, 2022 - 7:29:30 AM
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1483 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Tim Mullins

Oldtwanger , I also own RB-3 #3-9002-11 which has been my main banjo since 2005. It's a Flying Eagle board with Leaves and Bows headstock. Do you have the same breakdown of styles for 1990? Thanks, I really appreciate your expertise!


Not yet.
I'll work on it -- will take some time.

Jul 4, 2022 - 12:15:09 PM
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1483 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Oldtwanger
quote:
Originally posted by Tim Mullins

Oldtwanger , I also own RB-3 #3-9002-11 which has been my main banjo since 2005. It's a Flying Eagle board with Leaves and Bows headstock. Do you have the same breakdown of styles for 1990? Thanks, I really appreciate your expertise!


Not yet.
I'll work on it -- will take some time.


@Tim Mullins
Not much to do today -- waiting for the lacquer to cure -- breathing too many fumes, so.............

From the existing records of inlay patterns noted on 1990 style -3 banjos, I find the following which may be an indication of approximate totals albeit not verifiably accurate:
 

114 - Leaves and Bows
18    - Wreath inlay 
3      - FE (board and headstock) 
25    - Reno (FE board, L&B headstock) 
0       - Hearts & Flowers
1       - Custom FE
__________
161 Total
Jul 4, 2022 - 1:48:27 PM

14836 posts since 10/30/2008

Thanks Frank, I have 1 of the 3 double FEs from 1990. Fine banjo.

Jul 4, 2022 - 5:55:44 PM

dpalmer

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56 posts since 9/22/2005

Me & s/n 3-8910-159


Jul 4, 2022 - 8:18:45 PM

511 posts since 1/24/2004

Oldtwanger Thanks, Frank -- you're the man! Do Nick Kimmons' records note custom order features? I was curious how unusual my custom 3-8905-69 is, a nickel plated Leaves and Bows with a Granada finished and bound flamed maple neck and resonator? I did see pictures on Facebook of one other, from 1988.
Thanks again!

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