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Jun 6, 2023 - 3:04:46 AM
352 posts since 12/7/2017

I recently saw this Gibson with S/N 82161054 engraved on the back of peghead (and also "made in USA").
The resonator is plain without concentric circles.
It look likes a late postwar Gibson but which model ? TB-250, reissued TB-3 ?
What would be its value (very good condition) ?


Jun 6, 2023 - 3:37:40 AM

5291 posts since 11/20/2004

I believe a 1981 TB-250

Jun 6, 2023 - 5:44:01 AM

2254 posts since 5/19/2018


Tenors are not as valuable as five string banjos. Figure 1400-1900 for that.

Jun 6, 2023 - 6:42:54 AM

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The TB 250 of this vintage had not yet benefited from the "Greg Rich Era" improvements in design and execution. It's an OK banjo of course, but not valued as highly as post 1989 models, by bluegrassers. What tenor players think of it, I couldn't say.

Reasonable selling price might be $1500, with a hard case.

Jun 6, 2023 - 6:51:06 AM

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What they said.

This is the two-piece flange 250 most commonly associated with the '70s, but it continued into the '80s.

Someone who worked at Gibson back in the day has said in a discussion here that he believed that by the end of teh 70s Gibson had returned to 3-ply rims (from the much-maligned and problematic multi-ply). If that's true, then this might have a decent rim and could be a candidate for conversion.

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