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Jun 7, 2023 - 9:52:01 AM
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4737 posts since 9/12/2016

he is on you tube with many that are great--but this one pours molasses on the desert --just to make sure--does anybody know the model

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 06/07/2023 11:02:19

Jun 7, 2023 - 10:40:05 AM

2244 posts since 4/18/2006

That's his prewar flathead Gibson RB-75. I believe it's late 30's or early 40's. I forget if this one has the straight grain maple neck as some of the later ones had or if it's a mahogany neck.  He told me it's awesome but that it has a very narrow neck. He sounds great on anything though!

Edited by - banjo1930 on 06/07/2023 10:41:10

Jun 7, 2023 - 10:54:27 AM
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4737 posts since 9/12/2016

I didn't even mention his playing--with the way that sounds -[even on a laptop]-the man knows what to do and how to do it --

Jun 7, 2023 - 11:27:28 AM

15419 posts since 10/30/2008

Yeah, his old RB 75 has a maple neck, with no volute. One night he walked out on the Opry with it and the inlay at the first fret just fell out on the floor! Thankfully someone noticed it and picked it up.

Rob has lots of great banjos and rotates them fairly often.

The RB 75 is a good sounding one in his hands, for sure.

Jun 7, 2023 - 11:52:57 AM

4737 posts since 9/12/2016

this one is rich and dark in comparison--for some reason I like that but yes  just my personal taste

Edited by - Tractor1 on 06/07/2023 11:57:36

Jun 8, 2023 - 5:15:31 AM
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256 posts since 4/12/2005

Never played one of those late maple 75s that wasn't amazing... Many of them do have very narrow necks. I owned "The Last 75" (in Mills' book) years ago. It was a great banjo, but the original neck was thin to the point it was difficult to play. My main banjo now is another one of that config, 4370-5, which is a little earlier (1939), and not only is it one of my favorite 'jos ever tone and response wise, its neck is more on the lines of a larger PW Granada. Interestingly, the neck has some figure, making me wonder if it had been originally intended as a Granada neck and was rejected because of lack of figure and resourced for the 75 later.

Jun 16, 2023 - 4:35:36 PM

8399 posts since 9/5/2006

according to rob it is a 1940 ,,so called floor swept RB75.

Jun 17, 2023 - 8:46:31 PM

256 posts since 4/12/2005

Not a “floor sweep”, typical of the era, and like many other known examples… generally referred to as fleur-de-lis 75s

Jun 18, 2023 - 8:49:50 AM

8399 posts since 9/5/2006

Originally posted by backinthegame

Not a “floor sweep”, typical of the era, and like many other known examples… generally referred to as fleur-de-lis 75s

i don;t know if it is a flower of the lily ,,its just what he called it  LOL

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