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Sep 18, 2023 - 4:13:25 PM
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293 posts since 4/23/2004

Hey all

I'm putting together a Postwar Gibson Bowtie Banjo (150,250,500 focused) website comparable to Greg Earnest's, though much more searchable, etc. I'll have catalog info, essays, etc., along with your submission of instruments.

I don't want to give out the web address yet, as still putting it together, but am beginning the soliciting of information.

If you'd like to share information on your banjo w/ photos, you can send to Jim -at- Make sure to provide how you'd like to be credited.

Handy things:

Serial or FON
Any interesting tidbits on history

This is not looking at TB100 conversions. The banjos that I'm cataloging are TB, PB, or RB 150s and 250s, as well as 500s. 1948 to 1968. Any of the bowtie paddle-head Gibson Banjos.


Sep 18, 2023 - 4:52:50 PM

1829 posts since 4/13/2017

Very cool idea.

I have an all original 1959 RB-100, FON 9 550-43. It's not a conversion of any kind.

Hope this helps.

Sep 18, 2023 - 5:19:51 PM

293 posts since 4/23/2004

It would. Feel free to send info to me and any photos you have. Thanks!

Sep 18, 2023 - 6:54:50 PM

1179 posts since 11/10/2022

What would be n8ce is if you could get a link to your site in the appropriate spot on banjophiles. One stop shop for looking up a gibson jo.

Sep 18, 2023 - 7:04:38 PM

293 posts since 4/23/2004

Is banjophiles still active? I’ve reached out to them to hopefully coordinate (because it is the site I’ve looked at the last 20 years for FONs), but doesn’t seem active. I don’t want to steal their work.

Sep 18, 2023 - 7:27 PM

1179 posts since 11/10/2022

ts still up so someone is paying the bills. Hopefully someone speaks up.

Sep 19, 2023 - 9:23:42 AM

21 posts since 3/18/2008

To Jim @ Jim @
I have an early 50’s RB-150, FON (?) number 6510-23. It has bow tie inlays, bound fly shatter head stock and finger board, a blank Mastertone block, and a 4-hole arch top tone ring. I know it sounds like a RB-250, but according to Banjophiles it’s a RB-150 made before the RB-250 was introduced. Sometime in 2019-2020, I posted photos on the Hangout.
Doug Fennell

Sep 19, 2023 - 2:01:58 PM

293 posts since 4/23/2004

Thanks Doug. I got the information and photos. You'll see it on the site shortly.

Sep 19, 2023 - 6:42:30 PM

21 posts since 3/18/2008

Jim richter
Thanks for digging up those old photos I posted. Great project. I’ll be interested to see what else turns up.

Sep 19, 2023 - 8:20:51 PM

293 posts since 4/23/2004

This is FAR from complete. It does show what is being built. Feel free to DM me suggestions. Again, interested in your banjos and think has potential to be a cool site. I'd like to get in deep with some of the finer points of identification/transitions in years, but for now it's really getting the foundation up. What I like is that it allows a level of search ability that's cool and since it is Wordpress based, it's easier for me to maintain. I don't want to go back to the days of poorly coding PHP, etc.

Edited by - jimrichter on 09/19/2023 20:21:42

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