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Mar 3, 2024 - 3:26:56 PM
59 posts since 9/24/2020

Hello,
Would love to know anyones thoughts on this one

ebay.co.uk/itm/126350307626

Many Thanks

Mar 3, 2024 - 3:41:23 PM

1651 posts since 11/10/2022

The d3scription seems right. Its a parts banjo.

Mar 3, 2024 - 3:57:04 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27886 posts since 6/25/2005
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The seller apparently does not know the provenance of the neck or tone ring.  I would treat it as a mostly modern parts banjo absent new evidence.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 03/03/2024 16:02:00

Mar 3, 2024 - 4:31:40 PM
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15646 posts since 10/30/2008

It's not a 1927, because a 1927 should have a 2 piece flange instead of the 1 piece flange shown. The FON is stamped "irregularly", not a mark of a real Gibson. You can see the edges of the Mastertone decal, which is not indicative of a pre-war banjo.

The maple wood looks like, and the white/black binding looks nice, but the only banjo Gibson made pre war with maple and that binding would be a gold plated engraved Granada.

Finally a 1920s Gibson would have a fiddle shaped peghead not a double ct peghead.

The tuners and tailpiece "admission" in the ad is the least of the problems.

It's just NOT a Gibson. A nice enough banjo vaguely resembling a post 1988 Earl Scruggs model, sort of. A little...

Mar 3, 2024 - 5:21:47 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27886 posts since 6/25/2005
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Not a £2,000 banjo for sure. Maybe £1,500, but I'd be more comfortable at £1350-1,400.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 03/03/2024 17:28:03

Mar 3, 2024 - 5:43:38 PM

5 posts since 4/16/2022

That FON is not like any 1920’s I’ve seen!! And I’ve seen a lot!!!
Sticker seems implausible too!!

Mar 3, 2024 - 6:12:59 PM
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rmcdow

USA

1396 posts since 11/8/2014

The sticker is definitely a fake. Earnest Banjos has it as the second fake on his page.

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