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May 18, 2024 - 11:37:08 AM
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I have a banjo I wish to sell, but I know nothing about banjos. It was my husbands, but he never played it. When he was young he thought he could play and took lessons from one of the Gibson Brothers, and after about 5 lessons he was asked if he had ever considered handball. He just never got rid of the banjo.
It is a Gibson and I will post the photos I have. I would really appreciate your help with this.

Edited by - Katkando on 05/18/2024 12:25:46

May 18, 2024 - 12:43:50 PM

5456 posts since 11/20/2004

Usually, this group is very helpful, with many people here having a lot of Gibson knowledge. The better the pictures, the better the help. Good luck with your sale!

May 18, 2024 - 1:20:58 PM

rcc56

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5125 posts since 2/20/2016

From what I can see, the banjo appears to be a Gibson RB-800, probably made in the 1970s or early 1980s.
A rough estimate of its retail market value might be +/- $3000.
The easiest way to sell it would be to consign it with an established dealer with a good reputation.
A 20% consignment fee is reasonable.

Denver Folklore Center consigns instruments, but their rate for instruments $2,999 or less is 25%, which is a bit high. It doesn't hurt to ask for 20%, though.

An alternative would be to consign it with Gruhn Guitars, Gryphon Strings, or Elderly Instruments, but you would have to ship the banjo to one of them.

May 18, 2024 - 1:41:23 PM

3 posts since 5/18/2024

Thank you so much for taking time to answer me

May 18, 2024 - 1:46:22 PM

15280 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by rcc56

Denver Folklore Center consigns instruments, but their rate for instruments $2,999 or less is 25%, which is a bit high. It doesn't hurt to ask for 20%, though.


But for $3000 and up their commission is only 20%. No way this banjo is worth less than $3000.

She should stay in-state. Consign it in Denver asking for a sales price of $3500 or more (and willing to accept any reasonable offer starting with a 3).

May 18, 2024 - 2:13:51 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Katkando

I have a banjo I wish to sell, but I know nothing about banjos. It was my husbands, but he never played it. When he was young he thought he could play and took lessons from one of the Gibson Brothers, and after about 5 lessons he was asked if he had ever considered handball. He just never got rid of the banjo.
It is a Gibson and I will post the photos I have. I would really appreciate your help with this.


Old Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada, Woodsongs in Boulder, and Victor Guitars in Denver also consign instruments, including banjos. All are reputable. Victor Guitars charges 15%, which is much better than the Denver Folklore Center. Links to their websites below.  Start with a phone call.  If ary are seriously interested (likely), then I think a day trip from Florence would be worth it.  Obviously, Springs is closer, but I don't know of any music stores there that I could recommend.  Good luck, and if you need further suggestions, the Banjo Hangout members are here to help.

https://www.picknparlor.com/

https://www.hbwoodsongs.com/used-instruments-used-guitars-used-banjos-used-mandolins.htm

https://victorguitar.com/

Edited by - jack_beuthin on 05/18/2024 14:27:40

May 18, 2024 - 8:23:08 PM

3 posts since 5/18/2024

Thank you so much for the information and help

May 19, 2024 - 7:43:42 AM

15280 posts since 6/2/2008

Kathrine

 

Please excuse me for not expressing condolences for your loss.

And thank you on behalf of the greater banjo community for seeking to put your husband's banjo into the hands of someone who will make music with it for years to come.

 

If Bob and those of us who agree with him are correct that this is a Gibson RB800, there should be a serial number stamped on tha back of the peghead (together with Made In USA). This would be the exact opposite/back side as the  "Gibson" script inlay. The number might help to narrow down the likely years of production for this one. I say "might" because sometimes the numbers for post-war Gibson banjos don't seem to make sense for the instrument in hand.

Anyway, if you share the number, one or more of us will likely do a lookup and offer our best guess at the year this banjo was made.

You say your husband didn't play it much, but it has a well-worn head and possibly other signs of play wear (hard to tell what I'm seeing). This suggests he bought the banjo used. Is that right?

From the photos, the banjo appears to have original parts, which I think contributes to resale value, since there were far fewer of these made than the less expensive RB250. Even though these aren't widely considered to be great banjos, I think they're collectible and do have the value mentioned above.

Good luck.

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