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Jun 14, 2024 - 1:23:57 PM
4 posts since 12/10/2023

I picked up this banjo at an auction from an estate sale of a fellow enthusiast who passed away. I want to play this instrument for as long as possible to as many people as possible here in new orleans.

I was wondering if anyone can help with identifying it though? The case has a tag that says "Gibson hybrid"

It has a 20 hole tone ring and some markings in the rim that I'm not sure what they mean. No other markings on it. I won't be disappointed if it's fake, I'm sure there are some aftermarket parts on it Maybe. It sounds fantastic and plays like butter. Can anyone help?






 

Edited by - matthewmetscaviz on 06/14/2024 13:26:34

Jun 14, 2024 - 5:37:06 PM
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rcc56

USA

5148 posts since 2/20/2016

There are no Gibson parts that I can see.
The flange appears to be the type used on some Bacon & Day Silver Bell models.

I don't recognize anything else.

Edited by - rcc56 on 06/14/2024 17:39:04

Jun 14, 2024 - 5:43:40 PM

74 posts since 9/12/2023

quote:
Originally posted by matthewmetscaviz

I picked up this banjo at an auction from an estate sale of a fellow enthusiast who passed away. I want to play this instrument for as long as possible to as many people as possible here in new orleans.

I was wondering if anyone can help with identifying it though? The case has a tag that says "Gibson hybrid"

It has a 20 hole tone ring and some markings in the rim that I'm not sure what they mean. No other markings on it. I won't be disappointed if it's fake, I'm sure there are some aftermarket parts on it Maybe. It sounds fantastic and plays like butter. Can anyone help?


It's a homemade banjo by an amateur builder named Carmen. 

Jun 14, 2024 - 6:07:26 PM

4 posts since 12/10/2023

Thanks! I figured the Gibson part was misleading, the owner had several other gibsons tho. I figured it was a Frankenstein. It's the best sounding banjo I've played yet though.

Also didn't know that was a makers mark!

Jun 14, 2024 - 7:12:05 PM
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74 posts since 9/12/2023

quote:
Originally posted by matthewmetscaviz

Thanks! I figured the Gibson part was misleading, the owner had several other gibsons tho. I figured it was a Frankenstein. It's the best sounding banjo I've played yet though.

Also didn't know that was a makers mark!


That's because it's a Silver Bell style banjo. They are the best sounding banjos, ever. Look up 'B&D Ne Plus Ultra' 

Jun 16, 2024 - 1:43:14 PM

270 posts since 9/6/2016

I missed a chance at an early Silver Bell #1 (1924, as I recall) plectrum. But I went into the store targeting a Gibson archtop guitar of the same era (1925 L Jr.) and stuck to the plan. I did play the Silver Bell, and it was indeed incredible.

Bottom line: The hype is justified, even on the “lesser” models.

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