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Jun 18, 2024 - 11:24:03 AM
2 posts since 6/18/2024

Hello, I have this banjo that I’m trying to see if it’s fake, a Frankenstein, or an all original. I was hoping you guys here could help me out.

Edited by - hairywholo on 06/18/2024 17:39:25

Jun 18, 2024 - 11:29:42 AM

5847 posts since 5/29/2011

We can't tell you anything about it if we can't see it. Pictures please.

Jun 18, 2024 - 11:31:31 AM
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2050 posts since 4/12/2004

Rather than a fake, Frankenstein, or original, I think it's a phantom.

Jun 18, 2024 - 11:41:52 AM

3401 posts since 5/2/2012

Welcome to the Hangout. If you look in the Marketplace (look on the upper left side of the page for the link), you will see lots of nice banjos.  Here is an example of one that has a lot of pictures.   This will give you an idea of the kinds of pictures that would be helpful in your quest to identify your "authentic" it is. 

Jun 18, 2024 - 2:33:57 PM
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30321 posts since 8/3/2003

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Jun 18, 2024 - 5:42:35 PM

2 posts since 6/18/2024

THANK YOU!! I had such a hard time figuring it out

Jun 18, 2024 - 5:52:27 PM
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6310 posts since 10/12/2009

Frankenbanjo / "parts" banjo

Ive never been to Kalamazoo, and neither has that banjo

Jun 18, 2024 - 6:57:18 PM

2837 posts since 1/4/2009

That is not a Gibson made banjo, post better clearer pictures showing the details and we might be able to id some parts, but nothing here that’s in focus came from Gibson.

Jun 19, 2024 - 7:42:32 AM

15751 posts since 10/30/2008

Gibson never made a resonator that looked like that. The bottom of the rim is too "squared off" for Gibson, they left the rim bottom gently rounded. Photo of underside of flange isn't clear/sharp enough to make a judgment, but it suggests an after market parts supplier, not Gibson/Doehler.

Jun 19, 2024 - 8:30:21 AM

218 posts since 4/7/2010

My first ? was the peghead inlay. Never seen a Gibson with that inlay.

Jun 19, 2024 - 9:26:12 AM
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1605 posts since 7/12/2004

Originally posted by PrairieSchooner

My first ? was the peghead inlay. Never seen a Gibson with that inlay.

That's a prewar Bella Voce pattern. It would have been used on a gold plated banjo with lots of engraving, carved and painted heel and resonator. Lots of people put it on custom-built banjos just to fancy them up.

There are no pictures of the fingerboard, but there is a little of the first fret inlay visible in the headstock picture. That also looks like the Bella Voce pattern.

Edited by - waystation on 06/19/2024 09:27:09

Jun 19, 2024 - 11:45:38 AM

3029 posts since 4/16/2003

Not a Gibson.

What can you tell us about the banjo's prior history?
Who owned it?
Who made it?

One other thing -- with pics as low-resolution as the ones you posted, can't tell much from them...

Edited by - J.Albert on 06/19/2024 11:46:18

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