|Serial Number||52032, built in 1962.|
|Pricing||$2899.99 with case. SOLD|
|Neck||Honduras Mahogany neck with bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; mother of pearl ‘Bowtie’ inlays. Mastertone inlay at last fret.|
|Frets||Medium frets with about 30% wear. We will dress, recrown and polish the frets for the buyer, so the banjo will play ‘as new’ – or better!|
|Body||Honduras Mahogany with RB3 style trim on the resonator back. Original archtop 4-hole tone ring, flange, tension hoop and tailpiece.|
|Finish||Original Tobacco sunburst lacquer finish in 8/10 shape, some wear on resonator.|
|Hardware/electronics||Gold plated tension hoop, retainers, armrest and tailpiece; nickel plated Kluson tuners (the type also used on the Firebird models!) with ivoroid keystone buttons; two capo tacks installed at frets 7 and 9. original Kluson 5th string friction tuner, in nickel; we will upgrade to a standard Gotoh SPBJ-5 Geared tuner at no charge to they buyer if requested.|
|Playability/Action||Currently at standard action, 5/64 with head tension at G#. Some archtop players prefer head tension slightly higher. We can adjust to suit, and this would follow any of the included fret dressing.|
|Case||Hardshell case included.|
|Comments||There has been some discussion on the hardware used on this banjo. The RB-250 did not come factory in gold but that said, in 1962 Gibson would fill virtually any custom request. The hardware shows none of the pitting typical of re-plated hardware. Also the cost to upgrade after the banjo was built would have been huge so we are going on the theory that this was a custom order. Tailpiece: I found several of these gold-plated tailpieces in the boxes of 1960s Gibson hardware I acquired when Gibson Canada shut down in 1979. So I am assuming they were stock Gibson issue for at least a few of their gold plated banjos, though I’ve never seen any. I gather they were made by Elton but am happy for input from anybody out there who knows more.
Tone: classic Gibson cluck but with a little more top end snap due to the added brightness of the archtop ring
The bright tone of the archtop complements the warmer tone typical of mahogany banjos for a fat but very tight and articulate bottom end tone.
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