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Sold! Gibson Mastertone RB250 5 String Banjo, 2003

Sold!  Gibson Mastertone RB250 5 String Banjo, 2003

For decades, the Gibson Mastertone RB250 banjo was the benchmark, workhorse banjo for countless players in country and bluegrass styles. During the later 1960’s and the 1970’s, however, quality suffered, until in 1984 Gibson hired Greg Rich to revamp the line and bring quality back to its original high level.

Used
Price: $2450 CAD

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Gibson GB-3 Mastertone Guitar Banjo, 1926

Gibson GB-3 Mastertone Guitar Banjo, 1926

The first of the Gibson GB series of 6-string Mastertone Guitar Banjos appeared in 1918, as the GB-3 and GB-4. The GB-1 and GB-6 appeared in 1922, and by 1940, production had completely ended. The GB-5 was built only during 1925. These models were influenced by the popular Paramount banjo designs.These instruments are perhaps comparable in intent to the Resophonic guitars that were introduced by National just a few years later – meant to be used in fairly loud ensembles, often with horns, playing the Dixieland jazz that was all the rage.

Vintage
Price: $4999.99 CAD
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Sold! Gibson RB-250 Mastertone 5-String Banjo Mahogany, 1998

Sold!  Gibson RB-250 Mastertone 5-String Banjo Mahogany, 1998

The Gibson RB-250 – or Regular Banjo – became the workhorse, standard instrument for country and bluegrass players after it introduction in 1954. It was built until 2010, when flooding destroyed the Nashville workshop.

Used
Price: $2650 CAD

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Sold! Gibson RB-250 Banjo Mahogany, 1998

Sold!  Gibson RB-250 Banjo Mahogany, 1998

This Gibson RB-250 example dates to 1998 and is good working order.  It has just been completely worked over and set up by Anne Hartman at The Twelfth Fret.     Fret wear is moderate but it plays cleanly, and delivers that loud, clear Gibson banjo sound.   There is visible wear on the arm-rest plating, sure signs that it’s been used as intended, and that’s a good thing. 

Used
Price: $2650 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson TB-250 Tenor Banjo, 1966

❌ SOLD ❌  Gibson TB-250 Tenor Banjo, 1966

For quite some time, Gibson banjos were standard professional grade instruments, and the Gibson TB-250 was their ‘entry level’ tenor banjo. From 1966 it was available as a MasterTone model with that tone ring. This model was built from 1954 to 1996.

Vintage
Price: $1500 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Second Life MasterClone Banjo 2014

❌ SOLD ❌ Second Life MasterClone Banjo 2014

Banjo-maker Carl Arcand routinely restores older banjos to give them a ‘second life’ from his Eastern Townships shop in Ulverton, Quebec. This fine example Second Life MasterClone Banjo is still archived on his site. This instrument is assumed to be based on a 60s or 70s Gibson TB-250 ‘donor-banjo’ pot with flathead bronze tone ring and fitted to an Arcand handmade replica neck. The resurrection work was completed and the banjo first sold in 2014. This Second Life MasterClone Banjo is certainly equal or superior to any 70’s original Gibson. It is what we would call a RB-250 Mastertone “clone” banjo or “Master-Clone” banjo.

Used
Price: $1850 CAD

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