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

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.

Price: $2650 CAD
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Gibson RB-250 Banjo Mahogany, 1998

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. 

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.

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.

Price: $1850 CAD

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❌NO LONGER AVAILABLE ❌ Gibson RB-18 Mastertone Top Tension 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1996

❌NO LONGER AVAILABLE ❌ Gibson RB-18 Mastertone Top Tension 5-String Banjo Sunburst, 1996

Here we’re looking at a wonderfully preserved Gibson RB-18 Mastertone ‘Top Tension’ 5-string banjo, with its gold plating unworn and the finish lightly checked from age. From the serial number, it appears to have been produced during June of 1996. The number breaks down as ‘RB’ for Regular Banjo – i.e. 5-string – ’18’ for the style, followed by two digits for the year (96) and two for the month (06). The last group of digits, a single number 7 in this case, is the production number for that model in that date period.

Price: $7699.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gibson RB-250 Mastertone Banjo, 1968

❌SOLD❌ Gibson RB-250 Mastertone Banjo, 1968

This Gibson RB-250 Mastertone was built at the historic Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan and dates to 1968 and is in good working order. Previously refretted, it has just received a fret dress and set up here by Anne Hartman. As an indication of this banjo’s history, the rear of the headstock features a small plaque reading ‘The House of Banjo Edmonton Alberta’. The House of Banjo was opened in 1967 by Alfie Myhre and Don Evoy, and is now part of Myhre’s Music.

Price: $1690 CAD

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