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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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Gold Tone BT-2000 Banjitar 6-String Banjo

Gold Tone BT-2000 Banjitar 6-String Banjo

The maple-rimmed twelve-inch pot of the Gold Tone BT-2000 Banjitar brings out the full-range sound spectrum of a guitar blended with the plunky old-time tone of the banjo. The brass tone ring provides crisp clarity and the slim neck makes playing it a pleasure. Tastefully simple star-and-dot vintage inlays set off the radiused ebony fretboard. The BT-2000 banjo guitar will lend an authentic touch to your blues or Old Time stylings.

New
Price: $1329 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.

Vintage
Price: $1690 CAD

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