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❌SOLD❌ Gibson L-5 6-String Custom Banjo, 1961


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Here’s a rare oddity – custom built to order by Gibson during 1961, a melding of a Gibson L-5 style six string neck and a Gibson Mastertone RB-3 banjo pot.

This Gibson L-5 6-String Custom Banjo – unique instrument is in very good complete and original condition. Aside from the typical appointments of the L-5 neck, with multiple layers of binding around the ebony fingerboard and head, Mother of Pearl for the block position markers, flowerpot inlay and Gibson logo, and the RB-3 style pot with mahogany resonator, there’s an Oettinger style 6-string tailpiece and Grover Roto-Matic tuners. All metal parts are nickel plated.

The scale length is 24 inches, much shorter than a standard L-5 but half an inch longer than the Byrdland, which was introduced a few years earlier. The nut width is 1 11/16ths, a fairly usual size.

A period hard-shell case is included, black with purple lining.


Price: $4,250.00 CAD
  • Model: Custom L-5 5-String Banjo
  • Year: 1961
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 30197
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Scale Length: 24in 610mm
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16in 43mm
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