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❌SOLD❌ Gibson RB-250 Mastertone Banjo, 1968


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Long the most popular workhorse of the Mastertone line, the Gibson RB-250 was built from 1954 until the catastrophic Nashville floods of 2010 destroyed Gibson’s banjo workshop.

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.

While is is complete, the Gibson RB-250 binding on the resonator is crumbling, similar to the effect seen sometimes on Gretsch guitars of this period. Unlike the situation with guitars where the neck might require removal, binding is fairly easy to replace on a resonator.

A black Lifton case is included. This case is period correct but may or may not be the original case sold with the banjo.


Price: $1,690.00 CAD
  • Model: EB-250 Mastertone
  • Year: 1968
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 950000
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Fair
  • Date Posted: 10/09/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 10.78lbs 4.90kg
  • Scale Length: 26.375in 670mm
  • Nut Width: 1.2in 30.5mm

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