Here is one of the most unusual instruments that has been part of our collection for over 35 years. We call it a "bantar" because it has a Gibson neck with a banjo style body. Don't let the shape fool you, it's definitely a guitar and not a banjo. The handmade composite body is made of two circular contoured pieces joined together with eight phillips screws. The single bound neck is probably a 1960's Gibson 335 neck but it could be an SG neck. The mahogany neck has a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and nine block inlays. The neck scale is 24 3/4" and the nut width is 1 9/16". Neck and body are attached with four screws on a chrome backplate. On the black headstock is a pearloid Gibson logo and crown inlay. A handmade single ply pickguard with flame shape edges and coloring covers a large portion of both sides of the top of the instrument. Electronics include two Gibson humbucker pickups, two volume and two controls plus a three way toggle switch. There is a small remnant of a black sticker on the back of the bridge pickup. Pot codes read 137650_ which suggests they are CTS pots from 1965. All the wiring, including the nice solder job, looks consistent with work done in the 1960s. Other features include Kluson deluxe double line tuners with metal buttons, a tune-o-matic bridge, a maestro vibrola, two strap buttons and four white knobs that match the pickguard. The bantar weighs 7.4 pounds. Body depth is a liitle over 2" and the width is 13 1/2". When the bantar was traded to us in 1979 by a cowboy he claimed that he special ordered it from Gibson. However, our research indicates it was not built by Gibson. It is much more likely that someone who may have worked at the Gibson factory at one time put it together with Gibson parts and other handmade components. It has always been a bit of a mystery to us. We added the Allparts whammy bar to replace the missing one. The headstock has some edge wear and the neck and body both are weather checked. There are a couple of small dings on the back of the neck which is a comfortable, compact, 60's neck. It has a delightfully well balanced sound. The neck pickup has a great, full low end and the treble pickup has plenty of top end. The unique tone is somewhere between a semi hollow body and a solid body. There is plenty of value in the components alone. This is a surprisingly fun instrument that gets a lot of second glances. It plays great. It comes with a new black hardshell Gator case.

Year Condition Color Case
~1965 Excellent Black Hard


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