Retrofret Stock # 5367. Gibson RB-100 Model 5 String Resonator Banjo (1962), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 93488, dark mahogany with sunburst resonator finish, maple rim and resonator, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case. The RB-100 was Gibson's 1960's sub-Mastertone style banjo; it is similar in appearance with the full one-piece flange-resonator setup of the fancier models but has plain cosmetics and a simpler brass tone ring. The sound is not as powerful as the full Mastertone-tone ring models but still quite vibrant and with considerable volume. An excellent and versatile workhorse of a vintage Gibson.Overall length is 37 3/4 in. (95.9 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) diameter head, and 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 26 1/4 in. (667 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.). Well played, with some typical period additions. The headstock is fitted with adjustable cams for rapid tuning changes; there is a sliding 5th string capo mounted to the neck and strap buttons have been mounted on the resonator walls. There is a some fairly heavy plating wear to the flange and hoop but the neck and resonator finish is fairly well preserved, with some general wear. A cool gigging 1960's period Gibson banjo, not a full Mastertone but with a good solid folk/stringband sound. Overall Very Good + Condition.
|1962||Very Good||dark mahogany with sunburst resonator||Original Hard|
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