Here we have a wonderfully original Gibson RB-4 5-string banjo from 1924, during the illustrious "Loar period". These early high-end models are quite rare, and this one is in extremely fine condition. This example features a highly-figured flame maple 3-piece neck, a bound ebony extended fretboard, bound peghead with an attractive fleur-des-lis in abalone, and the pearl inlaid Gibson script logo. The original tuners have pearl buttons and the original ivoroid pick guard is present.

The pot assembly features the unique hinged "trapdoor" resonator, enabling the player to achieve an open-back tone. Since this resonator fits the diameter of the rim exactly, the head may be tightened without removing it. The resonator features the desirable cremona shading found on the Loar signed instruments of that era. This Instrument is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. The neck is straight and true and the frets are in great shape.

This beautiful banjo was produced one year prior to the introduction of the ball bearing Mastertone models and proudly holds its place in the history of American banjo building. Stk#VGB5001

$5,250.00 with original excellent "bump" hard case.

Vintage Gintage

Vintage Gintage

Original Hard
Vintage Gintage
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