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Identifying an Unknown Gibson Banjo

#1 User is offline   tipehtfomottob 

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:38 AM

I am cross-posting this from the regular instrument ID forum.

Hello! I have a Gibson banjo that I have been playing on for the past 6 months or so, yet I know little to nothing about it.

The previous owner was the late grandfather of a friend of mine. All I know about it is anecdotal. Apparently, it is in some way "custom" (don't know quite what it means). The only other thing I know is that he was offered 6 thousand dollars for it at one point, which he turned down.

The serial number is 907-4, and there are no stickers inside. There appears to be two spots (one in resonator, one inside rim) where there used to be stickers, but now they're just faded.

I took a lot of photos, so here is a link to the album: http://imgur.com/a/6oCBR

Is there anything that you can tell me about it?

Thanks!
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#2 User is offline   slimt 

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 06:14 PM

Banjos are the worst ones to get a I.D on.. so many Luthiers out there putting Gibson Logos on custom made banjo necks. one of the most faked Instruments....
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#3 User is offline   tipehtfomottob 

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 08:51 PM

So I've learned. Either way, I love the instrument. The weight of it alone makes it feel solid to play, and it just sings!
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Posted 20 December 2015 - 10:13 PM

View Posttipehtfomottob, on 20 December 2015 - 08:51 PM, said:

So I've learned. Either way, I love the instrument. The weight of it alone makes it feel solid to play, and it just sings!



Still a Nice banjo and congrats... Hope you can find the positive info your wanting.. I know nothing about Banjos.. just what Ive seen and heard at a friends store in Montana and his wealth of knowledge given..
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Posted 21 December 2015 - 05:43 AM

I am no help either. Just wanted to say welcome here and enjoy.

I completely agree with slimt on fakes and trouble identifying them. It would be hard for me to turn down 6k for anything I have ever owned, cars included.
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#6 User is offline   tipehtfomottob 

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Posted 21 December 2015 - 10:10 PM

Knowing that it may never be IDed is fine for me, I just wandered if it could have been an easy answer. As it turns out, banjos aren't that kind of instrument!
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Posted 22 December 2015 - 11:12 PM

Im going on a limb here.. and guess a 150 model.. or what is called the Bowtie model.. The best person I know to ask.. is Greg Boyds house of fine instruments. .. talk to Greg.. he will know and help you..
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Posted 20 March 2016 - 06:03 PM

You might want to contact this guy:

http://www.earnestba...gibsonbanjo.htm

I came across this site while researching my own old Gibson banjo. I plan to contact him about it as soon as I take a few photos.

Good luck!
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#9 User is online   Dave F 

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Posted 20 March 2016 - 07:22 PM

from the s/n 907-4 and referencing the site below, it looks like a 1949 model

http://www.banjophil...eEraGibsons.htm





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Posted 16 August 2016 - 09:10 AM

I'm gonna guess that's not a Gibson, but I'm far from an expert. You could post it in the collectors forum on banjohangout.org; when it comes to banjos, if those guys don't know it, it can't be known!
And then there are the times when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling. - George Carlin
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