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Serial, or what, Number?

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I've got a Gibson banjo with the following numbers inside the rim;

 

4-2522-157

 

Aside from the Gibson logo on the headstock I can't find any other indications of what model this might be or how old it is.

 

Anybody have any ideas?

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There are a bunch of "banjophile" websites out there, just like the guitar sites. Older Gibson banjo numbers are pretty well documented.

 

Here's one site that shows the 4-2522 number to be from 1954, although the "157" is not specifically listed.

 

http://banjophiles.com/SerNumData/BowtieEraGibsons.htm

 

Further internet research should yield all the answers you're looking for.

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There are a bunch of "banjophile" websites out there, just like the guitar sites. Older Gibson banjo numbers are pretty well documented.

 

Here's one site that shows the 4-2522 number to be from 1954, although the "157" is not specifically listed.

 

http://banjophiles.com/SerNumData/BowtieEraGibsons.htm

 

Further internet research should yield all the answers you're looking for.

 

 

Thank You! That certainly helps to determine the age, at the very least. Now, if only there was some way to determine the model...

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