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For Sale: "Gibson" Curly Maple Custom
This banjo has all of the "edge" and "cut" that you would expect from curly maple and an ebony fret board and in the classic Gibson Mastertone style. The curly maple is highly figured and beautiful.
-The neck is a genuine Gibson neck that I obtained from a Gibson employee. Evidently the neck was destined for a custom build of sorts due to the combination of inlay, ebony board, and curly maple. Gibson stopped banjo production and the banjo was never brought to fruition. The neck had been stored at Gibson. I had Robin Smith complete the neck and finish it in the beautiful color you see.
-The tone ring is the only "used" part on the banjo. It is the very desirable Gibson "Crowe" 20 Hole Nickel Plated Flat Head. Serial #9468. The ring is basically in mint condition.
-The rim is a 3-Ply Roasted Maple Rim from First Quality in Louisville, KY.
-Flange is Prucha all other hardware is AMB hardware.
-Tuners are Gotoh and 5-star 5th string tuner with "antique" buttons.
-The resonator is a Gill Pre-War Style curly maple double bound resonator.
*Every piece of the banjo is new except for the tone ring which is in mint condition. All fit-and-finish has been done by Robin Smith. 5th string spikes have been installed at the 7th and 9th fret. Banjo ships in a new Guardian hard case.
**I hope to get a video up soon if it doesn't sell first. I can send a video by phone in the mean-time if you want.
If you have any questions about this banjo don't hesitate to message through BHO or call/text 615-683-5840