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For Sale: 1929 Gibson OPF TB3 Conversion - Fatboy Rim

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1929 Gibson OPF TB3 converted to 5-string by Frank Neat, includes newer hardshell case. Frank Neat made and fitted the 5-string neck when I acquired it many years ago, still like new. Brazilian rosewood fretboard with leaves and bows inlay and spikes at 7 and 9. Original pancake tuners on the new neck, also includes the tenor neck. One of the early opf 3s with the fatboy rim, width measuring over 0.640".

Many scratches and wear on the back of the resonator. Worn through the finish in a couple of areas by the original owner placing it on a stand over the many years of playing. When I acquired this I found the flange had been replaced by what appeared to be a early 80's Gold Star flange which was an excellent fit. I had Steve Huber machine another prewar flange to fit. Steve made a comment that the machined flange fit very nicely as the rim was not egged. At the same time I had Steve cut the rim for a Faulkner ring, 50 oz, that was authenticated by Frank Neat.

Normally I wouldn't cut a rim for a ring. I tried a Sullivan conversion ring which was loud but as a ring of 85-5-5-5 it didn't have the tone I was looking for. Given the flange situation and roughness of the resonator I decided to have the rim cut for the Faulkner ring.

I also currently have an original 5-string Grover Presto tailpiece on the banjo which is available, otherwise I'll put the original tenor Presto tailpiece back on. I'm also willing to sell this without the Neat neck if interested, make me an offer.




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Price: $9,600.00 USD

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Posted By: 550Spyder

United States, WI,

Condition of Banjo:
Used - Good Condition

Type: 5-String Resonator

Brand: Gibson

Ad Status: Active, #65326

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