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For Sale: 1937 Gibson TB-7 serial 390-9 (Offers Considered no trades). Comes with Robin Smith 5 String Neck)
You are looking at a wonderful Pre War Top Tension banjo. There are only 121 pre war top tensions made so they are very rare and difficult to find from the original owners.
This banjo was purchased brand new by the original owner and was in the possession of the family until I purchased it from a music store that they had it on consignment to.
When I purchased it the banjo had a skin head on it that was torn and it was like this for many years. It is estimated that Banjo had not been played in at least 50 years before I got it.
The banjo is all original except for the thumb screw which holds the arm rest in place. I had Robin Smith put an after market reissue one on the banjo. All parts are original and include pre war ring, tension hoop, flange, Top Tension bolts, tailpiece, armrest
Just want to be clear that this is an all original banjo with no replacement parts other than the arm rest thumb screw mentioned already.
The top tension head key was lost a long time ago by the owner so that is not included.
This Banjo is in wonderful condition and only has a few marks in the resonator.
I had Robin Smith make a 5 string neck for the banjo that is included in this sale. This neck has an ebony fingerboard that has a compound radius to it. The peg head binding is a white/Black/White pattern that is stunning.
The Original Tenor Neck, original tuners, original skin head, and original tenor case are included in the sale.
The 4 Keith pegs that are on the banjo are not included as I had Bill Keith custom nickel plate them for me and will be put back on another banjo I have The 5th string waverley tuner is included with the 5 string neck.
Please feel free to ask questions via email or by contacting me directly. I am the guy in the pictures holding the tenor banjo the day I got it.
Thanks for looking