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For Sale: Prewar-Gibson TB-RECORDING KING 1930 W/ CONVERSION Robin Smith 5 STRING NECK
1930 Recording King tenor banjo conversion (SN 9779-3) Made by Gibson for Montgomery Ward this banjo has the same materials identical to the Mastertone Granadas of the era. It has a 40 hole arch top tone ring and two piece flange. With its gold plated and engraved hardware this is a very scarce example of this particular Recording King model. The wood parts are Curley Maple and are shaded and finished much like the Granada of the same time period. The ebony fingerboard and inlays are identical to a TB-6 and the resonator and neck are bound with a multi color square sparkle and white binding normally reserved for the Florentine and Bella Voce models. This is a really attractive instrument and with its unique Headstock serves as the inspiration for many of the current Recording Kings being offered today.
All the parts are original to this banjo. It has a matching mint condition Robin Smith radiused neck built in 2014. The tenor neck has slight wear on the back of the neck and at one time had a heel repair without damage to the original finish. The resonator is quite spectacular. I believe the gold may have been replated at one time. The recording King Banner was replaced on the tenor neck with a Gibson inlay and this Recording King has an additional truss rod...not normal for this model. It is believed when the heel crack repair on the tenor neck was accomplished the Gibson Banner and additional truss rod was installed. The removal of the tenor fingerboard and reinstall is undetectable.
This is a very nice clean example of a rare Gibson and the conversion is top of the line.
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