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For Sale: Vintage 1963 Gibson RB-175 Longneck Banjo

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Gibson longneck banjos debuted in 1962 and were meant to compete with the popular Vega longneck banjo known as the "Pete Seeger" model. The Gibson version, the RB-175, was in production until 1973 when rock music had firmly trumped the folk era. The RB-175 has a much longer neck than standard 5 string banjos (24 frets in all) with an ungeared Grover tuning peg protrucding at the 7th fret which allowed the player to sing in a lower key. Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio, tuned his longneck banjo E;B;E;G#;B and then put his capo on the 3rd fret to facilitate standard tuning. The neck on this instrument measures a whopping 31 and 1/3" and the total length is about 43". No wonder several folk guitar players of the era had patches over their right eyes! On this instrument there is a brand new REMO Weatherking plastic head which measures 11" in diameter. The ebony veneered headstock, emblazed with a gold, postwar script GIBSON decal has the shape of a Gibson tenor guitar head. There is no finish "checking" on the headstock as is often seen in other vintage instruments from this period. The seria number on the back of the headstock is 191417 which indicated this instrument was made in 1963. There are 10 pearl dot markers in 7 fret positions and there are also dot markers on the side of the fretboard to help the player get his or her bearings. The fingerboard is unbound Brazilian rosewood and the back of the neck is old growth mahogany with nary a chip or scratch. The rim is also mahogany and it is finished in a glossy dark brown. On the rim there are 24 original metal brackets, shoes and nuts.The nickel plated tailpiece cover has a hinged cover. Inside the pot there is one metal tubular coordinator rod and one capped stump . There are railroad spikes at the 10th and 13th frets to capo the 5th string and there is a metal armrest for player comfort. This banjo is in remarkable condition for its age. Extras include a leather strap, a new set of John Pearse Longneck Banjo Strings, a metal banjo wrench, an old school elastic capo and the original Gibson faux alligator chipboard case with an appropriate 60's theme sticker on it saying "To Everything, turn, turn, turn. The case is scuffed and worn with the pocket inside has a detached lid but it serves its purpose and all the locks work well enough. The Pete Seeger longnecks command $4000-$5000. Other Gibson RB-175s are usually $1200 and up but seldom in the fine shape as this one. SALE PENDING.




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Price: $900.00 USD

Shipping: $70

Posted By: drmuse

United States, Tualatin, OR, 97062

Condition of Banjo:
Used - Very Good Condition

Type: 5-String Openback

Brand: Gibson-Epiphone

Ad Status: Active, #77890

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