Howdy Folks. Here's a banjo I quite enjoy playing, but trying to keep my banjo collection down to 3 or 4 banjos, and I'm about to take possession of a custom built banjo. ;)
This is a vintage Gibson neck married to a Recording king pot. Watch this video and you can see exactly where I got the idea.
The Recording King parts are in great shape. And the Gibson neck is in decent shape, especially considering it's age. Most likely was removed from a Gibson pot for a 5 string conversion many years ago. Still has the original nut. I've replaced the friction tuners with recording king tuners which function very nicely.
This Recording King pot is THE go to cheaper banjo for Bluegrass players because it's quite a great pot for the price. A real nice job by the designers to mimic a vintage Gibson pot.
So, have the old Gibson sound, with a real Gibson neck at a fraction of the price!
Right now I have it set up with a copy of a "Price Straight Line" tailpiece, a Bart Veerman bridge, and a Renaissance head, but I'd be happy to switch it out for any tailpiece, bridge or head you'd prefer at cost.
I still have the Recording King Tenor neck as well. I can throw that it for an extra $100. It's simple to switch between the two. Just removed the coordinating rods and switch necks. Easy Peasy.
Happy to post any additional photos.