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1963 Gibson RB-175 Pete Seeger style longneck banjo with case

Price: $600.00 USD

Gibson longneck banjos debuted in 1962 and were intended to compete with the popular Vega longneck banjos known as the "Pete Seeger" model. This 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 the standard 5 string banjo (24 frets in all) with an ungeared Grover tuning peg protruding at the 7th fret. The longer leck allowed the player to sing in a lower key. Dave Guard of the Kingston trio tuned his longneck banjo to 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 inches and the total length with the pot is about 43 inches. No wonder so many folk trio guitarists had to wear patches over their right eyes! On this instrument there is a new REMO weatherking plastic head which measures 11 inches in diameter. The ebony veneered headstock , emblazened with a gold, postwar GIBSON decal, has the shape of a Gibson tenor guitar head. There is no finish "checking" on the instrument that I can see as there often is on other vintage instruments from this period. The serial 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 on the fretboard and there are also dot markers on the side of the fretboard to help the picker keep 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 a scratch until one gets to the repaired crack near the heel. The rim is also mahogany, finished in a glossy dark brown. On the rim there are 24 original metal brackets, shoes and nuts. The nickel plated tail piece is a Presto with 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 when playing in higher keys. The 5th string tuner is the original Grover peg. There is a metal armrest for player comfort . This banjo is in remarkable condition considering its age and had it not been dropped during shipping, its cost would be double what I'm asking. Please see photo to see where the crack happened. It was expertly reglued and clamped by one of Oregon's master luthiers who said the break was clean and made re-gluing easier. The instrument has a brand new set of John Pearse longneck banjo strings on it and I'm including another brand new set in the case. The case by the way is the original faux alligator chipboard case that is original to this 1963 banjo. The GIBSON metal logo is on the case pocket lid which is detached. This case is scuffed and worn but the latches work and it can be used to transport the instrument. On the outside of the case is the iconic "To Everything, Turn, Turn, Turn" 60's themed sticker which reflects the era from Pete Seeger to the Byrds. Banjo sports a black leather strap and case "candy" will include a vintage elastic capo, a metal banjo wrench and a new set of longneck banjo strings for the future.


Interested? Contact Seller to arrange purchase


Shipping: $70

Posted By: drmuse
United States, Tualatin, OR, 97062

Condition of Banjo: Used - Good Condition

Type: 5-String Openback, Brand: Gibson

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