Description: Vintage 1970s Gibson Mastertone RB-250 5-String Banjo
Condition: Very good condition overall. Various scratches, nicks, dings and dents throughout the instrument with some blemishing on the metal parts. A few small areas of lacquer on the back of the neck have partially melted off, perhaps due to a chemical reaction (see photos). Fingerboard and frets have moderate play wear and tons of life left in them. Neck is very straight and truss rod functions fine. Binding on resonator has shrunk and cracked in some areas. Bridge is unoriginal, otherwise all parts are original and in good working condition.
Body: 11” diameter head with 24 lugs on a nickel tension hoop. Nickel arm rest, tailpiece and one-piece flange. Maple pot features dual metal coordinator rods and a 20-hole angled tone ring. Double-bound mahogany resonator with four thumb screws.
Neck: Mahogany neck with bound Ebony fingerboard, pearloid inlays, railroad spike at the 9th fret and a hole from a railroad spike at the 7th fret. 1 ¼” nut, Nickel Gibson closed-gear tuners and a 26.5” scale length.
Weight: 9lbs, 9.0oz.
Playability/Sound: This is a great sounding banjo. The angled tone ring does an excellent job of projecting the sound with nice volume. The neck is very comfortable and currently set up for nice, low action.
Case: Includes original hardshell case.