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GIBSON RB-5 CONVERSION (1927)

GIBSON RB-5 CONVERSION (1927)
VG-EC, 1927 TB-5 pot assembly with newer (1990's) Gibson RB-5 walnut neck with pearloid-bound 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, pearloid heelcap, wreath inlays and marquetry underlay with antique finish to match older pot assembly, 1-1/4" nut width (bone nut), 26-3/8" scale, original black capped figured maple rim (reportedly very few made), figured walnut clad resonator with pearloid binding and multi color purfling on the back and sides, inside of resonator autographed by "Dr. Ralph Stanley" and "Steve Barkman" on "5-26-13" in gold Sharpie, engraved gold hardware shows some tarnish and wear, 2-piece flange, no holes archtop tone ring, dual coordinator rods, engraved Kershner tailpiece with two replacement nickel adjusting screws, newer replacement 1-piece armrest finished to match older hardware, black headstock overlay with pearl script "Gibson" logo and wreath inlays, inlaid marquetry on back of headstock, four original planet tuners with pearl buttons, newer geared 5th string tuner, railroad spikes at frets 7, 9 and 12, fine looking and sounding banjo, slightly higher action with 11/16" Snuffy Smith bridge currently installed (could easily be switched to 5/8" if you desire lower action), original tenor neck included, missing binding and purfling on treble side, with thermoplastic Gator HSC (black lining) (SN:8676-9)
70U-3847... - No longer available -
body-front (click)
front (click)
armrest (click)
back (click)
body-back (click)
case-open (click)
case (click)
fretboard (click)
headstock-back (click)
headstock-front (click)
heel (click)
rim-back (click)
rim-detail (click)
rim-detail2 (click)
tailpiece (click)
tenor-face (click)
tenor-headstock (click)
tenor-heel (click)
tenor-inlays (click)
tenor-neck-back (click)

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