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Wondering what the serial number on your vintage Gibson banjo might mean?What's New Prewar Gibson banjo list by style Prewar Gibson banjo list by year Prewar Gibson Mastertone banjos by year Prewar Gibson non-Mastertone banjos by year Prewar Gibson banjo serial numbers vs.Going down in the picture, there is white drumhead, the gold tension hoop (with arches engraved between the hooks, and an engraved armrest over it on the right side of the picture), the white edge of the drumhead, the gold tone ring, the brown wood of the pot, the gold flange, the white binding on the resonator, the brown wood of the side of the resonator, white binding again, the maroon of the case lining, and the silver paint on the (fiberglass Leaf) case.There are a large number of links on my site where you can find pictures and information on banjo adjustment in general, and Gibsons in particular.Level A Tech City: Atlanta Tech State/Province: GA Tech Postal Code: 30309 Tech Country: US Tech Phone: 1.8889321997 Tech Phone Ext: Tech Fax: 1.7177035107 Tech Fax Ext: Tech Email: hostmasterⓜName Server: DNS3.
There are a lot of variables, and I won't/can't give you a answer. Follows Vega profile, except has thumb stop, and working truss rod. The tone ring is chrome plated bell brass 40 (note the difference to the above) arch top with It has a replaced tortoise shell tail piece.
However, practically any banjo can be adjusted to sound "pretty good", and be playable. The Gibson construction is common because Scruggs, Reno, et al played one, but there have been many other quality brands built in the USA in the past and today. I still have a few entry quality instruments, and they sound like me when I play them.
Some of my other ones of course do sound a bit sweeter.....
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