This instrument is a 1964 Mastertone RB 250. With only some checking on the back of the neck and some replacement tuners, this banjo is in great shape and plays great too. While the Grover tuners don’t provide the classic look, they work perfectly and the tuning is very stable. The rim is ½ inch 3-piece mahogany, and the resonator is also mahogany with binding. The original hard-shell case is also included with this beautiful piece.
Gibson Mastertone banjos are considered by many to be the gold-standard for dixieland and bluegrass players. The instruments giants were making radical innovations to the banjo in the early 1900s and the Mastertone was the peak of that period. Pre-war Mastertones are fabled to have “that” sound, and countless imitators would follow in the years to come. Pre-war flathead 5 strings have reached legend status thanks largely to the influence of Earl Scruggs, but the series would see some changes in the early ‘50s. The headstock shape ws made to resemble Gibson's guitar shape, the frets were also wider like a guitar, and the inlays were bowtie shaped, giving rise to the colloquial name “bowtie era”. These banjos don’t have quite the star-status that the pre-war ones do, but they are still fine instruments in their own right.
Nut Width: 1.875”
Weight: 11 lbs.
8/10 (excellent condition) 1964 Made in the USA
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