Here's a classic bluegrass Gibson banjo, an early '60s version of the "bow tie" Mastertone. Thankfully it's still early enough that it has the full thickness brown maple shell with a 20-hole flathead tonering. Original finish throughout, with nice shading on the mahogany neck and resonator. Original tuners on the headstock, the fifth peg upgraded to a geared version. Shell and its metal parts are original except for some replaced hooks and nuts, but note that the plating on the one-piece diecast flange and the tension hoop show some tarnish and pitting. Plays great thanks to a recent refret, it's set up with a Shubb capo but there are some repaired holes behind the Shubb rail from an earlier 5th string capo. Assorted nicks and dings to the finish as shown but this bowtie Mastertone "shows well" and has a generous helping of vintage vibe. The hardshell case is later than the banjo, it appears to be an early Gold Star case (made in Japan). The three perimeter latches work fine but the upper portion of the locking latch near the handle is detached since the lock is no longer functional.

stock no. 57925

ModelRB-250 Bowtie 5 String
Nut width1 3/8"
Scale length26 1/4"
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialMahogany
Shell3-Ply Maple
Tone ringFlathead
TunersKluson Die Cast
Serial No151477