Gibson Mastertone RB-3 Conversion 9489-95
This banjo has a 20 hole flat conversion tone ring and uncut rim and decal. The tailpiece is a prewar Presto punched for five string use by
Jerry Keys. The remaining hardware is correct genuine prewar Gibson used on RB-3 banjos.
The neck is made as closely as possible to faithfully reproduce the prewar construction methods and materials. The center section of the
peg head is narrower than the heel where it joins the tension hoop, as was done on the original prewar five string necks. Many modern makers
simply use a two inch thick board to which are added strips of wood to gain the 3 inch width, which results in four small stubs when viewed
from the rear. Original five string necks had pegheads which appear identical to those on tenor or plectrum banjos (see photos of 9528- examples
on Greg Earnest's web site). The fingerboard is made from Brazilian rosewood bought from the C. F. Martin company in the late 1960's.
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