Gibson Truett 5-string conversion 1929 image

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Here is one of the rarest of the rare pre-war Gibson-made banjo's. It is a Truett plectrum banjo made in 1929 (FON #9373-2 written on the inside of the resonator and on the tone ring) fitted with a modern, modified 5-string neck. The unique pot, tension hoop, tone ring, brackets, flat-back resonator, and resonator flange are all original and the original 4-string Truett neck is included. It has a Rogers skin head on it and the previous owner installed 'head-lights' inside the pot to heat up the skin head if desired. The lights can be easily removed and did not require any modifications to the banjo.
 The newer 5-string neck was purchased from Stewart-MacDonald many years ago and is perfectly straight with very minimal fret wear and has an adjustable truss rod that is accessible through the heel end of the neck. The previous owner modified the new neck by adding a block of wood to the bottom of the heel so that it would match the unusually deep pot. The headstock is fitted with the 4 original 'pancake' Grover tuners that all work perfectly and the 5th string tuner is a newer Waverly. There are railroad spikes at the 7th and 9th frets.
 The original Truett plectrum neck is in great shape with its original finish and inlays all in tact. The banjo comes with its original black hard case that is fully functional, but is very worn from 80 years of use.
 These Truett's are some of the rarest banjo's that came out of Kalamazoo and finding one in this kind of shape is unheard of. You can find the history of the Truett line of instruments on line or in one of the many reference books about Gibson. On page 91 of the 'Spann's Guide To Gibson' you will find the listing of FON 9373 as a PB-Truett from 1929.

Product Specs

Condition:
Excellent (Used)
Brand:
Gibson
Model:
Truett 5-string conversion
Categories:
Banjos
Year:
1929
Made In:
United States

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