Gibson Five-String Banjo

Description (Brief)
This five-string banjo was made by Gibson, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan around 1957. It has 24 brackets, a mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and pearl dot inlay, maple hoop, and resonator with a golden sunburst finish. This banjo, style RB-100, is stamped with serial number 7075-4. In the late 1950s-early 1960s when a “folk-revival” boom hit the United States, Gibson was one of the few companies still producing banjos.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1957
Gibson, Inc.
overall: 38 in x 14 in x 3 1/4 in; 96.52 cm x 35.56 cm x 8.255 cm
overall: 38 in x 13 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in; 96.52 cm x 34.925 cm x 8.5725 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
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accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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