Our museum is temporarily closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Gibson Five-String Banjo

Gibson Five-String Banjo

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
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.
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
overall: 38 in x 14 in x 3 1/4 in; 96.52 cm x 35.56 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object