Smithsonian Institution Collections
Gibson Five-String Banjo
- Smithsonian Museum
- National Museum of American History
- 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
- Gibson, Inc.
- Date Made
- ca 1957
- overall: 38 in x 14 in x 3 1/4 in; 96.52 cm x 35.56 cm x 8.255 cm
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