Banjo Fact

While Earl Scruggs owned hundreds of banjos throughout his lifetime, he only performed with 5!

Gibson KK-11 Cut

Gibson KK-11 Full Front

Gibson manufactured and marketed style 11 banjos under names including Kel Kroydon, SS Stewart, Montgomery Ward, and Truett. This banjo was made by Gibson and marketed and sold by Kel Kroydon. While the style 11 banjos were a lower priced alternative to the Mastertone line of banjos, they shared many parts including a 3 ply maple rim, a nickel plated pot metal one piece flange and tension hoop, nickel plated steel hooks and nuts, a nickel plated armrest, etc. These banjos were made in the Gibson Kalamazoo factory alongside the Mastertones. Differences between the models included the use of a quarter inch brass hoop instead of a tone ring, perloid fingerboards and perloid covered resonator backs, 2 tab tuners and a window style tailpiece instead of the standard presto tailpiece. While these banjos usually came with painted neck backs and resonator sides without FONs (Factory Order Numbers) in the rims, this 9781 series of banjos has stained neck backs and resonator sides as well as including a FON in the rim. The style 11 banjos were available with a 5 string neck as an RB or regular banjo. Earl Scruggs played such a banjo early in his career. The rim in this banjo has been cut and has a Ronnie Bales (Bill Blaylock) tone ring installed. While Bill Blaylock manufactures the tone rings for Ronnie Bales, the formula of the tone ring and the profile of the tone ring were specified by Ronnie Bales.

Item Details & Picture Links

FON or Serial Number: 9781-23
Year: 1930
Manufacturer: Gibson (Kel Kroydon Brand)
Neck: This banjo has two necks available.
Both were made by Robin Smith.
One is maple and one is Mahogany.
The banjo can be sold with either or both necks.
Period (Prewar / Modern): Prewar
Rim: Cut 3 ply maple
Hooks & Nuts: Nickel Plated Steel
Tuners: Waverly with Ivoroid Buttons
Head: Remo Wagon Wheel
Bridge: Huber Stair Plank
Tailpiece: Punched Presto
Condition: Excellent

Music Note Sample 1  Sample 2 
Full Front
Full Back
Flange At Neck Right
Flange At Neck Left
Pot Side
Neck Front
Neck Front Maple
Neck Back
Neck Back Maple
Neck Side
Peghead Front
Peghead Back
Resonator Back
Resonator Inside

Price (Shipping & Insurance Additional): $4,500