Banjo Fact

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

Gibson RB-11 Blue

Gibson RB-11 Blue

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’s Kalamazoo factory alongside the Mastertones. Differences between the models included the use of a ¼” brass hoop instead of a tone ring, perloid fingerboards and perloid covered resonator backs, painted neck backs, 2 tab tuners and a window style tailpiece instead of the standard presto tailpiece. 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. These banjos have become more popular in recent years as players have discovered that without a tone ring they weigh approximately 3 pounds less than Mastertones.

Item Details & Picture Links

FON or Serial Number: E2790 - 09
Year: 1940 - 1944
Manufacturer: Gibson
Period (Prewar / Modern): Prewar
Tension Hoop: Gibson Brass Tenor
Neck: Original Repaired / Repainted Maple
Rim: Uncut 3 Ply Maple / 1 Coordinator Rod
Hooks & Nuts: Nickel Plated Steel
Tuners: Two Tab, Geared 5th
Head: Remo Wagon Wheel
Bridge: Huber
Tailpiece: Window Style

Music Note Sample
Full Front
Full Back
Flange At Neck Right
Flange At Neck Left
Pot Side
Neck Front
Neck Back
Neck Side
Peghead Front
Peghead Back
Resonator Back
Resonator Inside
FON or Serial Number

Price (Shipping & Insurance Additional): $5,000