Gibson RB-180

  • Very Good Condition
  • Year: 1963
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 117977


The year was 1963. The folk revival was in full-swing, and no man was more closely associated with this movement than the late Pete Seeger (1919-2014). As his name-sake Vega banjo became increasingly popular, Gibson introduced their RB-175 longneck model, and in the company's spirit of "bigger and better" also introduced an RB-180 model which features a 20-hole flat-head Mastertone tonering. This example of an RB-180 dates from 1963 and sounds powerful. The pot measures 11" across and is multiply and painted black; all original hardware present including the original Cooper Foundry 20-hole flathead tonering; some finish has flaked off near the shoes and on back edge, along with typical finish checking. The mahogany neck is in fine shape with no cracks, and shows typical finish checking; rosewood fretboard with large original frets; equipped with Firebird tuners. Included in sale is original hard case.


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