Dating a gibson banjo

Allen Hopkins Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello Natl Triolian Dobro mando Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back H-O mandolinetto Stradolin Vega banjolin Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello Flatiron 3K OM Yep.

I came across both of those when researching this one before I bought it.

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The reason that I think 8023-15 may be an FON rather than a serial number, is the hyphenation; the number after the hyphen was, I believe, the number of the individual instrument (15) in the numbered batch of 40 instruments (8023).

I hope other more knowledgeable Cafe-ers will chime in and help out here.

Whatever else you see in the [small, from the craigslist listing] attached pics.

to an MB-Jr that Elderly was selling (and thanx to Elderly for leaving pics of sold instruments accessible! Not quite like yours; this has a totally plain, non-snakehead headstock, but it does have a nine-inch shell. With regard to the "serial number," not clear whether you have a serial number or a factory order number, both of which were affixed to Gibson instruments.

In any event, I'm trying to pin down exactly what model / year / etc the instrument is.

Like I said, there is no model number on the gold oval label inside the hoop; all that says is "The Gibson Mandolin, Banjo, and Guitar Company of Kalamazoo Michigan" or something to that effect. And if any body can tell me hoe to get around on this site all help is welcome.I paid 0, which seems to be the going rate (from what little previous sales information I could find on e Bay, craigslist, and auction-house sites) for similar instruments in the low-end range of the Gibson MB line.It was in nearly immaculate condition, so I'm not too bummed about not getting a better deal.I suppose the difference in condition makes up for the difference in vintage. At first, FON's consisted of a 3 to 5-digit number, which identified the batch under progress, plus a 1 or 2-digit suffix to rank each instrument in the lot." "Up to about 1924, FON's were applied to all Gibson models.." So, you could probably just refer to your MB as a circa 1924, & not be to far off the mark ! I saw your photos and read the replys to your question. Cheers, Nate Jeff Well, my 3-point F-2 predates it by 15 years or so, and I won't even mention the late-19th-century bowl-backs I play occasionally... But it does make you wonder about an instrument's history, why it survived when so many of its contemporaries didn't, whose hands have touched it before ours. Allen Hopkins Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello Natl Triolian Dobro mando Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back H-O mandolinetto Stradolin Vega banjolin Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello Flatiron 3K OM Hi Nate!

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