Dad's Correspondence with Gibson
Although the items on this page
have to do with postwar Gibson banjos rather than prewar ones, I thought I would
put them up since they may be of interest to Gibson banjo enthusiasts and they
also serve as evidence that I come by my Gibson banjo obsession honestly.
In 1966 my dad wrote to Gibson seeking information about their top-of-the-line
RB-800 model. He bought one shortly thereafter but sold it three years
later when he and my mother were expecting a baby. . . me! Oh, the irony.
. . Around the same time he also bought a new bowtie RB-250; that banjo too is
long-gone but I have the original hangtag, shown above. I have no idea
what the "RB-250 Special" designation means. Any ideas? As far as I
know, it was a regular 250. Somewhere around here I have a picture of dad
with it which I'll post as soon as I can find it.