1963 Epiphone EB-188 Plantation Long-Neck Open-Back Banjo Used
In the early 1960s, if you saw three or more people singing folk songs, the odds were really good that one of them would be playing a long-neck banjo. This banjo variant was thought up by Pete Seeger (he hired John D’Angelico to make his first one) and it became the signature instrument of the Urban Folk Revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s. This EB-188 was Epiphone’s entry in the long-neck sweepstakes and it was basically their version of the Gibson RB-180, back when Gibson was pretending they didn’t own Epiphone. If you're looking for a long-neck 5-string banjo with real power, this Epiphone EB-188 will certainly do the job. It has a no-hole flathead tone ring mounted on top of a brass hoop (that sits atop the wood shell) and it has a clear, ringing tone with loads of projection. It's in nearly perfect condition, despite being 60 years old. The only non-original parts we can see are the tuning machine, which are recent 4-to-1 planets, rather than the Grover Rotomatic guitar gears it was shipped with. The EB-188 is a very scarce model and not only have we never offered one for sale, we’re not 100% we’ve ever seen one in person. Comes with the original hardshell case, which has a Gibson badge, and its original hang tag.