1985 Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard 5-String Resonator Banjo
With a serial number of 0459 this is indeed an early example of the first version of Gibson's iconic Earl Scruggs Standard, and the signature on the paper label on the inside wall of the rim is the real thing from Earl himself. The condition is excellent, and it appears to be original throughout. There is some fret wear as shown, but it's not enough to get in the way. There is the usual crazing to the lacquer as shown in the photos, and note the usual rail road spikes at frets 7 & 9. See photo showing the original paperwork in the case. This banjo came from an estate, we hand-polished the tarnished nickel plating but a couple of small spots on the 1-piece flange aren't going to be shiny again. The case is original but the handle has seen better days (we have steel-shank replacement handles). A great sounding and playing Gibson Mastertone even if you're not a fan of Earl Scruggs. This early small-headstock style is where one of the best-known contemporary bluegrass banjo models started.