1935 RB-1

This is a rare combination - an RB-1 that originally had style 3 inlays.  The fingerboard was replaced in 1949 with the RB-150 inlay scheme.  Could it have been in the shop the same time Earl Scruggs' banjo was getting the same treatment? 

Also rare is the simple "coke bottle" headstock shape.

Here is a photo with the current owner in 2007:

And here is an old photo with the original owner, a member of the "Patrick County String Band".  Note there is an unusual inlay at the first fret...

Photos courtesy of Clarence Hall