1957 Gibson Tom McKinney Parts Banjo “General Lee”


Professional stage ready banjo built by Tom McKinney with various old Gibson parts.



Exc- condition

This banjo was made by Tom McKinney starting with a 1957 Gibson tenor banjo rim. The rim was cut and fitted with a Blaylock tone ring and a beautiful Silvio Ferretti mahogany neck with early Style 3 inlays. Resonator is of unknown origin. It could be from a 1940s or 50s Gibson. The resonator is maple and shows dark finish to match the neck. Cream bindings on top and back edge of resonator. Nickel Presto tailpiece with Granada engraved. Made-in-Montana Waverly tuners in peghead, with Schaller 5th, all with matching ivoroid buttons. Solid pearl truss rod cover with Tom McKinney’s initials THM engraved.

Several years ago, our friend Walt Timmerman was recording an album, and hired Tom McKinney as his banjo player for the project. Tom McKinney brought this banjo he called General Lee to the session and Walt was so impressed by it, he had to have it. The name “General Lee” is not named after the famous Confederate general, but rather is named after the car from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show. This is a professional banjo built by a professional banjo player that does deliver professional sound. It has no problems, and is ready for your next recording session.
Frets show some player wear, but not buzzing.

Comes with a good hard case.