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NMM 10769.  Banjo by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, January 2, 1980. 
Model RB-250.  Serial number 80020036. 
Ex colls.:  Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash.  Board of Trustees, 2004.

NMM 10769.  Banjo by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, January 2, 1980.
Earl Scruggs autograph

This 1980 RB-250 model banjo was given to Johnny Cash by Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass legend, with a gift inscription written in pencil on the head of the instrument.

Johnny Cash note

According to a note in Cash's hand, written on an envelope and preserved with the banjo, Johnny played this instrument "on many concerts and records." Cash and Scruggs collaborated often, including albums that came out in 2001 and 2002.


Literature:  Property from the Estate of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash:  September 14, 2004 (New York: Sotheby's, 2004), p. 189.

Robert Morast, "Famous Guitars:  Music Museum Buys Guitar Used By Johnny Cash," Sioux Falls Argus Leader (October 30, 2004).

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