NCBS Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page

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GTR Banjo (made in Japan) (ca. 1975)

Banjo GTR (made in Japan) ca. 1975

Rosewood fingerboard, hearts/flowers inlays, head signed by Bill Monroe inside resonator 12/75, hard case w/ stickers (mickey mouse and "Virginia is for lovers")

Aki 206-369-5012


Gary Phelps 360-273-9336

2/22/03? Tacoma

Submitted by Joe Ross

Re: GTR Banjo (made in Japan) (ca. 1975) -- FOUND THROUGH THIS PAGE

This e-mail just arrived:

Don't worry anymore,I have your GTR banjo. both of our Karma's must be
pretty awesome. I bought it at a pawn shop in Bremerton , I thought I had
found a banjo I'll keep the rest of my life , that's how nice it is. I
looked on the internet for months afterwards looking for GTR banjo's , any
info I could find. after not looking on the web for a while , I type in GTR
banjo , just some Impulse , and the first thing that comes up is the stolen
instrument page. Sure enough, bill monroe signed the inside of resonator ,
hearts & anyways if you can give me what i paid for it,It's
yours.I still have the Receipt.If you happen to have another banjo of the
same quality,some 70's japanese masterclone, I would gladly trade.I am
hoping you are the original owner , and that it has Sentimental value. I
think it's a Wonderful banjo.well that's it in a nutshell for now. I live in
Kitsap County. I have Friday & Saturday off, so email me back. my Name is
Tim and my email is