Gibson PB-Granada Mastertone #9582-3

                           

               

                       

                       

               

An early 1930s Gibson catalog had this to say about the Granada:

"Thrilling beauty of tone and finish is yours in this handsome "DeLuxe" model.  An instrument that will "stand out"--commanding attention in any company. . . Triple gold plated metal, engraved parts, and designs are hand burnished with a satiny background; curly maple neck, resonator, and rim--selected from the finest that grows; Rosewood fingerboard inlaid with attractive designs in white pearl, bound with white and black ivoroid with marqueterie strippings". 

The majority of 1930s Granadas were tenors and came with forty-hole archtop tone rings.  Circa 1929, however, Gibson started equipping some Mastertone banjos, typically plectrums and five-strings, with the new flathead tone ring which, according to Gibson catalogs of the period, provided greater "twang and sweetness" for plectrum and five-string tunings.  #9582-3, dating to 1930 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers), is one such banjo and has an original high-profile twenty-hole flathead tone ring with a slightly cut Mastertone label as is common for this period.  The one-piece cast metal flange shows considerable pulling up and loss of its gold plating, but remains intact and functional along with the original engraved tension hoop.

This banjo is currently set up with a five-string neck by Frank Neat of Russell Springs, Kentucky.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous collector.
 


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