Gibson TB-00 #F1159-28

#F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 front    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 back    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 peghead    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 peghead back

#F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 peghead pot side    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 pot side    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 pot side    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 armrest    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 tuner    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 factory order number on peghead    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 neck heel and pot    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 twelfth fret

#F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 resonator    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 resonator    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 resonator inside    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 pot inside    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 rim delamination    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 late hardware    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 neck heel and flange    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 resonator screws

#F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 #509 case open    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 in #509 case    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 case candy    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 #509 case closed    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 #509 case lock    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 #509 case latch    #F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 #509 case Geib stamp

#F1159-28 Gibson banjo TB-00 shipping 21 January 1941

Style 00 was introduced in 1935 as the least-expensive banjo in the Gibson line.  An initial price of $30 was lowered to $27.50 by 1937, and the model proved to be quite popular; after the company had discontinued many of its higher-end banjo styles, the humble 00 remained in the Gibson catalog into the World War II years.

#F1159-28 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) was shipped on January 21, 1941 to a Willard Green.  Mr. Green's location has not been determined, but he was sent three other banjos by Gibson between 1937 and 1940.  This banjo's shipping ledger entry indicates that it was shipped in a top-of-the-line #509 case noted as "SH", or "second hand", which remains with the banjo.  Style 00 banjos were usually shipped in low-end chipboard cases; the reason for this banjo being shipped in the most expensive grade of case available is unknown.  #F1159-28 exhibits a moderate amount of figure in the resonator veneer, in contrast with the standard straight-grain maple of style 00.  Interestingly, this banjo's littermate, #F1159-25, features a straight-grain resonator with a highly figured neck.

The Kluson tuners with amber Catalin buttons, Phillips-head screws, and short bracket nuts are all features common to Gibson banjos of the early 1940s.
 


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