Gibson TB-00 #F1159-28
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
Phillips-head screws, and short bracket nuts are all features common to Gibson
banjos of the early 1940s.