Gibson TB-1 #867-23

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#867-23 Gibson banjo TB-1 hardware with five-string neck

#867-23 Gibson banjo TB-1 shipping 10 June 1935

The style 1, priced at $50, was a mainstay of Gibson's lower-priced non-Mastertone line of the 1930s.  Style 1 had nickel-plated hardware and a dark-finished maple neck and resonator, with white binding on the neck and both edges of the resonator; the wood was straight-grain maple with a dark finish and the peghead shape was a slight modification of the fiddle-shaped design of the 1920s.  The hardware was nickel-plated, the flange was one-piece, and a small-diameter brass hoop, rather than a full-weight cast tone ring, sat on top of the rim.  The rosewood fingerboard was normally inlaid with a fleur-de-lis inlay pattern which is also known by such varying names as "gulls" and "flying birds".

This style 1 tenor banjo bears the factory order number #867-23 stamped in the rim and written inside the resonator (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers); it was originally shipped on June 10, 1935 to Wallace, Schwartz and Wallace (location unknown).  This banjo is now equipped with a faithful reproduction five-string neck by Wyatt Fawley and a disk-type tone ring by Mitch Meadors which requires no alteration of the wooden rim.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous owner.



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