Gibson TB-1 #9542-50

#9542-50 Gibson banjo TB-1 front    #9542-50 Gibson banjo TB-1 peghead    #9542-50 Gibson banjo TB-1 fingerboard    #9542-50 Gibson banjo TB-1 pot side    #9542-50 Gibson banjo TB-1 pot side    #9542-50 Gibson banjo TB-1 resonator back    #9542-50 Gibson banjo TB-1 pot inside    #9542-50 Gibson banjo TB-1 factory order number in rim    #9542-50 Gibson banjo TB-1 The Gibson decal

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 tailpiece was an inexpensive type referred to in Gibson catalogs as the "Grover first model".  Even though the Mastertone models had by this time gone to the double-cut peghead shape, the fiddle-shaped peghead was retained on style 1, with a minor modification--the two small indentations normally found under the fourth- and first-string tuners were absent.  The rosewood fingerboard was normally inlaid with a fleur-de-lis pattern which is also known by such varying names as "gulls" and "flying birds".

#9542-50 dates to 1930 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) and conforms to standard specifications for style 1 banjos of the period; it remains in original condition with the exception of a replaced tension hoop and is still equipped with a vintage Rogers calfskin head.

 


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