Gibson TB-1 #9877-50

                       

           

                           

                       

                       

The style 1 of the 1930s was one of Gibson's lowest-priced banjo models.  In an example of Gibson's legendary production idiosyncrasies, however, every TB-1 that has surfaced from lot #9877 features the engraving pattern of the gold-plated, engraved Granada model on the tension hoop.  With the exception of this engraving and the presence of four, rather than the typical three, resonator lugs, #9877-50 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) is a catalog-standard style 1 tenor for the period.  It remains in fully original, excellent condition with a calfskin head, original case (including key), and sheet of maintenance instructions from the factory.



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