Gibson TB-2 #160-3, the "Peter P. Piccirillo"
Gibson's 1930 catalog described the TB-2, the highest-priced non-Mastertone tenor banjo offered by the company at the time, as "a real 'pal' for the banjo lover", providing "a snappy, brilliant tone, powerful volume, reliable trueness and a world of 'good looks'". The style 2 of the 1930s was, like style 11, a lower-priced model which dressed itself up through the use of a pearloid fingerboard and peghead overlay with stenciled designs. Unlike style 11, however, style 2 limited its pearloid veneers to the neck; the resonator was walnut with single white binding on both edges. The hardware was nickel-plated.
#160-3 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) was shipped to the New York Band Instrument Company on December 11, 1935. It was bought new for Peter P. Piccirillo of Newark, New Jersey, who was born on March 28, 1926 and is pictured above in 1934 with the banjo he played prior to acquiring the TB-2. Mr. Piccirillo's son Tom gives us more information:
#160-3 remains in excellent original condition. Mr. Piccirillo installed a pickup which required no alterations to the banjo; the original case had disintegrated by the 1990s and was replaced with a new hardshell case. The last two photos above show Mr. Piccirillo playing the the KG-31 in April 1957 and playing the TB-2 at Christmas 1990 with his son Tom and wife Trudy.
Photos courtesy of Tom Piccirillo.