Gibson TB-2 #8054-19

           

           

This banjo dates to 1925, the year Gibson introduced its Mastertone line of higher-end banjos.  The highest non-Mastertone in the line was the style 2, seen here.  It features a "ribbon", "wavy", or "serpentine" flange and a simple perforated tubular tone ring measuring ten and a half inches in diameter as opposed to the Mastertone's eleven inches; the wood is maple finished in a dark brown, with curly figure visible in the neck.  The Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is inlaid in the pattern used on Gibson's Nick Lucas artist model guitar.  The tuners are Grover geared pegs and the tailpiece is a Grover Presto.

Photos courtesy of Jason Bales.
 


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