Gibson TB-2 #8266-7




In the 1920s, style 2 was the fanciest non-Mastertone in the Gibson banjo line.  This 1926 example has a 10 1/2-inch maple rim with bracket shoes and a "serpentine" flange, seen only on style 2 banjos of 1925 and 1926.  The hardware is nickel-plated and the wood is straight-grained maple; the tone ring is a simple tubular design.  The fingerboard inlays were also used on Gibson's Nick Lucas Special flattop guitar of the period.  The tailpiece on this example has been replaced.  #8266-7 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) is currently set up for use in traditional Irish music with the GDAE tuning.  Owner Tash Treasaigh has provided sound files of the banjo with both a mylar head and a calfskin head.

Photos courtesy of Tash Treasaigh.