Gibson TB-2 #8439-41, the "William Milne"
In the 1920s, style 2 was the fanciest non-Mastertone in the Gibson banjo line. This 1926 example (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) has an eleven-inch maple rim with bracket shoes and a flange with diamond-shaped openings. The hardware is nickel-plated and the wood is maple; the tone ring is a simple tubular design and the tailpiece is the Grover Presto model that was also used on the lower-priced Mastertone models. The peghead shape is unique to style 2 and the fingerboard inlays were also used on Gibson's Nick Lucas Special flattop guitar of the period.
#8439-41 remains in excellent original condition with its original case and bracket wrench. The daughter of this banjo's previous owner gives us some background:
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