Gibson TB-2 #9598-29
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.
banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers)
dates to 1930 and shows evidence of a
previous owner struggling with the problems sometimes caused by the pot metal
tension hoops and flanges of the period. As the flange pulled up due to
the tension of the bracket hooks, the resonator screws became difficult to
manipulate and so nuts were added to lift them clear of the flange; at some
point the tension hoop and flange were both cracked and repairs were attempted.
An aftermarket armrest has also been added. The walnut veneer on
style 2 resonators varied from quite
plain to highly figured; the veneer on this example is particularly attractive.
The banjo remains in its original #511 case by Geib and Schaefer.