Gibson TB-2 #9878-17

#9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 front    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 back    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 peghead    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 peghead back    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 lower frets    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 middle frets    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 upper frets    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 lot number on neck heel

#9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 logo    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 tuner    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 playing wear on neck    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 pot    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 pot    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 pot    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 armrest    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 tension hoop and upper frets

#9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 inside pot    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 Doehler Die Casting stamp    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 resonator bracket    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 factory order numbers in resonator    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 large factory order number in resonator    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 small factory order in resonator    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 resonator    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 resonator detail

#9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 The Gibson decal    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 factory order number in rim    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 case open    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 in case    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 case candy    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 case candy detail    #9878-17 Gibson banjo TB-2 case closed

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.

#9598-29 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to 1931 and remains in excellent original condition with the exception of the resonator finish, which a previous owner appears to have sanded or partially stripped.  The pot-metal flange and tension hoop are both in particularly good shape, which is often not the case with Gibson banjos from this period.  This banjo was reportedly bought in a pawn shop in Denver, Colorado for $125.

This banjo is for sale; please contact me for more information.
 


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