Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #1012-8

           

           

Style 3 was the least expensive model in Gibson's Mastertone line.   It was introduced in 1925 and remained in production through 1937, when its price was lowered from $100 to $75 and it was renamed style 75The changeover from style 3 to style 75 was a little less than a year away when #1012-8 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) was shipped to music wholesaler Davitt and Hanser of Cincinnati, Ohio on December 11, 1936 .  This example is completely original with the exception of the tuners, which have been replaced with Schallers.   #1012-8 conforms to standard catalog specifications for a style 3 banjo of the mid-1930s; this banjo was bought from the original owner and has been in a closet since the early 1960s.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous collector.



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