Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #235-16, the "Charles Entzminger"

#235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead back    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 fingerboard    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 back    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 bass side    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 bottom view of pot    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Presto tailpiece

#235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 upper frets    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number in rim    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Mastertone decal    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 head brand    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 inside resonator    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number in resonator    #235-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 #509 Geib and Schaefer case

Style 3, the least expensive model in Gibson's prewar Mastertone line, was revamped in 1929.  The model's straight-grained maple changed to mahogany, two concentric rings of white/black/white purfling were added to the back of the resonator, the brass tube-and-plate flange was replaced by a one-piece cast metal flange, and the headstock shape and inlay patterns also changed.  #235-16 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to 1932 and remains in fully original condition while showing signs of heavy use by original owner Charles Entzminger of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Photos courtesy of the family of Charles Entzminger.

 


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