Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #271-22

#271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 front    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 tuners    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 lower frets    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 upper frets    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 neck heel and pot    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot

#271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator back    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number in resonator    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 case    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number on neck heel

#271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 armrest    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 rim    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Mastertone decal    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number in rim    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 tone ring    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 tone ring holes    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 flange    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 flange detail

#271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 inside pot    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 in #509 case    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead in #509 case    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 case candy    #271-22 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 #509 case open

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 75.  This TB-3 is in completely original, excellent condition with the exception of buffing which has removed the majority of the nickel plating from the tension hoop.  The one-piece pot-metal flange is in excellent condition, the resonator shows normal finish checking but very little playing wear, and the banjo is accompanied by its original case with bracket wrench, two-footed prewar bridge, and case key in its original envelope.  While other banjos from lot #271 have been seen with the Bella Voce inlay pattern on the peghead, the peghead of this banjo is inlaid in the standard style 3 "leaves and bows" pattern to match the fingerboard.

Although #271-22 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers)  will make a great conversion to five-string with either the forty-hole archtop ring left in place or swapped out for a conversion flathead ring, it also sounds really nice as a tenor.

 


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