Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #271-22
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.