Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #42-18, the "Aloysius Schreibmaier"
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. The changeover from style 3 to style 75 was still some time away when this fine example was made. It is a typical mid-1930s TB-3 in every respect, with mahogany neck, mahogany resonator with white binding on both edges and two concentric circles of black and white purfling on the back, a one-piece flange, forty-hole archtop tone ring, Presto tailpiece, Grover tuners, and a double-cut peghead and Brazilian rosewood fingerboard inlaid with the leaves and bows pattern.
banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers)
was owned for many years by
Aloysius Schreibmaier (May 26, 1913--April 14, 2006) of northeastern
Pennsylvania. Mr. Schreibmaier sang and played a number of instruments
including tenor banjo, guitar, piano, organ, harmonica, and ukulele, and bought
this banjo from another local musician, Elwood Arnold. I acquired the
instrument from Mr. Schreibmaier's family in July 2007.