Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #9259-5, the "Thousand Fingers Smith"
#9259-5 dates to 1929 and is a catalog-standard example of the least-expensive banjo in Gibson's Mastertone line shortly before the model was redesigned later that year. Style 3 remained the lowest-priced, and best-selling, Mastertone from its introduction in 1925 until it was renamed style 75 in 1937.
remains in original condition and is
housed in its original plush-lined #509 Geib and Schaefer case. The
longtime owner of #9259-5 was Thousand Fingers Smith of Oxford, Mississippi, who
acquired the banjo in the late 1930s and played it until his passing in 1987;
#9259-5 remained in his family until December 2016.