Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #9259-5, the "Thousand Fingers Smith"

#9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 front    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 back    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead back    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 lower frets    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 middle frets    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 upper frets

#9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 armrest    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator detail    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator detail    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 tuner

#9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Presto tailpiece    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Presto tailpiece    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot inside    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Mastertone decal    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number in rim    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Jos. B. Rogers    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order numbers in resonator    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 large factory order number in resonator

#9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 small factory order number in resonator    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator screws    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator bracket    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 #509 case inside    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 in #509 case    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot in #509 case    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 #509 case    #9259-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 #509 case latch

#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.

This TB-3 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.
 


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