Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #9549-39

#9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 front    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 back    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead back    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 lower frets    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 middle frets    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 upper frets

#9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead detail    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead logo    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Mastertone block    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 armrest    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 flange detail    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator small    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator detail

#9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Grover tuner    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 heel crack    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 pot inside    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Mastertone label    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number in rim    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Doehler mark    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator bracket    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator inside    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 small factory order number in resonator    #9549-39 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator screws

Style 3, the least expensive model in Gibson's prewar Mastertone line, was revamped in 1929.  The model's straight-grained maple changed to mahogany, two concentric rings of white/black/white purfling were added to the back of the resonator, the brass tube-and-plate flange was replaced by a one-piece cast metal flange, and the headstock shape and inlay patterns also changed.  #9549-39 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to the following year and remains in fully original condition with the exception of an old heel repair and refinish to the neck.

#9549-39 surfaced in 2017 in Hyde Park, New York.
 


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