Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #9551-17
Swingin' on a Gate/Crockett's Honeymoon
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. #9551-17 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to the following year; originally a tenor banjo with a raised-head tone ring, it has now been converted to five-string flathead with a neck and tone ring by Steve Huber.
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