Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #9903-15

#9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 peghead    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 neck    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 neck back    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 neck side    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number on neck heel    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck front    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck back   

#9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck angled    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck angled    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck and pot    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck pot    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck pot    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck resonator back    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck peghead   

#9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck pot    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck pot    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck pot    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 armrest    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck Presto tailpiece    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck inside pot    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 coordinator rods

#9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 flange    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 with five-string neck heel and flange    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 rim and coordinator rods    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 Mastertone decal    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number in rim    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 small factory order number in resonator    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 factory order number in resonator    #9903-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-3 resonator screws

#9903-15  While many unusual features have been observed in style 3 banjos from lot #9903 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers), indicating that for some reason Gibson chose this lot as an opportunity to use up various leftover components, this example conforms to the standard catalog description for the model in the early 1930s.  The resonator was lightly oversprayed many years ago; the original forty-hole raised-head tone ring has been replaced with an original twenty-hole flathead tone ring removed from another 1930s style 3 Mastertone and the tenor neck has been replaced with a reproduction five-string neck by Eric Sullivan.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous collector.
 


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