Gibson TB-4 Mastertone #276-15

#276-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-4 front    #276-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-4 back    #276-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-4 peghead

#276-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-4 Mastertone decal    #276-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-4 factory order number in rim    #276-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-4 large factory order number in resonator    #276-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-4 small factory order number in resonator

#276-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-4 resonator

#276-15 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-4 fingerboard

Gibson's 1930 catalog described the TB-4 as "the materialization of the dreams of the most distinguished artist", yet "not too costly."  The model's specifications included what the catalog described as "beautiful, compelling Burl Walnut" and chrome (or "Chromium") plating, "the best wearing plate known to science."

#276-15 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to 1932 and remains in excellent original condition.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous owner.
 


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