Gibson TB-4 Mastertone #276-3, the "Mateo Quintana"
In 1929, style 4 changed from the earlier mahogany model with two-piece flange and fiddle-shaped peghead to the version seen here. The wood is burl walnut with two rings of marquetry inlaid in the back of the resonator. The flange is one-piece and the hardware is plated with chrome rather than nickel. The peghead is the double-cut type and the inlays are in the flying eagle pattern. The model was discontinued in 1937 and this example is from one of the last known lots of style 4 banjos.
#276-3 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) retains all its original parts with a refinished neck and resonator and a small repair to the flange. The lining of the case is marked with the name of an earlier (and likely the original) owner, Mateo G. Quintana.
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