Gibson TB-75 Mastertone #416-5

#416-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-75 peghead

#416-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-75 front    #416-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-75 back

#416-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-75 Mastertone block    #416-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-75 Mastertone decal    #416-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-75 factory order number in rim    #416-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-75 factory order number in resonator    #416-5 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-75 small factory order number in resonator   

1937 was a year of great change in Gibson's banjo line.  Mastertone models 4, 6, Granada, Florentine, and All American were discontinued and replaced with the new top-tension styles 7, 12, and 18.   Of the previous Mastertone models, only style 3 survived; its price was lowered from $100 to $75 and, in keeping with Gibson's new fashion for naming instruments after their prices, was renamed style 75.

With the introduction of the top-tension models as the “flagship” Mastertones in the Gibson line, the retention of style 75 as a budget-model Mastertone gave the company an opportunity to use up leftover components from discontinued models.  #416-5 features the flying eagle inlay pattern which had been standard on the recently-discontinued style 4 and Granada; the resonator is walnut as seen on the discontinued sub-Mastertone style 2; otherwise this example conforms to catalog specifications for a TB-75.

#416-5 was originally shipped on September 19, 1938 to the Royal Oak, Michigan location of the Grinnell Brothers chain of music stores.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous collector.



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