Gibson TB-Granada Mastertone #9522-12

                   

"Outward beauty of gold plating, engraving, burl walnut (sic) woods and attractive decorations--inward beauty of matchless tone, power and responsiveness", boasted the 1935 Gibson catalog of the Granada.  This style, actually the least expensive of the gold-plated and engraved models, was introduced in 1925 and remained in production until 1937.    

#9522-12 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) is a beautiful example of a 1930s Granada:  The wood is curly maple with a sunburst finish on the back of the resonator, the tension hoop and armrest are gold plated and engraved, the flange is one-piece, the tone ring is a forty-hole archtop, the peghead is double cut, and the fingerboard is Brazilian rosewood with flying eagle inlays.  There is black and white multi-ply binding on the neck and on both edges of the resonator.  The tailpiece is the "clamshell" type found on many higher-end Gibson banjos of this period.

Photos courtesy of Music Man.
 


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