Gibson TB-Granada Mastertone #8250-16

#8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string neck    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string neck back    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada original and five-string pegheads    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada original and five-string pegheads back    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada original and five-string necks back

#8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string neck front of pot    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string neck pot view    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string neck back of resonator    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string neck and resonator off    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string neck purfling    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string neck purfling

#8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada original and five-string necks    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada peghead side view    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada neck heel    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada factory order numbers in resonator    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada factory order number in rim

#8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string neck inside of pot    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada Mastertone decal with conversion tone ring    #8250-16 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada neck in #509 case

Gibson described its new Granada model in 1925 as "a distinguished Gibson model of beautiful flamed curly maple with triple gold-plated metal parts, satin finish, hand burnished.  It has a slender, hand-shaped neck built with the Gibson patented truss-rod which prevents warping; 21 or 23-inch scale as requested.  11-inch rim.  The fingerboard is of Brazilian rosewood, bound with white and black ivoroid and marquetry stripings and inlaid with original designs of white pearl to match the peg head design.  It has laminated and arched flange resonator with marquetry inlays and bound with white and black ivoroid, and is equipped with gold plated (4 to 1) geared pegs, Kershner tailpiece and Gibson adjustable arm-rest; best quality Rogers white calf-skin head, pearl nut, maple bridge with ebony saddle and specially gauged strings."

#8250-16 dates to the second year of production for the Granada (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) and conforms to all catalog specifications for the model.  The banjo is accompanied by its original hardshell case and has now been converted to five-string with a neck by Robin Smith and a Sullivan conversion flathead tone ring.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous owner.
 


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