Gibson TB-Granada Mastertone #9470-28

#9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada front    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada back

#9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada peghead    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada neck heel    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada pot    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada pot    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada flange    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada rim    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada Mastertone decal    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada factory order number in rim

#9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada resonator    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada resonator    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada hang tag

with five-string conversion neck by Frank and Ricky Neat:

#9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string conversion neck    #9470-28 Gibson Mastertone banjo TB-Granada with five-string conversion neck back

The Granada was not that fancy by the standards of the jazz banjo era (see the Bella Voce, Florentine, and All American), but it was definitely a deluxe instrument with its highly-figured curly maple and its gold-plated and engraved hardware.  #9470-28 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to 1929 and is from the first lot of TB-Granadas made in the model's new configuration featuring a one-piece flange, double-cut peghead, flying eagle inlays, and sunburst-finished curly maple resonator.  This example remains in excellent original condition with the exception of a postwar tailpiece replacing the original Grover "clamshell".  The original pot-metal flange is the first-generation type with corresponding "fat" rim measuring .640" thick at the bottom rather than the the .625" dimension seen in banjos with the later, more heavily-built flange; #9470-28 is accompanied by its original factory hang tag featuring Gibson's slogan "The Music Pal of the Nation".

#9470-28 is now equipped with a conversion five-string neck by Frank and Ricky Neat of Russell Springs, Kentucky.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous owner.
 


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