Gibson Banjos
1919-1944

A word about the dating of vintage Gibson banjos.


1919-1924

TB #349

RB-4 #11101A-13, the "Tal Brown"

MB-3 #11040A-1

PB-1 #11055A-31

TB-5 #11086A-34

UB #11159A-13

TB-1 #11786-7


1925

TB-0 #8014-40

TB-0 #8015-10

Oriole tenor banjo #8036

TB-0 #8040-41

TB-3 Mastertone #8041-35, the "Tilghman D. Frank/Paul B. Peters"

TB-3 Mastertone #8041-48

TB-2 #8054-19

PB-3 Mastertone #8057-2

PB-3 Mastertone #8057-12

TB-0 #8067-15, the "Elmer Barbeau"

TB-3 Mastertone #8090-24

TB-Granada Mastertone #8104-17, the "Gene Wilhelm"

MB-2 #8112-40

TB-3 #8116-31, the "Erving Schneider"

PB-3 Mastertone #8120-20

TB-3 Mastertone #8125-12, the "George T. Brown"

RB-3 Mastertone #8127-12

RB-3 Mastertone #8127-25

TB-3 Mastertone #8131-40


1926

TB-2 #8142-71, the "J. Loyd Davis"

TB-3 #8204-47, the "Dr. Thomas Tuomey"

RB-3 Mastertone #8205-18

PB-4 Mastertone #8215-19, the "Earnest Ray"

TB-3 Mastertone #8226-22, the "Nicholas Barbarito"

MB-3 #8228-27

TB-3 Mastertone #8247-32, the "Isidoro Termini"

TB-Granada Mastertone #8250-16

TB-Granada Mastertone #8250-37

RB-Granada Mastertone #8250-41

TB-5 Mastertone #8252-19, the "Harold Leatherman"

TB-5 Mastertone #8252-23

TB-2 #8266-7

MB-0 #8297-43

MB-2 #8298-19

PB-3 Mastertone #8318-15

MB-3 #8336-34

RB-4 Mastertone #8380-9

TB-2 #8439-41, the "William Milne"

TB-2 #8439-83, the "Edgar G. Scott"

TB-5 Mastertone #8444-3, the "Biff Bledsoe"

RB-3 Mastertone #8447-10

GB-3 Mastertone #8448-1


1927

TB-5 Mastertone #8551-6

TB-Bella Voce Mastertone #8552-7

MB-2 #8594-1

PB-Florentine Mastertone #8603-64

TB-2 #8650-25

RB-1 #8652-5

TB-Granada Mastertone #8661-17, the "Walter C. Behnke"

TB-Florentine Mastertone #8682-1

TB-3 Mastertone #8719-42, the "R.K. Smith"

TB-4 custom Mastertone #8733-1, the "Bob Wren"

TB-3 Mastertone #8739-16, the "George Frost"

TB-3 Mastertone #8750-50

TB-1 #8822-92

TB-3 Mastertone #8830-2, the "Edmund Martin"

TB-4 Mastertone #8836-42

TB-Bella Voce Mastertone #0121-31

TB-Bella Voce Mastertone #0259-68, the "Joe Ribaud"

TB-Florentine Mastertone #0263-66, the "A.L. Caroselli"

TB-Granada #0369-76, the "L. Rinaldi"

TB-5 Mastertone #0404-1, the "J.M. Barber"

TB-5 Mastertone #0404-6, the "Ray Roeller"

TB-5 Mastertone #0404-14


1928

RB-3 Mastertone #8910-2, the "Mrs. Powell Newman"

RB-4 Mastertone #8914-2, the "Reid Rakes"

RB-4/TB-3 Mastertone #8914-3, the "Paul Schantz"

RB-4 Mastertone #8914-4, the "Cecil George"

RB-4/RB-3 Mastertone #8914-8

TB-5 Mastertone #8919-1

PB-Florentine Mastertone #8936-1

PB-Florentine Mastertone #8936-2

UB-5 #8945-16, the "Elmo Allred"

TB-2 #8947-71

PB-1 #8973-3, the "Anton Smith"

TB-2 #8975-11

TB-3 Mastertone #9024-96

TB-3 Mastertone #9025-28

TB-5 Mastertone #9029-28

PB-1 #9030-11

RB-3 Mastertone #9032-3, the "R.E. Guffy"

TB-1 #9078-31, the "Dwight Haislup"

TB-6 Mastertone #9083-1, the "Glenn Eastham"

GB-Granada Mastertone #9088-1

TB-Granada Mastertone #9115-7, the "Frank Petta"

TB-Florentine Mastertone #9136-3, the "Florencio G. Pernia"

TB-Florentine Mastertone #9137-1

TB-3 Mastertone #9150-8, the "Ezekiel Walder"

TB-3 Mastertone #9151-35

TB-Granada Mastertone #9152-14

TB-Granada Mastertone #9152-20, the "Banjo Pete"

TB-Granada Mastertone #9152-57, the "Selmer Lien"

TB-6 Mastertone #9153-14, the "Jimmie Smith"

TB-Florentine Mastertone #9188-2/#9137-1/#9654-7

TB-1 #9190-41

PB-Granada Mastertone #9193-9

RB-1 #9194-6

MB-3 Mastertone #9204-37

TB-3 Mastertone #9221-14

RB-3 Mastertone #9223-3

PB-Florentine Mastertone #9227-1, the "Robert Moses Cruz"

PB-Florentine Mastertone #9227-2, the "Howard Christensen"

PB-Florentine #9227-3, the "Charlie Macrow"


1929

TB-3 Mastertone #9259-37, the "Bill Umeck"

TB-Granada/TB-5 Mastertone #9261-8

TB-6 Mastertone #9262-18

TB-6 Mastertone #9262-37

PB-6 Mastertone #9262-47

PB-3 Mastertone #9264-7

RB-3 Mastertone #9267-3

TB-4 Mastertone #9271-4, the "Russell Leonard Calm"

TB-4 Mastertone #9271-16, the "Irvin O. Kenen"

TB-4 Mastertone #9292-4, the "Frank Mundy"

PT-6 Mastertone #9301-13

TB-2 #9331-14

TB-4 Mastertone #9332-4

TB-6/Florentine Mastertone #9337-1, the "Andrew Metzgar"

TB-Granada Mastertone #9356-42, the "William Woodrow"

Royal P-T #9360-13, the "Gerry Smith"

TB-Custom #9364-1

TB-1 #9383-3

TB-3 Mastertone #9385-42, the "Dean K. Peterson"

RB-3 Mastertone #9411-1

TB-All American Mastertone #9422-1, the "Francis Grinnell"

PB-4 Mastertone #9425-10

TB-3 Mastertone #9440-23

GB-3 Mastertone #9441-1

TB-1 #9464-31

TB-3 Mastertone #9465-23

TB-3 Mastertone #9465-70

TB-3 Mastertone #9465-71

PB-3 Mastertone #9467-12, the "Morell DoRan"

PB-3 Mastertone #9467-14

RB-1 #9468-5

TB-2 #9469-18

TB-2 #9469-49

TB-Granada Mastertone #9470-7

PB-Granada Mastertone #9472-1

RB-4 #9474-3

TB-1 #9477-4

TB-1 #9477-14

TB-1 #9477-18

TB-3 Mastertone #9478-148

TB-3 Mastertone #9478-155

TB-1 #9486-2

RB-2 #9487-12

TB-3 Mastertone #9488-26

TB-3 Mastertone #9488-30, the "Steve Molenda"

TB-3 Mastertone #9489-26


1930

TB-1 #9519-21

TB-2 #9520-2, the "J.B. George"

TB-2 #9520-30

TB-2 #9520-39

TB-4 Mastertone #9521-14, the "Joseph Mihalek"

TB-Granada Mastertone #9522-12

TB-Granada Mastertone #9522-16

PB-3 Mastertone #9524-7

TB-3 Mastertone #9524-20, the "Donald C. Hill"

PB-3 Mastertone #9524-25

PB-3 Mastertone #9524-27

PB-3 Mastertone #9524-44

PB-4 Mastertone #9525-6

PB-Granada Mastertone #9526-11

PB-Granada Mastertone #9526-14

RB-1 #9527-6

RB-1 #9527-18, the "A.E. Rawlonsory"

RB-3 Mastertone #9528-1

RB-3 Mastertone #9528-3

RB-3 Mastertone #9528-4

RB-3 Mastertone #9528-7, the "Ola Belle Reed"

RB-Granada Mastertone #9530-4, the "Jack Cozart"

RB-Granada Mastertone #9530-5, the "Wade Mainer"

TB-1 #9539-54

TB-1 #9543-31

TB-1 #9543-47, the "Ed Brenot"

TB-1 #9544-42

TB-1 #9545-3

TB-1 #9545-44

TB-2 #9546-9, the "Ross MacGregor"

TB-2 #9546-24, the "Andrew Rampulla"

TB-2 #9548-6

TB-3 #9549-73, the "Floyd Jacobs"

TB-3 #9549-77, the "Harry DeRousse"

TB-3 Mastertone #9550-13, the "John Lampart"

TB-3 Mastertone #9550-36

TB-3 Mastertone #9550-47

TB-3 Mastertone #9551-17

TB-4 Mastertone #9553-8

TB-4 Mastertone #9553-20

TB-4 Mastertone #9553-34

TB-4 Mastertone #9554-5

TB-4 Mastertone #9554-21

TB-Granada Mastertone #9556-26, the "Martin Balada"

TB-Granada Mastertone #9556-32

TB-Granada Mastertone #9556-51, the "Judge Tom Davis"

TB-Granada Mastertone #9557-2

TB-Granada Mastertone #9557-3, the "Dark Granada"

TB-Granada Mastertone #9557-9

PB-1 #9559-37

PB-1 #9559-40

PB-1 #9559-41

PB-1 #9560-9

PB-Granada Mastertone #9562-5

RB-1 #9563-14, the "Jack Reedy"

PB-3 Mastertone #9580-5, the "B.E. Boyd"

PB-3 Mastertone #9580-6

PB-Granada Mastertone #9582-3

RB-Granada Mastertone #9584-3, the "Earl Scruggs"

TB-3 Mastertone #9588-1, the "Columbus Agazzi"

TB-3 Mastertone #9588-5

RB-3 Mastertone #9602-5

RB-3 Mastertone #9602-6

RB-3 Mastertone #9602-12, the "J. Clark"

PB-4 Mastertone #9639-5, the "Ralph Marquardt"

PB-4 Mastertone #9639-5

TB-2 #9691-22, the "Helen Knighton"

RB-4 Mastertone #9703-1, the "Margaret Boote"

Studio King tenor #9717-12

Studio King tenor #9717-20

TB-1 #9719-2

TB-2 #9729-43, the "Donald Hall"

TB-All American Mastertone #9747-3

TB-1 #9774-21

RB-1 #9775-1

RB-1 #9775-3

Recording King #507 tenor banjo #9779-1

Recording King #507 tenor banjo #9779-6

Kel Kroydon KK-11 tenor #9797-10

Kel Kroydon KK-11 tenor #9797-34, the "Vineta Hemman"

Montgomery Ward #701 tenor banjo


1931

TB-1 #9812-30

TB-1 #9812-43

RB-1 #9846-7

MB-1 #9848-22

Kel Kroydon KK-10 tenor #9851

TB-1 #9877-14, the "Tommy Peterson"

TB-1 #9877-50

TB-3 Mastertone #9903-15

TB-3 Mastertone #9903-16

TB-3 Mastertone #9903-28

TB-3 Mastertone #9903-41

TB-3 Mastertone #9903-46, the "Chas. A. Clark"

RB-11 #9938, the "Lester Dunn"

GB-1 #9970-1

Truett plectrum banjo #9971

TB-1 #3-21

TB-1 #3-48

TB-3 Mastertone #25-8, the "Richard A. Booth"

TB-3 Mastertone #25-23

TB-3 Mastertone #42-18, the "Aloysius Schreibmaier"

RB-1 #87-3, the "Grace Attfield"

RB-1 #87-5

RB-1 #117-7, the "Troy Foster"

TB-1 #122-20

TB-1 #124-12, the "Charlie 'Tex' Oldokowski"

TB-1 #128-14

TB-1 #157-22, the "Marian Lauber"

TB-3 Mastertone #158-11

TB-3 Mastertone #158-20, the "Billy Pilgrim"


1932

RB-1 #170-7

TB-3 Mastertone #212-5

RB-1 #213-4, the "M. Campbell Lorini"

TB-1 #234-13, the "Bob Bontekoe"

TB-3 Mastertone #235-16, the "Charles Entzminger"

MB-1 #238-11

TB-3 Mastertone #271-22

TB-4 Mastertone #276-3, the "Mateo Quintana"

RB-4 Mastertone #276-18, the "Henry Williams"


1933

uncatalogued TB #606-1

uncatalogued RB #617-1


1934

TB-3 Mastertone #345-6, the "Helen Knighton"

TB-3 Mastertone #347-10

TB-Granada Mastertone #800-3

TB-2 #824-10

TB-3 Mastertone #1034-3, the "Smokey O'Shea"

Recording King #731 tenor banjo, the "Paul Binder"


1935

PT-X

PB-3 Mastertone #66-2, the "Earl Collins"

PB-3 Mastertone #66-5

MB-1 #210-5

TB-1 #311-15

TB-3 Mastertone #312-3

TB-3 Mastertone #405-5-A

TB-Granada Mastertone #1485-1

TB-Granada Mastertone #1485-2

TB-Granada Mastertone #1485-3


1936

PB-Granada Mastertone #558-3, the "Douglas Ewald"

MB-3 Mastertone #645-1

TB-1 #749-7

RB-1 #919-5

TB-75 Mastertone #934-4

TB-3 Mastertone #1012-5

TB-3 Mastertone #1012-8

RB-2 #1112-1


1937

TB-1 #1109-4

TB-3 Mastertone #10-3

GB-1 #253-3

TB-7 Mastertone #390-1, the "Hawaii"

TB-7 Mastertone #390-13

TB-75 Mastertone #416-5

RB-75 Mastertone #518-3, the "Elbert Collins"

TB-Florentine Mastertone #643-1, the "Floyd Graham"

RB-1 #686-4

TB-1 #1115-3, the "Bert Johnson"

RB-1 #1176-1

RB-3 Mastertone #1288-1, a.k.a. "The Boer Hog"

TB-7 Mastertone #1392-1

TB-18 Mastertone #1394-2


1938

RB-12 Mastertone #411-1

RB-12 Mastertone #411-2

PB-4 Mastertone #444-1

PB-4 Mastertone #444-2

RB-75 Mastertone #752-1

PB-12 Special Mastertone #770-1, the "Ken Harvey"

PB-7 Mastertone #912-1, the "G.I.H. Boshoff"

TB-11 #DA-5007

RB-11 #DA-5011

RB-11 #DA-5027

MB-11 #DA-5041, the "E.W. Andersen"

MB-11 #DA-5042

RB-75 Mastertone #DA-5055

PB-7 Mastertone #DA-5057

TB-11 #DA-5066

Recording King M-6 tenor #DW-668

TB-1 #DA-5091

TB-00 #DG-2719

MB-00 #DG-3644, the "Dr. A.L. Brown"


1939

RB-00 #DG-5210

TB-1 #EA-5055, the "Guy F. Tostevin"

RB-1 #EA-5078, the "Gus Tingen"

RB-1 #EA-5316

TB-75 Mastertone #EA-5337

TB-12 Mastertone #EA-5578

TB-75 Mastertone #EG-3115

RB-75 Mastertone #EG-3239, a.k.a. "Papaw"

ETB-150 #EGE-3899

RB-75 Mastertone #EG-4121, the "William R. Perry"

TB-00 #EG-5712

MB-00 #EG-6334

TB-75 Mastertone #EG-7413

Montgomery Ward #955 five-string banjo #EW-2668


1940

PB-00 #FG-2539

TB-75 Mastertone #FG-2661, the Florence "Flossie" Miller

TB-75 Mastertone #FG-2662

RB-75 #EA-5690, the "Old Joe Clark"

RB-00 #FG-2588

TB-11 #FG817-1

TB-7 Mastertone #763-3

RB-75 Mastertone #FA-5101

UB-4 #F380-19

TB-All American "Special" Mastertone #9654-7, the "Bellson/Popp"

TB-75 Mastertone #F943-4, the "Steve Adamczyk"

PB-11 #F442-3

TB-00 #F560-7

RB-7 Mastertone #F690-4

TB-6 Mastertone #9301-13

TB-11 #F688-6, the "Willard Brown"

TB-00 #F1159-25, the "Harold K. Fisher"

TB-6 Mastertone #9360-5, the "Don Merthe"

TB-11 #F2258-8


1941

RB-75 Mastertone #F906-2, the "Davis Brown"

TB-18 Mastertone #E2753-1

RB-00 #E2789-2

RB-7 Mastertone #E2791-3, the "Earl Smith"

MB-00 #E3004-4, the "Charles James Lewis"

PB-7 Mastertone #E3281-4

PB-7 Mastertone #E3281-6

MB-11 #E2923-9

TB-Florentine Mastertone #9137-1

TB-18 Mastertone #E3794-3

TB-11 #E3795-6

RB-75 Mastertone #F906-3

RB-00 #2476

PB-12 Mastertone #918-1


1942

TB-12 Mastertone #918-2, the "Morley Skinner"

TB-Florentine Mastertone #E3347-4

RB-75 Mastertone #F5883-1

RB-75 Mastertone #F5883-5

RB-75 Mastertone #E4370-4

TB-7 Mastertone #F4713-2

TB-11 #F5924-9, the "Harvey Davenport"


1943

TB-75 Matertone #E4266-2

RB-7 Mastertone #5820-1


1944

RB-75 Mastertone #2758

TB-7 Mastertone #5998-1


undetermined

TB-11 conversion to five-string flathead

RB-75 Mastertone, the "Reverend Glenn Odell"

RB-5 Mastertone #8267-1, the "L.K. Miller/Charlie Curell"

PB-Florentine #9227-3, the "Charlie Macrow"

Recording King tenor #485

"Charles McNeil" Recording King five-string #1920

RB-75 Mastertone #NSN with top-tension style neck

Kalamazoo TB #NSN

Kalamazoo TB #NSN, the "Chas. Rush"

Kalamazoo KRB #NSN

Kalamazoo KRB, the "Tom Bill Draughn"

Kel Kroydon KK-10 tenor, the "Harry Gingell"

UB-2, the "Gladys Guerin"

PB-00 #NSN

RB-00 #NSN

TB-00 #NSN

PB-11 #NSN, the "Carlos Brown"

Recording King RB #NSN

S.S. Stewart brand TB-11 #NSN

S.S. Stewart brand TB-11 #NSN, the "Maynard Yocum"

TB-18 Mastertone #NSN

TB-12 Mastertone, the "J.G. Hemmis"

TB-Florentine Mastertone #NSN, the "Dr. Howard Fugate"

TB-00 #NSN, the "Anthony DiSabatino, Sr."

TB-00 #NSN, the "Francis 'Hecky' Heckman"

TB-00 #NSN, the "Dick Hysell"

TB-00 #NSN, the "Jack Rice"

TB-11, the "Braden C. 'Al' Aljoe"

TB-11 #NSN, the "Lillie Linebarrier"

TB-11 # no number

TB-11 # no number

RB-11 #NSN

TB-11, the "William G. Proctor"

 


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