May 7, 2017--TB-75 Mastertone #664-7, the "Richard Harter", is about to celebrate its seventy-ninth birthday, having originally been shipped on May 16, 1938 to Loser's Music Store in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
April 19, 2017--I'm continuing to add to my new page on Postwar Gibson Banjos. . . today's addition is RB-150 #6481-77, previously owned by South African banjoist John Herbert Knight.
April 12, 2017--Here are the Gibson banjo shipping totals for September 1942. Gibson shipped twenty-one banjos that month, half of them five-strings. The factory's conversion to war work continued to gain momentum, with materiel-related shipments being made to Rearwin Aircraft and Engine Company, Gibson Refrigerator Company, Shakespeare Company, Porterfield Aircraft, Kalamazoo Sled Company, Fairchild Aircraft, and Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base).
April 10, 2017--TB-150 #1057-16 dates to 1949 and is one of the first banjos to be produced after Gibson's hiatus in production during World War II. Since I've been coming across more and more of these interesting postwar banjos lately, I've decided to launch a page for Postwar Gibson Banjos. . . more to come soon!
March 30, 2017--TB-3 Mastertone #9489-72 is from one of the first lots of the model after its transition to the one-piece-flange in 1929.
March 21, 2017--The banjo family as envisioned by Gibson before World War II included the guitar-banjo; GB-1 #8540-5 is one such instrument dating to 1926.
March 4, 2017--TB-3 Mastertone #9259-5 was owned for many years by Oxford, Mississippi resident "Thousand Fingers" Smith, who acquired it as a teenager in the late 1930s.
January 18, 2017--I have uploaded the Gibson banjo shipping totals for August 1942. The factory began its war work in earnest this month (more about that soon), but still shipped thirteen banjos including one RB-75 and a new-old-stock TB-6.
January 16, 2017--Welcome
to our nineteenth year! To start off 2017 we have
TB-3 Mastertone #8161-28,
which dates to late 1925 and features a very unusual peghead logo.
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