Prewar Gibson Tb 5, FON-number 9159-2 one of the last Tb 5 (see Spann's Guide to Gibson) dates to 1928 and remains in excellent original condition with the exception of a replaced armrest. This banjo exhibits constructional details frequently seen on  banjos; it is equipped with the earlier small hex-head resonator screws as used in 1925-1926. The rim also shows evidence of having originally been prepped for a ball-bearing tone ring assembly, with a cap later being installed on top of the rim to accept a forty-hole raised-head tone ring. Both of these oddities reflect the fact that, as Gibson’s highest-priced banjo of the mid-1920s,  Mastertones were slow movers and consequently  components tended to remain at the factory for long periods of time. The neck is also the original neck to this Instrument and indicates, that this Instrument comes in it's "first life" from the ball-bearing era. It has the pre '27  Gibson-logo in the headstock. Only 112 style 5 Banjos with an archtop-tonering were built between 1927 and 1928 . This is one of the rare opportunities to buy such an instrument like this at a fair price. For 5-string banjoists..with an conversion 5-string neck you would have a banjo like Ralph Stanley used
in his fabulous early recordings (he used a converted style 5 and not a Granada). The instrument is in really excellent condition. It comes with its original tenorcase. 

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Listed5 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
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  • Tb 5 Deluxe
  • Brown Walnut
  • 1928
Made In
  • United States

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