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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Gibson MB3 Tube and Plate


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Bluegrass Banjo Dude - Posted - 05/15/2021:  23:26:39


Were most of the MB3's tube and plate? How rare is it to find one with a one or two piece flange?

RioStat - Posted - 05/16/2021:  03:59:00


Here's a 1932 MB-3, with a one piece flange. I think the demand for banjo-mandolins had cooled off by the mid-30's, so Gibson probably didn't make a lot of "high-end" MB's around then



earnestbanjo.com/wp/gibson-mb-...e-240-10/



Also, a tube-and-plate flange is a two piece flange

Bluegrass Banjo Dude - Posted - 05/16/2021:  13:51:03


See I guess that’s where I was getting confused.. I thought a TPF was like a OPF except in two pieces?? Lol and a tube and plate was something completely different. I have the chance to buy a MB3 from Frank Neats shop and have him convert. I was just doing some research to see if this was something I really need to make happen. The only information I have right now is that it is a MB3 with the original 40 hole arch top tone ring.

ChunoTheDog - Posted - 05/16/2021:  14:14:39


Pre war style TB3s come up often and are a pretty good deal in the 2pc flange/archtop if thats the sound you're after.

No idea how rare MB3's are tho.

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