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SOLD For Sale: SOLD: 1931 Gibson TB-1 #9877-8 (original Granada-engraved tension hoop)

Posted By: Greg Earnest (+6) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller

$2,800 USD

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This TB-1 dates to 1931 and, like every other original banjo I've seen from lot #9877, features factory-original Granada engraving on the tension hoop. The plating on the tension hoop exhibits quite a bit of the "blistering" or "rash" sometimes seen on pot-metal components from this period, but appears to be structurally sound. The flange is also nice and solid with only a minimum of pulling up. A previous owner "customized" this banjo with the application of glitter and rhinestones to the front of the peghead; glitter was also applied to the outside of the rim. A coat of lacquer has been applied to the fingerboard and an artistic scene has been painted on the (torn) vintage calfskin head. When I acquired this banjo it had been subjected to a "poor man's replating" with silver spray paint applied to the tension hoop, flange, brackets, resonator screws, tailpiece, and tuner gear housings; I have removed the paint from everywhere except the tuners. The binding is missing from the fourth-string side and there are several unexplained small holes inside the back of the resonator. There is an old crack to the resonator sidewall veneer by the treble side of the neck, with some finish loss in the same area.

Despite the modifications, this one has good bones, as the house flippers would say, with a nice round rim, all solid original hardware, and original finish. The banjo comes in its original hard case.

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United States, Smyrna, GA


$75 FedEx to lower 48

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Used - Good Condition

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