This is a 1932 Pre War Gibson TB-1, five-string flathead conversion banjo, factory order/serial number 293-3. I bought it from Jim Mills in June of 2021. His description is as follows…
“This banjo’s wood finish and all metal plated parts remain in factory original condition.
This banjo conforms to all Style 1 catalog standards for the period...including 3 ply full thickness wood rim, featuring its original Gibson Label....all proper numbers are present...1 piece flange construction, and all nickel plated metal parts with straight grained double bound maple resonator.
This example was converted to 5 string flathead utilizing some of the finest modern components available today…and features a wonderfully profiled to Pre War specs…matching Mahogany 5 string neck by master neck builder...Mr. Frank Neat... this fine neck features the "Wreath" inlay pattern.
The original 1930's Pre War Gibson wood rim was fitted perfectly with a High Profile 20 Hole
Flathead Tonering by Sullivan Banjos…. and it sounds awesome.
The banjo features a modern "Presto" 5 string tailpiece and Waverly tuners. Other than the modern components used to convert it to 5 string flathead.. this banjo is 100% Original Pre War Gibson... Finding these 85+ year old instruments in this kind of condition today is becoming increasingly rare...”
This is an excellent sounding banjo, I really hate to part with this one. A Youtube video will be posted soon.
Ships in a lightly used Guardian hard shell case. Letter of Authenticity from Jim Mills is included.
Feel free to message through BHO if you have any questions, or call/text 828-275-3900
United States, NC
USPS, UPS. Paid by buyer. Local meetup preferred.
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Venmo works also.
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition