Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

378
Banjo Lovers Online


Want to hide these Google ads? Join the Players Union!
Jul 28, 2020 - 6:16:19 PM
205 posts since 11/22/2005

Does anyone have any information on 9639-12, which was apparently a tenor Style 4? Any shipping ledger notes, etc.? Owners? Repairs?
Thanks,
John Lewis

Jul 28, 2020 - 7:25:12 PM

13261 posts since 10/30/2008

Banjophiles has it. Says it was a 40 hole archtop. That's all.

Greg Earnest's site notes that suffix #1 was Snuffy Jenkins' Style 4.   And then, VERY oddly, there are TWO 9639-5s!  One a hearts & flowers, the other Flying Eagle!  Both are flat head plectrums.  Both are pictured.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 07/28/2020 19:28:49

Jul 29, 2020 - 7:31:16 AM

RB3

USA

762 posts since 4/12/2004

Joe Spann's book associates TB-4, PB-4 and RB-4 with 1925-1931 FON Series 9639. It identifies the production year as 1930.

Edited by - RB3 on 07/29/2020 07:32:42

Jul 29, 2020 - 7:35:58 AM
likes this

1380 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by sandyhookflash

Does anyone have any information on 9639-12, which was apparently a tenor Style 4? Any shipping ledger notes, etc.? Owners? Repairs?
Thanks,
John Lewis


Gibson shipping ledger shows 9639-12 was shipped as a TB-75 from Gibson on October 11, 1937 to Wittich's in Reading PA.
I believe it was owned by Al Almisano about 20 years ago, configured then with a Frank Neat 5-string neck and a flathead conversion, possibly Huber.  It was possibly a style -4, as the new shipping clerk in 1937 often confused the two.

Jul 29, 2020 - 8:52:27 AM

205 posts since 11/22/2005

Frank: Did the shipping ledger specify that the banjo was shipped as an archtop?

Jul 29, 2020 - 10:52:04 AM

1380 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by sandyhookflash

Frank: Did the shipping ledger specify that the banjo was shipped as an archtop?


No, tonering  was not part of the shipping info for banjos, however, until the top tension models, TB's were typically raised head configuration.  I believe this banjo was converted to flathead by Steve Huber, but I am not positive.  A call to Steve might answer your question about original tonering configuration.
The  9639 lot was an odd one - apparently using up most of the parts for the style -4 which was dropped from the catalog in 1937.
9639-13 was shipped as a PB-4, presumably flathead, 7/8/1937
9639-14, TB-4, reputed to be an original flathead tenor, I do not know ship date.

Edited by - Oldtwanger on 07/29/2020 11:07:39

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.125