Why do some Gibson banjos from the 30's ( TB 1 ) have engraved hoops ?
I gave up a long time ago trying to figure out why Gibson did anything. They probably used what they had on hand to fill the order.
I've encountered a number of these nickel plated Granada tension hoops on other models of banjos. I agree with BeeGee, especially once the Depression set in, Gibson probably never ordered another part from anybody, and just used what they had in inventory, model be damned. Probably one of the earliest "floor sweep" examples.
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