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