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May 15, 2021 - 11:26:39 PM
15 posts since 2/20/2019

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

May 16, 2021 - 3:59 AM
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RioStat

USA

5490 posts since 10/12/2009

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

http://earnestbanjo.com/wp/gibson-mb-3-mastertone-240-10/

Also, a tube-and-plate flange is a two piece flange

May 16, 2021 - 1:51:03 PM

15 posts since 2/20/2019

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.

May 16, 2021 - 2:14:39 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

832 posts since 8/9/2019

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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