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Jul 10, 2021 - 2:12:46 PM

csacwp

USA

2932 posts since 1/15/2014

I just posted an ad for an Gibson tenor banjo that I've acquired. I'm not especially familiar with these and only know that these is an early one. Could somebody please inform me as to what year and model it is (I'm guessing TB-1).




 

Edited by - csacwp on 07/10/2021 14:14:47

Jul 10, 2021 - 2:44:56 PM
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TLG

USA

1597 posts since 10/11/2004

I would like to know also, I have one just like that

Jul 10, 2021 - 3:06:12 PM

2762 posts since 4/7/2010

If I am reading the factory order number correctly, 11610-1, it would have been made in 1922. I think it is a TB-0.

Bob Smakula

Jul 10, 2021 - 3:15:51 PM

csacwp

USA

2932 posts since 1/15/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

If I am reading the factory order number correctly, 11610-1, it would have been made in 1922. I think it is a TB-0.

Bob Smakula


Yes, you're reading it correctly. How did the TB-0, TB-1, and TB-2 banjos compare in 1922? 

Jul 10, 2021 - 6:35 PM

rcc56

USA

3754 posts since 2/20/2016

I have a very similar instrument: 24 hooks and nuts secured to the rim by a tube flange, same peg head, ebony nut, and a ~21" scale with the neck joining the rim at the 17th fret. Mine has only 20 frets instead of 24, a slightly different tailpiece, a hollow "Kraske" rim, and a trap door resonator secured to the back of the rim with one screw at 7 o'clock [does yours have a screw hole there?] and a hook that wraps around the lower end of the coordinator rod.  It also has a factory original ivoroid "finger rest" and a similar Grover "Non-tip"  bridge.  Mine has a 1923 factory order number, and Spann's Guide confirms yours as a 1922.

From what I have been able to gather, this is an uncatalogued model that did appear in a sales brochure, sometimes called a TB-2 and sometimes called a "Melody Model."

The reference books do not agree on the model designations for these early plainer model Gibsons, and the instruments themselves sometimes varied in their exact specifications. The TB-1 and the TB-Jr., which were the models below mine, generally had shoes screwed into the rim to secure the hooks. The TB-1 had a brown finish and [usually??] a trap door resonator, and the Jr. was usually black and had no resonator.

Edited by - rcc56 on 07/10/2021 18:38:32

Jul 11, 2021 - 5:01:58 AM

147 posts since 12/4/2007

I have one that does not have the fingerboard extend over the head. 15 frets and a 12" head, dowel and coordinator rod. Serial number 11428-17. Supposed to be 1919-1920. Only seen one other like it and that one was in an e-bay listing from Japan.

Edited by - steveintampa on 07/11/2021 05:04:49

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