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May 17, 2022 - 6:05:23 AM
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Eric A


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I don't think it's 1910's. Beyond that, I'm puzzled.  Inlays look like maybe Recording King?  Where is the flange and reso?  Is it a trap door?  Not enough pics to know, typical for GC.



May 17, 2022 - 7:39:59 AM
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4409 posts since 5/29/2011

Gibson did not start making banjos until 1918 or 1919. This looks like a lower priced model that has been inlaid with the Style 3 Diamonds and Squares at some point.

As for the flange and resonator, they are not necessarily missing. Gibson did make some open back banjos early on.

Edited by - Culloden on 05/17/2022 07:42:14

May 17, 2022 - 8:03:46 AM
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The "Gibson, Inc. label puts the date at 1925 or later. It is NOT a trapdoor, which had already been discontinued, but might have the earlier 10 1/2 inch head size.

There isn't really enough information and not enough pictures for any real identification. GC could at least have posted a FON.

May 17, 2022 - 12:10:45 PM



4234 posts since 2/20/2016

There was a lot of variation from catalog descriptions during this early period, but this banjo is closest in specs to a circa 1925 TB-0.
And it is not a trap door.
The fingerboard does not "fit" the rest of the banjo. It appears to be similar to a TB-3 fingerboard from the same period. But I cannot tell from the insufficient pictures whether the fingerboard is bound or not.

Edited by - rcc56 on 05/17/2022 12:15:47

May 17, 2022 - 12:48:48 PM
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1645 posts since 6/20/2014

Web Sites are full of advertised instruments which are being offered without any clue to their actual history. Gibson did not start making banjo's in 1910. Gibson was also guilty of doing whatever they wanted with banjo's as in this case the fingerboard shown did not exist until the mid to late twenties. The neck is unbound, friction pegs, no resonator, looks to have a brass tone hoop, tenor banjo which all point to a low priced entry level instrument. The asking price is a joke in my opinion.....I would offer less than half the asking price.

May 17, 2022 - 1:21:49 PM

2330 posts since 1/4/2009

gibson made a lot of odd balls. does this have a fon? nothing listed, any gibson branded banjo ive seen from the 20s had one stamped on the rim. I'm going to guess this an off brand make, due to the lack of fon and the lack of a trus rod cover.

May 18, 2022 - 4:17:30 PM
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My best guess is a TB 0 with a TB3 inlay added at some point.

May 20, 2022 - 11:28:51 AM
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For a Style 1 to have a Style 3 inlay pattern on the fretboard and headstock is not at all unusual for early Gibsons. There are many, many examples of original Gibson banjos with inlays/headstocks from another style. The general speculation is that rather than discard them, if they had leftover parts, they used them elsewhere to fill orders

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