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Feb 22, 2024 - 11:23:02 AM
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546 posts since 8/3/2004

According to Joe Spann’s well-researched book, model 6 Gibsons with FON 9242 were produced in 1929 and were mostly PT-6s. Thus I have assumed that that date and model designation apply to my banjo (9242-19). However, recently several model 6 Gibsons from lot 9242 have surfaced for sale, 9242-7 and 9242-9, with a stated production date of 1928. I recall that Roger Siminoff dated the model 6 to 1928, but this was before there was access to Gibson’s shipping records, on which Joe Spann and Steve Huber have based their chronologies of Gibson prewars. So, what are we to believe about the inaugural year of production of the Gibson model 6?

Feb 22, 2024 - 12:07:56 PM

1588 posts since 11/27/2005

They did start producing them in 1928 hence the 2 piece flange system that the kept through 1929

Feb 23, 2024 - 12:09:23 PM
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546 posts since 8/3/2004

I should have been more precise in my question: We do know that the PT-6 came along some time after Gibson started making the model 6 as a plectrum or tenor, and my question is whether there is any reason to doubt Spann’s dating of the start of production of the PT-6 in batch 9242 to 1929. This is a burning question of interest to a minute population of banjo nerds!

Feb 23, 2024 - 12:20:33 PM



5052 posts since 2/20/2016

A large number of Gibson's factory records were lost over the years. As a result, I believe that it's pretty well accepted by most of  the experts who write the books and appraise the instruments that the accuracy of dating Gibson instruments from some periods is limited to +/- one or two years.

I believe that Joe Spann has managed to recover more factory records than anyone else, so his numbers are probably our best record. George Gruhn now uses Spann's work as his primary reference for Gibson.

Edited by - rcc56 on 02/23/2024 12:21:17

Feb 24, 2024 - 11:40:31 AM

327 posts since 2/21/2012

I am the fortunate owner of the Very first TB6, according to Joe Spain,
It pre dates the launch of the style 6.
The FON is 8893-1

Feb 24, 2024 - 11:41:20 AM

327 posts since 2/21/2012

Apologies, that should read JOE SPANN

Apr 3, 2024 - 6:12:25 AM

296 posts since 4/23/2004

I have 9242-9. Spann’s book dates the FON to December of 1928. They would have been sold 1929. Doesn’t really matter to me if late 28 or early 29

Apr 3, 2024 - 6:51:32 AM

296 posts since 4/23/2004

Sorry. Was misremembering. Spann puts to 1929 but I have another source that put them to December of 28. I call mine a 29 based on Spann but bought as a 28

Edited by - jimrichter on 04/03/2024 06:52:00

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