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Mar 2, 2024 - 12:17:28 PM
3 posts since 3/2/2024

I've had this banjo for a number of years now. I don't know much about it, or about banjos in general.

Gibson Mandolin
S/N 11771-25

I've been hauling this thing around, but what I should move on from it. What should I do with it? I'm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Thank you.

Mar 2, 2024 - 1:47:11 PM

5640 posts since 5/29/2011

This was called a TB Jr. It was the most basic model Gibson made in their early years of banjo production (1919-1924). When Gibson introduced the Mastertone banjos in 1925 they changed some of the features of the lower priced models. The TB, and the TB Jr. were discontinued and were replaced by other models. Some of the other members on here can probably pinpoint the date of manufacture better than I can.

Mar 2, 2024 - 2:52:15 PM
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rcc56

USA

5057 posts since 2/20/2016

According to Spann's Guide to Gibson, it was made in 1922.

Unless I am missing something, this banjo does not have shoes and brackets, but instead, the hooks and nuts pass through a tube flange that encircles the outside of the rim. If so, it is not a TB Jr., but is instead an example of the un-cataloged model that was called the "Melody Model" in some sales brochures from the period, and also is sometimes called TB-2.

A side shot of the outside of the rim would be helpful to confirm this.

Edited by - rcc56 on 03/02/2024 14:54:31

Mar 2, 2024 - 3:20:18 PM

5640 posts since 5/29/2011

quote:
Originally posted by rcc56

According to Spann's Guide to Gibson, it was made in 1922.

Unless I am missing something, this banjo does not have shoes and brackets, but instead, the hooks and nuts pass through a tube flange that encircles the outside of the rim. If so, it is not a TB Jr., but is instead an example of the un-cataloged model that was called the "Melody Model" in some sales brochures from the period, and also is sometimes called TB-2.

A side shot of the outside of the rim would be helpful to confirm this.


Good catch, Bob. I missed the fact that it doesn't have bracket shoes.

Mar 2, 2024 - 4:02:38 PM
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corcoran

Canada

546 posts since 8/3/2004

No doubt it is one of the unexpected treasures of Saskatchewan!

Mar 6, 2024 - 11:39:30 AM

3 posts since 3/2/2024

I've added a picture from the side 


Edited by - sschwartz on 03/06/2024 11:40:14

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