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Jun 13, 2024 - 5:38:20 PM
1 posts since 6/13/2024

Recently acquired vintage gibson banjo.
I have been.
On many Sites trying to Date This banjo With the serial number of
11009A-1. Having no luck. The banjo is very unique with a back half opening on a Hinge.
Help with the Identification would be greatly appreciated.Thank you in advance.

Jun 13, 2024 - 6:19:13 PM
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3560 posts since 4/7/2010

The Factory Order Number, that you presume is a serial number, indicates that the banjo is a TB-1 tenor banjo from 1924. Photos would help confirm that.

The hinged back is referred to as a "Trap Door" resonator among modern players and collectors. Those banjos can be good playing and sounding, but they have quirks that have to be worked with to allow them to be adjusted to modern standards.

Bob Smakula
smakulafrettedinstruments.com

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 06/13/2024 18:23:51

Jun 13, 2024 - 7:00:05 PM
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15751 posts since 10/30/2008

Here's a link to Greg Earnest's web site with photos and descriptions of Gibson banjos. I've linked to the page where he shows 2 or 3 banjos similar to yours. They're at the top of the list.

earnestbanjo.com/wp/gibson-style-1/

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