Gibson TB-1 #252-19

#252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 front    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 back    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 peghead    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 peghead back    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 lower frets    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 upper frets    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 missing binding    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 lot number on heel

#252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 pot    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 pot    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 armrest    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 resonator sidewall    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 resonator sidewall    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 tension hoop repair    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 upper frets and pot

#252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 tuner    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 resonator    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 factory order numbers in resonator    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 neck heel and flange    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 resonator bracket    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 inside pot    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 resonator screws

#252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 large factory order number in resonator    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 small factory order number in resonator    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 factory order number in rim    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 Gibson decal    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 resonator notch    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 resonator notch detail    #252-19 Gibson banjo TB-1 big crown Remo

The style 1, priced at $50, was a mainstay of Gibson's lower-priced non-Mastertone line of the 1930s.  Style 1 had nickel-plated hardware including a one-piece flange along with a dark-finished maple neck and resonator, with white binding on the neck and both edges of the resonator.  Even though the Mastertone models had by this time gone to the double-cut peghead shape, a slightly modified version of the 1920s fiddle-shaped peghead was retained on style 1; the rosewood fingerboard was normally inlaid with a fleur-de-lis pattern which is also known by such varying names as "gulls" and "flying birds".

#252-19 dates to 1932 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) and conforms to standard specifications for style 1 banjos of the period.  This banjo remains in original condition with the exception of an old repair to the tension hoop, some separation of the resonator sidewalls, missing neck binding from the thirteenth to the nineteenth frets on this first-string side, and a notch cut out of the inner wall of the resonator, most likely to accommodate an electric pickup at some time in the past.  The original Grover "window" or "first model" tailpiece has been replaced by a chrome-plated Ibanez clamshell type whose cover has broken off.

This banjo is currently for sale.  Please contact me for more information.
 


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