Welcome to the Prewar Gibson Mastertone Banjo website!

Trying to identify your old Gibson banjo?  You’ve come to the right place!  The Gibson Mastertone banjo set a standard of excellence among four-string players beginning in the jazz era of the 1920s and has been the definitive banjo for bluegrass music ever since five-string virtuoso Earl Scruggs came to prominence as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the 1940s. This website is your headquarters for serial numbers, dating, information and identification of vintage Gibson banjos, both Mastertone and non-Mastertone models.

If you’d like to share photos of your old Gibson banjo, or if you have a vintage Gibson banjo that needs to find a new home, please let me hear from you at gearnest@mindspring.com!

peghead of a vintage Gibson Mastertone banjo

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