Gibson RB-3 Mastertone #8447-10

The banjo pictured above is an original five-string RB-3 Mastertone with ball bearing tone ring, made in 1926 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers).  It conforms to standard catalog specifications for style 3 for this period with red-stained maple neck and resonator, two-piece flange, grooved tension hoop with flat hooks, nickel plating, Presto tailpiece, fiddle-shaped peghead, diamonds and squares inlay, and Brazilian rosewood fingerboard.   It is pictured here with its original blue-lined hardshell case.

The original owner of this instrument was a classical banjo player and teacher in South America.  I owned this banjo from November 1992 to June 1996.