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 and a dark-finished maple neck and resonator, with white binding on the neck and both edges of the resonator; the tailpiece was an inexpensive type referred to in Gibson catalogs as the “Grover first model”. Even though the Mastertone models had by this time gone to the double-cut peghead shape, the fiddle-shaped peghead was retained on style 1, with a minor modification–the two small indentations normally found under the fourth- and first-string tuners were absent. 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”.
#9542-50 dates to 1930 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) and conforms to standard specifications for style 1 banjos of the period; it remains in original condition with the exception of a replaced tension hoop and is still equipped with a vintage Rogers calfskin head.