Gibson TB-1 #EA-5687

This fully original TB-1 was shipped from the Gibson factory on January 12, 1940 to Betty Reichenbach, identified by researcher Joe Spann as a Gibson teacher-agent in Lansdale, Pennsylvania; that day’s shipment to Reichenbach also included TB-1 #DA-5118.  #EA-5687 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) is, for the most part, a catalog-standard late 1930s style 1 banjo with dot fingerboard inlays in place of the earlier fleur-de-lis pattern and Kluson tuners with Catalin buttons; this example is unusual in that it features no peghead inlay other than the horizontal “Gibson” logo.  The banjo remains in its original #511 case by Geib and is equipped with a vintage calfskin head and period braided “neck cord”.  

Photos courtesy of an anonymous owner.