Gibson TB-2 #20-6

Gibson’s 1930 catalog described the TB-2, the highest-priced non-Mastertone tenor banjo offered by the company at the time, as “a real ‘pal’ for the banjo lover”, providing “a snappy, brilliant tone, powerful volume, reliable trueness and a world of ‘good looks'”.  The style 2 of the 1930s was, like style 11, a lower-priced model which dressed itself up through the use of a pearloid fingerboard and peghead overlay with stenciled designs.  Unlike style 11, however, style 2 limited its pearloid veneers to the neck; the resonator was walnut with single white binding on both edges.  The hardware was nickel-plated.

#20-6 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to 1931 and retains its original finish and hardware (with one replacement prewar resonator screw).  It has been converted to five-string flathead with the addition of a walnut five-string neck by Frank and Ricky Neat of Russell Springs, Kentucky and an HR-30 tone ring by Steve Huber.  The tenor neck remains with the banjo and features the personalization “Tony” on its truss-rod cover.