Gibson TB-2 #8266-7

In the 1920s, style 2 was the fanciest non-Mastertone in the Gibson banjo line.  This 1926 example has a 10 1/2-inch maple rim with bracket shoes and a “serpentine” flange, seen only on style 2 banjos of 1925 and 1926.  The hardware is nickel-plated and the wood is straight-grained maple; the tone ring is a simple tubular design.  The fingerboard inlays were also used on Gibson’s Nick Lucas Special flattop guitar of the period.  The tailpiece on this example has been replaced.  #8266-7 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) is currently set up for use in traditional Irish music with the GDAE tuning.

Here’s a sound sample of this banjo with a calfskin head:

And here’s one with a plastic head:

Photos courtesy of Tash Ó Treasaigh.