Gibson TB-2 #8947-71

Style 2 was the highest-priced non-Mastertone in Gibson’s banjo line in the 1920s and 1930s; this tenor-necked example dates to 1928 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers), one year before the model changed to the one-piece-flange, walnut design with pearloid peghead and fingerboard inlays as seen on #9729-43, the “Donald Hall”.  Typical of the style 2 for this period, #8947-71 features dark-stained maple, a “bracket-shoe” pot construction with hexagonal holes in the flange plate, and inlays as used on Gibson’s Nick Lucas artist model guitar.

#8947-71 has been converted to five-string with a conversion neck by Robin Smith while leaving the pot in unaltered condition with its original small-diameter brass “tone hoop”.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous collector.