Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #9151-35

Style 3 was the least expensive and most popular banjo in Gibson’s Mastertone line from its inception in 1925 until it was replaced by style 75 in 1937.  #9151-35 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) is a beautiful example of the style 3 tenor in its late 1920s configuration with dark-stained maple, two-piece flange, nickel plating, forty-hole archtop tone ring, fiddle-shaped peghead, and diamonds and squares inlays.  This banjo is in excellent, fully original condition including its calfskin head and original Gibson two-footed bridge.

Photos courtesy of Joel Burkhart.