#9259-5 dates to late 1928 and is a catalog-standard example of the least-expensive banjo in Gibson’s Mastertone line shortly before the model was redesigned the following year. Style 3 remained the lowest-priced, and best-selling, Mastertone from its introduction in 1925 until it was renamed style 75 in 1937.
This TB-3 remains in excellent original condition and is housed in its original plush-lined #509 Geib and Schaefer case. The original owner of #9220-32 was Leslie C. Baridon (December 10, 1908–January 27, 1990) of Iowa City, Iowa, who personalized the banjo with his name on its aftermarket pickguard.
Photos courtesy of an anonymous owner.