Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #9259-5, the “Thousand Fingers Smith”

#9259-5 dates to 1929 and is a catalog-standard example of the least-expensive banjo in Gibson’s Mastertone line shortly before the model was redesigned later that 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 original condition and is housed in its original plush-lined #509 Geib and Schaefer case.  The longtime owner of #9259-5 was Thousand Fingers Smith of Oxford, Mississippi, who acquired the banjo in the late 1930s and played it until his passing in 1987; #9259-5 remained in his family until December 2016.