Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #9308-39, the “Herbert A. Kennison”

#9308-39 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 with the exception of one missing resonator thumb screw; it is housed in its original flannel-lined #511 Geib and Schaefer case.  The original owner of #9259-37 was Herbert A. Kennison of Florida; the banjo remained in his family until March 2019.