Gibson TB-3 Mastertone #9903-15

While many unusual features have been observed in style 3 banjos from lot #9903 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers), indicating that for some reason Gibson chose this lot as an opportunity to use up various leftover components, this example conforms to the standard catalog description for the model in the early 1930s.  The resonator was lightly oversprayed many years ago; the original forty-hole raised-head tone ring has been replaced with an original twenty-hole flathead tone ring removed from another 1930s style 3 Mastertone and the tenor neck has been replaced with a reproduction five-string neck by Eric Sullivan.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous collector.