Gibson TB-4 Mastertone #276-15

Gibson’s 1930 catalog described the TB-4 as “the materialization of the dreams of the most distinguished artist”, yet “not too costly.”  The model’s specifications included what the catalog described as “beautiful, compelling Burl Walnut” and chrome (or “Chromium”) plating, “the best wearing plate known to science.”

#276-15 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to 1932 and remains in excellent original condition.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous owner.