Gibson TB-4 Mastertone #9027-7

The second model up in Gibson’s Mastertone banjo line, the style 4 of the late 1920s featured a mahogany resonator with two concentric circles of white/black/white purfling inlaid on the back, a mahogany neck, nickel-plated hardware, a two-piece flange, and either a no-hole or forty-hole archtop tone ring.  The peghead was fiddle-shaped and the inlays were in the hearts and flowers pattern. The resonator and peghead binding were the same multi-ply white and type seen on the Granada, and a white ivoroid heel cap featured this same multi-ply binding.

#9027-7 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates to 1928 and features a forty-hole archtop tone ring. Unfortunately, this banjo suffered a neck break at the peghead and the solder joint of the two-piece armrest has come loose. Other than the easily-repairable armrest, the pot remains in fully original condition with a vintage Jos. B. Rogers calfskin head.