Gibson described its new Granada model in 1925 as “a distinguished Gibson model of beautiful flamed curly maple with triple gold-plated metal parts, satin finish, hand burnished. It has a slender, hand-shaped neck built with the Gibson patented truss-rod which prevents warping; 21 or 23-inch scale as requested. 11-inch rim. The fingerboard is of Brazilian rosewood, bound with white and black ivoroid and marquetry stripings and inlaid with original designs of white pearl to match the peg head design. It has laminated and arched flange resonator with marquetry inlays and bound with white and black ivoroid, and is equipped with gold plated (4 to 1) geared pegs, Kershner tailpiece and Gibson adjustable arm-rest; best quality Rogers white calf-skin head, pearl nut, maple bridge with ebony saddle and specially gauged strings.”
#8250-16 dates to the second year of production for the Granada (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) and conforms to all catalog specifications for the model. The banjo is accompanied by its original hardshell case and has now been converted to five-string with a neck by Robin Smith and a Sullivan conversion flathead tone ring.
Photos courtesy of an anonymous owner.