Gibson TB-Granada Mastertone #9152-14

By the late 1920s the Granada had evolved from its original ball-bearing tone ring, through a brief period of no-hole archtop rings, to the classic forty-hole archtop tone ring.  For the most part the model’s other specifications remained the same, including dark-strained curly maple with two concentric rings of wood purfling on the back of the resonator, a fiddle-shaped peghead, hearts and flowers inlays, a two-piece flange, gold plating, and engraving on the armrest and tension hoop.  The grooved tension hoop and flat hooks of the ball-bearing period had by now been replaced by a notched hoop with round hooks, and the tailpiece was a Grover clamshell (in this case engraved “Granada“) rather than the earlier Kerschner.

#9152-14 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) is currently equipped with an older five-string conversion neck by an unknown maker.

Photos courtesy of Michael S. Jackson.