Gibson TB-Granada Mastertone #9522-16

“Thrilling beauty of tone and finish is yours in this handsome ‘DeLuxe’ model.  An instrument that will ‘stand out’–commanding attention in any company. . . Triple gold plated metal engraved parts, and designs are hand burnished with a satiny background; curly maple neck, resonator, and rim–selected from the finest that grows; Rosewood fingerboard inlaid with attractive designs in white pearl, bound with white and black ivoroid with marqueterie strippings”, boasted the 1930 Gibson catalog of the Granada.  This style, actually the least expensive of the gold-plated and engraved models, was introduced in 1925 and remained in production until 1937.    

#9522-16 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) is a beautiful example of a 1930 Granada.  It has been converted to five-string with the installation of a neck by Frank Neat and a flathead tone ring has been installed in place of the original forty-hole archtop ring.  Close examination of the five-string neck shows that Frank Neat duplicated the often-overlooked Gibson practice of placing a curly maple veneer on the back of Granada pegheads to cover the joints where the peghead “ears” were glued on.

The original Grover two-band tuners with genuine mother-of-pearl buttons have been installed on the five-string neck; while the one-piece-flanges used on Granadas of this period often suffered from warping, cracking, and in some cases total disintegration, the flange on this example remains in excellent original condition.

Photos courtesy of an anonymous collector.