Oriole tenor banjo #8036

During the prewar period, Gibson capitalized on the demand for budget-priced instruments while preserving the high-end image of the Gibson name; the company produced large numbers of entry-level banjos, mandolins, and guitars which were marketed under a variety of brand names.  The Oriole banjo of the 1920s featured a very basic, open-back pot construction and, typical of Gibson budget-brand instruments, no adjustable truss rod in the neck.  The lot #8036 written in pencil on the neck heel (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) dates this example of 1925.

Photos courtesy of Steve Wyse.