“Outward beauty of gold plating, engraving, burl walnut (sic) woods and attractive decorations–inward beauty of matchless tone, power and responsiveness”, boasted the 1935 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.
#9522-12 (see Gibson banjo serial numbers vs. factory order numbers) is a beautiful example of a 1930s Granada: The wood is curly maple with a sunburst finish on the back of the resonator, the tension hoop and armrest are gold plated and engraved, the flange is one-piece, the tone ring is a forty-hole archtop, the peghead is double cut, and the fingerboard is Brazilian rosewood with flying eagle inlays. There is black and white multi-ply binding on the neck and on both edges of the resonator. The tailpiece is the “clamshell” type found on many higher-end Gibson banjos of this period.
Photos courtesy of Music Man.