Vintage Gibson 1933 TB-3 Mastertone tenor banjo conversion to five string
The Style 3 was the least expensive model in Gibson's pre-war Mastertone line. The earlier model's maple was replaced with mahogany in 1929, two concentric rings of white/black/white purfling were added to the back of the resonator, the brass tube and plate flange were replaced by a one-piece cast metal flange and the inlay/ headstock design changed after 1929. This serial number 212-5 dates to 1932 and has a Made in USA stamp on the back of the original tenor headstock, indicating it was originally imported to Canada. The banjo was sold in 1963 by Len Davies Musical Instruments of Toronto.
This banjo was last sold by Jim Mills to the previous owner- *See Bill of sale in the Picture gallery for $11,000!
Serial number 212-5
5 string conversion and neck made by Frank Neat
Completely original except for Frank NeatFive String Neck, fifth string tuner, Blaylock flathead tone ring which retains uncut Gibson Mastertone rim and label.
Purchased from Jim Mills with Letter of authenticity, original tenor neck, and original archtop tone ring included
Capo Spikes installed at 7 and 9
Excellent Condition kept in a humidity-controlled non-smoking environment