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1924 Gibson TB-1

Built at a time when Gibson’s least expensive models were as meticulously crafted as their most ornate instruments, this TB-1 tenor banjo is something to behold. While simply adorned, the instrument’s fit and finish are just beautiful.

A trap-door model with ivoroid-bound resonator, 10.5” head and ball-bearing tone ring. Beautifully-made grooved tension hoop with 22 brackets, double co-ordinator rods, clam-shell tailpiece, and ivoroid pickguard. Maple neck with short 19” scale fretboard, 1-1/8” nut width, pearl headstock logo and geared guitar-style strip tuners.

This TB-1 is completely original but for a newer bridge. It is in remarkably fine condition and has been carefully set-up here at Folkway. Frets and playability are excellent, and the instrument’s tone is sweet and pretty.

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