Dating a gibson mastertone banjo


This banjo in the beginning was the developed through the efforts of Roger Siminoff collaborating with both Gibson and Earl.

The tonering was a standard Stewart- Mac Donald ring with a standard Stewart-Mac Donald 3 ply rim.

Earl had let Jim Faulkner from Indianapolis put a new neck on his banjo.

Jim was the creator of the Scruggs/Ruben capo and, according to Earl, he wanted to build a neck for Earl's banjo at the time.

Ever since, the pre-war Gibson Flathead banjo has been THE axe of choice for the bluegrass banjo player.Welcome to The Banjo Philes, a website for the Twang-Tone-obsessed.In this space I share what I have learned about my favorite subject..... Like so many others, I am fascinated by that illusive Gibson Mastertone sound that is associated with the rare pre-WWII flathead Mastertone banjos.Production of metal banjo parts resumed in the Fall of 1946; however it is commonly believed that the metal composition of foundry products delivered to Gibson after World War II was inferior to that of parts produced prior to 1940.On April 12, 1947 the Gibson Instrument Company changed their corporate logo from script lettering to use of block letters and this change occurred sufficiently close to resumption of banjo output to allow easy identification of prewar and postwar Gibson instruments.Although this term normally refers to World War II, when used to describe Gibson banjos the term prewar operationally refers to banjos made prior to 1947.

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