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Gibson Banjo Mandolin 1930s

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Gibson Banjo Mandolin 1930s

Prewar Gibson literature promised that the mandolin-banjo combined "a certain portion of the mandolin sweetness with brilliancy, volume and tone quality of the banjo into one marvelous instrument."  Gibson had heavily promoted mandolin orchestras in its earlier years, and with the increased popularity of banjo ensembles in the 1920s the mandolin-banjo was touted as providing an essential "sweet soprano voice in the banjo band." Although style 1 banjos in tenor, five-string, and plectrum neck configurations had by this time switched to a one-piece-flange design, many lots of MB-1s retained the older, 1920s-style "bracket-shoe" construction including a flange plate with hexagonal holes.  The peghead featured a silk-screened "Gibson" logo with no mother-of-pearl inlay, this has however been replaced with a unique gold foil "The Gibson" logo  inlay; the fingerboard is inlaid with simple dots rather than the typical style 1 fleur-de-lis pattern. The original head has been replaced but is still with the instrument. Condition is very good, the resonator and neck have both been refinished, the resonator has a long but professionally and nicely repaired crack on the side, the wood rim still has the original finish, original tuners. Includes original vintage case.

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