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Gibson Tenor Banjo

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National Museum of American History
This four-string tenor banjo was made by Gibson Inc., of Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1923. It has 22 brackets, ebony fingerboard, and a maple neck and hoop. This tenor banjo is style TB-3 and stamped with the serial number 11196A-42A. As described in the 1923 Gibson Catalog N it is “A very popular model, incorporating the full-floating, non-friction tone-tube and other Mastertone features which give it the characteristic brilliant, powerful, snappy and far-carrying tone that is the joy of the dance orchestra Tenor-banjoist’s heart.”
Currently not on view
Gibson Co.
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Gift of Edith M. Lawall
overall: 29 1/4 in x 11 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 74.295 cm x 28.575 cm x 6.985 cm
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