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For Sale: 1925 Gibson TB-4 Five-String Conversion
Here’s a snappy 5-string that will delight players of many styles. This is a 1925 Gibson Mastertone, with its iconic ball-bearing staggered hole support ring and tube and plate flange. The sound of the original ball-bearing rim is the tone that the legendary Ralph Stanley was famous for in his early years. With a pleasant sounding top end a more transparent mid-range than the late ‘20s arch tops.
A very talented (unknown to us) builder has fashioned a fine custom made replica mahogany Style 4 neck with its hearts and flowers inlay pattern (most often seen in the hands of Earl Scruggs), and has placed the “Mastertone” block above the 21st fret as on the slightly later 1926 version. The neck matches the mahogany resonator with its double concentric rings, triple bound on both edges, as well as on the fingerboard. Another special appointment only found on the 1925 Style 4 are the attractive multiple bindings on both sides of the rim. The tuning machines are new Waverly "4-band" style with a new Grover double-ringed Geared fifth peg. Also included is its original Presto tailpiece. All other hardware is original.
This 5 string wonder is in excellent condition with only a few light scratches on the back of the resonator, none on the neck and devoid of any wear on the frets themselves.
This is one of the most versatile of the Mastertone designs, capable of producing old-time country, bluegrass as well as chordal tones from the swing era. Whatever style you play, this banjo has i!!
$4,500.00 in contemporary hard case.