This website is your headquarters for serial numbers, dating, information and identification of vintage Gibson banjos, both Mastertone and non-Mastertone models. The Gibson Mastertone banjo set a standard of excellence among four-string players beginning in the jazz era of the 1920s and has been the definitive banjo for bluegrass music ever since five-string virtuoso Earl Scruggs came to prominence as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in the 1940s.Maple was selected for its superior bending qualities compared to other woods in it’s weight/mass class (cherry, oak, etc.) at approx 35-40 pounds per cubic foot.Depending on the model, there were either of three or four plies: three plies of 1/4″ maple to make up a 3/4″ rim machined down for one-piece flange models, and four plies of 1/4″ rim to make up the heavy rim used for tube-and-plate models.After consultation with Joe Spann, whose ongoing research into original Gibson records has shed new light on true production dates, I have now changed to a listing of banjos by year.
Call me today at: (919) 608-0355 Or e-mail me at: Jim Mills [email protected] Box Stringed Instrument Repair by Richie Dotson Trust the man Jim Mills Trusts!We also promptly purchase other older banjos with names like: Kel Kroydon, Recording King, Studio King, S. Stewart, Truett, Kalamazoo, Charles Mc Neil and Ward.If you are considering buying, selling or trading any pre war Gibson banjo or any related parts, please call or e-mail me first.Here is a listing of information on the "Bowtie Era" Gibson Banjos: Post War Gibson Serial Numbers These are some interesting vintage Gibson banjos, from 1948 through the 1960's.(Let's not talk about the 1970's and early '80's, OK?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.