Dating a gibson banjo
The peghead shape and color is an interesting story by itself.
Earl had let Jim Faulkner from Indianapolis put a new neck on his banjo.
Earl said when Jim brought the banjo back to him in Madison, he opened the case and was not immediately fond of the new neck.
The prewar Gibson Mastertone banjo is an old banjo.
While several models were unsuccessful, a major portion of the line won its way to the stages, homes, and hearts of countless musicians.
At some point in 1917, the company began to work on a simple open-back banjo.The tonering was a standard Stewart- Mac Donald ring with a standard Stewart-Mac Donald 3 ply rim.The flange was made from the same die from which all the flanges had been made since the late 20's.The Gibson Mastertone banjo is one of those great success stories; and though it had its occasional failures, the “Mastertone” brand has made it through more than 75 years of hard times and rough service.Today, it is the only surviving representative — still in production — of the turn-of-the-century banjo era; and it is the instrument most highly acclaimed by both bluegrass and dixieland banjoists.