8259 - 49 1926 TB1 to five string Conversion Banjo



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·      Original 1926 Gibson tb1 rim

·      Oriole resonator

·      Mahogany neck by Arthur Hatfield

·      Rosewood ‘Nick Lucas’ inlay fingerboard and peg head overlay

·      Gotoh tuners

·      Early Huber Vintage 20 hole flat head tone ring

·      Bracket shoe construction with diamond flange

·      Presto style tail piece

·      Armrest from 1926 Gibson Style 2

·      Lakota bison strap


“I was visiting Arthur Hatfield’s shop near Glasgow, KY in 2005 when he mentioned that he had a banjo he wanted me to see. He knew of my interest in style 1s, and 2s and as soon as I strummed the banjo, I knew it was something special. Playing clawhammer style, this banjo afforded extraordinary tone and effortless playing (for me). Arthur then played some bluegrass tunes and again, to me, the tone was extraordinary. The price was more than reasonable so I bought it on the spot. Arthur explained that even with the excellent tone and playability, most bluegrassers simply did not want the bracket shoe construction nor the simple style 2 neck construction. Their loss!


This banjo is my standard for tone and playability in a banjo. Quite simply, it speaks to me. Of course, if you are a musician, you understand the tone in which this is written and what works for one person may not work for another. I would be VERY reluctant to sell this instrument!“


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