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Gibson Mastertone : Flathead 5-String Banjos of the 1930s and 1940s : by Jim Mills : # 1241
Gibson Mastertone : Flathead 5-String Banjos of the 1930s and 1940s : by Jim Mills : # 1241


 
Gibson Mastertone : Flathead 5-String Banjos of the 1930s and 1940s : by Jim Mills : # 1241

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Gibson Mastertone : Flathead 5-String Banjos of the 1930s and 1940s : by Jim Mills, : Jim Mills : Reference Series : Softcover : Published by Centerstream Publications : # 1241
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Gibson Mastertone by : Cole Porter : Jim Mills


While Gibson produced literally thousands of banjos prior to WWII; only a handful were made in the now most desirable configuration: the Original Flathead Five-String Mastertone. Since Earl Scruggs helped to make them the most sought-after banjos in the world over 60 years ago; these instruments have amassed a cult-like following.

These particular banjos featured a completely innovative design when the Gibson Company introduced them around 1930. They have since become the benchmark in design; sound quality; and just sheer power among banjo players. They have therefore also become the inspiration for nearly every successful 5-string banjo that has been manufactured for the past five decades.

Like Martin Dreadnaught and Fender Stratocaster guitars; the Gibson Mastertone Banjo has achieved an exalted status: It is appreciated far beyond its utilitarian purpose as a musical instrument; and considered a truly original American art form. The Mastertone design and style are instantly recognizable by musicians and music lovers around the world; even if imitated by other manufacturers.

Of the 130 or so Original Flathead Five-String Mastertones known to exist; 19 of the absolute best are featured here. The Scruggs; Reno; Jenkins; Crowe; Osborne; Huber and Mills banjos are shown in all of their glory; with details of their known histories and provenances; as well as never-before-seen photos; bills of sale; factory shipping ledgers; and other ephemera relating to these rare and highly desirable instruments.

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PublisherCenterstream Publications
Media Softcover
Pages168
Length x Width 11 x 8.5   inches
Shipping Weight1.38 pounds
East Coast Music Product Code ZHL1241
UPC Code884088397791
ISBN 1574242466
EAN 9781574242461
1st Publication Date08/2009