Gibson Mastertone by : 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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BACK COVER FRONT COVER Page 34 Page 35
| Media ||Softcover|
| Length x Width ||11 x 8.5 inches |
| Shipping Weight||1.38 pounds |
|East Coast Music Product Code ||ZHL1241|
| ISBN ||1574242466|
| EAN ||9781574242461|
| 1st Publication Date||08/2009|
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