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While this provided “post tensioning” and kept the necks straight, over-tightening of the truss rod nut would cause the neck to bow backwards.
It wasn’t until many years later that Gibson inverted the rod’s curve (with the center of the rod being positioned away from the fretboard inside the neck).
While there were several new model introductions after that period (such as the styles -100, -250, and -800), there is a wonderful story in changes made during those first 20 Golden Years.
Gibson made great strides with one problem that plagued most banjo makers.
Of all instruments in the line, the banjo had the longest and thinnest neck and other makers went through great strides to laminate and fortify the neck to prevent it from warping under string tension.
Variations which grew from this model were to become the standard of excellence for banjos around the world.
The craftsmanship of the earliest Gibson banjos was good, but the construction was nothing more than basic.
Following are details on models and construction features during this period: Model designations: The banjo models were given letter codings to indicate the type of stringing: “TB” referred to a tenor banjo, “PB” stood for plectrum banjo, “GB” described a guitar banjo, “MB” was applied to a mandolin banjo, “UB” denoted a ukulele banjo, and “RB” indicated a regular (5-string) banjo.
The letters were followed by a number indicating the grade or quality of the instrument: -00 (double zero) was bottom of the line (although there was a short-lived “Jr.” model which was the least expensive); -0 was next; -1 was slightly better, and usually meant nickel plating and plain-colored finish; -11 (double 1) was a later inexpensive version; -2 followed with fancier inlays and extra binding; -3 was fancier; -4 fancier yet; and -5 (for a brief period) was the fanciest model boasting gold plating, choice curly maple, and elaborate inlay designs.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.In that year, I worked closely with Gibson and Earl Scruggs to bring back the design styles of the early years — a project which was the foundation of the Earl Scruggs model banjos now produced by Gibson.The most interesting part of the Gibson banjo history transpired between its inception in October 1918, and a time around 1938 (see Chronology of Gibson Banjos) when, in my opinion, the line went through its greatest evolution.Rims: Except for the very first Gibson banjos, all of the rims for this period have been made of steamed, rolled, and laminated maple.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating