Banjo Fact

While Earl Scruggs owned hundreds of banjos throughout his lifetime, he only performed with 5!

Gibson TPF to OPF Granada With Burlile Ring

TPF to OPF Granada Full Front

The Granda was part of the Mastertone line of banjos. This banjo dates from 1926. The banjo left the Gibson factory as an archtop, but was originally intended to be a ballbearing. While holes were never drilled in the rim for the springs, washers and ball bearings, the rim was cut to the ballbearing rim height specification and therefore had a piece of rim added to the top of the rim to accept an archtop ring. This was not unusual during the transition period between ballbearings and archtops. Greg Earnest's website has other examples of such. Robin Smith turned the rim from the thicker 3/4 inch two piece flange rim to the thinner 5/8 inch one piece flange rim. The banjo now has a Wyatt Fawley curly maple neck with flying eagle inlay. The banjo comes with the original tuners and tenor neck. While this banjo has gone through several transformations during its life, the result is a truly superlative sounding banjo as the sound files will attest. The sound files are by two different players. One of the files is pure Scruggs style while the second is a melodic tune . These sound files show what this banjo has in it and is capable of.

Item Details & Picture Links

FON or Serial Number: 8208-10
Year: 1926
Manufacturer: Gibson
Period (Prewar / Modern): Prewar
Tone Ring: Burlile
Neck: Wyatt Fawley Curly Maple
Original Tenor Neck Is Also Available.
Rim: 3 Ply Maple
Hooks & Nuts: Gold Plated Steel
Tuners: Waverly 2 Band with Ron Barnes Buttons
5th String Tuner: 5 Star
Head: Remo Wagon Wheel
Bridge: Bales
Tension Hoop: Prewar Notched Granada Engraved
Flange: Prucha
Armrest: Prucha Engraved By Nick Kimmons
Tailpiece: Prucha Engraved By Nick Kimmons

Music Note Sample 1  Sample 2
Full Front
Full Back
Pot Side
Neck Front
Neck Back
Neck Side
Peghead Front
Peghead Back
Resonator Back
Resonator Inside
FON Or Serial Number

Price (Shipping & Insurance Additional): $6,500