Gibson / TB Granada / 1928 / Stringed Instrument
Gibson TB Granada conversion (1928)
Conversion of TB Granada to the five-string banjo. Serial #9195-30 is painted in brown color inside the resonator and also stamped on the rim together with the „PAT. APPLD. FOR“ sign, which is standard for 1928.
The banjo generally conforms to standard specifications of the Granada Model of that period, wood is curly maple with dark natural finish, metal parts are gold plated, the armrest and tension hoop are engraved with Granada pattern, the time correct Grover two hump tailpiece is engraved with the „Maybell“ logo and obviously comes from the Slingerland May Bell banjo. The instrument has standard three-ply maple rim which has been cut and fitted with early gold plated Huber flathead tonering.
Pot assemply features the 2 – piece flange construction with 24 brackets and notched tension hoop, dual gold plated coordinator rods with correct nuts and washers, L-brackets and thumb screws. Three hooks seem to be exchanged by the aftermarket ones. The resontor is double bound featuring concentric rings of checkerboard purfling on back. Someone has drilled a hole in the resonator wall which must have served for the pick-up jack pin. We have decided not to repair it. Two piece armrest was repaired with two rivets at some point.
The matching conversion five-string neck was made by Jaroslav Prucha, it features beautiful flame maple, rosewood fretboard, fiddle-cut peghead, white and checkerboard binding. Tuning pegs are gold plated Krishot copies of the traditional Pencake tuners, 2 Keith/Scruggs gold tuners. Hearts & Flowers inlay with missing inlay on the 15th fret.
The instrument has been set up by Mr. Prucha who re-fitted the rim and tonering.
In 1928, Gibson Granada was a relatively fancy model bearing the $200 price tag, double then Style 3 Mastertone at that time. More costly were only Style 6, Bella Voce and Florentine.
Vintage Beauty, Czech Republic
Vintage Beauty is a fun project which was put together by František Bašta and Martin Mikuláš from the Czech Republic in 2009. The momentum of this endeavor was driven by long felt love and admiration of vintage stringed musical instruments and their mystique. Being an active musician since 1987, Martin has played both banjo and guitar and was a member of different bluegrass and country bands in the Czech Republic through the years. František is primarily a businessman who doesn’t look toward this project only as an investor, but he also shares the passion for the aesthetic and tonal beauty of older and vintage instruments.
This project has no aspiration to become a new Gruhn Guitars or Elderly Instruments. By far we can never learn enough to close in on their knowledge and experience in the business, we don’t pursue it on full time basis and most importantly, we don’t live in a part of the world where banjos, mandolins, guitars or dobros are so frequent and move so quickly among musicians and collectors.
We don’t even know if we are building a small collection of older and vintage instruments or if we want to start it as a small business. What we know for sure is that we want to share the beauty of our instruments with other people who are interested – musicians, enthusiasts, customers or collectors. We are looking forward to communicate with you no matter if you want to discuss, buy, play or record with any of our instruments. Call us if you are looking for something you are not able to buy here, we can either get it for you or give you some advice where to ask. Also, if you are interested in any instrument presented on our web site and it doesn’t have a price tag, call us! Everything can be for sale if the conditions are right!
Martin & Franta