Although this term normally refers to World War II, when used to describe Gibson banjos the term prewar operationally refers to banjos made prior to 1947.
From 1925 to 1930, several fancy modes made their debut; the style -6 with fancy black-and-white binding (or sometimes gold-speckled binding); the TF or Florentine; the TG or Granada; the Bella Voce (which means “beautiful voice” in Italian); and the All American — an elaborate instrument with a carved eagle on the peghead.
For detailed descriptions of banjo models, see Gibson Banjo Models Rims: Except for the very first Gibson banjos, all of the rims for this period have been made of steamed, rolled, and laminated maple.
Watch this video of shots taken from the very first Pre War Gibson Seminar with Jim Mills I really enjoyed the Seminar considering that I had a inner ear trouble went to doctor Monday. But the complete Seminar and all the commendations were outstanding and very professional In every way. If it had been in a conference room somewhere I think it would not have had the atmosphere of being in a home and with all the various banjos, parts and pictures I don’t know how you would create the same experience.
Eating on the patio was great and the food was a treat. I think think the way Jim went through the banjo evolution was very informative as well as going through all the parts and what parts are original and ones that are replacements.
Maple was selected for its superior bending qualities compared to other woods in it’s weight/mass class (cherry, oak, etc.) at approx 35-40 pounds per cubic foot.
Depending on the model, there were either of three or four plies: three plies of 1/4″ maple to make up a 3/4″ rim machined down for one-piece flange models, and four plies of 1/4″ rim to make up the heavy rim used for tube-and-plate models.Click Here to be placed on the Pre Registration List for the Next Seminar.you will receive a periodic Newsletter keeping you in the loop first.Many interesting changes occurred in the development of the Gibson banjo line between its inception in October 1918, and the end of it’s “pre-war” era in 1938.(For a glimpse at the sequential development, see Chronology of Gibson Banjos.) Following are details of construction features that occurred 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 indicate a regular (5-string) banjo.This is a rare, one day only, “hands on” experience to be held in Jim’s own “Banjo Showroom” where he houses the largest personally owned collection of Original Pre War Flathead Five-String Mastertones ever assembled. Cashwell I was actually thinking about writing a letter to say how well done I think the seminar was.