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Gibson MB-2 Mandobanjo (1922)

   
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Specifications

Neck: Maple
Bridge: Ebony floating with drop-in bone saddle
Fingerboard: Ebony
Nut: Graphite
Peghead Veneer: Ebony
Tuners: Off-white ivoroid
Scale Length: 14"
Finish: Varnish
Rim Size:
10.5"
Rim Wood:
Maple
Brackets: 
24
Tailpiece: Original nickel
Head: Skin
Pickguard: Ivoroid
Electronics: K&K Banjo Twin
Case:
  Original hard-shell case
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Description

A wonderful anomaly from Gibson's history, this 1922 MB-2 is a mandobanjo - that is, tuned and played like a mandolin, but attached to a banjo head and pot for a more banjo-esque sound. Dating from Lloyd Loar's tenure at the company, the MB-2 also a features unusual design attribute by way of its "trapdoor" resonator, a hinged panel on the back of the instrument's resonator that allows it to prop itself open against the player's chest, so as to allow the instrument to be heard better by the performer. This feature was common on a number of Gibson instruments from around the time, and while now it may be more of a novelty than a necessity to the player, it still serves as a cool piece of musical history. The instrument is in very good condition for one just a year shy of being a century old, and all parts are original, with the exception of the saddle and a K&K Twin Spot Banjo Internal pickup which was installed sometime within the last few years. To use the pickup, the back of the banjo must be removed, but this is a simple process and does not affect the structural integrity of the instrument. The MB-2 is priced with its original hard-shell case.