(Mfg by Gibson)
19 fret tenor
Very rare instrument
Only 2-3 plectrum
versions of this design have surfaced, to my knowledge.
I owned one of them. (Shown below)
We have not been shown another tenor to date.
These Truett's pre- date the "Trujo" banjo , which
evolved from the Truett, that was made in higher numbers.
Made by The Gibson Co., this example utilized the shoe
bracket Gibson 3 ply rim of the 1920's but cut to the
specification of the Truett-George design tone ring and
It is the most complicated design of the era and nothing else
compares to it in sheer size and depth.
I had mine apart for fretting so thought I would share some
pics of it while it is apart.
It is not for sale.
I have searched for an
example in tenor since 2000 when I had the plectrum.
Hearts Home Acoustics in Boerne Texas acquired this example
and my good friends Cheney and Tyler allowed me to purchase
1000s of banjos pass thru my hands and for me to want to own
something other than the 2 banjos I already have is a big
Thanks HH, for make my dream a reality.
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I owned that one as well before it went for conversion
When this case of this magnitude is on the bench, you know its
not something "Mainstream"
What goes in there? a Street Howitzer?
After fret work
All finish is original
All Hardware is original
Head is vintage, from BD Silver Bell
A nice thick vellum, that is what I want for this setup.
This model uses the early non grooved tension hoop seen on
11" rim diameter
Gibson factory markings
You can see a similarity with these flanges and the Bacon and
Day flanges of the era.
Velma Truett can be seen in early BD catalogs, so this design
factor is probably brought along with her.
I used a vintage Bacon Banjo head on it, to keep the mood going.
And I like vintage hide heads when its suitable and this is one
of those times.
4-3/4" total depth
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