1934 PB-3 Flathead
One of the earliest large batches of Flathead banjos.
Tony Trishka's original flathead came from this batch.
This is the state the banjo was in
from the mid-1950's until 2010. The banjo sports a Kay tenor neck that has been inlayed
with the original Mastertone block from the
plectrum neck (most likely broken early in life), and a JP Rogers calfskin head.
The Gibson logo from the headstock was
inserted in the back of the new headstock (below).
The original pancake tuners were well maintained.
The resonator is stained a darker, redder hue than what is
found in the style 3's of the later 1930's.
There is some serious un-touched pre-war dust in there!
The resonator numbers are all chalk, whereas most from the
era had a red painted number
near the neck notch.
The original plectrum case survived, even though the
original neck did not.
9580-6 and 9524-7 with RB Wreath necks