Gibson Studio King, circa 1932; serial number 9427-5. Of the various names found on Gibson-made banjos, this is probably the rarest. Tsumura mentions it in 1001 Banjos but did not have an example to photograph. It is mahogany, with a 40-hole archtop tone ring and hearts & flowers inlay. This one has a tube and plate flange. The peghead shape and flange cut-outs are similar to those on the Recording King banjos.

 

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