Check out the Bowtie Page: Many eyebrows take a slight upward tilt when someone mentions the possibility of a Prewar Flathead tonering that has turned up without a banjo.... Well, here is the genuine article - a High Profile, full weight, engraved and gold-plated pre-war flathead tone ring: go. I am attempting to include links to history and pictures of some of the extra special entries. If you have corrections or additions, please contribute by sending me an email: dan "at" banjophiles . Gibson banjos carry decals, serial numbers and other physical features that can help you learn more about your banjo.Examine the Gibson logo on the peghead, the part of the banjo where the tuning pegs attach.Here is a listing of information on the "Bowtie Era" Gibson Banjos: Post War Gibson Serial Numbers These are some interesting vintage Gibson banjos, from 1948 through the 1960's.(Let's not talk about the 1970's and early '80's, OK?The Gibson Guitar Corporation manufactures both acoustic and electrical instruments, including banjos.
Any instrument with script lettering was made before 1946 and is called a "prewar" model, while block letters indicate a "postwar" model.
If it isn't a Mastertone, the oval decal will be smaller and will have "The Gibson" written in script, with "Gibson Inc. Look for the serial number on the back of the peghead.
A serial number is an important piece of information in establishing the authenticity of your banjo.
Check that the configuration of the serial number is right for the time period.
Go to the official Gibson website or check a list of Gibson serial numbers (see Resources).
On April 12, 1947 the Gibson Instrument Company changed their corporate logo from script lettering to use of block letters and this change occurred sufficiently close to resumption of banjo output to allow easy identification of prewar and postwar Gibson instruments.