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Gibson Bella Voce Tenor

1927 Gibson Bella Voce


Bella Voce literally means Beautiful Voice, but Gibson extended the concept to make this banjo a visual as well as aural delight. The model was the top of the line when it debuted in 1927, as the Jazz Age was nearing its peak.

Gibson's famous White Holly finish sets off the elaborate painted engraving on the resonator, neck hell and peghead back. Hardware is top-of-the-line for the period, with 40-hole raised-head tone ring, two-piece flange and gold-plated metal parts.

Aside from a small wear spot on the back of the neck (which shows that this instrument is as fine a player as it is a looker), this high-grade collector's item is in excellent condition. With a hard case, it has been reduced from $8,500 to $6,500.

This instrument is SOLD

For further enjoyment...

Back view

Closeup of rim and flange area

Closeup of peghead

Closeup of back of peghead

Closeup of neck heel

Closeup of resonator