1920's, when Gibson's Lloyd Loar designed the first f-hole guitar, his Master Model L5.This invention had a major impact in the look and sound of guitar/mandolin manufacture because up until this time, the tops of guitars had only a large sound-hole.All produced in the 1930's and early 1940's, these rare banjos were chosen by the pioneers of bluegrass music in the late 1940's and 1950's, most likely due to the volume and growling tone they produce when used with the driving, 3-finger picking style.Ever since, the pre-war Gibson Flathead banjo has been THE axe of choice for the bluegrass banjo player.Matthews (1) gibson- sulivan (1) Gibson-Epiphone (1) Granger (2) Gretsch (3) Grundy (1) Hand made (2) Hedrick (1) Hickler (3) Home made (1) Huber Lancaster (1) Jedson (1) Jeff Delfield (1) John Haynes (2) Lakeside (1) Lange (2) Leedy (OLD) (3) Left Handed (1) Leo Master (1) Lyon & Healy (1) Marion Kirk (1) MARTIN (1) Melody Plus 5-Strin... (1) Rettberg & Lange (2) Robin Smith (1) Saga (1) Second Life Banjo -...(1) Mitch (1) Mullins (2) No Name (15) Ome juggernaut (1) Other (3) Parts Banjo (1) parts jo (1) Phantom Sprite - Le... (7) Sloan Banjos (1) Soveriegn (1) Stromberg Voisinet (2) Sugar Creek (1) Sully's (1) Trujo (1) vega/martin (1) W (1) W.
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The most amazing fact about Gibson is that they were first to market with the very first electric guitar, the 1936 ES150 (although many sources state that the first ES150's were shipped starting in 1937).
Many manufacturers at the time had been working on the idea (the concept of electrifying a guitar had been around since the 1920's) and Rickenbacker marketed the early 1930's 'frying pan' lapsteel; but Gibson was the winner for marketing the first electric guitars.
Band member Lester Flatt resigned as well, and Flatt and Scruggs later paired up in a new group they called "Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys".
Scruggs' banjo instrumental called "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", released in 1949, became an enduring hit, and had a rebirth of popularity to a younger generation when it was featured in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde.