An historically significant instrument — Gibson factory records show this banjo to have been the last pre-war All American ever made. As researched by Frank Schoepf Joe Spann and Steve Huber the history of this banjo is well documented and provides insight into Gibson’s operation in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The banjo was specially assembled by Julius Bellson at the Gibson factory in 1940 from remaining factory parts from the early 1930s. Julius then sent the banjo to his brother Louis Bellson the famous drummer’s father. In 2011 Frank Schoepf and I drove to Ohio and purchased it from the grandson of the first owner. To see the history read the text in the last photo here and then go to http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/182190 for the full story.