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dustyelmer

United States
789 posts
since 5/22/06

03/01/2017 17:10:03 View dustyelmer's MP3 Archive View dustyelmer's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Just got a beautiful all maple Gold Star G12 from 1979 and I just had to come gush about it on here. What a great banjo! I bought it mainly to have as my purely acoustic banjo because my Deering Deluxe has a pickup installed for when I play with the band I'm in, and I just didn't enjoy the acoustic tone of it with the stuffing required to eliminate feedback. Now I'm thinking could just mic this Gold Star because it'll peel paint! I can't believe it took me so long to get an archtop. Anyone else a fan of Gold Stars? 



 



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RioStatPlayers Union Member

United States
3650 posts since 10/12/09

03/01/2017 17:49:03 View RioStat's Classified Ads View RioStat's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I've got a 1983 G12W and I love it. I've got Gibson archtops, and they sound good, but I actually think the GoldStar sounds better.
There are a lot of GoldStar fans on BHO.
There is also a "Vintage GoldStar lovers" group here on the Hangout you can join.

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steve davisPlayers Union Member

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63901 posts since 5/9/07

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03/01/2017 17:49:42View steve davis's MP3 Archive View steve davis's Classified Ads View steve davis's Photo Albums View steve davis's Blog Reply with Quote

In 2011 I bought a G-12 and a '79 G-85 from HA Auctions.
I bought a new '76 G11W and later a 2004 85.
I love Gold Stars.

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Dave Churm

Canada
12 posts since 7/24/07

03/02/2017 04:09:55View Dave Churm's MP3 Archive View Dave Churm's Blog Reply with Quote

I own a 79 Gold Star Archtop, and it could peel paint compared the Gibson ES. The Gold Star is the one for the up the neck stuff, and also kind of scary.
My 2 cents Canadian, 1 cent US

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vfhamiltonPlayers Union Member

United States
2035 posts since 9/18/03

03/02/2017 07:29:35View vfhamilton's MP3 Archive View vfhamilton's Classified Ads View vfhamilton's Photo Albums Send vfhamilton a Yahoo! Message Reply with Quote

I've got a 1980 G-12 and several other archtops.  The only one that comes close to it is my Ida 240. That old Goldie G-12 is a real hoss.

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steve davisPlayers Union Member

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03/02/2017 07:40:04View steve davis's MP3 Archive View steve davis's Classified Ads View steve davis's Photo Albums View steve davis's Blog Reply with Quote

I can't think of a bad Gold Star.

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O.D.

United States
3033 posts since 10/29/03

03/02/2017 14:16:30View O.D.'s MP3 Archive View O.D.'s Classified Ads View O.D.'s Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Mine is 78 G11. Fine banjo.
good luck with yours.

Everett

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tlowe311Players Union Member

United States
20 posts since 2/24/13

03/03/2017 19:25:39 View tlowe311's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Dusty, I know you just got it, but I have a feeling it will be your favorite banjo in no time. Gold Stars from 76-83 era are something special for sure.

 I have 1981 Gold Star GF-100 HF  /  1983 Gold Star G12W  /  2012 Gold Star GF-300 FE .  I always play all 3 of them every time I practice.  I keep each of them in different tunings, so I dont have to re-tune for when picking songs in different keys. G, D ,Drop C

Happy Picking!

Travis

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steve davisPlayers Union Member

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03/04/2017 06:52:19View steve davis's MP3 Archive View steve davis's Classified Ads View steve davis's Photo Albums View steve davis's Blog Reply with Quote

Those 70s mahogany necks were very special.

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dustyelmer

United States
789 posts since 5/22/06

03/04/2017 19:26:34View dustyelmer's MP3 Archive View dustyelmer's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Just took it up to Al at Mountain Music in Old Forge, NY today and had him set it up. I replaced the light strings with 9.5's and I can't get over how amazing this banjo sounds.

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DrBillMPlayers Union Member

United States
75 posts since 9/15/12

03/19/2017 11:07:29View DrBillM's MP3 Archive Reply with Quote

Dude- Would I lie to you and make you drive all that way if it weren't a special one. Enjoy!!!!! Curious what Al did to improve it?

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dustyelmer

United States
789 posts since 5/22/06

03/19/2017 11:19:50View dustyelmer's MP3 Archive View dustyelmer's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

quote:

Originally posted by DrBillM

 

Dude- Would I lie to you and make you drive all that way if it weren't a special one. Enjoy!!!!! Curious what Al did to improve it?







Absolutely not! This banjo is a killer! I've been playing it on acoustic gigs and on the radio the other day and it just cuts through so well. Went on the radio Friday morning and all I've been hearing since then is how well everyone could hear me over the air because it held its own, even with drums. Al just made sure everything was tight and lowered the action a hair. He and Dick Atkinson both really dug it. 


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