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In late 2018, "Banjo Ben" Clark, Jake Stogdill, and Robby Boone had a concept for replicating an iconic banjo, played by one of the most iconic banjo players of all time: JD Crowe's original RB-3 ("Banger"). After extensive research, and with great attention to every detail, Gold Tone was able to rebirth this classic banjo... and now you can win one for yourself!

It's called the Gold Tone OB-3, or the "Twanger". What makes this banjo truly unique is its "No Hole" tone ring, which really tightens up the sustain. It also features the original measurements on the headstock, neck and body, slanted resonator walls, vintage inlay, and more vintage touches. According to Gold Tone, "We've designed hundreds of banjos in the last 25 years, but tone-wise, this outperforms every previous model." Watch the OB-3 demo video

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