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Buc - Posted - 12/17/2011:  20:27:05

I am looking to buy my first resonator banjo.  Does anyone have an opinion on the Gold Tone BG-150F.  It is at the top of my price range and there is not a local shop I can play one.  Thanks! 

robbie93 - Posted - 12/17/2011:  20:40:12

I don't own one but I have played one a few times in some local stores. I was very impressed. In my opinion much better sound and quality than the Fenders, Washburns and Epiphones  in the same price range.

yopasjim - Posted - 12/17/2011:  20:54:09

I have one and I enjoy it a lot.  IN fact I just sat it down...for a short get on BHO.  I bought my in late January of 2010 and it feels and sounds great!  I highly recommend it!

By the way...I have owned GLOBAL and FENDER.  The BG 150F far exceeds their quality!

If you want to know more we can chat.  For the is pretty nice. the way...bought a Gold Tone 50RP for playing in my office at work.  The BG 150 goes beyond that one as well.

kvbutler - Posted - 12/17/2011:  22:25:22

I have a GT 150, and I put a prowler spice bridge, Fults 34 parallel tail piece. and AMB strings...I think she sounds good!

Buc - Posted - 12/17/2011:  23:07:14

Thanks for the replies.  I was looking at buying either the BG-150, the CC-100R+, or the Deering Goodtime 2.  I have seen a lot of opinions on the CC100+ and the Deering, but not so much on the BG-150.      

goldtopia - Posted - 12/17/2011:  23:30:01

Gold Tone are very good value and compare favourably with banjos costing much more. Go for it, you will not be disappointed.


Fathand - Posted - 12/18/2011:  04:04:48

I have a student with one, it sounds and plays good after I set it up.

yopasjim - Posted - 12/18/2011:  06:18:39

If those are your choices I would steer you to the BG 150.  It would not hurt to have a conversation with Ross Nickerson or my friend Dan -

Let us know the choice you've made.

Edited by - yopasjim on 12/18/2011 06:22:57

Buc - Posted - 12/18/2011:  18:50:42

Thanks for the advice.  I was planning on calling Ross Nickerson since I have only heard great things about him and his service.  It will probably be after Christmas since I need to let all of the Holiday spending recuperate!    I figure the BG-150F is pretty good for the money.  I've been teaching myself on an open back and am excited to get a real bluegrass sounding banjo, even if it doesn't have a true tone ring.  I will say the wife and kids are not quite as excited as I am!        

Helix - Posted - 12/19/2011:  03:37:52

Gold Tone makes upgrades and parts available, that banjo is an adult, adjustable, competitive import, great choice. There IS a limit to the sound it will make, but it's VERY hard to hear, the neck is good quality and will let you learn.

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