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Gold Tone  CEB-5 Cello Banjo Reviews

Submitted by rmcdow (see all reviews from this person) on 7/7/2015

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Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: $400 (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


I have been playing harmony, or sometimes melody, with someone who plays rolls with the melody. The CEB-5 works really well for that, as it is an octave lower, and fills in the lower register great. The sound is rich; the sustain is pretty amazing. It can take the place of a bass pretty well.

Sound Rating: 10


Everything was set up pretty well, except the head was a bit imbalanced in its tension. I have been tweaking that in slowly, it is a big head at 14". The strings from Goldtone can be a bit noisy with slides; I have ordered flatwound guitar strings to put on the cello, and am waiting to see if that is going to resolve things. The distance between the second and third peg is pretty tight, but it does allow the strings to come straight to the peg, which appears to be a good thing.

Setup Rating: 9


The banjo is a beautiful piece of work. There are nice details in the inlay on the neck.

Appearance Rating: 10


Hardware is great, I won't replace anything. The finish looks like it is going to last.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

The company was easy to deal with when I called them about possibly making a change to the banjo.

Customer Service: 10


The strings in my opinion could be rethought. The wound strings from Gold Tone can break at the peg if they are bent at too much of an angle, which they are going to be where the string enters the hole of the peg. They can be noisy, but this is likely from my lack of experience playing.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

This is a great banjo, and is very enjoyable to play.  I have a fretless, the first fretless I have played, and it was easy to learn how to play with the short scale length and wide neck.  At this point, it being a new banjo to me and all, it is the main banjo I am playing.  I find it easier to learn a song on a fretted neck, then once I have a bit of memory in my hands of the position, I can play it on the fretless cello fairly easily.  

Overall Rating: 10

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