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Gold Tone  Custom Open Back Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Chemcorp158 (see all reviews from this person) on 4/18/2018

Where Purchased: Direct From Gold Tone

Year Purchased: 2018
Price Paid: ($US)


Wonderful bright rich tone with plenty of volume.

Sound Rating: 10


Opened the case and started playing, still in perfect tune with nice low action with absolutely no fret buzz. It has a custom bridge that is the perfect height for drop thumb.

Setup Rating: 10


Beautiful. The inlay is gorgeous. The neck is a b stock, but the issue is so small you have to know where it is to find it. All the hardware seems top quality and well put together.

Appearance Rating: 9


Looks as if it will last but it is early.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

If i could give them a 20 in this I would. I called to ask some questions about a neck width and ended up designing a custom. Chris, the luthier, was wonderful and very informative. This is a family run business and it shows in the care they give their customers.

Customer Service: 10


All the hardware looks well made. The only issue I have seen on it is that a couple of the hooks had a rough spot from the casting.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

The parts may have been made in Asia, but the banjo was built in Florida.  Gold tone made the custom experience wonderful and easy and delivered a beautiful and sweet sounding and playing instrument.  I highly recommend their custom shop.  

Overall Rating: 10

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