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Gold Tone  Cripple Creek Tenor Banjo Reviews

Submitted by matttoadman (see all reviews from this person) on 6/9/2018

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Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: $500ish ($US)


This Banjo has required several years of tinkering to finally get a sound that I liked. Out of the box it is “set up” for CGDA tuning. It came with light gauge strings that gave it a very bright shrill tone. Now with medium gauge strings it has a mellow tone that I like. The CGDA tuning never suited this banjo. The low C never had enough tension to give a true note. The intonation was dreadful. I played the mandolin for years but I never liked it. Then I through it in the closet for about three years. On a whim I decided to tune it Chicago style, DGBE. It actually sounded great and the intonation improved. Now fastforward and add the medium gauge strings I love it! I can play F shape chords all the way up the neck with good intonation. I have never heard a tenor banjo in person to compare sound however.

Sound Rating: 7


This banjo was unplayable when received. The head was super loose, the neck twisted and the strings on the frets on one side and a quarter inch on the other.. However the adjustable trust rod, coordinating rods etc. allow you to fix this if you know what your doing. Considering I did not know what I was doing it took me years to get it right.

Setup Rating: 1


Beautiful maple banjo with ugly guitar style tuners.

Appearance Rating: 9


I had to replace the tuners and tailpiece is not
made for this banjo.

Reliability Rating: 5

Customer Service


Customer Service: 6


The tuners need upgrading and the tailpiece needs replacing.

Components Rating: 5

Overall Comments

If you want to play Chicago style tuned tenor banjo that needs some work this is a good banjo. However it has taken about 100$ to get it playable.

Overall Rating: 6

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