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Gold Tone  Cripple Creek CC-50RP Banjo Reviews

Submitted by banjoboy65 (see all reviews from this person) on 1/1/2010

Where Purchased: Route 60 Music

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 319.00 ($US)

Sound

This banjo is not a Gibson Master tone, but this banjo has an awesome sound to it, its perfect for the beginning banjo player or intermediate player, heck even a pro could appreciate it. I've played some varying styles on it and it does quite well, rock ,bluegrass , blues, jazzy stuff, you name it it plays great. I don't run any effects or run through an amp although I've been thinking about getting a pickup for it and running it into my guitar amp. As for its sound, it has a nice bright full sound, like I said it's not a Gibson Master tone, but it's not real far behind. I love it. Amazing for a Chinese made banjo lol.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Gold Tone set it up great, I never had to change a thing not even the strings when I bought this banjo, the only thing I use is a capo and a homemade 5th string capo lol.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The CC50RP is not a fancy banjo with all the flash and frills, but it is a nice looking banjo.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

I think its very reliable, it all seems to be good quality hardware. the wood I know is excellent and the finish is in great shape. If I where a pro player in a band I would have no problem with using this banjo as my main absolutely. very dependable banjo for sure.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

an excellent warranty indeed, 5 yrs which is more than a lot of products today have, I know that.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Hey for the price of this banjo, I really don't see any really weak point to it, sure some parts are cheaper than higher end models, but for medium grade. the parts are good. I have no problems with any of it. I'm sure time will tell all, but really I don't anticipate any real future problems with any of it.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I absolutely love this banjo.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by RaYhOLio (see all reviews from this person) on 1/25/2009

Where Purchased: Eureka Springs

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 400.00 ($US)

Sound

Sounds ok out of the box.. I've messed around with good times in the store, and thought that this CC50RP was inferior, However I've redone the Setup, and put on cryo strings, and this is a pretty good sounding banjo..

This banjo is Quiet. With a mute on it, it's dang near inaudible. For me, this is a giant plus. I spend a lot of time playing (more like learning) in the house with my wife not far away.. This banjo doesn't drive her crazy like my other banjo. I can even practice after she goes to bed.. lightly without the mute, and pretty much normal with the mute.. the loudest part is the picking noise.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

When I bought this banjo, I was very happy with the set up.. being an uber-beginner and all. I quickly became disgusted with it, and had to redo it.. made a huge difference.

The action was good right outta the box.

Setup Rating: 3

Appearance

I REALLY like the way this banjo looks.

I'm a simple man, and don't care for the gold plated, super glossy finish of most banjos.

This one is semi-gloss.. and it has a very natural wood tone, I actually like it better than my big-and-glossy banjo, it doesn't smudge, or get fingerprints..

DEFINATELY no frills apearance.. i could have gone for a more ornate fret-board.. otherwise, it's perfect for me.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

I've been using it for one year as my primary learner.. Tuners seem to stay in tune.. Nothing is peeling off, chiping etc.. It's light weight design makes it tougher for bumps, and small drops.. It's semi-gloss finish hides skuffs and nicks very well.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I contacted Gold Tone about this banjo.. I felt that I had paid too much for it.. They were very nice, however they didn't really care... That's ok of course.. it was my fault for buying on a whem..

Customer Service: 7

Components

I don't like the price knockoff tailpeice. However I'm still using it. It sounds ok, and it's the exact peice which you'll find on GTs higher end banjos.. my problem with it is that it bows under pressure pretty bad, and it's hard to get the angle your looking for long term as a result.

The tuners seem good for the price.. The rim and hooks are o.k. But really pretty cheap.. it there's a weak point in the design this is it.

Components Rating: 6

Overall Comments

I love this banjo. When I baught it for strait retail (WAY above market price) I felt pretty bad about it. and I had a hard time feeling good about this CC50RP.

But here we are a year later.. I've had a full sized tone ring banjo now for about 9 months, and I've consistantly played this one more often.

I LOVE that it is very lightweight.. I can pick it up, swing it around.. play without a strap.. Carry it with me.. The fact that it's a cheap banjo helps too.. This is my official camping banjo.. It's a go anywhere, do anything banjo.. The mild sound that comes from it is perfect for learning, and practicing around others..

I recommend a GOOD setup.

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by jkber2002 (see all reviews from this person) on 7/31/2007

Where Purchased: Pick and Slide Music

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 162 ($US)

Sound

good for beginner banjo
strings are nice and low with decent tone up the neck
banjo is nice and light easy to carry around

Sound Rating: 5

Setup

overall setup is good considering it is a base model and fairly cheap
I tightened the head a little bit and it needed better strings of course

Setup Rating: 5

Appearance

again considering it is the entry model it is very nice looking and seems to be very durable
It has a nice flat maple finish and decent hardware
I bought a B stock model which had a factory finish flaw( a small crack in the finish) but it is not seen unless you know about it

Appearance Rating: 7

Reliability

The hardware for price paid seems like it will be more than adequate and the finish is pretty durable not a bunch of cheap gloss

Reliability Rating: 5

Customer Service

n/a

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This is the first new banjo I have bought and the last one I had was cheaper so for the price paid I would definitely recommend
It sounds good enough to learn on and It has planetary tuners and geared fifth peg
I will definitely want to move up to better quality but for now is just fine

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by tommygunatkins (see all reviews from this person) on 5/31/2007

Where Purchased: Duke of Uke, London

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: () historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

This is the first banjo I've owned, without the use of anything other than some (ill-fitting) finger picks it has a pleasent tone and, as a beginner, is easy to get a good sound from. Bright and loud enough to avoid the risk of getting upset about not being able to get a note out of as you might find with other banjos in the next price brackett down. Set up with a frosted head it is perfect for bluegrass and the low action make it also suitable for chord/tenor playing (excluding the 5th string of course).

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

The setup was fine right out of the box, again this is a banjo aimed at beginners and has the nesscasary low action, head and tuners to give reliable sound and tuning. The warrenty includes instructions for making simple setup adjustments. I'm planning on replacing the flange for something a bit more serious, however, the only changes I'd seriously advise would be to swap the strings for a set of the best you can afford!

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

As far as aesthetics go, this is quite a simple banjo; dot inlay, satin mahogany finsih, which has to be said is very nicely done. No flaws etc. but it's a new banjo, and I'd be remiss to pay money for a banjo that looked like it'd been in a tip for the last five years.

Appearance Rating: 6

Reliability

The hardware looks like it should live up to it's name, small brass tone ring means it should see you through your fist jams although you may need something a little louder when you get more serious. Planetry tuners mean tunning is reliable, the body itself is nice and sturdy and should ensure a hardy lifespan.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

Baught from a dealer rather than the company. Does come with a waranty for 5 years, by which point you may find yourself wanting to upgrade...

Customer Service: 5

Components

Small brass tone ring & sturdy chrome-plated metalwork, 18 brackets and a Straightline tailpiece. Personally planning to upgrade the flange which is a bit modest but all components worthy of the pricetag.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

In all, this is aimed at beiginners and suits the target audience, is a fine first banjo. The setup and components make getting a decent sound out of the instrument easy enough to avoid disgouraging a beginner and is sturdy enough to see you through untill your abillity becomes such that spending a larger amount of money on a banjo seams valid

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by Unknown on 2/19/2006

Where Purchased: Replay Music

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 300 ($US)

Sound

It has good full sound.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

It was all set up.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Mahogany resonator. Good simple appearance

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

HAve not had it long enough to tell.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

lifetime warranty from seller

Customer Service: 10

Components

Everything seems good.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

........

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by Unknown on 2/6/2005

Where Purchased: banjo.com

Year Purchased: 2005
Price Paid: 299 ($US)

Sound

for the price it can't be beat.i like bluegrass and its got a sound for it.it not as good more costy instruments,but if i had gotten a banjo like this one 20 years ago,i would be a much better player today.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

when it came in,all i had to do to it was fine tune it.goldtone and the folks at banjo.com all did a fine job of setting it up.the action up the neck is great.it plays very easy.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

it's a basic looking banjo.it has a dark finsh.dot markers.dark binding.fiddle headstock.the plus side is that it came with plantary tuners.something that you usually don't see in this price range.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

all the parts fit well.its a better banjo than what i was playing.i'llprobably be playing it for a long time to come.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

i dealt with the owner of banjo.com when i ordered it over the phone.he's agreat guy.very helpful with my order.i highly recomend them if youre looking for a banjo.

Customer Service: 10

Components

its made of good parts.maple neck. mahognay rim and resonator.brass tone ring.the biggest plu s is the plantary tuning pegs.to me a banjo doesnt look right with guitar type tuners.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

i love the instrument overall .if it was stolen i'd have to have another like it.i highly recommend this banjo to anyone looking for agood deal in a low cost quality banjo,beginner to intermediate player.

Overall Rating: 10

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