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Gold Tone  CB-100  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by jetongue (see all reviews from this person) on 2/16/2010

Where Purchased: Fiddler's Green - Austin, TX

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 600 ($US)

Sound

The sound has the plunky goodness of authentic old-time banjos, but is also full and crisp. I switched the head from fiberskyn to a renaissance head, and now it really sings rich and loud.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

mine was NOT set up at all. i had to make quite a few adjustments. I lowered the action lots. The stock fiberskyn head needed serious tightening, but got it sounding good. it came with light gauge strings that caused lots of fretbuzz, but through experience i find medium to work alot better, and sound richer. brought it to life though.

Setup Rating: 3

Appearance

i purchased it on a whim because it was so damn beautiful. I have found most of the CB 100s to be maple, but mine is strangely made from a more walnut colored wood that i have yet to place. i love the simple star and dot inlays, and the shooting star @ 5th fret is quite classy. The finish brings out the grain of the wood nicely.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

The hardware isn't bad...not as good as my Tradesman, but gets the job done. This is a banjo made for learning and smaller jams/gigs or a decent backup banjo. PERFECT for the campfire circle.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

haven't needed any customer service, only had it for a year. BUT i hear Gold Tone is great about helping people with their warranty/repair issues.

Customer Service: 10

Components

the tuning pegs are on the sensitive side, but hold like the great wall of china. The hardshell case that came with it though is fantastic. i could hurl it off a building and it wouldn't get a scratch. again, i didn't like the sound of the stock fiberskyn head...not just on this banjo, but any banjo...just sound muddy to me. put on a renaissance head and it came alive.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

aside from the poor setup (i seem to have found the only one that wasn't ready to go right out of the factory), the GT cb-100 makes a great student or backup banjo. It feels smooth as butter under the fingers, and sounds like a dream once you get a feel for her.

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by freddfish (see all reviews from this person) on 2/22/2008

Where Purchased: online at www.clodhoppersmusic.com

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 500 ($US)

Sound

I play old-time frailing/clawhammer, and I find the sound most agreeable. I broke in on an old Rover with a bakelite rim, and this has proven to be an immeasureable improvement. It rings bright and well, and I stopped muffling it with a rag just because I liked hearing the whole sound.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Setup was fine right from the shop. Action was right where I wanted it, the strings were right on, the harmonics were on target with respect to bridge placement. No complaints.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Very attractive instrument, although I spec'd that I wanted the dark wood finish, rather than the pale wood color pictured on the site. No problem. No evident flaws or scratches.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

No problems, with the posible exception of a tuner peg handle going loose, probably from playing vibration. I tightened it up and rolled on, no biggie.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

They were great on the purchase and I have had no issues, so I will give them a 10 on the benefit of the doubt.

Customer Service: 10

Components

I don't like the pegs...they don't give a good enough degree of sensitivity when tuning. I might upgarde at some point in the future. I like the FiberSkyn head, and everything else though.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

Absolutely recomend it, for 500.00 it even came with a hard case thrown in (they no longer offer that tho...).

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by teacher (see all reviews from this person) on 2/16/2008

Where Purchased: Clodhopper's

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 478 ($US)

Sound

I'm a clawhammer player (novice-intermediate) and I've been playing a Deering Goodtime for about a year and a half and played a CB 100 in a music store and decided it sounded fine and decided to upgrade. The CB 100 has a brass tone ring and is louder than my Deering and at first when I played at home, it seemed too loud and brittle. Now that I've played it for several weeks, I love it! It came with medium gauge strings and I thought at first that I would go to light gauge, but I noticed that the fourth string notes sound better with the medium strings, so they will stay. This banjo has a frailing scoop, so it's easy to play up the neck and create different sounds than you would hear when playing on the head.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

The banjo came beautifully set up and ready to go. As I mentioned, I thought about light gauge strings, but put that aside. The action is low and suits my playing and I haven't made any changes in the instrument yet.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

The CB 100 is a great looking (and feeling) banjo. You can go to the Gold Tone site and see what they say. I can tell you that I'm impressed with the way the banjo looks and it didn't have any flaws when I got it.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

I've been playing the CB 100 for about 3 weeks now for about an hour a day and see no problems, nor do I expect any. My Deering has held up beautifully and has only a few fingernail scratches on the fretboard and the CB 100 has a rosewood fretboard, so I think it will outlast me!

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I got the banjo through Clodhopper's and had no problems with them and haven't had to get in touch with them for any reason.

Customer Service: 9

Components

The tuners are quite sensitive compared to the Deering Goodtime - just a slight tweek and you can be out of tune. I suspect that as I go on, they will break in and loosen up.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I got this banjo and a gig bag for $475 and certainly got what I was looking for. This banjo has more volume than my Deering, looks great and sounds great. Again, I've only had the CB 100 for 3 weeks, but I enjoy playing it as much as the Goodtime and it gives me much more bang for the buck!

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by teddy111 (see all reviews from this person) on 5/23/2007

Where Purchased: Banjostore (Spain)

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: Euro (540) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

I play almost down picking, drop-thumb, clawhammer)... loud enough to suit my needs, It sounds rich and full !

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

100 % OK ! Thank you the guys of Gold Tone, Florida !

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It's a simple 18 brackets open-back banjo... the peg-head is as simple as can be... only the Gold Tone logo on it... the planetary pegs are standards on this model !
It's a all maple banjo with a rosewood fingerboard... scalloped neck after the 17th fret for easily playing above it !
I like the ''shooting star'' inlay on the fingerboard... !

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

It seems "solid"... compare to the banjos that I've played in the past... they were very cheap ones... but as I've played an old bakelite pot Harmony for more than 20 years and sold it in mint condition to a friend... this Gold Tone will surely resist a long long time !

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

The seller in Spain (Website) seems to be the ''official'' distributor of Weissenborn & Gold Tone in Europe... friendly contact via e-mails with him !
Warranty is the same applied to all Gold Tone products !

Customer Service: 9

Components

The pegs are maybe cheap (?) but they hold the tuning right... !
The only upgrade I'll make is the tone ring... switching to a White Laydie one... but there is no urge !

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I recommend it... and not only as a beginner's banjo... every player who couldn't or wouldn't invest in an expensive banjo will find a good "frailer" in this one ! If this banjo was stolen, I'll be disappointed of course... but I surely buy another one !
Compare to the Harmony... impossible ! It's "night & day"... as I'm a guitar player too, I like the broader neck of the Gold Tone !

Overall Rating: 9

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