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Gold Tone  PS-250 Plectrum Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Aerrtvaa (see all reviews from this person) on 9/18/2011

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Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 658 (EUR) historic exchange rates / currency converter


Great sound for trad jazz. I play in a big band (10 brass horns) and the banjo will cut through most of the time.

Having only played cheap (aluminum rim etc) banjos before this one, I was very happy with the sound of a real (mastertone style) banjo and it always brings a smile to my face when i play it. Obviously it's not a top of the line model, but I don't think there's any plectrum banjo in that price range that comes close sound-wise.

Sound Rating: 8


Setup was good. I always do some tinkering with a new instrument, but there wasn't really anything that needed changing. It has all the normal setup options and everything is easily adjusted to any specific tastes.

Setup Rating: 9


I think it looks perfect. Clean hearts and flowers inlays, beautiful wood and solid-looking metal parts. Nothing ostentatious, just pure class. It looks like an instrument that wants to be played.

Appearance Rating: 10


All the hardware feels solid. Finish also good, I have owned it for a year and a half and so far finish still looks like new (after some polishing). I have great faith in its reliability and trust it completely

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I have not had any direct dealings with Gold Tone. The warranty does not apply to banjos owned by non-US residents. was great to deal with, and I would recommend anyone in Europe interested in buying a banjo to check them out. I received answers to all my emails within 15 minutes!

Customer Service: 5


The original plastic parts on the tuners were weak, two of them cracked and needed to be replaced. Other than that, no problems at all. It has the most solid-looking tailpiece I have ever seen on a banjo.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

All in all, it's a great banjo at a very attractive price. It's the only quality plectrum banjo in production in that price range that I've been able to find. If it was stolen I would probably buy the same model again.

Also, if you're a jazz player, plectrum is so much cooler than tenor :)

Overall Rating: 10

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