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Gold Tone  OT-6 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Clawhamr (see all reviews from this person) on 2/25/2009

Where Purchased:

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Wow. With a 14" pot, this behemoth really puts out the low frequencies generated by that low G string! Even so, the rest of the sound spectrum is there; the Renaissance head does indeed assure that the higher strings are well-represented. Overall, the OT-6 is a sonic home run.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Hats off to GT for a well-made nut, proper neck-set and low action. Maybe a little too low; I re-topped a 3/4" Moon bridge to raise the action a bit and carved a new 5th string nut. Perfection.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Bearing in mind its Chinese origin, this banjo is very well appointed, with tasteful early 20th century-style inlays, an attractive peghead shape and a good (albeit shiny) finish on the wooden components.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

The OT-6 seems very robustly built. I feel it will last for centuries.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Wayne and his crew are really committed to putting out a quality instrument with authentic vintage vibe coupled with modern materials and dependable performance. What questions I had were courteously answered and I found it a pleasure to talk with them.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Everything on this banjo speaks of quality for the dollar. A full complement of Gotoh machine heads handles tuning, the tailpiece handles loop end or ball end strings and the nut is real bone.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I love this thing! That bottom string ROCKS. The neck is comfy and I got used to extra width in five minutes. It's a great value.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by George Flink (see all reviews from this person) on 9/8/2008

Where Purchased: Elderly Instruments

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

I play clawhammer and mostly 6 string(low bass. I have some other 6 strings. The sound is loud, deep and bright with the particular resonance that you only get from a six.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

The set up was fine. I changed the bridge and strings but neither change was really necessary. I also removed the arm rest. The tailpiece was damaged in transit due to poor packing(unusual for Elderly). I had another 6 string tailpiece from Gold Tone so I replaced it.
Feel of the neck and fit to the pot was excellent. They really got this one right.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Finish is good. The peghead and fingerboard are bound as is the heel and the pot on the inside and outside. It has a nice curved scoop and some tastefully engraved inlays. I would have rather had a dowel stick than the coordinator rods. It comes with a nice HSC

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Looks to be reliable. I would use it on a gig.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Unknown as of now.

Customer Service: 8

Components

Parts all look first rate. Pegs seem surprisingly good and smooth. Shape and fit of the neck is perfect for me. The tail piece works well and looks handsome considering its size.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

If you like or think you would like to play a 6 string, this is the only game in town other than ordering custom which I have done in the past. The banjo is huge(14 in pot)but comfortable to play. the sound is great and it looks good as well.

Overall Rating: 9

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