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Gold Tone  BG-150F Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Bigger Al (see all reviews from this person) on 3/10/2017

Where Purchased: Musicians Friend

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: 640.00 ($US)

Sound

Great sound, full mellow tone, but not quite the crack of an all maple rm and resonator. I plolay for myself in my home so I con't need the huge volume of a bell tone ring. Rolled brass is fine.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Banjo was well set up by Gold Tone. Just had to tune the strings and that was it.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

I like the blingt on the banjo. Hearts and flowers inlays on the neck and a fancy new inlaid tuning peghead that is exclusive to the BGT150F

Appearance Rating: not rated

Reliability

I have no idea what the reliability will be, but seems to be high quality parts. I would use it anywhere.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

H and durableaven''t contacted them for anything but has a lifetime warranty.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Comes standard with a 14" mahogany resonator, a rolled brass tone ring, planetary tuners, and a maple bridge topped with ebony. Parts seem to be of top quality and durable. Head is a Remo top frosted weather king. Armrest is the standard Gold Tone engraved rest.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

So far I am pleased with this banjo.  I had my doubts about purchasing from Musicians Friend because they don't set up their instruments but took the risk that Gold Tone set it up properly and they did.  Sound is to my liking for bluegrass even though it doesn't have the crack or a maple resonator.  Softer sound and more mellow.  Nice action on the neck and tuners seem to hold,

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by pickincat (see all reviews from this person) on 1/21/2014

Where Purchased: Sam Ash

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 618.00 ($US)

Sound

It has a rolled brass tone-ring. It has ring and more than normal sustain. It really adds to any style.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Besides some asshole tuning the jos like guitars, this thing really rang after I tuned it correctly. I think GT delivered it pretty much set up because no one at Sam Ash knows squat about jos.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Its nice chrome and dark wood with some nice aesthetics. It's prettier than most.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

Appears to be very well built. I'd give it a 10 but it takes a year to make sure wood was cured properly. It has a good finish. I definitely can't wait to to use it at a gig.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I'm new to Gold Tone and I've had no reason to contsact them.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

I think the rolled brass tone-ring is what makes this model so good. To get this kind of sound and tone ring quality in other brands, they charge anywhere from $1k to $10k for the option.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Very well balanced.  Best sounding resonator I have and it doesn't weigh as much as a bowling ball.  If you can get one of these for your first banjo, you may never find another the sounds good enough to replace it without some $$$. 

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by banjopug (see all reviews from this person) on 2/20/2011

Where Purchased: Ebay. New from Music Store

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: 540 ($US)

Sound

AMAZING. Light and well made. Cannot be matched by any other mid grade banjo for construction and sound. I had a cripple creek and could never get the ripping tone I wanted out of it. NOT SO HERE!!! This thing is perfect. And I started on a crap banjo, then a Harmony, then the Cripple Creek Gold Tone...I'm not buying another one now. I found it. Go on Youtube and look up the demo on this puppy. It's awesome.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

I tuned it out of the box and put a new bridge on it...but that's it. The neck is nice and slim and the headstock looks like an old Gibson design...sort of. Well made.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Beautiful hearts and flowers inlay. The mother of pearl on the headstock is beautiful too. I liked my lighter maple banjo for the color... But when a banjo sounds this good...It could be smurf blue and I would have still bought it.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

WELL MADE TUNERS!!!!!!!!!!! Unlike the craptacular tuners that I experienced on the Recording King 20. What a hunk of crap that thing was. Cheaply made, cheap wood, poor, poor, poor. AND IT WOULDN'T hold a tune. This thing holds a tune for months.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

These guys are great. Chinese made banjo but i'll play this next to a Deering Goodtime 2 and blow it out of the water every time. No contest. Gold tone has the stuff.

Customer Service: 9

Components

No. Absolutely not. The flange is beautiful. The armrest is STRIKING! And I love Gold Tone's tail pieces. In this price range...Try to beat a Gold Tone. I couldn't.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I am a poor guy. Had to sell the cripple creek for 3 something to get into this one at 5 something. No comparison. I don't play open back so the detachable resonator on the cripple creek was cool, but useless for me. I want that sharp Scruggs sound. If you do to. You will NOT BEAT THE SOUND IN THIS PRICE RANGE!!! I guarantee it. Go on Youtube and listen. You'll see!

Overall Rating: 10

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