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Gold Tone: BC 350+

Submitted by robmac07 on 3/13/2010

Where Purchased: Import from US to Australia

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 1049 ($US)


Love the big warm deep sound of the 12" pot with just enough 'ring' and volume to cut through in a stringband. Just great for clawhammer.

Sound Rating: 10


Excellent. Perfect action and easy to play. Just tightened the Renaissance head a little

Setup Rating: 10


Fancy model with tasteful detailed pearl inlays like a prewar WW1 Orpheum. Gold plated. I like plainer banjos but all my other banjos except for one bluegrass model are very plain. The 'bling' of the 350 plus adds a vintage 'golden era' feel.

Appearance Rating: 10


Well made and holds tune beautifully. Play it anywhere.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Haven't dealt with Gold Tone but the service when shipped was excellent. Bought through web store. Paul Roberts was great

Customer Service: 10


All parts seem good quality. Solid maple rim and neck, fully bound ebony fingerboard, frailing scoop, rolled brass tone ring hoop. The inlay work is excellent. Gold plating looks well done. Amazing for a Chinese made instrument designed in the US.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Brilliant 12" pot compliment to my locally (Aussie) built 11" open backs and fancy too. I just love the tone, volume and variety of sounds I can produce on it. A Canadian TKL deluxe case was included in the price! Recommended for Old Timey players who want a fancier model.

Overall Rating: 10

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