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Gold Tone: Cripple Creek 100R Plus

Submitted by Banjo Pappy on 1/8/2016

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Year Purchased: 2016
Price Paid: 645 ($US)


The CC100R+ sounds like a classic Banjo. I was very pleased with the overall sound and tone. It has plenty of volume.

Sound Rating: 9


The Banjo came set up by Goldtone and was already tuned. I used the electronic tuner to dial it in just a small amount.
The action is low, very nice for a beginner.
I bought the student package through and it came with a nice Gig Bag, tuner, DVD, picks and free online lessons which Ross does a great job producing. They are easy to follow along and its like being live with the instructor.

Setup Rating: 10


The Banjo looks classy. It arrived in perfect shape, no dings, dents or scratches. It is fairly a plain jane without much over the top decoration.
The armrest is nicely engraved. The wood resonator and neck has a beautiful finish.

Appearance Rating: 7


The hardware seems like it is well built. After two hours practice, I re-checked tuning and it was right on so it holds a tune even with new strings.
The planetary gears are well made.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

I bought this Banjo through Ross Nickerson at It was a fantastic experience. Ross and I spoke on the phone many times and he was always interested in what features and sound and price range I wanted. He suggested several models that would meet my needs. I was really impressed that a Professional Banjo player would take the time to help a newbie out.

Customer Service: 10


At this point I could not be more satisfied. The CC100R Plus has fantastic sound, easy to play, and is much lighter than some others out there.
Maybe they could dress it up a little more for the $600 price range.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

I could have spent more for a top dollar heavier banjo with more decoration, but I think Ross helped me pick the perfect instrument for what I needed which was something with good sound, easy to play, learn on that would keep a tune.

The Gold tones have beautiful sound and are made in the USA with a great warranty.

If your interested in learning Banjo, I cannot recommend enough. Call or e-mail Ross and he will help you with selection of a nice Banjo and give you all the items you need with it to start learning.

A big thank you to Ross for helping me get started on a Banjo that's been on my bucket list for a long time!

Overall Rating: 10

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