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Gold Tone: Bob Carlin BC-350

Submitted by charliep on 4/5/2006

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Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


Excellent sounding clawhammer banjo.

Sound Rating: 10


Banjo was setup perfect right out of the box. Action was great .

Setup Rating: 10


Very pretty clawhammer banjo. Inlaid with star on head stock and another star at the 5th fret. Not fancy like a lot of resonator banjos but pretty in an understated way. The light finish is very attractive and I have found no defects in the finish.

Appearance Rating: 8


This is my third Goldtone banjo and I have never had any problems with reliability.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I overtightened an attachment bolt on the armrest and broke the bolt. Called Goldtone and they sent a new bolt and barrel nut free of charge. Excellent customer service.

Customer Service: 10


The only complaint I have about the banjo is the armrest, which they call a "Hog Dog Armrest". After playing for an extended period of time the armrest begins to dig into your arm. I replaced it with a vega style armrest. After replacing it I realized an easier solution {and cheaper} is to go to the hardware store and buy a length of clear tubing , cut it lengthwise,and put it on the outside edge of the armrest. This would give the armrest a more curved face and give your right forearm a break. The scooped fretboard, the 12" pot, and the plunky sound make a great clawhammer banjo.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Dynamite clawhammer banjo for the money. I've played other handmade banjo that cost substantially more money and I don't hear or see much diference. I would definately buy another if this one was stolen.

Overall Rating: 9

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