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Gold Tone: Orange Blossom OB-250

Submitted by jfrebel on 3/21/2012

Where Purchased: Denver Folklore Center

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: 1000 ($US)


The banjo has great tonal range, deep bass, and bell like treble, not harsh or sharp. You can pick it bluegrass style near the bridge and it pops and rings like any bluegrass banjo should. You can strum it like a guitar near the neck and it will sound rich and not too harsh or metallic. The sounds that come out of this thing are just straight up amazing. I can't get over how awesome this banjo's sound is!

Sound Rating: 10


The banjos set up was fine and the Denver Folklore Center double checked everything for me too. Any good store can make sure the set up is good before you take it home.

Setup Rating: 10


I love it! It's beautiful and no flaws that I can see. I like the color of the wood, and the nice looking inlays on the fingerboard and the nice shiny metal.

Appearance Rating: 10


The banjo feels solid in my hands. I would take it anywhere. I think it will last me a life time.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I emailed and called Goldtone to get info on their banjos before buying, and after buying it, I asked some set up questions. They are very quick to respond, and answered all my questions.

Customer Service: 10


Their brass tone rings have a nice sound that isn't too sharp, but yet still rings like a bell and it has good bass response. Their tuners are easy to use even for minor adjustments, and theres no harsh overtones. Their bridge now comes compensated so the intonation is solid.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Goldtone's make a great banjo at an affordable price. The OB-250 can hold its own against even 2 and 3 thousand dollar banjos but only costs a thousand. if you want a professional quality banjo but aren't rich, you can't go wrong with an OB-250!

Overall Rating: 10

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