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Gold Tone: Banjolele

Submitted by Gus Bloch on 10/13/2008

Where Purchased: Banjo.com

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Good banjo uke sound. I have installed an Aquilla banjo uke string set and lowered bridge height slightly. The third string nut slot is cut for standard strings, so it is too wide for wound third string in this set, but the tone is still clean at all frets.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Setup adequate.
Action OK.
See "reliability"

Setup Rating: 7

Appearance

Nice finish, no complaints

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

Tuners were low grade. I installed Grover 75W's with the new strings. Tuning is now more stable and user friendly. This instrument deserves better tuners as standard equipment.
I've learned to detension the head and check tightning on all the lug screws before retensioning on new banjos. (I wouldn't expect a dealer to take the time to do this for an instrument at this price point.) Many of these were loose and a couple were crossthreaded. Easy to chase the threads.

Reliability Rating: 5

Customer Service

Both Gold tone and Banjo.com are first rate to deal with.

Customer Service: 9

Components

Neck and pot nice. Brass tone ring a nice touch, but sloppy brazing at seam.
Tuners, see above.
How about using genuine "no-knot" tailpieces?

Components Rating: 6

Overall Comments

I like it for sure. I have an '20's era Slingerland banjolele which has a good sound, but its intonation and tuning stability have never been up to modern standards even after a lot of work.
This banjo is stable and has a clean tone and should last a long while.
A good uke is tons of four string fun and a banjo uke is a loud uke with a banjo tone and is not a substitute for a banjo. I prefer a standard uke when performing alone. Its tone is sweeter and it is a much more comfortable instrument to hold and sing with. The banjo uke can cut it and not get lost when there are other instruments in the mix.

Overall Rating: 8

Gold Tone: Bob Carlin BC-350

Submitted by Gus Bloch on 5/11/2007

Where Purchased: banjo.com

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Excellent sound. Great tonal range depending upon where it is strummed. The scooped next helps this.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Was set up OK, but needed some re-tuning which is expected. Action was quite high and bridge measured 3/4" high. This is a plus as it allows the customer to make easy adjustment. Sanding and polishing
the base with fine sand paper mounted on a glass surface to remove about 1/16+ solved this. Polishing the bridge base to 600 grit seems to imrove tone a bit. Neck setup and head tension were perfect.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

Nice looking and understated. No manufacturer's name on headstock.
Only the cognosenti will know the brand name which may be a plus for
some. Finish excellent at any price. The flush execution of the truss rod cover is a nice touch.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

My fourth Gold Tone product from Banjo.com. All have been completely reliable and stable once broken in. I expect the same from this one.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

They have always been helpful and friendly. A good friend of mine visited the them last summer and enjoyed their hospitality. 9Call first)
The dealer did a good job as usual.

Customer Service: 9

Components

I removed the armrest. Its a nice piece, but I find it unnecessary.
Lugs are good quality. I have had no problems yet with the stock
OEM planetary tuners. The rest is fine and even better considering the price.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

The wide neck and miniscule frets took some getting used to. Probably not a great choice for a beginner or someone who has never played a string instrument. I plan to install Aquilla Nygut strings after break in.
This will likey require some polishing of the tailpiece and such. I'll report on the results at a later date. I already really enjoy this instrument and I'm sure it will be a keeper.

Overall Rating: not rated

Gold Tone: Bluegrass Special BG-250F

Submitted by Gus Bloch on 4/29/2007

Where Purchased: banjo.com

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 700 ($US)

Sound

Good loud, clean tone. Best for bluegrass.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Set up was correct, but changed as banjo was broken in.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

Nothing special, but attractive. Nice wood figuring on headstock,.Deep, shinny chrome and pretty with a plain resonator.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

Hardware very solid. Tuners work well, seems overbuit, but this might be because it weighs thirteen pounds or so. It has never broken a string. After a month of so it buzzed a bit, so I followed the tune up proceedures sent with it from the factory. Been fine ever since.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Called Gold-Tone and talked to Wayne. He was very helpful and informative and willing to spend time talking to a customer.
Lifetime warantee. Doubt if it will ever be needed.
Should go without saying, but John at banjo.com was excellent to deal with as usual.

Customer Service: 9

Components

Everything is very functional as is and will probably last a long time. No fret wear noted yet. Tuners still work perfectly. The back of the flange is somewhat crude, but its not visible and at this price point, what else would one expect?

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I am adding my review to the long list of satisfied Gold Tone 250F customers. I bought it because I had excellent sucess with a previosly purchased Plectrum Special 250.
I am selling this banjo today to a good friend for $600. Why? Because
I find that as a singer, I'm more interested in classical and old time styles
and the neck on the 250 is too slim for my fat fingers to double thumb
cleanly. It is perfect for Scruggs style playing. My friend haas been shopping for a new banjo and has played many priced under $1200.
He prefers mine over them all and with a case it will be a bargin.
I would buy another and the Gold Tone BC 350 and WL 250 are both very high on my list.

Overall Rating: 9

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