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Gold Tone: Cripple Creek CC100

Submitted by TomJoad on 1/17/2015

Where Purchased: Andy Perkins Banjo Works, Faversham, Kent. UK

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 410 (UK £) historic exchange rates / currency converter


The sound is pretty good for clawhammer style that I play.

Sound Rating: 8


The set up was fine.

The action was set quite low so that it would be easy for beginners to play it but it was too low for me. I had to play with a very light touch. I swopped the 17mm bridge for a higher 19mm bridge and I could then play louder.

Setup Rating: 9


White maple neck. The laminated maple rim now has the same colour finish as the neck which is very good with no flaws.

Black rosewood fretboard has attractive mother of pearl snowdrop position markers.

Arm rest is chrome coloured with Gold Tone logo.

I am pleased with the appearance.

Appearance Rating: 9


Andy Perkins customises the Gold Tone stock banjos with a number of upgrades so it came with free planetary tuners, geared 5th string tuner, Remo Renaissance head and No-Knot tailpiece. I also requested a scoop which he did within 24 hours and he made a good job of it.

It has a solid feel to it while remaining light at only 5 ibs.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Andy is quick to reply to emails. New bridges arrived promptly even during Christmas period.

1 year warranty.

Customer Service: 10


The banjo was already customised with upgrades mentioned above.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I wanted a lightweight banjo with a wide neck and this model met both those requirements. The weight is 5 Ibs and the neck is 3/8" at the nut. 

The actual price of the banjo was £375 but I asked Andy to cut a scoop which added an extra £35 to the cost.

I am pleased with the instrument. No complaints.


Overall Rating: 9

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