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Straps: Dogwood Designs Basket Weave

Submitted by lespik on 2/14/2011

Where Purchased: Dogwood Designs

Overall Comments

Just got this strap in this morning. The leather feels great & the craftsmanship looks to be top notch. I will be ordering another stap for my second banjo. You won't be disappointed with a Dogwood strap.

Overall Rating: 10

Gold Star: GF-100FE

Submitted by lespik on 1/11/2010

Where Purchased: online/rockstarsupply

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: $1100 ($US)


I am really enjoying this new banjo. After I had it set up it really rings out. I still haven't put the new strings and bridge on yet, but I can't wait to hear it !

Sound Rating: 9


The banjo wasn't set up bad. The head was a little to tight. I also had the tailpiece raised up some. The strings/bridge are on the way out as well.

Setup Rating: 8


This seems to be a pretty slick banjo. The wood and finish all look pretty good. I see no real flaws in the hardware either. There is a slight bit of distance between the flange and the resonator right at the neck joint. Everyone I have shown it to loves it

Appearance Rating: 9


I haven't had it that long, but nothing seems out of the ordinary. Tuners seem to be alright I suppose. Tail piece seems pretty cheap but alright for now.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

I haven't had any dealings with saga/goldstar

Customer Service: 10


The stock bridge is pretty cheap, and the strings needed to be changed in my mind, but thats pretty much standard.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I really like this gold star. It has plenty of volume and tone for my current skills. I would buy another one if I got rid of this one. If you can't find that mastertone money, save a few bucks and get one of these.

Overall Rating: 9

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