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Gold Tone: Dojo

Submitted by Gonzoso on 9/1/2011

Where Purchased: Ebay

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: 300 ($US)

Sound

It sounds like a guitar sort of. It has a lot of resonance and fast bluegrass gets muddy and doesn't sound right to me, but others tell me it sounds good. It plays blues, jazz, and rock very well. I enjoy this instrument as another machine to make sounds pleasing to me, although not really bluegrass.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo was set up well. Mine was a scratch and dent model sold on ebay, it was a scratch and dent at a music store, then the store went out of business and the seller obtained this banjo. I got it out of the box, tuned it and she played perfectly.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The dojo I got is very pretty. The wood seems to be a nice mahogany with a pleasant but not too glossy finish. The only defects it has are a few small scratches in the finish at the bottom of the instrument on the side where you're arm rests. They're not even visible really.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

Solid for the price.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

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Customer Service: not rated

Components

Sounds awesome, tuners are solid no problems yet.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

It's a neat instrument an has its own sound. I stopped at a guitar shop and this metal looking guy with tats and a shaved head and beastly beard picked it up and played it for a few minutes and got really into it and said it was one of the neatest things he's played. Everyone that's heard it has liked it. I like it because I can't play a guitar to save my life but I can tear up a banjo really well for some reason, so I can transfer my banjo skills into something that almost sounds like a guitar. It's a nice instrument and fun to play with. I don't think I would spend 600-700 dollars on it. 300-400 is about what its worth to me. They can be found used for that price if you're savvy.

Overall Rating: 10

Cases (Soft, Gig Bags): Boulder Alpine

Submitted by Gonzoso on 1/21/2011

Where Purchased: Elderly Instruments

Overall Comments

I ordered this from Elderly instruments and expected to pay the 50$ and shipping too. I checked out at 50$ and then I got an email saying not only did I get free shipping, but 10$ off my purchase!!

The case is great and seems like it was made for my Morgan Monroe ol' Smokey, which is almost exactly the same as a GT CC100. The stitching is well done, the bag is high quality and durable. I love the back pack straps, I can carry this banjo on my motorcycle or bicycle.

Overall Rating: 10

Morgan Monroe: Ol' Smokey Ol' Smokey

Submitted by Gonzoso on 8/24/2010

Where Purchased: East Stroudsburg Pawn

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 125 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

I got this as a backup/travel/beater banjo. I really like it, it sounds great. It is pretty loud and has a sweet sound too it. Kinda twangy but not too much so. I am almost liking it as much as my Mastercraft Classic. I gave it a ten because this sounds darn good for a 125$ banjo, way better than I expected.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

It came from a pawn shop. God knows who had it before me or how long it sat in the dry air conditioned room for. The strings were rusty, the head was loose, but otherwise in good shape.

Setup Rating: 5

Appearance

It has nice inlay in the fret board. It is a pretty plain banjo, nothing fancy. All the wood is pretty well fitted.

Appearance Rating: 7

Reliability

This poor banjo must have gone through hell I think. The strings were old, pitted and rusty. It sounded terrible when I played it in the shop. The head was loose and it was not kept well. Despite this with a little help from the internet and a book I was able to get this banjo sounding great in an hour or so, new strings, tightening the head, etc. The guitar tuners are simple but they work well.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Not applicable

Customer Service: not rated

Components

This banjo seems to be identical in every way to a Gold Tone CC100. The tuners, neck, tone ring, tailpiece all look the same, the only difference is the shape of the head and the label as far as I can tell.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

This is a nice banjo, it sounds very good. I don't think they make it anymore so if you find one used for a fair price I would recommend it. If you want something to compare it to look at a cc100 by gold tone, probably made by the same asian company.

Overall Rating: 9

Mastercraft: Classic

Submitted by Gonzoso on 8/24/2010

Where Purchased: Banjohut

Year Purchased: 2010
Price Paid: 429 ($US)

Sound

I got this as my first banjo. I am learning to play bluegrass. It is a great starter banjo in my opinion. It is pretty loud and has a bright sound to it.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo played great right out of the case. Banjohut was true to their word and set it up perfectly. Since having it I have replaced the strings twice and the bridge and messed up the set-up. It frustrated me fixing it but I learned how to adjust a few things. Had the banjo been set up poorly when I got it I would not have learned as much as I did. A new player ought to have a banjo that sounds good without having to fiddle with it.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Appearance Rating: not rated

Reliability

This banjo is beautiful. The wood is pretty, the finish is flawless. The only ugliness I see on it some sloppy gluing on the fret board. Some of the frets have some exposed glue on the ends of the frets. Not a big deal though. The rest of the banjo is good and seems durable. No problems yet. The bridge came with a little nick next to the 5th string notch. It got messed up and eventually developed a buzz, so I installed a new bridge.

Reliability Rating: not rated

Customer Service

Have not dealt with them, but they shipped it pretty quick.

Customer Service: 10

Components

The case is great. I love the case it came in. Thanks to the case my banjo looks exactly like it did the day I got it. No scratches, dings, or dents. Every banjo ought to have a hard case. I throw it in the back of my jeep, take it to work, whatever and it still looks pretty. The tuner is good. The lesson book is kind of weak.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Good quality package for pretty reasonable, especially with the case. The lesson book is a little bit weak though. It only teaches Blackberry Blossom, Bile dem cabbage down, and cripple creek. You will outgrow the lesson book in like 2 weeks and need a more advanced one. The lesson book was thorough on what it did teach though.

Overall Rating: 10

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