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Where Purchased: Ebay. New from Music Store
Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: 540 ($US)
AMAZING. Light and well made. Cannot be matched by any other mid grade banjo for construction and sound. I had a cripple creek and could never get the ripping tone I wanted out of it. NOT SO HERE!!! This thing is perfect. And I started on a crap banjo, then a Harmony, then the Cripple Creek Gold Tone...I'm not buying another one now. I found it. Go on Youtube and look up the demo on this puppy. It's awesome.
Sound Rating: 10
I tuned it out of the box and put a new bridge on it...but that's it. The neck is nice and slim and the headstock looks like an old Gibson design...sort of. Well made.
Setup Rating: 9
Beautiful hearts and flowers inlay. The mother of pearl on the headstock is beautiful too. I liked my lighter maple banjo for the color... But when a banjo sounds this good...It could be smurf blue and I would have still bought it.
Appearance Rating: 9
WELL MADE TUNERS!!!!!!!!!!! Unlike the craptacular tuners that I experienced on the Recording King 20. What a hunk of crap that thing was. Cheaply made, cheap wood, poor, poor, poor. AND IT WOULDN'T hold a tune. This thing holds a tune for months.
Reliability Rating: 10
These guys are great. Chinese made banjo but i'll play this next to a Deering Goodtime 2 and blow it out of the water every time. No contest. Gold tone has the stuff.
Customer Service: 9
No. Absolutely not. The flange is beautiful. The armrest is STRIKING! And I love Gold Tone's tail pieces. In this price range...Try to beat a Gold Tone. I couldn't.
Components Rating: 10
I am a poor guy. Had to sell the cripple creek for 3 something to get into this one at 5 something. No comparison. I don't play open back so the detachable resonator on the cripple creek was cool, but useless for me. I want that sharp Scruggs sound. If you do to. You will NOT BEAT THE SOUND IN THIS PRICE RANGE!!! I guarantee it. Go on Youtube and listen. You'll see!
Overall Rating: 10
'10 1/2” head ' 2 hrs