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Gold Tone: Ot-800 long neck

Submitted by greenepickins on 5/30/2012

Where Purchased: Gold Tone Factory

Year Purchased: 2012
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


The sound of this banjo is what I have been looking for! It is very loud, full, and has that classic Tubaphone sound through and through. Playing all the way up the neck sounds great. When capoed at the third for a regular G tuning it sounds like the regular OT800.

Sound Rating: 10


The setup could not have been any better. I called while on my way to the factory and they did the setup as soon as I got off the phone.

Setup Rating: 10


The appearance is stunning. Gorgeous inlays, beautiful maple and a nice headstock. There is not a single thing wrong with the appearance. The heavy gloss makes it shine and brings out all the details.

Appearance Rating: 10


I would depend on it even if World War 3 hit!

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

They instantly greet you with respect as a musician the second you walk into the factory. Everyone helps you out and is very nice about letting you walk around and see EVEYTHING. Wayne Rogers is a VERY nice guy and always seems happy to help. Last time I bought a non-longneck OT-800 he even jammed with me! A great honor that was.

Customer Service: 10


The hardware for the most part seems great. I might upgrade the stock bridge to a Sampson or a good old time one. But it does still sound good. The bracket band is solid, nice Tubaphone tone ring, the tuners work very good and seem to hold tune for eternity. No complaints here.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Overall this is my favorite banjo that I have EVER owned! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a longneck or even a regular scale banjo. Just capo up 3 frets! It just has THAT sound I have been wanting. Before I bought it I couldn't sing and play and almost instantly I changed that when playing it. Never will I ever sell this banjo. My grandkids will play it someday!

Overall Rating: 10

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