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Earl's Breakdown - lightweight Wood Rim Gold Star One-Off

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Apr 9, 2019 - 8:31:08 AM
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152 posts since 11/11/2006

"Earls Breakdown" has become my go-to tune to fully run an axe through its paces. In this case, I still can't believe this one off Gold Star only has a wood rim with no metal tone ring of any kind!!! Plus it's good to hear it again since I sent it out to Cali so the folks at Saga could do a little R&D with it.

Just a little backstory on this banjo... I built this with the help of Saga Music and leftover parts from the dusty back warehouse shelves. It features a...

GF-100HF neck
GF-300 resonator
Flinthill one-piece wood rim ( no metal tone ring or hoop )
Prucha hardware
Cheat-a-keys D tuners

I hope you enjoy this super lightweight little powerhouse!

All the best and keep rollin,


#81crowe #russcarsonbanjo #goldstarbanjo

Apr 9, 2019 - 8:45:22 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


21930 posts since 6/25/2005

Sounds great. At least half of that’s the player.

Apr 9, 2019 - 9:05:58 AM

30 posts since 10/21/2018

Fine job well done. I agree with Bill Rogers, playing with that level of speed and precision doesn't just happen by itself. Those years of serious practice (as well as a love for the instrument) have certainly payed off.

Apr 9, 2019 - 2:16:15 PM



40447 posts since 10/5/2013

Wow,, super! Great tone,, maybe (if I can be so bold) the tone up at the 21st fret is a bit weaker than a banjo with a ring, no?

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:51:43 AM
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414 posts since 1/23/2016

Sounds great! Great playing!! It amazing that a bunch of modern and inexpensive parts can sound that good. Also, I have been watching those videos you do with the hat camera. Those are really great learning tools, particularly for backup and band interaction! What is really helping me is to listen how you back off and/or surge, as needed, and really finesse/accentuate certain sounds at certain times within the backup. I am also learning more efficient ways to play some backup licks. So thanks for those videos.

Apr 28, 2019 - 8:11:21 AM



1154 posts since 6/10/2004

That‘s fabulous - and what I really like is that there seem to be a few sneaky notes in between all of Earl‘s standard ones. :-)

Funny thing, though - everyone likes to play this tune fast, but to my ears it also sounds great at a slow speed.

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