I am an intermediate player with a Gold Tone CC-OT. It has served me well, but I find myself dreaming of a modest upgrade. I was considering just upgrading the hardware on my CC-OT (new bridge, tuners, brackets maybe) but then discovered the CB-100 on the Gold Tone website. I nearly ordered one of those, but then had the pleasure to meet in the flesh a Deering Goodtime Artisan Americana with scooped neck and railroad spikes. If it had been the brown-stained version versus the natural maple one that was in the shop, I might have taken it home on the spot. But since I'd have to order one in, they're similar in cost, and I haven't been able to handle a CB-100 in person, I am wondering if anyone here has an opinion on the sound/tone/accoutrements of the CB-100 vs the Goodtime Artisan Americana? Thanks for your insights!
I have owned 3 Goodtimes all with resonators and played a Goodtime Classic II with the steel tone ring. I currently have a Goldtone CB 100. The CB 100 feels like a more substantial banjo with more J hooks 24 vs 16, a heavier grooved tension hope, an adusable truss rod in the neck, a rosewood fingerboard and has a brass tone hoop. I enjoyed the Goodtimes light weight with a comfortable neck. The tone was nice not tubby but did’t ping either like a bell bronze tone ring, a whyteladie, spun over, or tubaphone.
The Americans will have a deeper tone due to the 22” pot whereas the CB 100 has an 11” pot. The CB 100 has a plucky tone, it was built from the ground up to have an OT sound.
I suggest looking at a Deering Vega Little Wonder. They cost more and I don’t know what funds you have available. I owned one before I decided to stick with 3 finger rather than claw and sold it. It had an amazing deep wood tone that was a joy to hear. The Little Wonder has finished neck that is really smooth, compared to the Goodtime neck.
Just food for thought, good luck and keep picking.
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What are your specs.?
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This is just to inform you that you have options, many other people change rims.
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