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Nov 22, 2019 - 6:10:52 PM
6 posts since 10/14/2019

What is the difference between a goldtone ob150 and a goldtone ob250? I haven't gotten a chance to play them both

Edited by - Lynne on 11/22/2019 18:25:07

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:41:35 PM

1947 posts since 5/2/2012

The pot/rim and tone ring are, I believe, the same for both banjos. The standard 250 has a wider/thicker tension hoop. In a recent post somebody said the tuners on the 250 are a bit better. The 250 has nicer wood on the resonator and wood (curly maple) binding. The wood on the resonator of the 150 is "plainer" and it has ABS binding. Personally, I think the OB150 is a better value, and just as good sounding and playing as the 250. Then there is the the 250+, with the JLS tone ring and the 250+TP, with the JLS tone ring and a Tony Pass rim, both at a higher price point.

Nov 23, 2019 - 2:22:39 AM

1951 posts since 12/31/2005

Ryan, they should have both at the Fifth String on Pleasantburg.  If not, Susan and Matthew can order you one.   It is smart to buy these from a dealer that you know will stand behind them if there are any issues.  They have several people there who can do any setup, tweaks, check for issues, etc.

Both models are described somewhat differently on the GoldTone page, which adds to the confusion of their naming system (OB does not mean open back and banjos in the same line have different components).

You'll see 250 is advertised as having a bell brass tone ring and the 150 a sand cast brass tone ring.  I don't know if that is a description issue or if the 250 is spun brass or what.  There is a 2 lb weight difference, so that can't be the extra inlay on the 250.  The 250 description states there is an extra deep resonator.  The 250 also has "master" planetary tuners vs. planetary tuners listed on the 150.  Both are listed as maple neck.  The 150 is a satin finish.  I don't know about the 250.

Visually, it looks like they were trying to make the 250 look like a nickel version of a Granada (although the 250 in the Gibson line was a much later mahogany model, so why they used that number I don't know).  The 150 kinda looks more like an older style 3 Gibson, but it is in maple and not mahogany.  It is, however, finished in mahogany so it will resemble a 3.  

OB-150

OB-250

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