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Feb 18, 2020 - 5:37:47 PM

giffy

USA

1 posts since 2/16/2020

Hey gang, long time lurker of the hangout - new poster. I've read thread after thread (actually every thread I can find) regarding dropping in an archtop tone ring into a flathead banjo. I have a Gold Tone OB-300 that I'd like to throw an archtop tone ring in, however all of my research tells me the only way to do so without modifying the rim is to;

A.) Buy a discontinued StewMac flathead to archtop to tone ring conversion ring (if anyone has one please let me know I'll happily buy!)
B.) Buy some sort of 1/4' spacer to place on top of the rim under a regular archtop ring (my efforts in this have been in vain).
Or C.) Purchase and entirely different rim made for an AT.

Does anyone have any suggestions or can somehow point me in the direction of sourcing a conversion ring from flathead to archtop or sourcing a 1/4' spacer to throw on the rim under an AT tone ring? I know everyone here is probably sick to death of hearing this question, but after endless hours of researching this someone has to done the conversion without modifying the rim successfully. For what it's worth I have reached out to StewMac and Gold Tone directly which both informed me I'd just simply need to purchase a new rim made for an AT.

Thanks!
Tyler

Feb 18, 2020 - 6:04:50 PM

14964 posts since 2/7/2003

There is NO guarantee that a conversion ring should you fine one will fit that banjo, its highly unlikely that it will fit without skilled rim modification

Goldtone are Chinese, parts like tonering are generic Chinese

Scott

Feb 18, 2020 - 6:37:34 PM
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245 posts since 3/29/2018

Good arch-tops pop up here in the classifieds regularly. Some of them are really good deals. I'd keep an eye out for one....you can really get some bang for your buck and it'll be So much better than an altered Gold Tone.

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:50:33 PM

158 posts since 5/3/2004

Many years ago I converted a nice Ibanez to archtop. I bought an unfinished archtop pot from Sullivan. Pot consisted of rim, ring, and flange. Ibanez parts and new pot went together easily and sounded great. They may still offer such a pot. You might take a look at their wesite.

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:41:44 PM
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10532 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by giffy

...or sourcing a 1/4' spacer to throw on the rim under an AT tone ring?


Here's 1/4 x 1/4 square wood dowel from you can cut spacers that will fit on top of the rim.

Choose you closest Home Depot store to see if these are in stock, and the aisle and bin where you'll find them.

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:45:51 PM
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438 posts since 10/17/2006

I may have a cutoff from a Sullivan factory floor rim that will work. We've done that in the past, or maybe you could request one from someone who fits tonerings to wood rims. It doesn't have to be glued on, just a good flat fit, although gluing on is better.

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:40:11 AM
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jmetz

USA

190 posts since 12/18/2004

Hi Folks,

I've converted three FHs to ATs. The first two I used cutoff waste rings from other rims. The last one I bent a 9/32' brass rod to fit inside the tone ring. The banjo is heavy, but I liked the results. FWIW.

Take care,
Jim

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:52:32 AM

775 posts since 5/19/2018
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Flathead to Archtop conversion?

And thus it starts...

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:16:32 PM
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12723 posts since 6/29/2005

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Originally posted by Astrobanjo

Good arch-tops pop up here in the classifieds regularly. Some of them are really good deals. I'd keep an eye out for one....you can really get some bang for your buck and it'll be So much better than an altered Gold Tone.


Think about all those great old archtop tone rings that were cast aside when the owners cut their rims to fit latter-day flatheads— I wonder where they all are?  Maybe in some Indiana Jones type dusty warehouse with the Holy Grail.

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:29:44 PM

2453 posts since 4/16/2003

Leave the banjo you have alone, and look for an old GoldStar archtop from the late 70's-early 80's.

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