Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

385
Banjo Lovers Online


Gold Tone CC-100R+ vs Deering Goodtime 2 vs Used Epiphone MB-250

Want to hide these Google ads? Join the Players Union!
May 23, 2020 - 4:20:57 AM

soulside86

Australia

5 posts since 5/23/2020
Online Now

Hi all

I'm looking for some advice when it comes to upgrading from a cheap 'Freedom' bottle cap banjo.

I don't have many options as I live in Australia and there isn't much variety in the banjo's available here, only Deering, Gold Tone, entry level and high-end Recording King, and a bunch of cheap chinese ones.

I was looking at getting either a Gold Tone CC-100R+ or a Deering Goodtime 2 as I can get those for roughly the same price, AUD$1195 and AUD$1249 respectively. Alternatively, I could save up a bit more for a Gold Tone BG-250F or Deering Goodtime Special at AUD$1895.

However, today I stumbled across a used Epiphone 5 string, that I'm pretty confident is a MB-250, which has been upgraded with a new Remo Frosted head, new Presto tailpiece, new Sosseebee maple/ebony bridge, new 5th string peg, and, spikes at 7th, 9th and 10th frets. The asking price is AUD$950. Link with more pictures here - http://banjostore.fingerstyle.com.au/epiphone.html.

After digging up some of specs on the Epiphone, the only thing I can't find out is what type of construction has been used for the pot, 3-ply or multi-ply. Link to what I think are the right specs here - http://www.epiphonewiki.org/index/MB-Series.php#MB-250.

I have emailed the seller to see if they can tell me but thought I would also ask here in case anyone knows, or has more insight on the Epiphone.

I also won't be able to play the Epiphone before buying it as it's located about a 2 day drive away from me and I just don't have the ability to go on a four day round trip just to try a banjo.

Any information or feedback is appreciated.

Thanks

Edit - added links as I've now reached the 3 post requirement.

Edit 2 - turns out the seller had already sold the Epiphone, they just hadn't updated their website.






 

Edited by - soulside86 on 05/23/2020 19:58:59

May 23, 2020 - 5:57:55 AM
likes this

beegee

USA

21610 posts since 7/6/2005

The CC100-rand Goodtime would be roughly comparable and the MB-250 and BG-250 would be comparable. I would have no hesitation in buying the Epiphone vs. the rest given the prices you list. personally, i would rather buy a Recording King RK-35 or higher model if available.

May 23, 2020 - 6:21:48 AM
likes this

Edwards

USA

85 posts since 3/26/2014

Man I would take the drive, I know it’s four hours but you might have this banJo for a long time and it’s better to have hands Instead of just an images. I agree with the gentleman above that is an excellent price. 

Edited by - Edwards on 05/23/2020 06:24:53

May 23, 2020 - 6:24:53 AM

soulside86

Australia

5 posts since 5/23/2020
Online Now

quote:
Originally posted by beegee

The CC100-rand Goodtime would be roughly comparable and the MB-250 and BG-250 would be comparable. I would have no hesitation in buying the Epiphone vs. the rest given the prices you list. personally, i would rather buy a Recording King RK-35 or higher model if available.


I would love to be able to get my hands on a RK-35. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be available in Australia.

May 23, 2020 - 6:26:38 AM

soulside86

Australia

5 posts since 5/23/2020
Online Now

quote:
Originally posted by Edwards

Man I would take the drive, I know it’s four hours but you might have this banJo for a long time and it’s better to have hands Instead of just an images. I agree with the gentleman above that is an excellent price. 


I wish it was four hours, I would take that drive. Unfortunately its a 4 day (1600 mile) round trip.

Edited by - soulside86 on 05/23/2020 06:28:55

May 23, 2020 - 7:04:34 AM
likes this

1112 posts since 2/4/2013

I'd certainly get the Epiphone. It's much more like the real deal even if it's unclear what the rim is. I have seen it mentioned in one review as multiply. The tone ring is probably not brass but I've seen it described as brass. Epiphone couldn't describe their instruments properly so it's guess work. It might be that components changed over the years. The key thing is that setup properly it sounds like a decent resonator banjo.

May 23, 2020 - 3:53:34 PM

soulside86

Australia

5 posts since 5/23/2020
Online Now

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker

I'd certainly get the Epiphone. It's much more like the real deal even if it's unclear what the rim is. I have seen it mentioned in one review as multiply. The tone ring is probably not brass but I've seen it described as brass. Epiphone couldn't describe their instruments properly so it's guess work. It might be that components changed over the years. The key thing is that setup properly it sounds like a decent resonator banjo.


Thanks. I was leaning towards it as it seems to be the best upgrade considering the price. Certainly would be more bang for buck than the Gold Tone CC-100R+ or a Deering Goodtime 2. The only one I've been looking at that is similar is the Gold Tone BG-250F but it's twice the price and I would probably need to replace the tailpiece at a minimum.

May 23, 2020 - 7:57:55 PM

soulside86

Australia

5 posts since 5/23/2020
Online Now

Heard back from the seller.  Seems its been sold but they haven't updated their website.

May 26, 2020 - 12:19:10 PM

11 posts since 12/12/2019

I purchased a new Deering Goodtime Artisan Special with a resonator. It is really nice and has a tone ring, comes with the railroad spikes installed and planetary tuners. I like the weight too at 8lbs. The sound is crisp and bright. My banjo instructor really likes it and always compliments how it sounds and likes to play it. I know the RK-35 is a really good banjo as well. I was able to find a new in box model of the Deering Goodtime Artisan Special at a music store and could play it. I really liked the feel of the neck and the fretboard compared to the cheap banjo I had before. Also I wanted American made, I will not buy from china if I can help it. Good luck, I think either will make you happy.

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.265625