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Dec 5, 2023 - 12:19:36 PM
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2920 posts since 2/19/2008

I was really fortunate to pick up my main banjo, a vintage Gold Star, a couple years back. I finally got around to documenting the story about buying it and restoring it with Mike Munford and Frank Schoepf.

Blog entry on my '83 Gold Star

Dec 5, 2023 - 12:33:27 PM
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441 posts since 7/24/2021

Dude that is really cool! Awesome story, time line and the works. Thanks for sharing . Oh, the banjo sounds killer and the singing and picking are top notch. Best story I’ve heard or read this week . Obliged!

Dec 5, 2023 - 6:28:47 PM
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83 posts since 3/10/2009

Outstanding!!!!!!!!

Dec 5, 2023 - 6:36:15 PM
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15590 posts since 10/30/2008

I remember the first Gold Star flat head I encountered, actually a pair of them, at the BU Indian Springs (MD) Bluegrass Festival in 1981.

Owned by a young man and young woman, Bob Tice and the young lady's name was Moira something (I think). Both of them could PLAY, especially Crowe stuff, and those 2 banjos sounded like a million bucks. I remember they told me the price they paid was just ridiculously low, maybe $500 or so new? Hard to dredge that up.

But I was thoroughly impressed by these banjos. Stunned in fact. In those days contemporary Gibsons were kind of a joke, and Fenders or Baldwin/Odes were the leaders. Those 2 Gold Stars were head and shoulders better than those latter two. I was playing a 1926 Granada ball bearing then, which was a lovely and fun banjo, but nothing like the Gold Stars.

Dec 6, 2023 - 6:13:46 AM
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Dave Churm

Canada

115 posts since 7/24/2007

Own a 79 arch top, I would never sell it.

Dec 6, 2023 - 7:01:11 AM
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heavy5

USA

2929 posts since 11/3/2016

Enjoyed your post ---big fan of Gold Star here & was an early Saga dealer .
Think I've lost track of how many pre 86 GS banjos I have but I keep picking them up ?? I was able to purchase GS hardware for Gibson non Mastertone conversions of which I did a bunch in the late 70's & 80's in my part time shop. Saga also sold fretted inlayed Gibson clone mahogany unfinished necks w/ truss rods & no name on headstock w/ I think 3 different pearl inlay patterns including the Bella Voce for less than $50 ea . i think there are many of those floating around ! Saga's main man has been intent on providing quality off shore instruments since staring his business IMO .

Dec 7, 2023 - 4:51 AM
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1518 posts since 10/5/2006

Thank you for your kind words Tony.
I'm pleased that you are so happy with that fine sounding Gold Star.
You and the banjo sound great in the video!
Nice overall band sound - keep it going.

Dec 7, 2023 - 11:15:05 AM

Banjov1

USA

2920 posts since 2/19/2008

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Originally posted by Oldtwanger

Thank you for your kind words Tony.
I'm pleased that you are so happy with that fine sounding Gold Star.
You and the banjo sound great in the video!
Nice overall band sound - keep it going.


Thanks Frank that means a lot.

I'm so fortunate to have instrument resources near me like you and Mike. You guys are true treasures. Thanks for all your help

Dec 7, 2023 - 3:08:08 PM
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2760 posts since 10/17/2013

Had a 1981 G11W archtop a couple years back.

 Really, really incredible banjo.


 

Dec 7, 2023 - 3:32:20 PM
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14852 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by Banjov1

I was really fortunate to pick up my main banjo, a vintage Gold Star, a couple years back. I finally got around to documenting the story about buying it and restoring it with Mike Munford and Frank Schoepf.

Blog entry on my '83 Gold Star


Great story ...... and the video was outstanding!

Dec 8, 2023 - 7:57:57 AM
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6321 posts since 10/6/2004

Thats an excellent version of 'don't think twice' - really strong playing all round and thank you for sharing.

Yup - those old Goldstars are great - had an 81 AT for a while and it was a loud banjo.

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