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May 12, 2024 - 2:37:34 PM
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Hey Folks, now that I've had this banjo for a few weeks I've made a full review video.  This is a killer banjo!

May 12, 2024 - 3:12:38 PM

13152 posts since 10/27/2006

Looks nice; sounds good. Should please a lot of players.

May 13, 2024 - 6:51:04 AM

lazyarcher

Canada

7383 posts since 4/19/2004

Great looking and sounding banjo. The only suggestion I would throw in for what its worth cosmetically accurate for a Granada..would be the neck and reso binding. Could they do the white/black line/white?


 

May 13, 2024 - 1:43:29 PM

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The white/black/white binding was one of the details I suggested they change from the prototype. I'm not sure why it didn't get there, but most of the important structural changes I suggested they did do. It could have been a cost thing.

May 14, 2024 - 8:48:46 AM

lazyarcher

Canada

7383 posts since 4/19/2004

quote:
Originally posted by banjo1930

The white/black/white binding was one of the details I suggested they change from the prototype. I'm not sure why it didn't get there, but most of the important structural changes I suggested they did do. It could have been a cost thing.


Its just a tiny picky detail cause Ive always been a Granada guy...but it looks like they dialed in the rest..especially the Granada sound!

May 16, 2024 - 6:01:42 AM

1489 posts since 10/21/2004

banjo1930 , I really enjoyed your review of this banjo. Do you know when they are scheduled to be available to purchase?

May 16, 2024 - 4:30:49 PM

1489 posts since 10/21/2004

Nevermind. I found one in stock. :)

May 19, 2024 - 3:55:28 PM

15318 posts since 6/2/2008

Is the tone ring the same as in the Twanger and Bela? Actually, are those the same as each other? I know the OB-2 Bowtie has a different number of holes, for historical purposes, but is it otherwise the same ring? Or the OB-150 for that matter.

What I'm getting at: How many different tone rings does Gold Tone put in its banjos? From my limited understanding of the efficiency of manufacturing and product lines, it wouldn't make economic sense to have different tone rings for all these models.

Do you know what's under the hood?

May 19, 2024 - 4:01:03 PM

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The Grandee's have a 20 hole bell brass tonering and standard rim thickness. Both the OB-3 and OB-B have the no hole ring and fat rim and as far as I know the OB-2 has a 19 hole ring like some of the old bowties did.

May 19, 2024 - 9:21:30 PM

15318 posts since 6/2/2008

Got it. But aren't holes drilled after casting? Are the no-hole, 19-hole and 20-hole rings the same cast ring with the holes being the only difference?

May 20, 2024 - 8:47:15 AM

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Thats a good question. Ill ask them.

May 20, 2024 - 4:08:55 PM

2 posts since 5/19/2024

Hey! I’ve been looking at this and the OB-standard earl Scruggs replica. Which one would you recommend?

May 20, 2024 - 6:55:55 PM

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The OB-G and OB-S, as far as I know, are basically the same components aside from the Grandee being gold plated and engraved with a Prucha clamshell and the OB-S having nickel plating and presto tailpiece. They should sound tonally similar, though some people believe that the gold plated banjos sound different. While I don't know about that, I can say that this Grandee that I have is absolutely awesome.

May 22, 2024 - 2:08:04 PM

Karlp

UK

27 posts since 9/23/2019

Ive got a granada and a earl scruggs special after listening to the gold tone grandee im very impressed .i think its the best sounding and value for money banjo avalible

May 22, 2024 - 9:55:13 PM

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Fingerboard is ebony. So, this is more like an ESS with gold hardware.

May 23, 2024 - 7:54:44 AM

lazyarcher

Canada

7383 posts since 4/19/2004

quote:
Originally posted by ceemonster

Fingerboard is ebony. So, this is more like an ESS with gold hardware.


I noticed the ebony fingerboard also which is a deviation from the traditional Granada rosewood...any thoughts pro/con on that choice?

Edited by - lazyarcher on 05/23/2024 07:54:57

May 23, 2024 - 8:43:33 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by lazyarcher
quote:
Originally posted by ceemonster

Fingerboard is ebony. So, this is more like an ESS with gold hardware.


I noticed the ebony fingerboard also which is a deviation from the traditional Granada rosewood...any thoughts pro/con on that choice?


 

I personally won't have a maple bluegrass resonator banjo with an ebony fretboard.     For walnut and mahogany I'm open to rosewood or ebony, but for maple I'd only go rosewood.    Have never liked the ESS tone but usually like the tone of the Granada and the '49 Classic (which I call "The Nickel Granada" due to its rosewood board).

But this is strictly subjective.  The maple Stelling banjos and the maple Hopkins banjos have ebony boards, and are loved by many.    YMMV.  

 

It might be a great banjo, but I do think it's a stretch on the GT site description to call this a "reissue" of the Gibson Granada.  No rosewood, no Granada.

Edited by - ceemonster on 05/23/2024 08:47:26

May 23, 2024 - 3:10:05 PM

lazyarcher

Canada

7383 posts since 4/19/2004

With an ebony board its very reminiscent of the Earl Scruggs Golden Deluxe..basically a Granada style with an ebony fingerboard. I just did a complete setup on one for a friend and it was a monster.

May 26, 2024 - 9:19:04 AM
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banjoez

USA

2806 posts since 7/18/2007

No matter how you may feel about Gold Tone their newer line of banjos (Twanger, Standard and Grandee) punch way above their weight when it comes to power and tone. Sure, they need some setup work usually and their QC hasn't quite caught up to much higher priced instruments but once dialed in they are top performers. I rotate playing my banjos out all the time and honestly the GT Twangers are as good or better sounding than many of my higher end instruments. Can't say the same for some of the other affordable banjos I've owned. They definitely deserve a try. Crank the head to an A, put light guage strings on and a good SS bridge and let 'er rip!

Edited by - banjoez on 05/26/2024 09:26:26

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