Gold Tone Banjos
The Gold Tone Music Group was founded in 1993 by Wayne and Robyn Rogers. Wayne designed and built Gold Tone’s first instrument, the TB-100 travel banjo. Over time, and after a favorable review from Banjo Newsletter, demand for the TB-100 grew, and so did Gold Tone’s lineup. Built on affordable yet high-quality banjos, the company added other fretted instruments including banjitars (six-string banjos), mandolin-banjos, steel guitars, resonators, and mandolins. Gold Tone banjos are among the best in the world.
Blues Angel Music is proud to offer a breadth of Gold Tone instruments, including the popular banjos below. If you are interested in a particular model that is not currently in stock, let us know and we can have it on-hand in a matter of days.
OB-150: Orange Blossom Banjo
“Pre-war” style, at a price anyone can afford, AND authentic tone and superb playability describe the OB-150. This Bluegrass banjo sports a three-ply maple rim and one-piece flange (just like the megabucks originals), a maple neck inlayed in authentic style, a brass flathead tone ring and a smooth satin finish. The OB-150 is professionally set up in our Florida shop and comes with TRANSFERRABLE lifetime warranty. Available as left-handed model.
ML-1: Missing Link Béla Fleck Baritone Banjo
Béla Fleck, surely today’s best-known banjoist, has his own heroes. One of these, John Hartford, made extensive use of a low-tuned five-string banjo (a twelve-inch Farland from the 1920s) in his music. While Béla had already been playing a Gold Tone CEB-5 Cello Banjo, he felt that there should be a banjo to fill the gap between the cello banjo (tuned to G, an octave below the standard banjo) and the standard five-string. Béla collaborated with Gold Tone president Wayne Rogers over many months and after overcoming many challenges and the building of several prototypes, the ML-1 “Missing Link” came into being. Tuned to open C (in a G configuration, i.e. an octave below the fifth fret of a standard five-string) the ML-1 features a twelve-inch, three-ply maple rim supporting a bronze tone ring. A specially-made Remo Black Suede head carries a custom 7/8″ bridge and an all-wound custom string set hooks up to a Gold Tone Terminator tailpiece. The hard rock Canadian maple neck is topped by a rich black ebony fretboard, honed to a compound radius (5″ to 9″) and fitted with jumbo frets. The gorgeous art nouveau inlay pattern (of Béla’s own design) travels the length of the neck all the way to the peghead, interrupted only by a Zero Glide nut (for super-accurate intonation and low-friction tuning). Black bindings and black buttons on the Master Planetary tuners complete the elegant look
CC-100R: Cripple Creek Resonator Banjo
The CC-100R is a newbie player’s dream come true. It is the only modestly-priced full-featured banjo that comes with a maple neck with a two-way adjustable truss rod and separate rosewood fretboard, a hard-rock maple rim with twin coordinator rods, and it’s CONVERTIBLE! The natural-blonde finished CC-100R has a resonator that’s easily removed for true openback playing, helping new players become comfortable with different playing styles with just one banjo. Gold Tone’s superb factory setup in Florida further adds to the CC-100R’s value. Available as left-handed model.
AC-6+: Acoustic Composite Banjo Guitar with Pickup
The Gold Tone AC-6 Banjitar packs a punch like no other entry-level banjo guitar. The rim and resonator are molded from a composite material that is strong, consistent, and durable. The AC-6+ includes our built-in SMP sliding magnetic pickup (with volume control). Plug it in, crank it up and let the good tones roll! Includes padded gig bag. Available as left-handed model.
CC-Carlin: Cripple Creek Bob Carlin Banjo
Bob Carlin has taught hundreds of people to play Old Time banjo, so it’s only logical to make his signature banjo specs available to new players by way of a Cripple Creek (CC) version. Undeniably a world-beating value in a twelve-inch clawhammer banjo, the CC-Carlin has all the right stuff: a nut width of 1 and 3/8″, a two-way truss rod in the maple neck, scooped black-bound rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and a three-ply maple rim. Set up by Gold Tone’s luthiers to play perfectly right out of the included gig bag, the CC-Carlin is an unbeatable buy. Available as left-handed model.
BC-120: Bob Carlin Signature Series Banjo
The value-priced BC-120 brings Bob Carlin’s banjo design expertise to a new, affordable level in the third BC signature model to be released in the series. This economically priced BC has many of the features of its costlier stablemates, including a 12″ maple rim, maple neck with scooped rosewood fretboard, ‘hotdog’ armrest and No Knot tailpiece. The BC-120 comes with guitar-style tuning machines, dual coordinator rods for precise neck angle adjustment and a padded gig bag. Available as left-handed model.
MC-150R/P: Maple Classic Banjo with Steel Tone Ring
The beautiful blonde Maple Classic is the ideal all-around banjo for the eclectic player. The flangeless MC-150RP is convertible to a powerful openback (like many of our banjos); just pop off the resonator and mounting brackets and you’re in business. It’s also the most economical banjo we make that has a full complement of professional-grade parts in its arsenal. These include a 3/4″ hard maple rim with a matching flathead tone ring, planetary-gear tuning machines, straight-line tailpiece and engraved armrest. Available as left-handed model.
AC-1: Acoustic Composite 5-String Openback Banjo
Proclaimed “Best in Show / MUST Stock” instrument at the 2016 Summer NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show in Nashville, Tennessee, the Gold Tone AC-1 sets the bar for an economical, well-made, great-sounding and durable beginner banjo. No other maker on the planet offers so much to the novice banjoist for so little! A superior-sounding composite rim mated to a slim, playable neck, produces a banjo that weighs LESS THAN FOUR POUNDS. The AC-1 is the perfect choice for beginners, travel use or for a child’s first banjo. Handsome, with its matching black neck, rim, Zero Glide nut and tuner buttons, the AC-1 is professionally set up in Gold Tone’s Florida shop and comes with our THREE YEAR transferrable warranty.
BG-250: Bluegrass Banjo
This long-time member of the Gold Tone banjo family defines versatility. The BG-250 boasts a full-weight bell-brass tone ring (the lowest-priced banjo in our lineup to offer this feature) AND Gold Tone’s unique CONVERTABILITY. The flangeless design lets you pop off the resonator (and the mounting brackets, too!) giving you a loud, clear open back banjo that’s perfect for clawhammer or “folk” style playing. Available as left-handed model.
BG-250FW: Bluegrass Banjo with Flange and Wide Neck
The BG-250FW is our value-priced, fully professional-spec Bluegrass banjo; its equipment list reads like pre-war collector banjo, but its price is within reach of any player searching for a keeper banjo. Featuring Gold Tone’s bell-brass tone ring and die-cast brass one-piece flange, the BG-250FW has a bound rosewood fretboard (with tasteful snowflake inlays) a maple neck with GT Master planetary tuning machines and a hard-rock maple rim for brighter tone. The straight-line tailpiece provides equal down-pressure for all strings for more balanced playing response.
The BG-250FW is identical to the BG-250F in every way except that the fretboard width at the nut is increased to 1 and 5/16″. This extra 1/8″ in width is great for players with larger fingers and also appeals to those pickers that play a lot of single-string (Reno, jazz or Celtic) style banjo. Available as left-handed model.
BG-150F: Bluegrass Banjo with Flange
New for 2016, the Gold Tone BG-150F brings the beautiful appearance of the great pre-WW ll banjos to a new, lower price point. This banjo offers the player the lovely hearts-and-flowers fretboard inlay and the fully-bound neck and fourteen-inch resonator of the Gold Tone BG-250F combined with lightweight playing comfort (made possible by installing a quarter-inch brass-rod tone ring rather than the nearly three-pound bell brass ring in the BG-250F). Little is lost in sound quality or power, and long gigs played standing up become much more bearable. Available as left-handed model.
CC-BG: Cripple Creek Banjo Bluegrass Starter Pack
Gold Tone’s all-inclusive ticket into the world of Bluegrass banjo picking, the CC-BG package includes a standard CC-50R banjo (with hard maple neck and rosewood fingerboard; a maple rim with a brass rod tone ring and a single coordinator rod; a mahogany resonator; a geared fifth-string peg; a straight-line tailpiece) PLUS a gig bag, an instructional DVD by noted pro player Geoff Hohwald, a neck strap, fingerpicks and thumb pick and a Gold Tone CCT clip-on electronic tuner. Whew! What a deal! Available as left-handed model.
GT-500: Banjo Guitar
The Gold Tone GT-500 6-string Banjitar is the most sought after 6-string banjo guitar in its class. it was designed by guitar players for guitar players. Traditionally-styled with a maple rim (with a full-weight brass flathead tone ring) and maple resonator, the GT-500’s pot assembly joins with a comfortable maple neck crowned with a rosewood fingerboard. Killer acoustic tone abounds and the unique Gold Tone SMP Sliding Magnetic Pickup provides powerful plugged-in full range fidelity from the low E string to the first string’s final fret. Available as left-handed model.
BT-2000: 6-String Banjo Guitar
The maple-rimmed twelve-inch pot of the Gold Tone BT-2000 Banjitar brings out the full-range sound spectrum of a guitar blended with the plunky old-time tone of the banjo. The brass tone ring provides crisp clarity and the slim neck makes playing it a pleasure. Tastefully simple star-and-dot vintage inlays set off the radiused ebony fretboard. The BT-2000 banjo guitar will lend an authentic touch to your blues or Old Time stylings. Available as left-handed model.
Plucky: Traveler Banjo
The Plucky is a backpacker’s dream weighing in at only two pounds! It can be tuned to open C (CGCEG) or open D (DADF#A) or even to standard G, by changing to strings gauged 016, .034, .024, .019, .016. The Gold Tone Plucky is no toy; the neck width is similar to that of a full-size banjo for comfortable fingering and its low string action provides effortless playability. It’s perfect for a young player, to pack for the trail, or for just cuddling up with on the couch. The Plucky is set up at the Gold Tone Factory in Florida, just like its bigger brethren. A carrying bag is included. Available as left-handed model.