Gold Star GF-200-1952 Banjo with Deluxe Superior Case

$3,295.00 $2,800.75

Saga has recreated the ideal bluegrass banjo and one that would have been found in the hands of the legendary Earl Scruggs during the 1950’s and at the high-point of his career. The GF-200-1952 has recreated the design of that classic banjos while improving upon certain areas of structural weakness and by using only the best materials and modern construction techniques. Highly flamed maple is used for the neck and resonator, choice rosewood for the triple-ply bound fingerboard which includes the unique Bow-Tie pattern that was applied to Earl’s original banjo. Brass is used for the tension hoop and the flange is made of pot metal. At the heart of each instrument, and the secret to their legendary tone lies a three-ply rock maple rim and a special alloy, cast bronze tone ring, providing all the volume and tone for any situation without the unpleasant overtones that characterize some other banjos on the market today. Many of today’s best banjo players are discovering why Gold Star has the tone and the drive for any musical situation and when you play the Gold Star GF-200-1952, you’ll know the reason why.

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Select flamed maple neck with ebony fingerboard
Select flamed maple resonator with prewar style deep-arch and tapered-wall
Beautifully shaded vintage sunburst finish
Deluxe 3-ply rock Maple rim
Sand-cast, prewar style, 20-hole flathead tone ring
Polished ebony truss rod cover
3-ply binding on fingerboard
Hand-cut fingerboard inlays of M.O.P. in traditional 1950’s Bow-Tie pattern
Ebony peghead overlay with hand-cut peghead inlays of pearl and abalone in the traditional Hearts and Flowers pattern
Triple nickel-plated hardware
Deluxe Gotoh tuners with genuine pearl buttons
Superior CD-1530 deluxe hardshell case with emerald green crushed velvet interior
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Body Type: Flathead Resonator
Bridge: Aged Maple / Ebony Top
Coordinator Rods: Dual Adjustable
Fingerboard & Peghead Binding: White ABS
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Fingerboard Position Inlays: M-O-P Bow Ties
Finish: Sunburst High Gloss
Flange: Single-piece / Die-cast
Head: Remo 11″ / Medium Crown
Metal Plating: Nickel
Neck Material: Premium Flamed Maple
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1 3/16″
Peghead Inlay: M-O-P Hearts & Flowers / Logo
Peghead Overlay: Ebony
Resonator: Select Figured Maple
Resonator Binding & Purfling: White ABS / Multi-ply
Rim: Deluxe Multi-ply Hard Rock Maple
Scale Length: 26 3/8″
Tailpiece: Presto Style
Tone Ring: 20-Hole / Cast Bell Bronze
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover: Black ABS Teardrop
Tuners: Gotoh Planetary Tuners / Genuine Pearl Buttons / Geared 5th

Weight 4 lbs


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