Gold Star Model GF-85 Flathead Banjo with Style 3 Inlays (5 String)

$1,795.00 $1,525.75

In the late 1970s Saga Musical Instruments made banjo history with the introduction of the Gold Star Banjo. These instruments were the first production banjos since the 1930s to be manufactured with the lethal combination of a three-ply maple rim and a single piece flange! As a result, Gold Star banjos became collector’s items for the current crop of pickers during the 1980s and 1990s and are still the object of many a collector’s desire. The GF-85 easily lives up to its reputation as a banjo in which the sound quality and value far exceeds anything at twice the price. Produced with the same attention to detail as the original models and under the watchful eye of our skilled makers, these reissue Gold Stars come from an almost clean slate and are made the old-fashioned way, replicating ’30s era banjos with a few modern touches like a geared 5th. Just one look and you will know that the GF-85 is every bit a Gold Star and carries on the name proudly .

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Traditional bound mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
pre-war style, deep-arch tapered-wall bound resonator
Deluxe 3-ply rock maple rim
20-hole die-cast, flathead tone ring
Triple nickel-plated hardware
Traditional Style-3 inlays on the peghead and fingerboard
Gotoh tuner with white ABS buttons
Golden Gate C-1530 premier hardshell case with padded plush 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: Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Position Inlays: M-O-P Style-3
Finish: Natural High Gloss
Flange: Single-piece / Die-cast
Head: Remo 11″ / Medium Crown
Metal Plating: Nickel
Neck Material: Select Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1 3/16″
Peghead Inlay: M-O-P Style 3 / Logo
Peghead Overlay: Ebony
Resonator: Select Mahogany
Resonator Binding & Purfling: White ABS
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 / ABS Buttons / Geared 5th

Weight 4 lbs


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