About this banjo
The golden-voiced offspring of a mandola (the mandolin-family equivalent of the viola) and a five-string banjo, The Gold Tone Banjola is yet another of our banjo variants that are meant to expand the player’s tonal vocabulary. Light in weight and easy to finger, the Banjola is wonderful for fills and solos in all kinds of music. The super-comfortable curly maple neck has a bound rosewood fretboard and the curly maple mandola body is bound top and back as well. The natural-finish solid spruce top picks up the energy from the moveable ebony bridge and multiplies it into a lovely, expressive sound that will enhance ballads and instrumental music equally nicely. The planetary-gear tuning machines and the mandolin-style tailpiece are chrome-plated and the nut and bridge saddle are made of real bone for the best tone possible.
- Top: Solid Spruce
- Back & Sides: Curly Stained Maple
- Finish: Vintage Brown
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Bridge: Ebony Floating
- Tuners: Planetary
- Inlay: Dot with Shooting Star
- Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
- Binding: White ABS
- Buttons: A-Style
- Hardware: Chrome Plated
- Tailpiece: Mandolin
- Number of Frets: 22
- Nut Width: 1-3/16″ Bone
- Scale Length: 26-1/2″
- Weight: 4 lbs.
- Tuning: GDGBD
- Strings: .012, .026w, .018, .016, .012
- Option 1: Capo S
- Option 2: Hot Dots
- Hard Case: HD15-M
- Bag: HBB
- Left-Handed Available: No
- Zero Glide Installed: Yes
Bonuses When You Order From Banjo.com
- 5th String Railroad Spike Capos – FREE
We can add these as a free service when you purchase a banjo from us. When you add this banjo to your cart just select that you want the capos. What is this? When you use a standard capo on your banjo fretboard, fretting strings 1 through 4, you’ll need to capo the 5th string separately. The 5th string starts at the 5th fret. If your standard capo is on the 2nd fret, you also need to capo the 5th string two frets higher, at the 7th fret. We recommend installing railroad spike capos on frets 7 and 9 (A and B). We install them on the fretboard just under the 5th string, an idea that was developed and used by Earl Scruggs himself. We use them, and so do most of the professional players we know. When you’re playing, you don’t really notice the spikes because they’re out of the way, but they’re always there when you need them. Simply slide the 5th string under the spike. When you’re done, slide it out.
- Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack – FREE
We can send along with your banjo a Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack for free. This includes a strap, DVD, and tuner and picks.
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