About this banjo
This Carlin model was the first to be issued; it was the result of a meeting between Bob and Gold Tone president Wayne Rogers at the 2004 IBMA Fan Fest. All of the BC-350 features and dimensions are per Mr. Carlin’s specifications (arrived at after several trips by Bob to the Gold Tone plant) and include a twelve-inch three-ply maple pot with an innovative dowel-stick/coordinator rod, a rolled brass tone ring, maple neck with scooped ebony fretboard, planetary-gear tuning machines, No Knot tailpiece and “hot-dog” armrest. All metal parts are richly nickel-plated for long-wearing durability. Of course, each BC-350 is set up by skilled hands in our Florida shop. Available as left-handed model.
Neck: Maple with Scoop
Finish: Natural Gloss
Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap
Tuners: GT Master Planets
Inlay: Dot & Star
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Tone Ring: Rolled Brass
Rim: 12″ 3-Ply Maple
Tension Hoop: Notched Brass
Binding: Black ABS
Hardware: Nickel Plated
Armrest: “Hot Dog”
Head: 12″ HC Renaissance
Number of Frets: 18
Nut Width: 1-3/8″ Bone
Scale Length: 26-3/16″
Weight: 6.5 lbs.
Strings: .010, .024w, .016, .013, .010
Option 1: SMP+ P
Hard Case: HD15-M (Sold Separately)
Bag: HPBO (Sold Separately)
Left-Handed Available: Yes
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Also know as the 5th string capo, we recommend installing spikes on the 7th & 9th frets. This is a free service we include for all 5-string banjo purchases.
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*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.
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