Gold Tone Bob Carlin BC-120 5-String Banjo

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The BC-120 is a fine banjo in the traditional style, crafted for the preferences of banjo virtuoso Bob Carlin.Following the success of the Bob Carlin models BC-350 and BC-350+, Gold Tone introduced a new brother, the BC-120.

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About this Banjo

The BC-120 is a fine banjo in the traditional style, crafted for the preferences of banjo virtuoso Bob Carlin.Following the success of the Bob Carlin models BC-350 and BC-350+, Gold Tone introduced a new brother, the BC-120. This economically-priced version of the BC line has many of the features of it’s costlier relative: 12-inch rim and frailing scoop to play over the neck for a deeper tone, a wider fingerboard to facilitate drop thumb, a “hot-dog” vintage-style armrest but sells for a fraction of the price. For those who want to get into the bigger 12-inch rim rimmed banjo at the beginner price, the BC-120 is for you. Includes gig bag.

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.

Banjo Specifications

Neck: Maple with Scoop

Finish: Vintage Brown

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap

Tuners: Planetary

Inlay: Dot & Star

Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable

Tone Ring: Rolled Brass

Rim: 12″ 3-Ply Maple

Tension Hoop: Single Bar

Binding: Black ABS

Brackets: 26

Buttons: A-Style

Hardware: Chrome Plated

Pickups: Optional

Tailpiece: No-Knot

Armrest: “Hot Dog”

Head: 12″ HC Renaissance

Number of Frets: 18

Nut Width: 1-3/8″ Bone

Scale Length: 26-3/16″

Weight: 5.8 lbs.

Tuning: GDGBD

Strings: .010, .024w, .016, .013, .010

Option 1: SMP+ P

Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup

Hard Case: HD15-M

Bag: Included

Left-Handed Available: Yes

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Weight 5.8 lbs
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Orientation

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