Gold Tone Cripple Creek 50RP 5-String Banjo

$649.00 $486.99

Entry level banjos must be designed for easy learning. The Cripple Creek 50 with Resonator and Planetary tuners (CC-50RP) is just that! We have taken our popular CC-50 model and added a full walled resonator and geared planetary tuners to suit the beginning bluegrass banjo player.

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About this Banjo

Our popular CC-50 has been the openback banjo of choice for thousands of beginning players for many years. The CC-50RP adds a full-walled resonator and high quality planetary-gear tuning machines to offer a value-packed first Bluegrass banjo for thousands more. Great sound emanates from the hard rock maple rim topped with a brass rod tone ring. The flangeless CC-50RP converts easily to an openback banjo for exploring clawhammer or folk style playing; just pop off the resonator and mounting brackets and you’re done. Deluxe touches include a rosewood fretboard, Terminator tailpiece and a geared fifth-string tuning peg. Gold Tone’s expert factory setup assures great playability sound right from the start. Available as left-handed model.

Banjo Specifications

Neck: Maple

Finish: Vintage Brown Satin

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap

Tuners: Planetary

Inlay: Dot

Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable

Tone Ring: Rolled Brass

Rim: Multi-Ply Maple

Tension Hoop: Flat Bar

Binding: Black ABS

Brackets: 18

Buttons: A-Style

Hardware: Chrome Plated

Pickups: Optional

Tailpiece: 5-String Terminator

Resonator: 13″ Maple

Armrest: Fits All GT Engraved

Head: 11″ LC Frosted

Number of Frets: 22

Nut Width: 1-3/16″ Bone

Scale Length: 26-3/16″

Weight: 6.5 lbs.

Tuning: GDGBD

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

Option 1: SMP+ P

Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup

Hard Case: HD15

Bag: Included

Left-Handed Available: Yes


Bonuses When You Order From

  • 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.
  • Every Banjo Tested by a Banjo Expert Before Shipping
Weight 6.5 lbs
FREE Starter Pack

Bluegrass Starter Pack, No Thanks

Railroad Spikes

Free 5th String Railroad Spike Installation, No Thanks


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