Gold Tone Cripple Creek Old-Time 5-String Banjo

$589.00 $429.00

A complete package designed to learn clawhammer style banjo, the CC-OT includes a Bob Carlin Instructional DVD, 5th-string railroad spike capo, contoured gig bag, strap, frailing scoop, electronic tuner, and “old-time” style cosmetics. Includes $129 of options and accessories!

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About this Banjo

A complete package designed for the novice clawhammer picker, The Gold Tone CC-OTA has everything you need to start thumping that head. The Remo Fiberskyn head itself is mounted on a sweet banjo with a half-inch-thick maple rim topped with a rolled-brass hoop (very Old Timey). The comfy maple A-scale neck (tuned two frets higher than the standard G banjo) has a rosewood fretboard complete with scoop, and both the neck and the rim wear a rich brown satin finish. Other furnishings include a No Knot tailpiece, a Vega-style armrest, vintage Fairbanks-style headstock shape, and planetary-geared tuners. All of this works in complete harmony courtesy of the Gold Tone pro-luthier setup in good old Florida. A gig bag, a banjo strap, a seventh-fret fifth-string spike and the popular Bob Carlin instructional DVD complete this all-inclusive starter solution. Available as left-handed model.

Banjo Specifications

Neck: Maple

Finish: Vintage Brown Satin

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap

Tuners: Sealed Guitar-Style

Inlay: Dot & Star

Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable

Tone Ring: Rolled Brass

Rim: Multi-Ply Maple

Tension Hoop: Flat Bar

Binding: Black ABS

Brackets: 18

Buttons: B-Style

Hardware: Chrome Plated

Pickups: Optional

Tailpiece: No-Knot

Armrest: Vega-Style

Head: 11″ LC Fiberskyn

Number of Frets: 16

Nut Width: 1-3/16″ Bone

Scale Length: 23-9/16″

Weight: 5.5 lbs.

Tuning: GDGBD

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

Option 1: SMP+ P

Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup

Hard Case: HDTR15-M

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 10 lbs
FREE Starter Pack

Clawhammer Starter Pack, No Thanks

Railroad Spikes

Free 5th String Railroad Spike Installation, No Thanks


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