About this banjo
“Pre-war” style, at a price anyone can afford, AND authentic tone and superb playability describe the OB-150. This Bluegrass banjo sports a three-ply maple rim and one-piece flange (just like the megabucks originals), a maple neck inlayed in authentic style, a brass flathead tone ring and a smooth satin finish. The OB-150 is professionally set up in our Florida shop and comes with TRANSFERRABLE lifetime warranty. Available as left-handed model.
Finish: Satin Vintage Mahogany
Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap
Inlay: Vintage Pearloid
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Tone Ring: Sand Cast Brass
Rim: 3-Ply Canadian Maple
Tension Hoop: Notched Brass
Flange: One Piece Die Cast
Binding: ABS Creme
Hardware: Chrome Plated
Tailpiece: 5-String Terminator
Head: 11″ Remo HC Frosted
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1-1/4″ Zero Glide Bone
Scale Length: 26-1/4″
Weight: 11 lbs.
Strings: .011, .024w, .016, .013, .011
Option 1: SMP+ P
Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup
Hard Case: Included
Left-Handed Available: Yes
Zero Glide Installed: Yes
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FREE PROFESSIONAL SETUP
Every banjo is carefully setup before shipping saving you from the "some assembly required" hassle.
*FREE RAILROAD SPIKES
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.
FREE STARTER PACK
Start pickin' the day your banjo arrives. We include:strap, tuner, and picks.
Every banjo shipped to the Continental U.S. / APO includes free USPS Priority Mail shipping.
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Prior to being shipped, we carefully inspect and test every banjo. If you have any issues with your banjo, call us and and we will help.
*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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I own this banjo and I play it in a bluegrass band. I have been playing banjo since 1981. I have played many high line , high dollar banjos and even a pre war Gibson. The one thing that kept me from making a purchase of the other makes is the price. IF you have ever played a Gold Tone OB 250 and liked it, you will love this OB 150. this is basically an OB 250 in pre war clothing with a couple added features. The Zero Glide nut is on of those things that gold Tone installed from the factory. Next is the new Terminator Tailpiece. I like the way this banjo looks and the way it is set up. The tone ring sounds good. IF you are looking for a banjo that has lots of pop to it towards the bridge and great vamping volume when played by the neck then this your banjo. Lots of sweet spots on this banjo. The satin finish is nice. I prefer a satin finish, especially on the neck because I prefer a smooth neck for speed. The look of this banjo is pre war with real inlays on the headstock and it looks like something out of the 30’s. Get some spikes installed or a Shubb long bar for capoing up to other keys. Maybe even get a set of Cheat A Keys so you can play those Earl Scruggs tunes. Those things and a good cradle strap and a tuner and picks and couple sets of strings and you are ready to jam. The hardshell, archtop case is nice and it comes with this banjo. This banjo is an affordable pro grade banjo and it ain’t no kids toy. Gold Tone thought of everything when they came up with this model. Basically what you get with this banjo is pre war banjo looks attached to a tone monster just waiting to be played every chance you can. More banjo for less money. This banjo is a workhorse. For those of you who already play high dollar, mega bucks banjos, you are going to love the OB 150. To get the full effect of this banjo, you need to actually play one. Once you buy one, you will be keeping it and playing it a lot. Make sure to get all the needed accessories because you WILL need them. You will be wanting to jam. This banjo is all business with the good looks and tone.