Gold Tone OB-250 5-String Banjo

$1,719.00 $1,289.00

It has been one of the highest selling banjos in the Gold Tone line for the last 15 years and is the basis of many inspired additions going above and beyond the call of duty.

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About this banjo

The Orange Blossom (OB) banjos harken back to Gold Tone’s early days and their popularity hasn’t diminished over the decades. These professional-grade banjos evoke the great pre-WW ll banjos played by the Masters: Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, J.D. Crow all depended on those great banjos from the Midwest USA to power their sound. The OB-250 has everything needed to produce THAT tone: a sand-cast bell brass flathead tone ring, a cast one-piece resonator flange circling a multi-ply maple rim with twin coordinator rods and an extra-deep curly maple multi-ply resonator for better low-end response. The curly maple neck has a bound ebony fretboard with hearts & flowers inlay. The bracket hooks even have metric threading to enable finer tension adjustment. The price includes a hard shell case. Available as left-handed model.

Banjo Specifications

Neck: Maple
Finish: Vintage Brown
Fingerboard: Ebony
Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap
Tuners: GT Master Planets
Inlay: Hearts & Flowers
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Tone Ring: Bell Brass
Rim: 3-Ply Canadian Maple
Tension Hoop: Notched Brass
Flange: One Piece Die Cast Zinc
Binding: Wood
Brackets: 24
Buttons: C-Style
Hardware: Chrome Plated
Pickups: Optional
Tailpiece: 5-String Straightline
Resonator: 14″ Flamed Maple
Armrest: Gold Tone Engraved
Head: 11″ HC Frosted
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1-3/16″ Bone
Scale Length: 26-3/16″
Weight: 13 lbs.
Tuning: GDGBD
Strings: .010, .024w, .016, .013, .010
Option 1: SMP+ P
Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup
Hard Case: Included
Bag: HPB
Left-Handed Available: Yes

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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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Weight 13 lbs
Orientation

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