Gold Tone OB-250 Plus 5-String Banjo

$2,729.00 $2,046.00

The “plus” in the OB-250+ is the ultra-premium JLS #12 tone ring. It mimics the tone of the costly originals at a tiny fraction of the original’s cost.

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About this banjo

The “plus” in the OB-250+ is the ultra-premium JLS #12 tone ring. Developed by master caster Jim Stull of San Antonio, Texas, this ring is the result of years of analyzing many pre-WW ll G-word tone rings to ascertain the formula of the bronze alloy used to make them the sought-after pieces of hardware they’ve become. This long-skirt tone ring improves the contact between the neck, the rim and the tone ring, increasing the transmission of energy from the pot to the neck. It mimics the tone of the costly originals at a tiny fraction of the original’s cost. The OB-250+TP adds the phenomenal Tony Pass/Schaefer birch (recovered from the bottom of Lake Superior) block-style rim for even MORE powerful tone. Includes hard shell case. Available as left-handed model.

Banjo Specifications

Neck: Curly Maple
Finish: Vintage Brown
Fingerboard: Ebony
Bridge: Gary Sosebee Aged Maple
Tuners: GT Master Planets
Inlay: Hearts & Flowers
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Tone Ring: JLS #12 Bell Bronze (USA)
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: 13.5 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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Weight 13.5 lbs
Orientation

Left Handed, Right Handed

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