About this banjo
Another great Orange Blossom pro-grade banjo, this one features a superb bell brass forty-hole arch-top (or raised-head) tone ring, like the ones in the G-word banjos made from the late 1920s into the 1930s (instead of the flat head ring). This tone ring produces a sharper, more incisive tone that’s useful for cutting through the random noise being produced by the other members of your band. Seriously, though, if you love the old Stanley Brothers recordings and Dr. Ralph’s signature tone, this is the banjo for you. All other features are as per the OB-250. Available as left-handed model.
Finish: Vintage Brown
Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap
Tuners: GT Master Planets
Inlay: Hearts & Flowers
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Tone Ring: 40-Hole Brass Sand Cast Archtop
Rim: 3-Ply Canadian Maple
Tension Hoop: Notched Brass
Flange: One Piece Die Cast Zinc
Hardware: Chrome Plated
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.
Strings: .010, .024w, .016, .013, .010
Option 1: SMP+ P
Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup
Hard Case: Included
Left-Handed Available: Yes
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*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.
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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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The Gold Tone OB-250 Arch-Top is a great sounding and well-made arch-top for the price. I bought this model brand new, and I played it about a year, but then I feel in love with a Nechville Flex-tone, and I upgraded, but this banjo served me well.