About this banjo
The Old Tone OT-800 pays homage to one of the most sought-after banjos of the “classic” period (1890 to 1930) when the Boston School of banjo making was the highest expression of the art. The pot sports a pre-WW II-style Tubaphone tone ring, which adds pleasing overtones via a square-section tube mated to a solid brass rod, all encased in a turned brass sleeve. This sits snugly on an eleven-inch maple rim equipped with dual coordinator rods (for easy action adjustment) and is topped with a Remo Renaissance head carrying a maple and ebony bridge. A No Knot tailpiece anchors the strings. The authentic bracket-band carries the shoes without the need to drill holes in the rim, increasing the OT-800’s power and sustain. The maple neck has a bound ebony fretboard inlayed in engraved vintage style and a scoop at the pot for the hardcore clawhammer player. A deluxe arched top hard case is included. Available as left-handed model.
Finish: Vintage Brown
Fingerboard: Ebony with Scoop
Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap
Tuners: GT Master Planets
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Tone Ring: 32-Hole Tubaphone-Style
Rim: 1/2″ Maple Tubaphone-Style Bracket Band
Tension Hoop: Notched Brass
Binding: White ABS
Hardware: Chrome Plated
Head: 11″ HC Renaissance
Number of Frets: 18
Nut Width: 1-3/16″ Bone
Scale Length: 26-3/16″
Weight: 8 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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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.