Gold Tone OT-800 5-String Open-Back Banjo Left-Handed

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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.

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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.

Banjo Specifications

Neck: Maple
Finish: Vintage Brown
Fingerboard: Ebony with Scoop
Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap
Tuners: GT Master Planets
Inlay: Old-Time
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
Brackets: 24
Buttons: C-Style
Hardware: Chrome Plated
Pickups: Optional
Tailpiece: No-Knot
Armrest: Vega-Style
Head: 11″ HC Renaissance
Number of Frets: 18
Nut Width: 1-3/16″ Bone
Scale Length: 26-3/16″
Weight: 8 lbs.
Tuning: GDGBD
Strings: .010, .024w, .016, .013, .010
Option 1: SMP+ P
Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup
Hard Case: Included
Bag: HPBO
Left-Handed Available: Yes

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