About this Banjo
Back in 2004, West Coast super-picker Pat Cloud bought a Gold Tone Banjola at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California. He sent Gold Tone president Wayne Rogers an email, telling him of his purchase and how much he was enjoying playing it. Pat had moved to Japan to work for the Disney company and was planning to record a Banjola album and inquired about installing a pickup in his instrument. Wayne immediately suggested a signature model Banjola for Pat that would include a pickup, as well as some other touches that Mr. Cloud might like. These came to include a wider body, a glued-on pin-style bridge, maple bindings, a multi-layered veneer on the back of headstock, “rising sun” inlay, a maple heel cap, and a dual stereo-out transducer/magnetic pickup system. The PC-Banjola was born.
After receiving the first PC-Banjola, Pat emailed, “Wayne, the PC-Banjola arrived and it is just gorgeous! I love the solid feel and the action is perfect. I just love it. It gets better and better every time I pick it up. It’s perfect for me. This Friday is my day off and I am going into Tokyo to try some amps out. My whole life has been an exploration of the “five string system” usually attached to banjo, but now attached to an exciting new instrument which satisfies my need for mellow sustain and jazz chord soloing.”
- Top: Solid Spruce
- Back & Sides: Flamed Maple
- Finish: Vintage Brown
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Bridge: Ebony Fixed Bridge with Bone Saddle
- Tuners: Planetary
- Inlay: Descending Sun
- Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
- Binding: Wood
- Buttons: A-Style
- Hardware: Chrome Plated
- Pickups: Stacked Humbucker with Volume Control
- Number of Frets: 22
- Nut Width: 1-3/16″ Bone
- Scale Length: 26-1/2″
- Weight: 5 lbs.
- Tuning: GDGBD
- Strings: .012, .026w, .018, .016, .012
- Option 1: Capo S
- Hard Case: HD15-M
- Bag: HBB
- Left-Handed Available:No
- Zero Glide Installed: 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.
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