|Gold Tone Banjola Banjo Mandolin Features:|
- Neck Maple
- Top Solid
- Bridge Ebony
- Back Curly
- Sides Curly
- Wood Finish
Inlay Dot/shooting star
Inlay Shooting star
- Neck Binding
- Body Binding
- Nut Bone
- Scale 26
1/2" Weight 4 lbs
- Nut Width 1
3/16" Frets Med
- Total Length
Retail Price: $819.00
- Lifetime Warranty
Playing 5-string banjo, I often wished there was an instrument
with an acoustic guitar tone that could be played like a banjo. In August of
2001, I was considering having a custom guitar made with a 5-string banjo neck.
This all changed when I ran across the Gold Tone Instrument web site. As I
noticed the innovative instruments Gold Tone was making, the new Gold Tone
Banjola seemed to say to me, "Your search is over!" As I studied the
instrument, I loved everything about it except, I noticed the peg head would
probably not accommodate the D-tuners I use.
At this point I decided to call Gold Tone with the hopes of
possibly having a custom banjola made with the Orange Blossom banjo neck. This
would solve my tuner problem. I spoke with Wayne Rogers about making this
custom banjola and was delighted when he agreed. He said Gold Tone could call
it the Deluxe model.
It is now January 2002 and I have just taken possession of
the first Gold Tone Banjola Deluxe. The wait was worth every minute! The tone
and quality has exceeded my expectations. The banjola will make a great
addition to the sound of our band. Another benefit is the light weight of the
instrument. This will be a welcome relief after playing banjo for hours at jams
Thanks Wayne and Robyn for a fantastic and unique
- Buddy Clifton
I received the banjola just a few days after your January 29
message. I want you to know that I am totally pleased with this beautiful
instrument. It is truly a pleasure to behold, play and listen to. Receiving the
banjola ends a long search for that certain tone. I remember back when I was
about twelve years old. At that time I thought it would be nice to have an
instrument that plays like a five string banjo, but would have a gentler and
more soothing tone than the banjo. I am now 45 years old. The Gold Tone banjola
is the perfect answer to my dream. It's tone is so gentle, beautiful and
soothing that I can play for any length of time around others without
irritating them. My wife is a big fan of Gold Tone for these reasons as well.
I find the quality of materials and workmanship on the
instrument to be superb. Thank you for envisioning and producing the banjola.
You are running great company. Keep up the good work.
- Jeff Carney
I have had this beautiful instrument for a week now and it
is so versatile. Classical, three finger picking and Celtic tunes all sound
great. Doing slides is like slipping one's finger across a stick of butter and
the sustained notes make a lovely harplike sound that is easy on the ears. What
more can I say? As a beginner/intermediate player I have a long way to go before
I have fully explored the capabilities of this instrument. It is a great
- Linda Emerson
Here are the top ten things I like about my banjola, in no
particular order: Unusual shape attracts attention (what all banjo players
want) Sounds great, especially for classical stuff, christmas carols, folky
stuff, etc. Quieter tone lets me practice while kids do homework and husband
watches TV Softer tone makes it easier
to sing along while playing, although friends may actually prefer it when my
voice is masked by loud bluegrass instruments. Not cheap, but not a ton of
money. Not a ton of weight. I can play longer each session since shoulder aches
aren't a factor. Quality neck finish makes it easy to do slides, pull-offs, and
chokes, even for my little hands. Longer sustain gives a whole different feel
to the songs I play on my standard resonator banjo, so it makes it seem like I
know twice as many songs. Extremely light weight makes it easy to just grab the
thing and play.
Banjola will never replace my cherished in-your-face
resonator banjo, but it's perfect when I'm jamming with my guitar-playing
8-year-old, since he doesn't have to struggle to be heard above my playing.
Thanks for the great instrument. It's just what I was
- Shelley Cryan
Iíve played my Gold Tone banjola practically every day since
Iíve had it, and Iím really enjoying it.
For many years Iíve used muted banjo on some tunes; not so
much to reduce the volume, but to provide a different sound, more appropriate
on certain tunes. This is more than a practice device or a novelty for me, itís
a regular part of my repertoire.
But the muted banjo and the banjola are not redundant; the
banjola has a voice of its own. The more I play it, the more I find myself
phrasing things a little differently to feature its sweet tone and sustain. I
expect that it will eventually lead me into some entirely new material.
- Rick Shubb