Gold Tone has taken their celebrated OB-250 and improved it dramatically by adding many unique features reserved for only the highest-quality banjos. Upgraded features include the JLS tone ring, 3-ply Canadian maple rim, curl maple neck, Gary Sosebee Cotton Mill bridge. The maple on this bridge is over 100 years old from an old cotton mill and is handmade. The 3rd string is intonated by Gary. This is the best bridge we have found for the OB 250+. The JLS Tone Ring is a replica of the Gibson tone ring used in the Granada models in the 30’s. The maker, from Texas, has analyzed an original tone ring and duplicated the exact specifications. When electronically tested for pitch, sustain, and ring, it equals the original. It also has a slightly longer “skirt” which (1) provides more contact with wood rim and (2) provides direct contact with the heel of the neck. The neck is attached with a conventional hanger bolt going through a hole at the edge of the tone ring. This method provides an extremely tight fit and maximum heel contact with tone ring. Also available in the OB-250+TS with the Tony Pass Scheaffer (TPS) birch, block rim.
The Gold Tone OB-250 Plus is played by many pros including: Bill Keith, Pat Cloud, Rick Shubb, David Wright and Modest Mouse!
Gold Tone OB-250 Plus Banjo Features:
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Flange: One Piece Pot Metal
- Finish: Stained brown sunburst
- Inlay: M.O.P. Headstock, hearts & flower fingerboard
- Neck: Maple
- Nut: Bone with extra mod to prevent binding and use of Keith tuners
- Resonator: Highly flamed maple
- Rim: 3 ply Canadian Maple
- Hardware: Nickel-Plated Engraved Hand Rest
- Head Size & Type: Remo Coated 11" HC
- Strings: Gold Tone Light gauge w/silver wound 4th
- Tailpiece: Straight Line Tailpiece
- Tone Ring : JLS #12 Tone Ring
- Tuning Machines: Banjo planetary; geared 5th string
- Frets: 22 medium
- Length: 38"
- Neck Width (under nut) 1-3/16"
- Weight 14 lbs.
Gold Tone banjos and Banjitars, and all of their other instruments, are hand-crafted with carefully selected woods, excellent finishes, quality hardware, and "tight" fitting parts. For the "World's Best Value" in a quality banjo (sound and playability), Gold Tone now has over 70 different models which includes other types of instruments for bluegrass, travelers, open-backs, long necks, tenors, plectrums, Banjitars (6 strings for guitarists), Banjo bass, and the Mando banjo. All Gold Tone instruments are set up in the United States ensuring accuracy of tone and playability.