Mastertone™ OB-3: Orange Blossom "Twanger" Pre-War Resonator Banjo with Case

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$1,699.99

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No-Hole Tone Ring
3-Ply Canadian Maple Rim
GT Master Planetary Tuners
Pearloid Leaves and Bows Inlay

In late 2018, "Banjo Ben" Clark, Jake Stogdill, and Robby Boone had a concept for replicating one of the most iconic banjos, played by the one of the most iconic banjo players of all time, JD Crowe's original RB-3 ("Banger"). After extensive research, and with great attention to every detail, Gold Tone was able to rebirth this classic banjo. What makes this banjo truly unique is its "No Hole" tone ring, which really tightens up the sustain. It also features the original measurements on the headstock, neck and body, nickel plated hardware, slanted resonator walls, vintage inlay, a Presto tailpiece, concentric resonator rings, and a brown mahogany finish. We've designed hundreds of banjos in the last 25 years, but tone-wise, this outperforms every previous model. Includes an archtop hardshell case, lifetime transferrable warranty, and can optionally be ordered with capo spikes, pickup, Zero Glide upgraded nut, or as a left-handed model.


"I bought a Golt Tone OB-3 "Twanger" from Banjo Ben's general store in July. I have played banjo as a hobbist, serious amature and professional musician for 50 years. I've owned Stelling, Ome, Ode, Stealth, Gold Star (vintage), Recording King and Gibson banjos, (including two pre-war instruments). I just wanted to let you know that the OB-3 is about the best banjo I've ever owned. It is cosmetically perfect and has a tremendous timbre and playability. It's separation in better than any I've ever owned. Plus, it was set up perfectly right out of the box. All I did was put my preferred strings on it. Thank you so much for your wonderful banjo and keep up the good work!" - Roger Matthews

Specifications

  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Finish: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Select Wood
  • Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap
  • Tuners: GT Master Planets
  • Inlay: Pearloid Leaves and Bo
  • Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
  • Tone Ring: Flat Top, No Hole, Brass
  • Rim: 3-Ply Canadian Maple
  • Tension Hoop: Notched Nickel
  • Flange: One Piece Die Cast Zinc
  • Binding: Cream ABS
  • Brackets: 24
  • Buttons: C-Style
  • Hardware: Nickel Plated
  • Pickups: Optional
  • Tailpiece: Presto-Style
  • Resonator: 14" Mahogany (Angled Si
  • Armrest: Plain
  • Head: 11" HC Frosted
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1-1/4" Bone
  • Scale Length: 26-1/4"
  • Weight: 13 lbs.
  • Tuning: GDGBD
  • Strings: .011 .013 .016 .024w .011
  • Option 1: SMP+ Pickup
  • Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup
  • Hard Case: Included
  • Bag: HPB (Opti
  • Left-Handed Available: Yes

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