Gold Tone 5 String Old Tone Openback Tubaphone Style Banjo

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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. 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.


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: Reproduction of early

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: .011 .013 .016 .024w .011

Option 1: SMP+ Pickup

Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup

Hard Case: Included

Bag: HPBO (Optional)

Left-Handed Available: Yes

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