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, body, nickel plated hardware, slanted resonator walls, vintage inlay, a Presto tailpiece, concentric resonator rings and a brown mahogany finish. Gold Tone has designed hundreds of banjos in the last 25 years, but tone-wise, this outperforms every previous model.
We inspect each and every instrument we ship out for maximum playability. We adjust the action and adjust intonation when needed. If you would like a specific adjustment, just add it to your order notes and we would be happy to adjust to your liking.
The exact appearance of new instruments vary. These photos may not be of the actual instrument you will be receiving. Actual photos available upon request.
Scale Length: 26-14″
Rim: 11″ 3-Ply Maple
Resonator: 14″ Mahogany with Angled Sidewall
Tension Hoop: 11″ Notched
Flange: One-Piece Cast
Tone Ring: 11″ Brass Flat Top (No Hole)
Tailpiece: Presto Style
Bridge: Snuffy Smith Bridge
Nut: Bone, 1-1/4″
Tuners: Gotoh Planetary
Inlays: Pearloid Leaves & Bows
Truss Rod: Two-Way
Gold Tone Archtop Hardshell Case Included
Important information if shipping outside of the USA:
Please note: To help insure the future availability of certain materials used in the construction of this instrument, additional fees and/or documentation may be required when shipping this item outside of the USA. This is due to the CITES treaty, which regulates international trade of certain materials like rosewood, abalone, and pearl. If you purchase this item to be shipped outside of the USA, we’ll determine whether the regulations apply to your order, and will contact you with more information if necessary