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Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo

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The CC-100R resonator banjo features maple neck and body, neck and resonator binding, double coordinator rods, curly maple headstock veneer, Straight...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 11-29-2017

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The CC-100R resonator banjo features maple neck and body, neck and resonator binding, double coordinator rods, curly maple headstock veneer, Straight Line tailpiece, brass tone ring, 2 way adjustable truss rod, and low action for the beginning banjoist.

FEATURES
  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Resonator: Maple
  • Tone Ring: Brass
  • Truss Rod: Two-way adjustable
  • Tailpiece: Straight Line Tailpiece
  • Other Features: Neck binding, Curly maple headstock veneer, Low action

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Gold ToneCC-100R Resonator Banjo
 
5.0

(based on 16 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3)

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Highly Recommended

By Ceran Maples

from Boone, NC

Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

If you're debating whether to buy this banjer or a similarly priced Deering, I highly recommend this one; I went into a music shop about a month after I bought the Gold Tone and tried a Deering Goodtime, just to see if I'd made the right selection--the Deering felt cheap and looked downright ugly by comparison, and the sound was nothing to write home about. Surprising since it gets such good reviews.

This banjer feels wonderful in my hands. It has a slightly beefier neck and more generous string spacing than other banjers I've played, which has made a big difference in my playing.

The tuners will come installed without screws, just in case you want to replace them with planetary ones. This is not a problem; they are solid, smooth, and work very well. All parts are of very high quality; I've had no problems of any kind with it, and I look hard for problems.

There is some debate over tone rings vs. tone hoops (this one has a hoop by the way, not a 'proper' tone ring) but all I know is this banjer has a sweet, crisp, almost bell-like tone without breaking my leg with its weight.

Also, the picture above does the CC-100R little justice; you'll be surprised at how gorgeous it is in person. I love mine and can't say anough good things about it.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First Banjo

By Nick-CULAx

from Missouri

Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

This is the first banjo i have owned. Before buying this i played a friends banjo, Which was a total clunker. One of the tuning pegs was a drill bit wrapped in guitar string.I'm Very pleased with the CC100R, The Resonator comes off easily in case i want to play a little quieter at night. I got mine with Planetary Tuners and they work great. The color is nice and the Banjo is very light.This is certainly a beginners banjo, Light weight, No Flange. But i would certainly recommend this to ANY one who is looking tot play banjo. Its easy to play, great sound, All around awesome banjo

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy S**t!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

This was the first banjo that I ever bought, and let me tell you, quite possibly the last. It made learning the in and outs of blue grass so much fun and so easy. For the quality vs price alone, any newbie to banjos should pick up a Gold Tone. You will not be disappointed.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect starter banjo

By MetalMoonRising

from Nebraska

Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

I just started playing the banjo a couple of months ago. I've also played the guitar for 16 years and the mandolin for just a little over a year now. Let me tell you this...this is a quality instrument, especially for the price. It has a warm tone to it, unlike other cheaper models. I highly suggest spending the extra $ you'll be glad that you did.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy with my purchase

By Geoff-AwXn-

from North Carolina

Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

I've been playing other string instruments for years and finally decided to buy a banjo. On first look I decided to get one of the cheaper banjos in the 180-250 range. On a last minute decision, I changed my mind. I know what a banjo should sound like, so I finally found some audio clips of the cheaper banjos. The cheaper ones will have some of that "tin can" sound. They are not as heavy and do not have tone rings, etc. This banjo has a brass tone ring. I then was able to hear audio of the CC-100R banjo, and I was sold. It has great tone, no tin can noise. It is very bright, of course not as good as more expensive banjos but in my opinion well worth the extra bit of money over the cheapest banjos. Some people might still benefit from the cheaper ones because of price, and that the cheaper ones can get the job done. Visit Goldtone's website for audio clips. This banjo has maple wood, a bone nut, 5th string nut and geared 5th string tuning peg. The fret board looks great. It plays great, very easy to fret notes, and absolutely no buzz or noises from the Goldtone setup. All in all I'm very happy with my purchase.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great banjo!

By Deb-8uMTo

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

I currently own a Deering openback banjo but wanted a resonator banjo that wouldn't break the bank. Based on the other reviews, I decided to give the CC-100R a chance. That was over a year ago and I couldn't be happier with this banjo. As a female player, I wanted an instrument that was lightweight, built well, and had a good bluegrass sound. This banjo has it all and looks great too. It's definitely not a toy. Would a Gibson bluegrass player approve? Probably not, but given the cost, features, and sound of this banjo, it would work for most people. And ladies, if you're looking for a good-sounding banjo that will be comfortable to hold while standing, this banjo is for you.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a good one.

By Handsome Tom

from Orange City FL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

      I have fooled with "strings for a lot of years and stil not good.. I have a "cheap banjo" for several years and it sounded like badnews.. I bought this one because of the postive reviews... I have only had this a week or so but what a difference... This was well worth the money and maybe now I can learn more with a smile..

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quality Banjo

      By C. Taylor

      from Tulsa, OK

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

        Well, I got this banjo as a gift. Might I say a good gift. I had played banjos in the past and had been looking at purchasing some really cheap ones to learn on, and I had no idea that this one would end up in my possession. I have to say though, I would have regretted buying a cheaper epiphone banjo if I had ever come across this. It plays and sounds very similar to some higher priced banjos that I have played, but it is at such a good price. I didn't have to pay for the thing, so it is just an amazing banjo for me. But If you are looking to buy a quality banjo, this one has all of the specs you could want at the price. The string spacing is really good, the tone is very clear and there is no buzzing or rattles coming from anywhere (yet), and all of the hardware and parts are very good and sturdy. I am confident to play it with intesity and not worry about it being fragile and cheap. If this is your price range, then this is your banjo.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Buy it

        By split lip

        from Eugene, OR

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        Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

        Best banjo for the price. I had the fender FB-54 and didn't like it. Quality and sound just don't compare.

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good lookin Blonde

        By Unnamed User-A68XE

        from St. Pete, FL

        Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

        Just got it is more banjo than I thought I was going to get. IF you want to learn how to play the Banjo this is the one!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best banjo for $350

        By split lip

        from Eugene, OR

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

        I've had this banjo for a year and a half, no problems at all. It stays in tune, sounds great, and the action is perfect. I played a fender fb-54 for a weak before buying this one. The fender had a metal pot, this one is wood with a rolled brass tone ring. It's tone just didn't compare to this one. The gold tone is the first banjo I've bought, but have played guitar and any other stringed instruments I could get my hands on for years.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        CC-100R

        By Delta Jim

        from East Texas

        Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

        I have been an owner for about 5 years. I am a closet Banjo player, but have been playing for almost 30 years. I have owned Alverez, Epiphone, Gibson over the years. This Banjo does not sound like a Gibson (or any of the High Dollar pieces), but for the money, there is no equal!!! It has amazing tone and Volume!! It does not have thesustain of a Bell Brass Tone Ring, but for the money, you will be amazed!! If you are a Blues fan, this thing sounds great when played like a Roundneck Resonator!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice for the price

        By Bilgamesh

        from Pilot Point, TX

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Design
        • Finish
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

            I bought a Dean BW5, which is a showy beautiful instrument, but it arrived with a few flaws in parts of the finish. I bought this one for about the same price, and the finish is perfect from end to end. It has a less decorative look, being simply elegant, and sounds great. I can't really put my finger on all the reasons, but I find it easier to play as well. I am very happy with this as my first banjo.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Buy it

            By split lip

            from Eugene, OR

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

            If you need a good banjo at a decent price this is it. A Deering Goodtime wold be better, but a little more expensive.

             
            5.0

            Sweet!! Do NOT want to put it down!

            By Uncle Johnny

            from Cumming, GA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Great quality
            • Lightweight
            • Well made

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

              I've wanted to play banjo for a long time (drummer and guitar player for many years), and finally purchased one. I started with a Washburn B-16, but exchanged it for the Gold Tone. That Washburn was so heavy (around 15-18 lbs.!) that it caused extreme pain in my shoulder and elbow. The elbow pain was so bad at one point that I couldn't pick up anything and lift it with my left hand fingers! The Gold Tone CC-100R weighs only 6.5 pounds with the resonator on. I haven't taken the resonator off for open-back playing, yet, so not sure what the difference in weight would be. Let's just say the difference in the Washburn vs. the Gold Tone is like night and day -- WAY lighter and more comfortable and fun to play. I don't know why, but I seem to play with more accuracy and speed with the GT...maybe the difference in weight? The GT is nice and loud with the resonator, and is great for learning bluegrass, which is my concentration -- although I'd also like to learn claw hammer -- another GT advantage, in that you can remove the resonator and play it open-back for claw hammer, as well. This is a really nice option. I was taken aback when I opened the box, removed the packing, and noticed that one of the tuning heads was turned about 90 degrees out of place! When I looked at the back of the headstock, I noticed that not one machine head was screwed down -- no screws! Then...I casually looked down at the strings and saw a little note wedged therein. It said that the tuners weren't screwed down in case the player wanted to replace the existing guitar tuners with planetary ones -- how thoughtful was that?!?! Just turned it back/ tightened the nut -- all in place! So if I want planetarys, which I do, then there will be no visible screw holes! Very nice! I wish the banjo came with a case, but no problem -- ordered one of the Musicians Friend cases which should work great. I expect to get many joyful hours of learning and playing my GT!

               
              5.0

              Goldtone cc-100r resonator banjo

              By Will Sonnett

              from pennsylvania

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gold Tone CC-100R Resonator Banjo:

                I have had my goldtone now for over a week and I love it. Can't stop playing it. I did a lot of research on all the other brands in the same price range, and played them all. I read all the reviews on all the other brands. Everyone was positive. So I went to the music store and played the goldtone cc-100r resonator banjo and went home and called musicians Friend and ordered one, It was here in 48 hours. Buy one , you'll love.

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