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Gold Tone EBM Electric Banjo

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The Gold Tone EBM Electric Banjo incorporates the classic aesthetic of the F-style mandolin in the peghead and body scrolls. Banjos graduated from th...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 07-06-2018

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Brilliantly unique, gorgeous, and amazingly versatile.

The Gold Tone EBM Electric Banjo incorporates the classic aesthetic of the F-style mandolin in the peghead and body scrolls. Banjos graduated from the front porch a good long while ago, but an electric banjo is still a rarity, and the Gold Tone banjo will turn heads. Luxurious appointments include precision snowflake inlays on the bound rosewood fretboard, full body binding, and gleaming gold hardware. A humbucker under the head provides great tonal contrast to the single coil in the banjo's neck.

  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Single-coil pickup at the neck
  • Humbucker beneath the head
  • Gold hardware
  • F-style mandolin-like design
  • Full body, neck, and head binding
  • Snowflake fretboard inlays
  • 27-3/8" scale
  • 8" head, high-collar style
  • 1-3/16" nut width
  • 8 lbs. 5 oz.

It's time to plug in and let the whole world hear those blistering banjo runs. Do it today.


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Gold ToneEBM Electric Banjo

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Gold Tone EBM 5 Electric banjo fun for Country/Bluegrass band.

By William Marler

from Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Comments about Gold Tone EBM Electric Banjo:

As mentioned above; a real beauty to look at, affordable and great action up and down the neck. The sunburst tobacco stain and F4 mandolin peg head is a real treat. Whomever thought that one up should get a raise over at the Gold Tone Factory. The black head and tuners go well with the gold plated hardware.(I have the 2011 model). The white heads look awesome too.
I own a Gibson Mastertone, a Deering Golden era, a Vega longneck (by Deering), a custom "Jubilo" open back made by Bob Flesher (flesher and an electric Gold Tone Dojo. I have played in bluegrass bands starting way back in the 1960's but just recently I finally retired and moved to Arizona and fell into a band that plays mostly country with a bluegrass flavor. Although I have the wonderful acoustical instruments I named above, it was still a little harder trying to use the microphone to compete with the guitar and bass amps. My Gold Tone Dojo fit in perfectly, the band members love the dobro type sound. The Gold Tone Dojo was such a success that I began looking into the Gold Tone EBM 5 Electric Banjo. Since the Dojo was such a great find, I decided to buy (without playing) the Gold Tone electric Banjo. When it came I immediately examined it and was very impressed with the craftsmanship. Gold Tone instruments are superb in sound, performance and appearance. I am still tryng out differenct settings on my amp and banjo but I know it will make a huge difference once I start playing it on stage. I will have the freedom of not having to be glued to the mic, the satisfaction of great playability and tone and pleased with the beauty of the instrument. I recommend this for anybody playing in a band that has to compete with amps. Of course the acoustical banjo is always best and that is what I will still play if playing with other acoustical instruments. In my opinion Gold Tone is a great dollar value item, you certainly get a bit more than what you paid for.
This banjo could have gotten a "10" from me if the thin areas on the peg head, between the curly cuts, had been sanded and finished better. It is a hard to see area and I am very particular about my instruments. Perhaps I am being too picky here, but if that area were sanded and finished better then there would be no room anywhere to criticize. The action and feel of the neck is on the thin side which is great for faster left hand movement. It plays very well up the neck and the gold plated metal and flat black tuners are a breath of fresh air!!
You certainly get what you pay for here. It is not priced to scare you away, and the overall appreciation makes it satisfying in the sense that you may have gotten more than you really expected. A very, very good investment.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


banjify the nation

By Bassplaya-TUAhm

from Chicago Illinois

Comments about Gold Tone EBM Electric Banjo:

Who needs fat guitar solos when you can play a distorted banjo. This is the best banjo for gigs other than a Gibson Mastertone. I highly recommend this product to anyone that wants to change any genre of music. You haven't seen speed metal until your finger picks have been electrified. ROCK OUT!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Good electric banjo for the price

By steelguitar0001

from Reno

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Comments about Gold Tone EBM Electric Banjo:

I think it was a great value. Although you do not quite get the tone of the acoustic banjo, the fact that there is no feedback when played through a regular guitar amplifier at higher volumes in a loud room makes it a dream. I play it througr a fender twin and it works great in loud situations playing with an electric band with drums, guitar, etc.If you are a pureist for the acoustic resonator bluegrass sound, you mat be a bit dissapointed but considering how hard it is to get the volume from traditional transducer pickups or mikes, I found it to be a fair trade in my situation. I am constantly switching between pedal steel, banjo, and guitar so this allows me to change quickly without much hassle or feed back and I can keep up wit the rest of the band. It is also quite astheticaly pleasing in my opinion with the curved edges of the body giving it an acoustic look. The only thing I would change is maybe the rear pickup to get more of the vibration of the head. A hollow body may also have improved the acoustic sound. Over all, I would recommed this instrument. Gold Tone seems to have good quality for being a mass produced product. I also own a gb250F banjo among others. Hope this helps the next prospective buyer.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Gold Tone EBM Banjo - OK tool

By Woody-fs8Jt

from Franktown, CO

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Comments about Gold Tone EBM Electric Banjo:

My wife bought me the Gold Tone EBM for Father's Day in 2006. It has great presentation and commands attention when on stage. The electronics are okay. Probably my biggest complaint (as with most banjos, right?) is keeping it in tune. I am likely to update the banjo with higher quality tuners.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful, but poor tuner mount design

By Mark LeVasseur

from Hutchinson, Minnesota

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  • Easy To Play No Feedbac


  • Poor Tuner Mounting

Best Uses

  • Stage Shows With Loud Ban

Comments about Gold Tone EBM Electric Banjo:

My problem with this banjo came about at a gig. I went to tune it up for the show and the G-string tuner seemed to keep slipping. I thought it was the tuner itself, so I got a screw driver and adjusted the tightness of the tuner, but I was wrong. The whole tuner let loose from the neck. The tuner is plated, so the aggressiveness of the knurl isn't enough to hold is in the neck. Also, there is a contour right where the tuner hole os bored, so the shoulder on the tuner can not seat all the way into the neck. I called Musicians Friend and they wanted to send me a new one. I really don't need a new one that's most likely going to do the same thing down the road. So, I took it to work and used a counterbore to cut down the small conour of the neck so the tuner would fully seat. I applied some glue to it also. So far so good. Looks like a professional fix. Guess it is a professional fix. If you buy one good luck, I can't see one NOT having a problem with this sooner than later.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fair product at a high price.

By fivestringfox

from Denver, CO

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  • Consistent
  • Good Tone


  • loose components
  • spotty finish

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    Comments about Gold Tone EBM Electric Banjo:

    I have had my EBM for over 10 years. Played in a band for a few but mostly play casually now. The banjos tone is great and I enjoy playing it. But for a $1000+ price tag, there were a lot of issues I was unhappy with. The port for the cable came loose and actually broke the wood on one side. The internal wiring was loose and I was being shocked by the ring around the banjo head until I fixed it. The finish is very uneven in places and even missed a spot on the headstock. I also have had some off and on issues with the 4th string tuning key being a little weak. Considering I have had the instrument so long, I would expect some issues but most, if not all, of the issues showed within the first few months of playing. Also, this is a pretty heavy instrument. I do love this banjo, but not sure the quality reflects $1000+.

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