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Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case

Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
Mastertone ML-1: Missing Link Bela Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case
$1,599.99
  • Stock: In Stock
  • Model: ML-1
  • Weight: 9.20lb
  • Dimensions: 26.00in x 0.00in x 0.00in
  • SKU: ML-1

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Béla Fleck, surely today's best-known banjoist, has his own heroes. One of these, John Hartford, made extensive use of a low-tuned five-string banjo (a twelve-inch Farland from the 1920s) in his music. While Béla had already been playing a Gold Tone CEB-5 Cello Banjo, he felt that there should be a banjo to fill the gap between the cello banjo (tuned to G, an octave below the standard banjo) and the standard five-string. Béla collaborated with Gold Tone president Wayne Rogers over many months and after overcoming many challenges and the building of several prototypes, the ML-1 "Missing Link" came into being. Tuned to open C (in a G configuration, i.e. an octave below the fifth fret of a standard five-string) the ML-1 features a twelve-inch, three-ply maple rim supporting a bronze tone ring. A specially-made Remo Black Suede head carries a custom 7/8" bridge and an all-wound custom string set hooks up to a Gold Tone Terminator tailpiece. The hard rock Canadian maple neck is topped by a rich black ebony fretboard, honed to a compound radius (5" to 9") and fitted with jumbo frets. The gorgeous art nouveau inlay pattern (of Béla's own design) travels the length of the neck all the way to the peghead, interrupted only by a Zero Glide nut (for super-accurate intonation and low-friction tuning). Black bindings and black buttons on the Master Planetary tuners complete the elegant look.



Headstock
Buttons Black
Tuners Planetary
Nut Width 1-3/8" Zero Glide Nut
Neck
Fingerboard Ebony 5-10" Compound Radiused
Inlay Nouveau Custom
Truss Rod Two-Way Adjustable
Frets 22
Material Hard Rock Maple
Body
Binding Black ABS
Pickups Optional
Resonator 14" Maple (Convertible)
Rolled Brass Tone Ring
Tone Ring Bronze Sand Cast
Bridge 10" Radiused Maple with Ebony Cap (7/8")
Hardware Chrome Plated
Rim 3-Ply Canadian Maple
Brackets 26
Tension Hoop Notched 24-Bracket
Finish Vintage Brown
Head 12" MC Black Remo
Tailpiece 5-String Terminator
Dimemsions
Scale Length 26-1/4"
Weight 9.2 lbs.
Other
Bag HPB (Optional)
Case Included
Tuning CGCEG
String Gauge .018w .022w .030w .040w .018w
Highlights
Zero Glide Nut