BC-350: Bob Carlin Banjo
Bob Carlin: "The Gold Tone BC-350 banjo loosely references Kyle Creed, a well-known musician in the Galax, Virginia area, who made banjos in the 60s and 70s. The 12” pot, the use of the dowel stick, even though it’s a faux dowel stick, the wider fingerboard, the scale… all were things I learned from Kyle but they were also features that boutique makers were using. The openback banjo crowd wanted a 12” pot banjo but nobody was mass-producing one."
Some reviewer comments about the sound:
“Nice full resonant sound with good bass, but good highs and mids too. It's got a nice old time plunk sound to it, very agreeable to the old-time variety of banjo stuff that I do.”
“It really has quite a full-spectrum sound. I always get complements on its tone.”
The Gold Tone Banjo Company signaled its intent to continue fine-tuning and expanding its line of openback banjos, when it began collaborating with distinguished clawhammer maestro Bob Carlin. For over 30 years Carlin has spread the artistry of clawhammer banjo through his worldwide performances, his innumerable recording projects and his banjo teaching materials, scholarly writings, lectures and workshops.
|Tuners||GT Master Planets|
|Nut Width||1-3/8" Bone|
|Inlay||Dot & Star|
|Truss Rod||Two-Way Adjustable|
|Material||Maple with Scoop|
|Bridge||Maple with Ebony Cap|
|Rim||12" 3-Ply Maple|
|Tension Hoop||12" Notched Counterhoop|
|Head||12" HC Renaissance Diplomat|
|String Gauge||.011 .013 .016 .024w .011|