Gold Tone 6 String Guitar Banjo, Right (EB-6)
Gold Tone EB-6 6-string Electric Banjitar: Bridging the Gap Between Banjo and Guitar
For those musicians who have found the limited string options on a traditional banjo somewhat restrictive, Gold Tone presents the EB-6 banjitar. This groundbreaking instrument harmoniously blends the sonorous character of a banjo with the versatility of a guitar, offering six strings of electric folk bliss. Uniquely tailored to retain the resonant character of banjo while enabling the expressive capabilities of an electric string instrument, the EB-6 is a state-of-the-art, 6-string, electric banjo guitar. Its construction is composed of a solid mahogany body, Canadian maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard, all contributing to a balanced, resonant output even at higher volumes and more aggressive playing styles.
- Solid Mahogany Body: Delivers rich harmonics and a balanced, midrange-heavy sonic anchor.
- Canadian Maple Neck: Imparts a bright tone and offers fantastic note separation.
- Rosewood Fingerboard: Provides a warm and articulate tone.
- Gold Tone’s Proprietary Terminator Tailpiece and Zero Glide Nut: Ensures that your tones remain perfectly in tune.
- 8-Inch Custom Remo Pre-Tuned Head: Increases tuning stability and imparts a unique, guitar-like sound.
- Unique Stacked Humbucker: Captures the nuances of iconic banjo twang without falling prey to feedback.
Premium Design for Optimum Resonance and Playing Comfort
The EB-6 was meticulously designed to uphold the integrity of the age-old resonator sound within the innovative banjitar profile. Key features such as Remo’s custom-designed, pre-tuned 8-inch PTS head and the impressive 25.5-inch scale length (with 24 frets across the rosewood fingerboard) greatly contribute to the instrument's tuning stability and tonal versatility. Additionally, the inclusion of a high-performance Terminator tailpiece, a 1–11/16-inch Zero Glide nut, an ebony-capped maple tailpiece, and guitar-style tuning machines ensure buzz-free, well-tuned performances.
Gold Tone: A Legacy of Music
Gold Tone has been at the forefront of the music scene since the 1970s when Wayne and Robyn Rogers opened a small music shop. Later in 1990, they established Gold Tone Banjos in Titusville, Florida. Their first offering, the critically acclaimed TB-100 banjo, was a design by Wayne. Today, Gold Tone’s range has expanded to include a variety of fretted instruments that blend modern innovation and vintage design, catering to all musicians, from beginners to professionals. The EB-6 is yet another testament to their commitment to help musicians realize their musical dreams.
What is a banjo resonator and what does it accomplish?
A resonator is the back, bowl-shaped part of a banjo that helps to reflect the sound out to your audience, thus making the banjo sound louder and brighter. This is in contrast to an open-back banjo, which does not have a resonator.
What is the difference in sound between a resonator banjo and an open-back banjo?
Resonator banjos project the sound toward the audience with more ringing (resonation). Open-back banjos have a more mellow and softer sound, but are sometimes preferred by banjo players of different play styles. Open-back banjos are preferred by old-time clawhammer banjo players, while newer bluegrass players sometimes prefer the louder ringing sound of a resonator banjo.
What banjo should a beginner buy?
We always recommend beginners pick up an instrument that they will proudly play and learn on. For this reason, we recommend banjos which provide a good value, without being cost prohibitive. Fortunately, some big names in banjos have continued to manufacture impeccable, affordable banjos which are perfect for beginners. We recommend beginners look at purchasing the following banjos:
What is the most common type of banjo
The most common type of banjo, especially in the US, is the 5-string banjo. The 5th string of the 5-string banjo is called the "thumb string" or "drone string" because of the clawhammer technique of thumb-picking the 5th string in syncopation with the other 4 strings.
How is a standard 5-string banjo tuned?
5-string banjos are most commonly tuned in "Open G" tuning. Starting from the 5th string to the 1st string, the notes are tuned G, D, G, B, D.