Gold Tone, 5-String Banjo (EB-5)
Gold Tone EB-5 5-string Electric Banjo: A Blend of Tradition and Innovation
Gold Tone successfully bridges the gap between banjos and electric string instruments with the EB-5, a true 5-string electric banjo. Its solid mahogany body, complemented by a Canadian maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard, produces a balanced and resonant output, remaining rich even at higher volumes and during more aggressive play. With Gold Tone's proprietary Terminator tailpiece and Zero Glide nut, your tones stay in tune, while the 8-inch custom Remo pre-tuned head enhances tuning stability and contributes to the EB-5’s unique sound. The banjo also features a stacked humbucker that accurately captures the iconic banjo twang without succumbing to feedback, making it a favorite among Americana enthusiasts.
- Solid Mahogany Body: Delivers rich harmonics with a balanced sonic anchor emphasizing midrange frequencies.
- Canadian Maple Neck: Brightens your tone while providing fantastic note separation.
- Rosewood Fingerboard: Imparts a shimmering veneer to your sound that emphasizes warmth without compromising articulation.
- Custom-developed 8-inch Remo PTS Head: Enhances tuning stability and imparts a solid, articulate tone.
- Stacked Humbucking Pickup: Faithfully captures the nuances of banjo twang and is incredibly resistant to feedback.
- Terminator Tailpiece: Provides high-performance and vintage-inspired but enhanced for modern durability and performance.
- Zero Glide Nut: Complemented by an ebony-capped maple tailpiece and GT Planetary tuning machines, it ensures your tones are buzz-free and in-tune.
About Gold Tone
Tracing its origins back to the folk music scene of the '70s, Gold Tone was founded by musicians Wayne and Robyn Rogers who initially ran a small music shop. Their first product, the TB-100 banjo, designed by Wayne himself, received critical acclaim and paved the way for a diverse range of fret
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.