Gold Star Banjos

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Gold Star banjos

Gold Star GF-85 Banjo Gold Star GF-85 5-String Banjo
 Retail $1695.00
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In the late 1970ís Saga Musical Instruments made banjo history with the introduction of the Gold star banjo. These instruments were the first production banjos since the 1930ís to be manufactured with the lethal combination of a three-ply maple rim, a single piece and the copper rich Pre-War tone ring alloy! As a result, Gold Star banjos became collectorís items for the current crop of pickers during the 1980ís and 1990ís and are still the object of many a collectorís desire.

In keeping with the Gold Star tradition and after many years of design development, Saga introduces the first Gold Star banjo re-issue! The new GF-85 easily lives up to its reputation for a banjo in which sound quality and value far exceeds anything twice the price. Produced with the same attention to detail as the original models and under the watchful eye of our skilled makers, these reissue Gold Stars come from an almost and are made the old fashioned way, replicating 30ís era banjos with a few modern touches like a geared 5th. Just one look and you will know that the GF-85 is every bit a Gold Star and carries the name proudly.

bulletThree-ply rock maple rim
bulletTraditional Mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod and double cut headstock
bulletRosewood fingerboard with medium nickel-silver frets
bulletBeautiful mother-of-pearl, Gold Star script and style 3 inlay pattern
bulletSingle piece die-cast resonator flange
bullet20-hole flathead-style tone ring
bulletDeluxe mahogany resonator
bulletP-140 Planetary tuners
bulletP-142 Geared fifth-peg
bulletP-118 Old Presto tailpiece
bulletP-104 armrest
bulletDeluxe maple bridge
bulletAll hardware is triple-nickel plated
bulletShop adjusted
 

Most banjo players agree that the ideal Bluegrass banjo was the flathead built in very limited quantities during the 1930ís. Earl Scruggs, Sonny Osborne, and J.D. Crowe have all owned these models valued in excess of $10,000. Gold Star is a replica of the design and captures the sound of these classic banjos at a price within the reach of any serious banjo player.

Extensive metallurgical research in the laboratories of the University of California has resulted in the copper rich bell bronze alloy used in the tone ring of the GF-100 series. Each tone ring is cast, machined, and plated, then carefully hand fitted. The rim itself is made of three overlapping plys of rock maple, routed to the exact configuration used in the nineteen thirties flatheads Ė the only construction that can duplicate the old sound.

Available in three models, distinguished by their inlay patterns, every Gold Star flathead has the utmost in volume and cutting power combined with every nuance and shading of tone.

 Gold Star GF-100FE Banjo
Gold Star GF-100FE Mahogany Flying Eagle 5-String Banjo
GF-100FE
Retail $1995.00
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Most banjo players agree that the ideal bluegrass banjo was the flathead built in very limited quantities during the 1930's. To meet this demand and to offer it at a price any player could afford, Saga Musical Instruments introduced the original GF-100 banjo in the early 1970's. Ever since these banjos were discontinued in the late 1980's due to costly manufacturing methods in Japan, they have continued to be topics of discussion for their legendary sound and value. It's 2005 and the new Gold Star GF-100FE (Flying Eagle) is back and better than ever before. With close to 25 years to improve these already legendary instruments, we are sure you will agree that these banjos are the best value available on the market today!

bulletSelect mahogany neck
bulletBound mahogany resonator with inlaid double concentric rings
bulletCast Bell Bronze Tone Ring
bulletDeluxe 3-ply rock maple rim
bulletDouble coordinator rods
bulletSingle piece die-cast flange
bulletTriple nickel-plated hardware
bulletPresto Tailpiece
bulletP-142 geared fifth peg
bulletP-140 geared planetary tuners
bulletHand-cut mother-of-pearl inlays carefully laid out in the "Flying Eagle" pattern on both the ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay
bulletDeluxe re-issue Gold Star hardshell case
bulletShop Adjusted

 

Gold Star GF-100HF Mahogany Hearts and Flowers 5-String Banjo
GF-100HF
Retail $1995.00
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Most banjo players agree that the ideal bluegrass banjo was the flathead built in very limited quantities during the 1930's. To meet this demand and to offer it at a price any player could afford, Saga Musical Instruments introduced the original GF-100 banjo in the early 1970's. Ever since these banjos were discontinued in the late 1980's due to costly manufacturing methods in Japan, they have continued to be topics of discussion for their legendary sound and value. It's 2005 and the new Gold Star GF-100HF (Hearts and Flowers) is back and better than ever before. With close to 25 years to improve these already legendary instruments, we are sure you will agree that these banjos are the best value available on the market today!
bulletSelect mahogany neck
bulletBound mahogany resonator with inlaid double concentric rings
bulletCast Bell Bronze Tone Ring
bulletDeluxe 3-ply rock maple rim
bulletDouble coordinator rods
bulletSingle piece die-cast flange
bulletTriple nickel-plated hardware
bulletPresto Tailpiece
bulletP-142 geared fifth peg
bulletP-140 geared planetary tuners
bulletHand-cut mother-of-pearl inlays carefully laid out in the "Hearts and Flowers" pattern on both the ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay
bulletDeluxe re-issue Gold Star hardshell case
bulletShop Adjusted

 

Gold Star GF-100W Banjo Gold Star GF-100W Mahogany Wreath 5-String Banjo
GF-100W
Retail $1995.00
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Most banjo players agree that the ideal bluegrass banjo was the flathead built in very limited quantities during the 1930's. To meet this demand and to offer it at a price any player could afford, Saga Musical Instruments introduced the original GF-100 banjo in the early 1970's. Ever since these banjos were discontinued in the late 1980's due to costly manufacturing methods in Japan, they have continued to be topics of discussion for their legendary sound and value. It's 2005 and the new Gold Star GF-100W (Wreath) is back and better than ever before. Each instrument has that same great tone that banjos players like Tom Adams are looking for.
bulletSelect mahogany neck
bulletBound mahogany resonator with inlaid double concentric rings
bulletCast Bell Bronze Tone Ring
bulletDeluxe 3-ply rock maple rim
bulletDouble coordinator rods
bulletSingle piece die-cast flange
bulletTriple nickel-plated hardware
bulletPresto Tailpiece
bulletP-142 geared fifth peg
bulletP-140 geared planetary tuners
bulletHand-cut mother-of-pearl inlays carefully laid out in the "Wreath" pattern on both the ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay
bulletDeluxe re-issue Gold Star hardshell case
bulletShop Adjusted