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Gold Tone OB-3


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Scale Length: 26.25"
Nut Width: 1.25"
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
Peghead Overlay: Ebony
Peghead Inlay: Mother-of-pearl OB-3 design
Fret Markers: 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, and 21
Nut Material: Bone
Spikes: None
Tuners: Gotoh planetary
Finish: Full gloss
Rim Size: 11"
Rim Wood: Three-ply Canadian maple
Rim or Resonator Binding: Cream
Resonator Wood: Mahogany
Tailpiece: Nickel presto
Head: Remo HC Coated Topside
Armrest: Nickel-plated
Case: Gold Tone hard-shell case
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The Gold Tone OB-3 is a replica of the classic Gibson RB-3, one of the most storied resonator banjos in bluegrass history, played by J.D. Crowe and Sonny Osborne, among others. While the RB-3 has long been out of production, Gold Tone's head designers examined every detail on vintage examples and have managed to bring the model back to life. Featuring a no-hole Mastertone tone ring, a mahogany neck paired with a lovely three-ply Canadian maple pot, and slanted resonator walls for a tight and clear sustain, the OB-3 has arguably the most impressive, authentically vintage sound of any of Gold Tone's resonator banjos. Cosmetics are also replicated, with snowflake inlays, a full gloss finish, planetary tuners, and of course, the Mastertone inlay at the 22nd fret. If you're a bluegrass banjo player searching for the old-school sound and feel, it'd be hard to do much better than the OB-3. Included in the price is a Gold Tone hard-shell case.

*Photos from our inventory, actual grain patterns may vary Slightly. Contact us for details.