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Gold Tone musical instruments are available through banjocrazy.com. Call Paul Roberts at (970) 731-3117 for more information.

Bob Carlin Signature Series 12″ Openback Banjo.

At the 2004 IBMA Fan Fest, Bob Carlin and Wayne met to discuss the possibilities of a signature model 12″ openback banjo.  The features requested by Bob were a 12″ pot assembly, scooped ebony fingerboard, specific neck profile dimensions and a nut width of 1-3/8”, a rolled brass tone ring, and a No Knot tailpiece. Bob personally made a trip to our Florida factory for the designing where Bob and Wayne discussed every possible specification and tested prototypes. Every detail was fine tuned. Decided features included a 12” Renaissance banjo head, the mock dowel stick/coordinator rod configuration, a custom headstock design with ebony overlay and recessed truss rod cover, the GT Master planetary tuners, and the “hot dog” armrest.  In order to complete the project, Gold Tone would invest in all new 12″ tooling to assure perfectly fitted parts. A year later we introduced…. the Gold Tone Bob Carlin Signature Model BC-350!

Bob Carlin is most well known in the banjo world for his incredible tone.  The Gold Tone BC Series featuring the 12” body provides Bob with more mid-range and bass response than the standard 11” designs.  Whether you are new to openback banjo or want to add a new sound to your banjo arsenal, the BC-350 is an excellent choice!

Specifications

Woods
Neck Maple Fingerboard Ebony w/ Fingerboard Scoop
Bridge Maple w/ Ebony Cap; 5/8″
Finishing Touches
Wood Finish Natural Gloss Fingerboard Inlay Dot / Star
Headstock Inlay Star Neck Binding Celluloid
Parts & Hardware
Nut Bone Tuners GT Master Plantetary Tuners
Tailpiece No Knot Tone Ring Rolled Brass Tone Ring
Strings Medium – .011, .013, .016, .024w, .011 Rim 12″ 3-Ply Maple
Plating Nickle Tension Hoop Brass; Notched
Arm Rest “Hot Dog” Armrest
Electronics
Pickup Optional SMP+
Other Features & Options
Case Options HD15-M TKL Hardshell Case; HPB Heavily Padded Gigbag Other Options Lefty / Capo Spikes
Dimensions
Scale 26-3/16″ Weight 6.5 lbs
Nut Width 1-3/8″ Frets 18 Medium
Total Length 38″ Head Size 12″ Remo Renaissance; High Collar
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