Gold Tone is receiving a small shipment of Missing Links ML-1 in December to cover pre-orders. I have 2 that are not yet spoken for. The cost is $1424.25 including HSC and shipping (to lower 48 US).

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Inspired by John Hartford’s love for low-tuned banjo, Béla Fleck conceived the Missing Link, Baritone Banjo.

Béla’s previous experience with the Gold Tone Cello Banjo brought him to Wayne Rogers.  The two collaborated in the design and, after many months of experimentation and various challenges, we are ecstatic to present the ML-1!

To produce the lower tone with a traditional sound in the lower register, we use a 12 inch, 3 ply Maple Rim with a Bronze Tone Ring.

After Beta Testing a variety of neck and bridge options, Béla signed off on the Compound Radius (5”-9”) Ebony Fingerboard attached to a Hard Rock Canadian Maple Neck and a Cathedral-like Radius Bridge standing 7/8” over the signature black Remo head.

Jumbo Frets, our exclusive Terminator Tailpiece and our Patented ZerO Glide Nut complete the perfect formula for the throaty ML-1.

Béla’s Noveau inlay design courses the length of the fingerboard and finishes on our C-Cut Headstock.  Black Binding, Black Tuner Buttons and the Black Head create a bold, autonomous look.


Neck Maple Resonator 14″ Mahogany
Fingerboard Campound Radius: Ebony Bridge Maple w/ Ebony Cap; Radius-3/4″
Finishing Touches
Wood Finish Vintage Mahogany Fingerboard Inlay Noveau
Headstock Inlay Noveau Neck Binding Black Abs
Body Binding Black Abs
Parts & Hardware
Nut ZeroGlide Bone Tuners GT Master Planetary Tuners
Tailpiece Terminator Flange N/A
Tone Ring Bronze Bar Style Strings CGCEG – .018, .022, .028, .038w, .018
Rim 3-Ply Canadian Maple Plating Chrome
Tension Hoop Brass; Notched Arm Rest Gold Tone Engraved
Pickup Optional Gold Tone SMP+ Magnetic Pickup/Gold Tone ABS Clip-on Microphone System or Fishman pickup
Other Features & Options
Case Options Hard Case Included
Scale 26-1/4″ Weight 10 lbs
Nut Width 1 5/16″/33mm Frets 22
Head Size 12″ Remo black swead
 Suggested Retail Price: $1,900.00Banjo Crazy Price: $1,424.25

Béla Fleck’s “Missing Link” Baritone Banjo is now available at!!!