Gold Tone CC-100R Plus with Free 5 Piece Beginner Package

5.00/5 - 13 reviews

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Gold Tone CC-100R Plus Banjo with Resonator

The Gold Tone CC 100R Plus with resonator is a step above other beginner banjos. It comes standard with planetary tuning pegs and has all the best features a beginner needs to learn bluegrass banjo.

NEW IN 2022: Free SMP Plus Pickup Installed on this CC-100R Plus 
$139 Value
with Free Installation

Notes from Ross Nickerson on the CC 100R PLUS models from Gold Tone

They sound great and look great too. These are really nice, when you hold it, it just feels good to play, the tone is very good too.  This is one of my favorite models and it's very low priced particularly for what you get with it. I'm very confident that you won't believe when it arrives that you only paid this much for it. Check any competitive banjo in this price range and there is no comparison.Check any competitive banjo in this price range and youll find "more bang for the buck" with our Cripple Creek. This Banjo is perfect for students just getting started.  I wish the world had banjos like this when I was learning to play or for that matter available for the students I've had in the past 20 years. I know more of the would have stuck with it.Ross N 

beginning banjo book by Ross NickersonThis banjo features a Free 5 item Beginner Package including Ross Nickerson's 64 page book with full feature DVD and two Audio CDs Beginning the 5-string Banjo Book with two CDs and DVD

The Gold Tone Cripple Creek CC100R Plus banjo features include maple neck, resonator, and body, planetary tuning pegs standard, neck and resonator binding, double coordinator rods, curly maple head stock veneer, Straight Line tailpiece, brass tone ring, 2 way adjustable truss rod, and low action for the beginning banjoist. Available as a lefty, and with many other options such as planetary tuners, capo spikes, and more.

Ross Nickerson owner of Demonstrating the CC-100 Plus Beginner Banjo

List of FREE Included with this Banjo

  • FREE Beginner Package with Tuner, Picks, Strap and Extra Strings
  • Free - Beginning the Five String Banjo - 64 Page Spiral Bound Book
           with DVD and 2 CDs by Ross Nickerson
  • Free 3 YR Access to our Gold Members Lesson Site
  • Free SMP Plus Pickup Installed on this Banjo $139 Value
  • Professional Banjo Set up
  • FREE Zero Glide Nut Installation ($75 value)
  • Add a Gold Tone Hard Shell Case $99 - Gold Tone Price $189
  • Free US Shipping
  • $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
  • Price Matching or Questions 1-866-322-6567

FREE ITEMS don't add to our normal discount price which is the lowest price we are allowed to advertise by the Manufacturer.

Banjos come set up and ready to play

Each banjo is played before it leaves the shop!
Along with the strict quality control that Goldtone is known for and the banjos being checked very carefully before being shipped, each banjo is given a 12 point inspection, full head tuning, setup and will arrive tuned and ready to play

FREE WITH THIS BANJO - Beginner Banjo Package Deal Beginner Banjo Package Deal includes


Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00


We install 5th string Capo Spikes
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  • No - Free Padded Gig Bag is OK
  • YES - Add the Official Gold Tone Hard Case $99
  • NO - Not a Lefty
  • YES - Left Handed - No Extra Charge
  • NO- Gold Tone Iucci Mute
  • YES - Add Iuuci Mute at Discounted price - 26.40

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Zero Glide Nut Installed FREE
All Gold Tone Banjos from now come with the Zero Glide Nut installed FREE
The Zero Glide makes the banjo action easier to play, increases the sound clarity and is a significant improvement for any banjo. Installation by a professional is normally done at a cost of $75 or more. It's now installed FREE on all Gold Tone Banjos.
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Gold Tone CC-100R+ Specifications:


GT Planetary




Maple w/ Ebony Cap
Coordinator Rods
11" Remo LC Coated Topside
Tension Hoop
11" Flat Bar
Tone Ring
11" Rolled Brass Flat Bar


Scale Length


HD15 (Optional)
String Gauge
10 12 14 22 10


GT Master Planetary Tuners

3-Ply Maple Rim

5-String Terminator Tailpiece

SMP+ Pickup
Ross Nickerson Demo Video

May 19, 2023
worth it
What you get is a nice attractive well-made lightweight banjo that won't break your back or shoulder. Ross gives an accurate description. These project well for not having a heavy tone ring. The have really nice hardware including tunning pegs and truss rod. something often overlooked at this price range. perfect for a first-time banjo or as a lightweight take anywhere instrument. Now with a pickup you can play with others and not get washed out in the mix if so desired. The finish is also better than expected. I do recommend an upgraded bridge. This is usually the weakest link on most banjos. They do make a big difference in tone. Ross can definitely recommend one that is well suited. Mine is an older model with no pickup that is included now. If and when you decide to upgrade to a different banjo this can be your travel/campfire banjo. also, with the resonator removed you can do very well in the clawhammer style if you so choose. Just an all-around good banjo at a very fair price.

Aug 17, 2015
Goldtone CC 100R Plus Customer from Australia
Thank you so much! We are in love with banjo ;) I didn't expect it would be that beautiful.

Aug 17, 2015
CC 100R Plus Customer from Toronto, Canada
Hi Ross,The Banjo was here to great me when I arrived. I've been watching your DVD and learning the basics. I'm really enjoying it..... I'm looking forward learning all those rolls (there's so many!). Thanks so much for making sure it got here in time. It's much appreciated.

Aug 17, 2015
I hope to do more business with your company in the future,
Thank you very much for sorting that out for me and it is refreshing in this day and age to have someone that has the customer in the forefront of their business.I have been looking to buy a banjo for some time now and after much searching I came across your website and the clips of Ross playing the Goldtone CC 100 R + that sealed the deal for me. I hope to do more business with your company in the future,

Aug 17, 2015
BanjoTeacher.con CC 100 R Plus customer from Australia
.....Hi Ross, Thanks so much! She arrived yesterday. I tuned her up last night and am looking forward to starting your lessons today. I appreciate your help through the transaction. You have wonderful customer service and I will recommend you to any who ask about my banjo. I look forward to learning this beautiful instrument.

Aug 17, 2015
Thanks for your advice and help in choosing and ordering the ban
Ross, I wanted to send you a quick e-mail to let you know the Gold Tone CC-100R+ arrived yesterday, and it is every bit as much as I hoped it would be.... Thanks for your advice and help in choosing and ordering the banjo,

Aug 17, 2015
I am so pleased with the CC100R+
My banjo arrived last Friday and I have spent the weekend practicing and learning. My right hand is tired and about to fall off, but I am so pleased with the CC100R+ and the instructional items in the beginner’s package. I am wondering why I waited so long to begin playing. I wanted to thank Ross. I was having trouble with the pay pal the day I ordered my banjo. He called later that same day to straighten everything out. He waited until half-time during a Denver Bronco’s football game, just in case I was watching. I am not a football fan, but was very impressed that he would be considerate enough to wait, just in case.

Aug 17, 2015
Gold Tone CC 100R Plus customer
Hey Ross, Just wanted to let you know, the banjo was delivered on Friday. I love it and it has the tone I was expecting.

Aug 17, 2015
Great sound, really nice looking instrument.
The CC 100Rplus arrived today and I'm very happy with it! Great sound, really nice looking instrument. I'm pleasantly surprised by how quickly I got a real banjo sound going with the first roll in the book.

Aug 17, 2015
Customer from Netherlands
Dear Ross and Kathy I received the banjo yesterday ... I am extremely satisfied with the quality of the instrument and hard case. All the extra starters' kit pieces were intact and I can't wait to start my journey with my banjo. The finish on the banjo is excellent and the deep brown colour and clear varnish makes a quality instrument and the tight fit of the hard case just makes it all complete. The person that assembled this instrument obviously takes great pride in their work. I am very happy that I placed my order with your company and hope to do further business with you and rest assured that if I can recommend your company to anyone looking for a banjo of quality then I will do so freely.

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