Gold Tone AC-1 Beginner Banjo

5.00/5 - 3 reviews

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Best Beginner Banjo for the Price -The Gold Tone AC-1

The AC 1 has to be the best beginner banjo in this price range. I've never seen or played a better lower priced banjo for beginners. They sound great and are easy to play and learn on. I highly recommend this one if you are shopping for a low priced beginner banjo. The quality is very high and this banjo works! The last thing you need when learning to play banjo is one that mechanically does not function correctly. Gold Tone is a banjo company and they know what they're doing. These come set up and ready to play with no issues to hold you back.

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  • Best beginner Banjo Book Professional Banjo Set up
  • Best beginner Banjo Book 64 Page Spiral Bound Beginner Banjo Book
           with Split Screen DVD and 2 Audio CDs
  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase Free 1 YR Access to Silver Members Lesson Site
  • Professional Banjo Set Up Option to Add a Resonator to the AC-1
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase Free Gig Bag Case
  • Free US Banjo Shipping $20 Flat Rate UPS/Fedex Banjo Shipping
  • FREE Zero Glide Nut Installation ($75 value)
  • Shipping a Banjo Overseas from the US $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
  • Best Banjo Prices, Price Matching and Serivce 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.

The AC-1 won "Best at Show" at the NAMM show in Nashville this year (2016).
That's a big deal. There were at least 800 vendors there as well as other major Banjo vendors.
Best in Namm Show - Goldtone AC-1
Travel Banjo or Easy to Play Practice Banjo
If you a more experienced banjo player and already have a primary banjo the AC-1 makes a great travel or light and easy to play practice banjo too. It weighs only 3lbs and 10 ounces so it's perfect for beginners, on the go and also for kids to learn banjo on.

Banjos at 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

You can add a 5 Piece Beginner Package (valued at $79) for $25 Beginner Banjo Package Deal includes


Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00

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  • NO - Planetary Tuning Pegs
  • YES - Install Planetary Tuning Pegs $79
  • Standard AC-1 Open Back
  • ADD Resonator for AC-1 - $119
  • NO - Beginner Package
  • YES - Add Ross Nickerson Beginner Package $25
  • NO - Not a Lefty
  • YES - Left Handed - No Extra Charge

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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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I was at the NAMM show and played the banjo. This is just what the banjo market has needed. A low priced beginner banjo for "newbie" banjo students on a budget that is not a piece of, (pardon me), junk. Having a new banjo of this quality in this price range will also help to save beginner banjo students that are shopping on a budget from buying a cheap used one that may need repairs or is unplayable. I've seen it happen often and it can literally stop a students dream of learning banjo dead in it's tracks. Not only is AC-1 in that price range but it's solid and works great. All banjos we sell including the AC-1 all come set-up and ready to play, they include free banjo lesson instruction DVD, free online banjo lesson access and a low priced beginner package with all you need. I'm serious about how good this banjo is to learn on. The banjo is stable, stayed in tune and the intonation was perfect. You don't need problems with a banjo when you are just learning to tune one for the first time.

Ross Nickerson at Namm Show in Nashville
Ross Nickerson, Owner of
at Nashville Namm Show (2016)
with the Goldtone AC-1

The AC 1 uses the composite body like an Ovation Guitar. Harmony also made a composite banjo back in the 70's that a lot of students of mine had and they worked good. This AC-1 is a way better banjo than those though. It has a wood neck which those didn't and when I played the AC-1 the intonation was perfect up and down the neck. The composite body is an efficient method for producing a  bright, loud sounding 5-string banjo to learn on. In my opinion the composite design is tons better than the aluminum "bottle cap" banjo design that has been around forever. The bottle cap is the 30 bracket design that you see today on the beginner Washburn, Fender and Epiphone models as well as a host of other generically named Asian banjos. Gold Tone in general is a cut above any of the banjo brands that just stamp there name on imports like newer models of Fenders, Washburn and Epiphone banjos. Gold Tone is a banjo company that designs banjos for banjo players... by.... banjo players.

dding a Resonator to an AC-1

Dec 6, 2020
Very happy with the purchase including the online courses
Thank you, Ross! The banjo sounds great and it looks like it’s built well. Very happy with the purchase including the online courses. I’ve already played two practice sessions and I am so happy with this banjo. It’s so much easier to play than my heavy Epiphone. I’m already improving and feel my fingers moving with more ease. And your classes and book are going to be invaluable. Thank you! Cheers, Caroline

Jul 9, 2020
what a pleasure it was working with Ross
Thank you for the detailed instructions! I can't tell you what a pleasure it was working with Ross, and after reading the bios I'm super-excited that it's you shipping my order! I'm very happy to be able to support someone other than Amazon and all the other Big-Boxes out there, and I'm really excited to start my banjo journey! Hope you're having a great day, thanks again for all the help and support and happy Independence Day! All the best, Lou

Apr 30, 2017
Buy this banjo
I work at a music shop and the other day we got a few of these in. At first I wrote it off as a cheap beginner banjo. But after a few hours my boss told me I wasn't allowed to play it anymore because if I kept it up, I was going to rub the frosting off of the head. I just couldn't put it down, and is certainly worth the price. I have a $3000 custom made bishline banjo, and I still want one of these just to have around as a fun practice banjo.

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