Learning bluegrass banjo on the Goldtone AC 1 in my opinion is the best low priced banjo for a beginner and it is for sure the best banjo in the "low priced beginner banjo" price range. I can not even tell you the dramatic difference between these and other import banjos in this price range the big box stores offer.
The design of this type of banjo goes back to the days of the Harmony Banjo "bacolite" design in the 70's. As a banjo teacher, the old Harmony's sounded great and were easy for students to learn on but they had friction 5th string pegs and usually were in some form of disrepair.
Wayne Rogers, owner of Gold Tone knows those banjos well too and what he has done has resurrected this design because of it's strong points and totally overhauled it to make it work great.
The AC1 also comes standard with the ZERO GLIDE nut which normally costs 75.00 installed. You may not know the technical definition of the ZERO GLIDE or what it does yet, but all you need to know is the improvement it makes to any banjo is real and its FREE with this model.
I highly recommend the AC1 and I recommend the Bluegrass Resonator version for tone, ease of playing and maybe most of all it the resonator balances the banjo better on your lap when playing. This is because the resonator balances the weight of the neck so it falls into position in your lap making it easier to balance and play.
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.
List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo
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All FREE WITH THIS BANJO
The AC-1 with Bluegrass Resonator includes an easy to carry "over the shoulders" gig bag case, a 3 year transferable warranty, The Fundamentals of Five String Banjo a comprehensive Beginner Banjo Book, DVD and CDs by Ross Nickerson, Online Banjo Lesson access and FREE SHIPPING! Banjo comes fully tuned and set up Free too!
Our Beginner Package comes has all you need to get started. Banjo Picks, Strap, Electronic Banjo Tuner, Extra Set of Strings and Ross Nickerson's Book, DVD and CDs. a $79 value for only $20 more.
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.
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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
BanjoTeacher.com Beginner Banjo Package Deal
Everything you'll need to get started playing banjo. For only an additional $20.00 we include a banjo strap, a set of finger picks with a medium and large thumb pick, an electronic chromatic tuner, extra set of strings and Ross Nickerson's critically acclaimed Fundamentals of 5-string banjo instructional Book/DVD/CD. a $69.70 value
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BanjoTeacher.com Beginner Banjo Package Deal
Our Beginner Banjo Package includes a Comprehensive 64 page Beginner Banjo Book with a two hour beginner banjo DVD and two audio CDs. You also receive a set of banjo picks, a clip-on chromatic banjo tuner, a spare set of banjo strings and a banjo strap.
Add 5 Piece Beginner Banjo Package $20 - Retail value $79.00
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The AC-1 Resonator Version was discontinued by Gold Tone in 2020
The AC-5 with Resonator is what they have now.
The AC-5 is more banjo for not much more though.
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Zero Glide Nut Installed FREE
All Gold Tone Banjos from BanjoTeacher.com 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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