Gold Tone OB-250 Plus with JLS Tone Ring

5.00/5 - 15 reviews

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Gold Tone OB 250 Plus with JLS Tone Ring

We've taken our celebrated OB-250 and improved it dramatically by adding many unique features reserved for only the highest-quality banjos. Upgraded features include the JLS tone ring, 3-ply maple rim, coordinator rod adjuster, Brian Hooper Intonated Custom Bridge, a raised neck to body mount, and a deluxe case. The JLS Tone Ring is a replica of the Gibson tone ring used in the Granada models in the 30’s.

I believe it's the best sounding new banjo on the market in it's price range!!- Ross Nickerson

The maker, from Texas, has analyzed an original tone ring and duplicated the exact specifications. When electronically tested for pitch, sustain, and ring, it equals the original. It also has a slightly longer “skirt” which (1) provides more contact with wood rim and (2) provides direct contact with the heel of the neck. The neck is attached with a conventional hanger bolt going through a hole at the edge of the tone ring. This method provides an extremely tight fit and maximum heel contact with tone ring.

Gold Tone Banjos recently raised their price on this banjo $200 on 1-4-2024. All certified dealers were mandated to raise prices too. If you see a lower price still advertised for this banjo, call and we'll match it. If you see any other dealers listing this banjo as "FLOOR MODEL" to avoid Dealer Mandated Price Rules. I'll match that price too and you'll be purchasing a brand new banjo.
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  • Professional Banjo Set Up FREE 5th String Capo Spikes Installed on Request
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase FREE Snuffy Smith High Quality Premium Banjo Bridge FREE ($30 value)
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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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Apr 9, 2023
sounds terrific and so much easier to play
Hi Ross, received my OB-250+ this afternoon. Wow! This instrument sounds terrific and so much easier to play. I learned on a very low end internet special. This upgrade is way more than I expected! Tell all involved thanks for expediting the delivery for my birthday. 5 stars! - Best wishes, Robert

Apr 21, 2022
Wow! What a great banjo!
Ross, I received my Gold Tone OB-250+ today! Wow! What a great banjo! Great tone! I really appreciate the personal attention and guidance you gave me before I committed to it! It amazed me that YOU called ME when you figured that my initial order for a different banjo reflected my uncertainty after I had previously spoken with you! It’s very evident that you truly care about your customers and the service I received from your staff was also awesome! I am so happy with my new banjo and so happy to have had your guidance on this purchase! Thank you, I know I will get many years of enjoyment from my OB-250+! Tom Hejza

Jul 14, 2021
Excellent help and assistance
I bought this GoldTone OB 250+ last summer and am finally getting around to review it, as it feels like I’ve just not been able to put it down! I love this banjo, and I can’t wait to play it when I get home from work. It’s a solid instrument and will serve well into advanced playingRoss helped me decide on this instrument after discussion regarding many other options and my current skill level and needs. He was very helpful and provided me with lots of information that allowed me to decide on this banjo with no concerns or reservations. I’m very happy with this purchase and will be back to for the rest of my banjo needsThanks Ross

Jun 21, 2021
I love this banjo
Thanks Ross I love this banjo, the Gold Tone OB250 Plus. The sound and action are unbelievably better than the Fender I started with. It's so good to be able to play up the neck all the way to the 22nd fret, and have the banjo still be true to the note I'm playing. I also believe that it's helped me increase my speed.

Mar 26, 2021
I have had this banjo for a couple months now. It has a great tone to it slides don't choke out sustain is awesome. Upgraded from a decent banjo but this OB250+is loud and proud. I was hesitant on spending the money but it is worth the money IMO.Ross helped me figure out the model that I wanted. He gave me several options let me know the good features and the better features. I recommend the OB-250+ and recommend dealing with Ross. Thanks Ross!!!

Feb 1, 2020
Hey Ross got my banjo today. Man this thing plays by itself. Wonderful I told my wife and kids seven years ago that I was going to play on the Grand Ole Opry before I'm 65. Seven years to go. ????This baby's gonna motivate me to get there. ???? Thanks again - Maybe we'll jam together at some time.

Apr 14, 2019
Gold Tone OB-250 Plus
Great professional sounding banjo for less than half of the cost of a nice Gibson, Stelling, Ome, or other higher end banjo. Very nice for the price.

Feb 5, 2018
Thanks for your help on this!
When I got home from work yesterday, the banjo was waiting on me. Wow. What a great sounding, great looking instrument! It is more than I expected-such good craftsmanship and sound. I am already enjoying practicing and playing way more than I ever have. Thanks for your help on this!Steve McAlilly

Aug 19, 2015
It is well made and worth every cent
I would just like to say, what a pleasure and joy it is to play the Gold Tone OB250+ banjo I also purchased from Ross. It is well made and worth every cent. Sorry Ross, but I will not be changing my Gold Tone anytime soon!!.

Aug 19, 2015
Thanks for the time spent and advice you’ve given me.
I really appreciate the effort expended, and the results, of your website and the depth of resources you are providing your clients. Being able to directly speak with Ross was a huge factor in my placing the right order and buying today. Your flexibility to tailor to my situation was much more than I expected; but very much appreciated. You’ve provided me the confidence of starting something I should have long ago. Now I’m excited to get my hands on the instrument.

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