Gold Tone OB-3 Mastertone™ Professional Banjo "The Twanger"

5.00/5 - 7 reviews

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Gold Tone OB-3 MastertonePro Banjo
"The Twanger"

Gold Tone Orange Blossom OB-3 Mastertone™

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  • GOTOH Tuners The OB-3 comes with high quality GOTOH tuners standard!
  • 5th string Capo Spikes INSTALLED FREE with the Gold Tone OB-3
  • Zero Glide Nut INSTALLED Free on the OB-3
  • High Quality Snuffy Smith Premium Banjo Bridge Now installed and included FREE on the OB-2 ($35 value)

The Gold Tone OB-3 "The Twanger" is a replica of JD Crowe's 1930's Gibson RB3 banjo he called "The Banger" which featured a no hole brass flathead tone ring, one piece flange, 3 ply maple rim, mahogany neck and slant wall resonator.

The OB-3 by Gold Tone is professionally set up before shipping and comes with lifetime warranty which is TRANSFERRABLE if you sell the banjo later too.

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  • Professional Banjo Set Up FREE Professional Banjo Set up
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase FREE Official Gold Tone TKL Hard Shell Case
  • Professional Banjo Set Up FREE 5th String Capo Spikes
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase Free Zero Glide Nut Installed on Request ($75 value)
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase Option to Add Engraved Tension Hoop
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase FREE Snuffy Smith High Quality Premium Banjo Bridge FREE ($30 value)
  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase 5 Free Ross Nickerson Banjo Instruction DVDs
  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase FREE LIFETIME PLATINUM Lesson Site Access
  • Free US Banjo Shipping FREE Shipping - Lower 48 US States
  • Shipping a Banjo Overseas from the US $30 Shipping Credit for International, AK, HI
  • 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.

5 Free Ross Nickerson Banjo Instruction DVDs with this model
Ross Nickerson DVDs

FREE Gold Tone TKL Hard Shell Case!

Zero Glide Nut
Gold Tone does not install the Zero Glide Nut standard on the OB-3 but you can add it FREE as an option below.

Add an Engraved Tension Hoop to the OB-3 for only $99.

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

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  • No Free Zero Glide Nut
  • Yes - Install Zero Glide Nut Free
  • OB-3 with Standard Fretboard
  • OB-3 with Radius Fretboard - add $50
  • Standard Tension Hoop, Not Engraved
  • Add Engraved Tension Hoop $99

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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 OB- 3 Specifications:
Neck: Mahogany
Finish: Satin Vintage Mahogany
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Bridge: Snuffy Maple with Ebony Cap
Tuners: Gotoh Planetary Tuners
Inlay: Vintage Flying eagle Pearloid
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Tone Ring: No Hole Brass tone ring
Rim: 3-Ply Canadian Maple
Tension Hoop: Notched Brass
Flange: One Piece Die Cast
Binding: ABS Creme
Brackets: 24
Buttons: Creme
Hardware: Chrome Plated
Pickups: Optional
Tailpiece: 5-String Terminator
Armrest: Gibson Style
Head: 11" Remo HC Frosted
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1-1/4" Zero Glide Bone
Scale Length: 26-1/4"
Weight: 11 lbs.
Tuning: GDGBD
Nut Width: 1-1/4" Zero Glide Bone
Scale Length: 26-1/4"
Weight: 11 lbs.
Tuning: GDGBD
Strings: .010, .022w, 014, .012, .010
Hard Case: Included
Left-Handed Available: Yes
Zero Glide Installed:
Option 1: SMP+ P
Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup

Feb 19, 2024
Excellent banjo and service
I got my banjo less than a week upon order and the setup was great. I played it right out of the box, and it sounds excellent. It was extremely well packed, with the free zero glide nut/railroad spikes installed nicely. My banjo teacher even compared it to his Gibson RB-3 and told me that the only reason why I would need to upgrade to a better banjo would be to get the real thing. Thanks Ross and Gold Tone

Mar 31, 2022
Thanks so much!
Hi Ross, my banjo arrived yesterday, thrilled with it!! Thanks so much for your time and input!! Thanks again!!

Mar 26, 2022
Thanks for your excellent, fast service
Hi Ross. Just want to inform you that the banjo arrived safely. Right out of the box, it sounds great. Loudest banjo I have ever owned, great tone, super responsive and clear. Thanks for your excellent, fast service, and for one monster of a banjo.

Feb 1, 2022
the years of experience that he shared helped me choose this banjo
“Being a novice banjo player, I researched as much as I could online. I found Ross playing the Gold Tone Twanger on YouTube and its sound took me back to my childhood in the hills of West Virginia. I called him up and the years of experience that he shared helped me choose this banjo over other models. It’s sound is crisp and clear. It sounds remarkably like the early days of bluegrass when a banjo would ring loud and true. The sound that this banjo projects with minimal effort is simply astounding. Thanks to Ross and Gold Tone for such excellent customer service. I will always remain a customer” John Bragg Strasburg, VA

Nov 29, 2021
Thank you!
Received my Gold Tone OB 3 "Twanger" the day after Thanksgiving. This is the second banjo I've ever owned, and it is a huge step up in quality and sound. I appreciate the time you spent on the phone and through email to help me decide on the right banjo for me. This banjo looks and sounds great, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Your customer service is outstanding, and I appreciate the encouragement to practice and improve. I think this banjo will definitely help me reach some of my goals! Thank you!

Jul 20, 2021
Thanks so much for the advice
Hey Ross, I received my OB3 Friday. This thing sounds Great!! Thanks so much for the advice and the DVD’s. I’m excited to start using them! Thanks, Merle Lee

May 6, 2021
Thanks for all your help
Got my banjo sun afternoon - couldn't be more proud it is beautiful- thanks to you and Ross for all your help. It sounds as good as it looks it sounds as good as some of the more expensive banjos

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