Gold Tone OB-3EF 24-Fret Scale Length Bluegrass Resonator Banjo

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Gold Tone OB-3EF: 24-Fret Scale Bluegrass Banjo "Twanger"

Orange Blossom OB-3EF with 24 fret scale length -  Mastertone


  • GOTOH Tuners The OB-3EF comes with high quality GOTOH tuners standard!
  • 5th string Capo Spikes INSTALLED FREE with the Gold Tone OB-EF
  • Zero Glide Nut INSTALLED Free on the OB-3EF
  • High Quality Snuffy Smith Premium Banjo Bridge Now installed and included FREE on the OB-EF ($35 value)
  • 24 Fret scale which means you have two full octaves and can play a high D note at the 24th fret
  • Extra room between the frets with the 24 fret scale length

Prices on Gold Tones went up on 1-4-2024
If you see a lower price advertised online for this banjo, call and we'll match it.

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.

24 Fret Scale Advantages
What is amazing on this 24 fret scale is you can play two full octaves, which means you get a high D note on the first string.
Your normal 22 fret banjos can only reach a high C note. Also, the 24 fret scale gives you extra room on the frets which comes
into play especially when playing up the neck. The Gold Tone ML-1 has the 24 fret scale which I play often and it's an easy unnoticeable transition for me.

Tone Improvement with the OB-3EF 24 fret
The tone of the OB-3EF will be fuller. The reason for that is with the extra length the neck has more weight. Neck weight and banjo tone are an underestimated reason for better banjo tone. Most players want a thinner neck, but that can sacrifice tone. With the OB-3EF you have extra weight without changing any of the easier to play neck profile. Another tone characteristic of the 24 fret scale length is the 24 fret length puts slightly more tension on the strings which gives the banjo extra punch. Another advantage is the 24 fret scale can make it easier to user lighter gauge strings without them feeling sloppy.

The OB-3 by Gold Tone is professionally set up before shipping and comes with lifetime warranty which is TRANSFERABLE 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 FREE Snuffy Smith High Quality Premium Banjo Bridge FREE ($30 value)
  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase Free LIFETIME Platinum Online Banjo Lesson Access ($129 value) - details below
  • Free US Banjo Shipping FREE Shipping - Lower 48 US States
  • Shipping a Banjo Overseas from the US $35 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.

Your Free LIFETIME Platinum Membership includes exclusive Digital Access to view or download ALL of these Ross Nickerson Books, DVDs and Online lessons and more.

  • Fundamentals of 5-String Banjo - 52 Page Digital Banjo Book with Video and Audio,
  • 5 Ross Nickerson Online DVDs,
  • 7-Full Length E-Books with CD Tracks
  • 25 Bluegrass Songs with Video Demonstrations at 3-speeds
  • 14 Advanced Performance Videos with Tab and Two CD Tab Transcription Books
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  • Member Discounts on Instruction Books and DVDs
  • Many other Lessons videos and Tabs

Some of the Online Banjo DVDs, E-Books and Online Lessons you can access FreeRoss-Nickerson-Books-DVDs-Digital-Access-Platinum
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.

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
  • NO- Gold Tone Ultimate Mute
  • YES - Add Mute at Discounted price - 19.40

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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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