You seem to have found yourself in the middle of a musical instruments revolution: the rise of the “folkternative” lifestyle.
Gold Tone is no longer “that banjo company”.
We are leaders in innovation and design, bringing you a mix of the world’s most distinguished alternative string instruments as well as a full line of parts and
accessories. Our in-house luthiers are world-class artists and it clearly shows in the quality and sound of every one of our instruments.
We are Gold Tone.
We are Folkternative.
The Weissenborn Hawaiian steel, a platapus among guitars to the uninitiated, is an instrument brilliantly and specifically conceived for Hawaiian playing. These hollow-neck Hawaiians are enjoying a renaissance with players nearly 60 years after the last one was made. They might have languished in obscurity if not for Lindley (the king of oddball instruments and…
With 6 or 12 strings in the peg head, these instruments play like guitars but sound like mandolins! The GM-6+ and GM-12+ have a loud and percussive tone due to its all solid-wood construction and hand-rubbed oil finish. The intonated bridge improves tuning and the cast tailpiece increases sustain. A unique transducer pickup sandwiched in…
The Octajo is a double-course tenor banjo tuned an octave below the mandolin. Featuring a 12” rim with bronze tone ring and an octave mandolin neck, the Octajo can be strung with either metal or nylon strings for a choice of dramatically contrasting tonal characteristics. The Octajo fills a niche in a time when the octave…
The Banjolele Deluxe is a replica of one of the most famous banjo ukes ever made. A one-piece flange and 10” resonator creates excellent volume and tone. Our Banjolele openback model features the same specifications as the Banjolele Deluxe model, but does not include the resonator or one- piece flange. These professional grade instruments lend…
With a standard 5-string banjo neck and a teardrop shape mandolin (or mandola) body, the Banjola is a beautiful instrument with exquisite tone and sustain that you won’t find in a standard 5-string banjo.
Inspired by John Hartford’s love for low-tuned banjos, Béla Fleck conceived the Missing Link Baritone Banjo. Béla’s previous experience with the Gold Tone cello banjo brought him to Wayne Rogers. The two collaborated in the design and, after many months of experimentation and various challenges, we are ecstatic to present the ML-1! To produce the…
The Irish Bouzouki (sometimes called a cittern) is a unique form of an octave mandolin adopted into and adapted for Irish and other forms of European traditional music from the late 1960s onward. The most common tuning used is GDAD, but other tunings including GDAE, ADAD, and CFAD can be used. Our Bouzouki is set…
Our unique Florentine-style design looks as good as it sounds. The two-tone tobacco sunburst is pleasantly offset by the gold hardware. The EBM has easy to reach control knobs for quick tone and volume changes. The EBM-5+ model features a black head, black tuner buttons and foam insert, which decreases feedback at high volumes.
The GBG, our baritone acoustic guitar, has a scale length of 29 1/16" and tunes a fifth lower (ADGCEA) or sometimes a fourth lower (BEADF♯B) than a standard guitar. It uses much heavier gauge strings to compensate for the lower tuning so that the string tension is similar to a standard dreadnaught acoustic guitar. The…
Our “Folkternative” pedestal stand is the perfect way to give your store its own Gold Tone department. This 2’x2’ pedestal stand takes up very little floor space while displaying several Gold Tone instruments at one time. The display stand will attract attention to your unique “Folkternative” Gold Tone instruments and give your sales team the…
The GT-750 was designed for optimal volume and tone. After numerous tone ring experiments, a unique bell brass ring was chosen for its pristine sound, increased acoustic volume, and excellent sustain.
Our concert scale brass body Resouke is the perfect companion for every ukulele player. It is louder than a wood body uke as the biscuit-style cone projects the tone while the brass body resonates. The scale length of 14.5" is very comfortable to play. The palm rest is removable making fine tuning of the saddle…
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