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Gold Tone AC-1 Acoustic Composite 5-String Openback Banjo with Gig Bag


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MSRP: Old Price $282.00 Discounted Price $211.50 Save : $70.50 (25%)
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MSRP: Old Price $282.00 Discounted Price $211.50 Save : $70.50 (25%)
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The Gold Tone AC-1 sets the bar for an economical, well-made, great-sounding and durable beginner banjo. Gold Tone's superior-sounding composite rim mated to a slim, playable neck, produces a banjo that weighs in at under 4 lbs. The AC-1 is the perfect choice for beginners, travel use or for a child's first banjo. Handsome, with its matching black neck, rim, Zero Glide nut and tuner buttons, the AC-1 is professionally set up in Gold Tone's Florida shop and comes with Gold Tone's 3-year transferrable warranty. A padded gig bag is included.

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    Gig Bag

Excellent Starter Banjo


I bought this banjo as a gift for my Wife. But we both ended up playing it. It sounds great out of the box after tuning it. Everything was already setup and ready to go. The price of this makes this attractive for beginners because it's well made and sounds great. Only con is that the included Gig Bag is worthless. Super thin with no protection.


Orange County, CA


Not a cheap starter banjo


Walked in for strings and walked out with this banjo. I've had two Deerings and a Bart Rieter. This banjo would hold up well against any of them. This inexpensive instrument (not to be confused with cheap instrument) has gotten me playing banjo again. I find it rather attractive for its simplicity. I'd recommend it to someone starting out and someone who already plays who wants a back up.

Peloncillo Jack

San Antonio


Great banjo at a great price


Every other banjo I've played at anywhere near this price point was a disappointment. The AC-1 isn't going to win any beauty contests but it sounds good and is the easiest playing banjo for anywhere near the money.


Rancho Cucamonga, CA


AC-1 Acoustic Composite 5-String Openback Banjo with Gig Bag

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Model BU-1
Warranty Info:

Warranty Time Periods

   Gold Tone Banjos:

  •    Lifetime limited to original owner, 5 years to the second owner (as of 8/1/05)
   CC Model Banjos:
  •    7 years to original owner, 1 year to the second owner (as of 8/1/05)
   All wood body instruments:
  •    5 years
  •    1 year
   "GT" Series:
  •    1 year

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