Gold star mini banjo

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About This Listing

Gold Star GFW

Near mint condition, as close to new as you'll find.

Has a brand new Remo head, 5th string capo spikes professionally installed, and a New Generation Snuffy Smith bridge. It's all set-up and ready to play!

Original hard case, nylon/leather combo strap and Paige capo included.

From the Manufacturer:

The GFW Flathead Banjo with Wreath-design inlays.

The Rebirth Of The Vintage Banjo

Most banjo players agree that the ideal Bluegrass banjo was the flathead built in very limited quantities during the s. Earl Scruggs, Sonny Osborne, and J.D. Crowe have all owned these models valued in excess of $80, The Gold Star is a replica of that design and captures the sound of these classic banjos at a price within the reach of any serious banjo player. To meet this demand and to offer it at a price any player could afford, Saga Musical Instruments introduced the original GF banjo in the early 's. Ever since these banjos were discontinued in the late 's due to costly manufacturing methods in Japan, they have continued to be topics of discussion for their legendary sound and value. It's and the new Gold Star GFW (Wreath) is back and better than ever before.

Extensive metallurgical research in the laboratories of the University of California has resulted in the copper-rich bell bronze alloy used in the tone ring of the GF Series. Each tone ring is cast, machined, and plated, then carefully hand fitted.

The rim itself is made of three overlapping plies of rock maple, routed to the exact configuration used in the nineteen thirties flatheads—the only construction that can duplicate the old sound.

The GFW, like every Gold Star flathead has the utmost in volume and cutting power combined with every nuance and shading of tone, and is distinguished by its intricate Wreath inlay pattern.

For today’s professional banjo player, there is no better choice than a Gold Star!

Key Features:

- Select Mahogany neck with Ebony Fingerboard.

- Bound Mahogany resonator with inlaid double concentric rings.

- Cast hole Bell Bronze Tone Ring.

- Deluxe 3-ply rock Maple rim.

- Double coordinator rods.

- Single piece die-cast flange.

- Triple nickel-plated hardware.

- Presto Tailpiece.

- Deluxe tuners with 'Gold Star' inscribed.

- Hand-cut M-O-P inlays carefully laid out in the Wreath pattern on both the Ebony fingerboard and peghead overlay.

- Superior CD deluxe hardshell case with emerald green crushed velvet interior.

Product Specs

Listed5 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)

Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more

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BNJOMAKR - Posted - 09/07/ 


Well, It is COMPLETE! It took almost two months to get the metal parts back from Nashville Plating Service, and they did a great job. I finished up the banjo today, and as promised, I will reveal the new owner to be Russ Carson, banjo player for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. About a year ago, Russ contacted me about building a mini version of his Gold Star 81 Crowe banjo. During the build, it was decided that the engraving on the armrest and tension hoop would be done by Russ's father, master craftsman/engraver/carver Glenn Carson. This has been a challenging build for me trying to copy another banjo, and banjo case, into a miniature version. I'll make a video of it in a few days so that it can be heard  Here are a few pictures that I took today.



 



 


KDBanjo - Posted - 09/07/ 


Wow! Very nice! That banjo is amazing!

What are the dimension? How big is the head?

GSCarson - Posted - 09/07/ 


Marvin, I am blown away by what you did with this mini, it truly is amazing work!

BNJOMAKR - Posted - 09/08/ 


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Originally posted by KDBanjo

Wow! Very nice! That banjo is amazing!



What are the dimension? How big is the head?






The banjo is " long and has a " head.

Ken LeVan - Posted - 09/08/ 


Really beautiful as usual, Marvin!



You are alone as the supreme builder of these little gems.

Culloden - Posted - 09/08/ 


Wow. Just, wow.

CompanionBanjo - Posted - 09/08/ 


Very nice!! Always impressed with these little wonders! Is the " head a hide head or mylar?

guitarman - Posted - 09/08/ 


Marvin, what a wonderful build. Your attention to scale and detail is unparalleled! Could’nt be going to a better banjo picker!

PKM - Posted - 09/08/ 


Absolutely AMAZING ! Beautiful. Stunning craftsmanship.
As an aside, I just got my Banjo Newsletter and see that Russ is on the cover. Can't wait to read that interview. Rush is astounding !

CEParagon - Posted - 09/08/ 


Beautiful work, Marvin. You are a true artist.



Did you ID yourself as the builder somewhere on the instrument, I hope?



Charlie Noyes


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banjomary74 - Posted - 09/08/ 


Do I understand that you HAND-MADE the CASE, too??
I am most definitely impressed by the banjo, but to make such a beautiful case, too, is doubly impressive.

GSCarson - Posted - 09/08/ 


I've seen the photos of Marvin's mini banjos over the years, but what he is doing really didn't hit home until I unwrapped the box he sent with the tension hoop and armrest for this banjo, whoa, they are tiny! I had to make fixtures to hold both of them, regrind two tools to engrave them, and wait for a day when my eyes were working ok and I thought I could actually do the work. I didn't measure it, but the tension hoop seemed about a 1/4" high, not much to work with when engraving and then bead blasting to put a matt finish on one half of an 1/8" high semi circle! Anyway, I have been following this one closer than usual since it was for my son and have to say again that I am so impressed by Marvin's workmanship and creativity.

BNJOMAKR - Posted - 09/09/ 


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Originally posted by CompanionBanjo

Very nice!! Always impressed with these little wonders! Is the " head a hide head or mylar?






The head is mylar. It is a head from a Dixie Uke banjo. The plastic ones hard hard to come by. I try to buy a Dixie every chance I get. The Dixie had a skin head for many years, but the last ones produced had mylar. I bought a new Dixie in the early '80's for $ A Dixie now ain't cheap $ to $ for one in decent shape. A lot to pay for a banjo head!

BNJOMAKR - Posted - 09/09/ 


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Originally posted by GSCarson

I've seen the photos of Marvin's mini banjos over the years, but what he is doing really didn't hit home until I unwrapped the box he sent with the tension hoop and armrest for this banjo, whoa, they are tiny! I had to make fixtures to hold both of them, regrind two tools to engrave them, and wait for a day when my eyes were working ok and I thought I could actually do the work. I didn't measure it, but the tension hoop seemed about a 1/4" high, not much to work with when engraving and then bead blasting to put a matt finish on one half of an 1/8" high semi circle! Anyway, I have been following this one closer than usual since it was for my son and have to say again that I am so impressed by Marvin's workmanship and creativity.






Thanks Glenn! When the parts were gold plated, the matt finish disappeared. I don't know if you can or want to put it back once he gets the banjo or not. 

BNJOMAKR - Posted - 09/09/ 


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Originally posted by CEParagon

Beautiful work, Marvin. You are a true artist.



Did you ID yourself as the builder somewhere on the instrument, I hope?



Charlie Noyes






Yes I engraved info on the bottom edge of the rim.

Stephen - Posted - 09/09/ 


Another beautiful banjo! It is always a treat when you showcase your builds. Thanks for taking the time to post the thread.

Zachary Hoyt - Posted - 09/09/ 


Thank you for posting, it's really beautiful and (as always with your work) perfectly detailed.
Zach

DiddyBum - Posted - 09/09/ 


Beautiful work. Interesting way of acquiring the head, is it not cheaper/possible to goad Remo into producing one?

Dan Drabek - Posted - 09/09/ 


Marvin, that little dude has a wonderful voice. Such sustain and clarity! It sounds like a child singing. Must be those little "vocal chords." It's not just a tiny banjo, it displays an almost unique sound. A completely different instrument. What a great tool for Russ Carson to add to his musical arsenal. I look forward to hearing what he can do with it.

My hats off to you. Your work always inspires.

DD

withelisa - Posted - 09/11/ 


I'm so glad you shared videos! Those chimes are sweet as could be. Beautiful work.

Ira Gitlin - Posted - 09/12/ 


Marvin, are you the guy who made that tiny banjo for Little Roy Lewis a few years back?

BNJOMAKR - Posted - 09/12/ 


Yes that be me!

KD Banjer - Posted - 09/12/ 


Amazing banjo, Marvin. Very impressive.

CEParagon - Posted - 09/13/ 


Marvin, your mini-banjos really ring and the sustain is quite marked.

Have you ever stuffed the pot on one? I'd love to hear the difference.

Charlie Noyes

Ira Gitlin - Posted - 09/13/ 


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Originally posted by BNJOMAKR

Yes that be me!






I remember seeing Little Roy playing it at Gettysburg a few years back. IIRC, you made a case for the thing that was like a fine instrument in its own right--figured maple with white binding.

Buddur - Posted - 09/13/ 


Nice!

Been watching alot of 81 Crowe' YouTube videos latelytrying to absorb some of his amazing picking. Can't wait for the video of him playing it.

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About This Listing

Here is a goldstar banjo
Started out as an Flying Eagle neck and pattern but was replaced with a NOS maple hearts and flowers. Original owner replaced it to make this banjo a jd Crowe without the gold plate
Maple neck ,maple resonator
This banjo is simply amazing in tone and in volume. It is set up ready to go!!
This banjo will not disappoint.
Come with a non original hard shell case

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

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Listed2 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)

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    I just received news that Gold Star has unveiled a new reissued version of the Gold Star GF W Wreath. The GF W has the same tone components and construction as the new GFJD banjo released in All of the GF JD commemorative banjos are personally signed by JD Crowe. Don't miss out on having a banjo signed by a living legend of banjo that will most certainly go down in bluegrass banjo history. Call us for availability.

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    After a number of years it became close to impossible to continue importing and producing banjos in Japan, so in Keldsen stopped production in Japan. A few years later he began working with skilled instrument makers in China to continue production of Gold Stars. Gold Star and Saga Instruments continue to produce both arch top and flat top banjo models today. Gold Star banjos accomplish the mastertone bluegrass sound that once only Gibson had achieved.

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