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Gold Star GF-100 JD Crowe Model 5-String Resonator Banjo With Case

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Just a dandy of a banjo!  And let me tell you folks, these are not widely available.  We’ve waited well over a year for these to come in, and we finally got “one!”  And it sure does have that special tone.    

And one last thing before we get into the detailed description, there have been some reports of these banjos coming without the no-hole tonering which is advertised.  I personally checked, and this one does have the correctly advertised no-hole tonering.  

In 1980, five musicians went into the Arch Street Studio in Berkeley, California, and made bluegrass recording history. The Bluegrass Album, featuring Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Doyle Lawson and Todd Phillips, redefined the direction of the genre for the next generation.

One ingredient in the success of that recording was an original pre-war RB-3 that has been with Saga (Gold Star's parent company) for more than 30 years. The tone of that banjo, in the hands of the legendary J.D. Crowe, singlehandedly inspired countless music lovers to learn to play the banjo, and even inspired other professionals to seek that tone for themselves.

For the GF-100JD, every detail of the original was scrutinized and refined to recreate that incredible banjo in every way, especially its tone and playabilty. Now that sound is within your reach.

Ships For Free, With free setup and spike installation included, as well as a hardshell case!


  • Traditional V-shaped neck with single truss rod and a bound Santos rosewood fingerboard
  • Deep arch tapered resonator
  • Period-correct twin purfling rings
  • No-hole cast machined flathead tone ring
  • Deluxe Gold Star Pancake Planetary Tuners
  • Deluxe hardshell case included

If you've got questions, shoot us a message or give us a call at 833-BANJOBEN (833-226-5623).

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