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SOLD!!! Gold Star GF 100JD J D Crowe Bluegrass Album Banjo, 2019


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The Gold Star GF 100JD is a re-creation of the prewar Gibson RB-3 five string banjo used by J D Crowe on the highly influential 1980 recording ‘The Bluegrass Album'”.  That album also featured Tony Rice on Guitar, Bobby Hicks on Fiddle, Doyle Lawson on Mandolin and vocals, and Todd Phillips on bass.  The original concept was a bluegrass ‘super group’ to back up a Tony Rice solo album but they worked so well together that several more albums were released.

Built like the classic pre-wear RB-3 Flathead Resonator banjo, the Gold Star GF 100JD features Mahogany for the resonator and neck, Indian Rosewood for the fingerboard, a multi-ply Hard Rock Maple rim and sandcast No-Hole alloy tone ring.

Gold Star GF 100JD Features:

  • Traditional V-shaped neck with single truss rod
  • Deep arch, tapered wall resonator
  • Period-correct twin purfling rings
  • Deluxe Gold Star 4:1 Pancake Planets for precise easy tuning
  • Bound Santos tonewood fingerboard
  • No-hole, cast, machined flathead tone ring

The Gold Star GF 100JD is a new instrument, and as always we will set the banjo up to the player’s requirements.

The original hard shell case is included.

More From The Builder On the Gold Star GF100JD banjo:

“In 1980, five musicians went into the Arch Street Studio in Berkeley, CA and Bluegrass recording history was made. “The Bluegrass Album” with Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Doyle Lawson and Todd Phillips redefined the direction of the music for the next generation.

The banjo pictured on the cover and recorded on the Bluegrass Album was a prewar RB-3 that has been with Saga for more than 30 years. For the past five years, we have charted a course which has finally resulted in the recreation of that legendary banjo…an instrument that produced some of the finest examples of banjo tone that have ever been recorded.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the continuing tradition.”


Price: $2,499.00 CAD
  • Model: GF-100JD
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Gloss Mahogany
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 21/10/2019

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 11.4lbs 5.18kg
  • Scale Length: 26.25in 666.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.26in 32mm
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