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In late 2018, "Banjo Ben" Clark, Jake Stogdill, and Robby Boone had a concept for replicating an iconic banjo, played by one of the most iconic banjo players of all time: JD Crowe's original RB-3 ("Banger"). After extensive research, and with great attention to every detail, Gold Tone was able to rebirth this classic banjo... and now you can win one for yourself!

It's called the Gold Tone OB-3, or the "Twanger". What makes this banjo truly unique is its "No Hole" tone ring, which really tightens up the sustain. It also features the original measurements on the headstock, neck and body, slanted resonator walls, vintage inlay, and more vintage touches. According to Gold Tone, "We've designed hundreds of banjos in the last 25 years, but tone-wise, this outperforms every previous model." Watch the OB-3 demo video



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This Week in Banjo History

9/27/1903 - The speeding "Old 97" mail train goes off the rails at the Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, VA, killing all who stayed on board and inspiring the famous tune "Wreck of the Old 97" (written by people who witnessed the accident). Read more....

9/24/1962 - Singer Jerry Scoggins, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs record "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" which provides the back story for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies. The song becomes an immediate country music hit and is played at the beginning and end of each episode. Read more....

9/26/1991 - Earl Scruggs in an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor along with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt. Read more....

9/24/2012 - Mark Johnson wins the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Read more....

9/24/2012 - Mumford & Sons releases their second full-length album, "Babel". It debutes at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 and becomes the fastest-selling album of 2012 in the UK, selling over 158,000 copies in its first week. It is also the biggest selling debut of any album in 2012 in the US, selling 600,000 in its first week, and over a million worldwide. Read more....

9/24/2013 - Alan Jackson releases "The Bluegrass Album." Read more....

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