The new Gold Star GF-100JD resonator banjo is a tribute to the prewar RB-3 used by J.D. Crowe on The Bluegrass Album. Signed by J.D. Crowe himself!
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.
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