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(NEW) Gold Tone Bela Fleck model ML-1 “Missing Link” baritone banjo – $1,425

(Just Arrived) (NEW) We’re known mostly for high end American-made stringed instruments – flat top steel string guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, reso-phonics, etc. But the shop is also full of some interesting import folk instruments – many of which come from our friends at GOLD TONE with their emphasis on “Folkternative” instruments. So, if you’re hankering for a Gold Tone Weissenborn or Octave mandolin or Micro-Bass or Wood Song guitar or cello banjo or 6-String banjo…well, you know where to find us.

One of our favorite examples is the Bela Fleck Signature model ML-1 ‘Missing Link” Baritone banjo.

Inspired by John Hartford’s love for low-tuned banjos, Béla Fleck conceived the Missing Link Baritone Banjo.

Béla’s previous experience with the Gold Tone cello banjo brought him to Wayne Rogers.  The two collaborated in the design and, after many months of experimentation and various challenges, they came up with the ML-1!

To produce the lower tone with a traditional sound in the lower register, they use a 12-inch, 3-ply Maple Rim with a bronze tone ring.

After beta-testing (“Bela-testing”?) a variety of neck and bridge options, Béla signed off on the Compound Radius (5”-9”) Ebony Fingerboard attached to a Hard Rock Canadian Maple neck and a Cathedral-like radius bridge standing 7/8” over the signature black Remo head.

Jumbo frets, the exclusive “Terminator” tailpiece and the patented Zer0 Glide system complete the perfect formula for the deep and throaty ML-1. Béla’s nouveau inlay design courses the length of the fingerboard and finishes on the C-Cut headstock.  Black Binding, Black Tuner Buttons and the Black Head create a bold look.

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MSRP: $ 1,900

AMW Price with case $1,425

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