Gold Tone ML-1 Missing Link Béla Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case

Gold Tone
Code: ML-1
RRP £2,301.00
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Inspired by John Hartford’s love for low-tuned banjos, Béla Fleck conceived the Missing Link Baritone Banjo. Tuned to open C (fifth lower than open G). Supplied in a Deluxe Hard shell Case...Note Bela Fleck not included.

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Key Features
3 play maple rim
Quality 3 Ply Maple Rim
Planetary Tuners
Radiused Fingerboard
Tone Ring Fitted
Zero Glide Nut
Supplied with Hard Case

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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, the ML-1 was created

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

After 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 Gold Tone patented Zer0 Glide system complete the perfect formula for the 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, autonomous look. 

Tuned to cGCEG ( fifth lower than open G)


Banjo Type
5 String Banjo
Number of Strings
5 String
Instrument Specifics
Baritone Banjo


Pot Type
Pot Diameter
Pot Construction
3 ply maple rim
Tone Ring Fitted
Tone Ring Type
Rolled Brass Tone Ring
Banjo Head Type
Black suede head
Crown Height
Medium Crown (7/16")
Tension Hoop
Notched brass tension hoop
Number of Hooks
Radiused 3 footed maple with ebony tip
Bridge Height
Gold Tone Terminator Tailpiece
Armrest Fitted
Resonator Material


Neck Material
Hard rock maple
Radiused ebony compound
Number of Frets
Neck Inlays
Nouveau custom
Scale Length
26 1/4" (667mm)


Nut Material
Nut Width
1 3/8" (35mm)
Tuning Pegs
Rear facing planetary tuners
Tuner Buttons
Black Plastic


Open C Banjo CGCEG
Vintage Brown


Right or Left Handed
Right Handed
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag
Hard Case
Manufacturers Warranty
1 Year
1 Year

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Customer reviews

5 / 5
1 review for Gold Tone ML-1 Missing Link Béla Fleck Baritone Banjo with Case customer reviews
Christopher Hemsworth
The banjo is superb. I play at home and have performing experience. I play ragtime on the 5 string, and these pieces take on a different cast when played on the baritone banjo.

The instrument appears to be very well made, is beautifully decorated and plays extremely well - and it's signed by Bela Fleck!
Rated 5 out of 5

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