Gold Tone ML-1 'Missing Link' Baritone Banjo

Gold Tone
Code: ML-1
RRP £2,669.00
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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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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)


  • Neck : Maple
  • Fingerboard : Compound Radius - Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay - Noveau style
  • Fingerboard Inlay - Noveau
  • Neck Binding - Black ABS plastic
  • Nut - Zero glide/bone
  • Tuners - Master planetry tuners


  • 3 Ply Canadian Maple
  • Resonator - 14" Mahogany
  • Bridge - Maple w/ Ebony Cap; Radius-3/4"
  • Body Binding - Black ABS plastic
  • Finish - Vintage Mahogany Gloss

Supplied in a Gold Tone Deluxe TKL branded hard shell case


Banjo Type
5 String Banjo
Number of Strings
5 String


Pot Type
Pot Diameter


Number of Frets


Tuning Pegs
Rear facing planetary tuners


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

Customer reviews

5 / 5
1 review for Gold Tone ML-1 'Missing Link' Baritone Banjo
eKomi 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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