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Evan Hall


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Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 6:11 am    
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http://www.fiddlersgreenmusicshop.com/instrument/gold-tone-paul-beard-pbs-deluxe-resophonic
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David Nugent


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Gum Spring, Va.
Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 7:02 am    
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Actually it is priced around $50.00 lower than the listed price shown on the Elderly Instruments site. This model appears to be the lower cost alternative to the U.S. built Beard 'Mike Auldridge' model (around $4000.00).
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Evan Hall


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Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 7:13 am    
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Can anybody vouch for the quality. I think my banjo friends usually talk down on Gold Tone.
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Howard Parker


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Clarksburg,MD USA
Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 7:36 am    
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Yep..Going price without case. I just checked the Beard website.

Fine guitars for the $$. Buy from Beard if his setups are meaningful to you.

The PBS-D is the "middle model" in the line and my personal favorite.

Full disclosure. I retired from Beard Guitars and know these guitars very, very well.

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Evan Hall


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Texas, USA
Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 7:44 am    
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Howard, what would you appraise this guitar at? If you were to purchase it what would be the amount you are willing to spend?
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Howard Parker


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Clarksburg,MD USA
Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 7:55 am    
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New? The price.

Used..? Haven't a clue. I just don't keep up with pricing. It might depend on whether Goldtone set it up (95% of them) or if original set up by the Beard shop.

Age?? If used, the the cone, and especially bridge inserts are "wear items" and the guitar might be due for a set up. Only inspection would determined if a lightly played guitar is good to go "as is".

These are not "collectable". They are well built & respected "players" guitars. Imported bodies with Beard Guitars internal parts and set up in U.S.A.


Hope this helps.


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Jody Taylor


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Ennis,Texas
Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 8:07 am    
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Evan - I bought mine from there about 10 years ago. We drove from Dallas to buy it and didn't pay their listed price. I think we got a little off plus they threw in a tonebar and the case. I love my PBD.
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Howard Parker


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Clarksburg,MD USA
Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 8:15 am    
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Just an fwiw..

As Jody alluded to, these guitars have been around for more than ten years now. Road proven & worthy.

I recall at the time the line was introduced that the least expensive "Dobro (R)" was $2,600 STREET price. The Goldtone PBS-D originally was about $750 and was a better designed, executed and SOUNDING guitar (imho).

Shortly thereafter...No more "Dobro(R)".

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Evan Hall


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Post  Posted 23 Aug 2019 8:29 am    
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Thanks for the update. Its a great shop. I bought a beginner model dobro and am being called on to switch from guitar to dobro for my band so I think it might be time to upgrade. I'll probably go check it out tomorrow and see if they'll take my old one as part of payment.
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Gene Tani


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Post  Posted 26 Aug 2019 9:51 pm    
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GT is one of the big distributors of high end Asian instruments, along w/Saga, Eastman, Music Link, their upper banjos are very decent instruments e.g. ob-250 w/standard tonering. Of the 4 I'd say Eastman and GT have the best QC

That's a fair price, if you can try out the RK ledbetter, Wechter Scheerhorns, sometimes Redlines and others show up in the price range. The W-S w/round screenholes are becoming hard to find. Somewhere on here or maybe the reso forum, there were threads about taking up the cone and spider and looking at the ledge the cone sits in and checking the spider is dead flat but if it plays/sounds good maybe don't bother
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 27 Aug 2019 7:13 am    
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I bought one earlier this year and it sounds pretty good to me. I made a short Instagram video, recorded on an iPhone and heavily compressed by Instagram, but it might give you an idea of how it sounds.

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Howard Parker


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Post  Posted 27 Aug 2019 7:20 am    
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Actually, Goldtone is a U.S. company with offshore manufacturing. The designs are unique to Goldtone.

Like Eastman, instrument bodies are shipped to the states where they are setup domestically.

Yes, compared to other Asian imports the fit, finish and QC is quite high.

fwiw

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Douglas Schuch


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Valencia, Philippines
Post  Posted 27 Aug 2019 3:38 pm    
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I believe Elderly Instruments has Beard do all the setups on their Goldtone Resonators. That is a valuable perk. I would confirm this before ordering. If this is no longer the case, you can buy it new from Beard with their setup for $1213. I would do that before buying a used for almost the same price. So I would discount any used instrument by at least 1/3rd of the Elderly price. The sticker price for new instruments does not include the case - so add about $150 for that on the new price. This is just my opinion, of course.
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