2010s Gold Tone MB-850 Resonator Banjo-Mandolin

I posted on this instrument before but never actually got it listed for sale. This is the older version of the Gold Tone MB-850 and it haas a more "Mastertone" look and design about it, including a smaller 8" head and Gibson-looking rim, compared to the newer version of the MB-850 available these days with a larger head and resonator setup.

It's got a punchy, loud, poppy voice and a fairly typical-feeling neck. Post-setup it plays quickly and easily, too, though over time I needed to add some pretty hefty maple shim stock to the top of the neck joint area to stabilize the joint a bit more than it was in the past. I almost wonder if this would make a more-interesting 4-string instrument (I would be happy to modify it for you if desired), but it does sound good as it is.

Repairs included: setup, neck joint shims, bridge compensation.

  • Weight: 4 lbs 8 oz
  • Scale length: 13 7/8"
  • Nut width: 1 1/8"
  • Neck shape: medium C
  • Board radius: flat
  • Head diameter: 8"
  • Resonator diameter: 10 3/4"
  • Depth overall at rim: 3 1/4"
  • Rim wood: ply maple
  • Tonering: hoop
  • Bridge: maple/ebony
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Neck wood: maple
  • Action height at 12th fret: 1/16" overall (fast, spot-on)
  • String gauges: 34w-10
  • Truss rod: non-adjustable
  • Neck relief: straight
  • Fret style: small

Condition notes: there's a little wear to the finish here and there and some finish chipping around where the coordinator rods adjust in the interior of the rim and on the outside. Two of the resonator attachment screws are missing. There's some mild wear to the fretboard from use. The frets themselves are in good order.

It comes with: sorry, no case.

Consignor tag: JCK