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    Default I seem to have conceived an unnatural lust...

    ...for the Gold-Tone 5 string electric mandolin. I'm seeing various editions available for under $500. I had to physically restrain myself last night from clicking Buy It Now.

    Am I nuts? 🥜

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    Nah, electric is fun too

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    I've never seen one in the flesh, though. Is it a decent instrument? Didn't Gold-Tone used to be a Sears house name for their one-step-above-toy guitars, or am I misremembering?

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    Default Re: I seem to have conceived an unnatural lust...

    I believe that Sears brand was silver tone.

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    And Coppertone was suntan lotion.

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    Default Re: I seem to have conceived an unnatural lust...

    Quote Originally Posted by BadExampleMan View Post
    ...Didn't Gold-Tone used to be a Sears house name for their one-step-above-toy guitars, or am I misremembering?
    Silvertone, as mentioned above, was the Sears "house brand"; they used to sell Autoharps by Oscar Schmidt, electrics by Danelectro, and I believe Harmony-made instruments with that label through their catalog, possibly in their "big box" stores.

    Gold Tone is a Florida-based importer that has instruments made in Korea, I believe, and supposedly given final inspection in FL before being shipped to dealers. I have several Gold Tone "weirdo" instruments -- 4-string cello banjo, "banjola" 5-string mandola, Cripple Creek Mini piccolo 5-string banjo -- and they're all very good quality. Gold Tone's noted for making and selling "niche market" instruments, such as ukulele and mandolin banjos, which used to be fairly common a century ago, but which aren't made today. They've also licensed instrument designs from Rigel mandolins and Beard resonator guitars, and sell imported versions of these American-designed instruments.

    Gold Tone's also a good source of out-of-the-mainstream instrument cases and gig bags; I keep my old Regal tenor conversion to "Pete Seeger" long-neck 5-string banjo in a Gold Tone plectrum banjo case, which was the only one I could find that would accommodate a resonator banjo with an extended neck. Pretty good company, at least in my experience.
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