Gold Tone Bela Fleck signature model ML-1 the “Missing Link” banjo


Toned between the CEB-5  Cello banjo and a standard banjo, the missing link bridges the gap with style!

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Be sure to check out the video above, and a recording of the ML-1 played solo at the bottom of this ad!

Gold Tone’s reputation for innovation

extends to the highest level professional instruments. Bela Fleck’s experience with another low-tuned banjo, the Gold Tone CEB-5 Cello banjo

brought him to Wayne Rogers of Gold Tone for an idea he had.  The two collaborated in the design and, after many months of experimentation and various challenges, The prototype was built, well received and it is now available to everyone!

Tuning a standard banjo down is not the answer. To produce the lower tone to match the notes it has a 12-inch, 3-ply Maple Rim with a bronze tone ring.

After beta-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 patented Zer0 Glide nut system complete the perfect formula for the throaty ML-1. Béla’s nouveau inlay design courses the length of the fingerboard and finishes on our C-Cut headstock.  Black Binding, Black Tuner Buttons and the Black Head create a bold, autonomous look.

Even the strings were redesigned to match. All wound extra fat strings were necessary to moderate the tone and give the proper sustain at these lower frequencies. 

It’s a complete, ground up approach to produce a lower toned banjo with the right tone, sustain and volume to match. It’s really a fantastic instrument that gives the player the freedom to explore endless possibilities to be used for leads, backup and noodles that just can’t be touched by any other instrument. 

Fingerboard: Campound Radiused Ebony, Bridge: Maple w/ Ebony Cap; Radius-3/4″
Rim: 3-Ply Canadian Maple, Headstock Inlay: Noveau, Neck Binding: Black Abs
Body Binding: Black Abs, Nut: ZeroGlide Bone, Tuners: Master Planetary Tuners
Tone Ring: Bronze Bar Style, Plating: Chrome
Arm Rest Gold Tone Engraved Strings CGCEG – .018, .038w, .028, .022, .018
Tailpiece Terminator, Tension: Hoop Brass (Notched)

Hardshell case is also included. Buy with confidence at Beyond Guitars. This instrument is covered by our 14-day customer satisfaction guarantee, and the manufacturer’s warranty. The ML-1  has a retail price of $1,900.00 but you won’t pay that at Beyond Guitars!

Click on the player and hear how the ML-1 sounds as a solo instrument:


Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 46 × 20 × 10 in


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