Gold Tone BG-250 5-String Banjo

$1,119.00 $839.00

The BG-250 was one of the first full-sized instruments we produced. Its convertible feature allows for a great bluegrass tone, and by removing the resonator and brackets, you can play a genuine old-time openback. This is a great feature for players wanting to play both bluegrass and oldtime styles. The slim neck provides easy playability and the bell brass flathead tone ring contributes to its loud volume.

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Neck -Maple
Bridge-Maple Bridge w/Ebony Cap; 5/8″
Resonator -13″ Mahogany
Rim -Multi-Ply Maple

Finishing Touches

Wood Finish – Vintage Brown
Fingerboard Inlay-Snowflake
Body Binding -Celluloid
Neck Binding -Celluloid

Parts & Hardware

Arm Rest-“Gold Tone” Engraved
Tailpiece-Straightline Tailpiece
Strings-GDGBD – .010, .024w, .016, .013, .010
Tuners-GT Master Plantetary Tuners
Tone Ring -Bell Brass Tone Ring
Tension Hoop-Notched


Pickup-Optional SMP+ /Optional ABS or ABS-C Mic System

Other Features & Options

Case Options-HD16 Hardshell Case; HPB Heavily Padded Gigbag
Other Options-Lefty / Capo Spikes


Weight-10.4 lbs
Nut Width – 1-3/16″
Frets -22
Head Size -11″ Remo High Crown Frosted
Total Length-38-3/8″

The BG-250 was one of the first instruments ever introduced to the Gold Tone line and itês the remarkable features that we keep this great player around. Its convertible resonator feature allows for an easy conversion between a bluegrass (resonator) banjo and a genuine old time (openback) banjo by simply removing the 13” resonator and mounting brackets. Like many old time banjos, this model features an openback pot assembly design utilizing 24 shoe lugs instead of a one-piece flange. This cuts down on the weight by about 3lbs while still being able to deliver a powerful and punchy tone. This convertible feature is great for players wanting to play in both popular styles. Other features include a bound rosewood fingerboard, a 12” bound mahogany resonator, the new GT Master planetary tuners, flat-top 20-hole bell brass tone ring, and a complete setup here at the Gold Tone Factory in Florida.

Weight 11.5 lbs


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