About this banjo
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.
This long-time member of the Gold Tone banjo family defines versatility. The BG-250 boasts a full-weight bell-brass tone ring (the lowest-priced banjo in our lineup to offer this feature) AND Gold Tone’s unique CONVERTABILITY. The flangeless design lets you pop off the resonator (and the mounting brackets, too!) giving you a loud, clear openback banjo that’s perfect for clawhammer or “folk” style playing. Available as left-handed model.
- Neck: Maple
- Finish: Vintage Brown
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Bridge: Maple with Ebony Cap
- Tuners: GT Master Planets
- Inlay: Snowflake
- Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
- Tone Ring: Bell Brass
- Rim: Multi-Ply Maple
- Tension Hoop: Notched Steel
- Binding: White ABS
- Brackets: 24
- Buttons: C-Style
- Hardware: Chrome Plated
- Pickups: Optional
- Tailpiece: 5-String Straightline
- Resonator: 14″ Mahogany
- Armrest: Gold Tone Engraved
- Head: 11″ HC Frosted
- Number of Frets: 22
- Nut Width: 1-3/16″ Bone
- Scale Length: 26-3/16″
- Weight: 8 lbs.
- Tuning: GDGBD
- Strings: .010, .024w, .016, .013, .010
- Option 1: SMP+ P
- Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup
- *Hard Case: HD15 (Sold Separately)
- *Bag: HPB(Sold Separately)
- Left-Handed Available: Yes
- Warranty: Lifetime limited to the original owner. 5 years to the second owner.
Bonuses When You Buy From Banjo.com
FREE PROFESSIONAL SETUP
Every banjo is carefully setup before shipping saving you from the "some assembly required" hassle.
*FREE RAILROAD SPIKES
Also know as the 5th string capo, we recommend installing spikes on the 7th & 9th frets. This is a free service we include for all 5-string banjo purchases.
FREE STARTER PACK
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Prior to being shipped, we carefully inspect and test every banjo. If you have any issues with your banjo, call us and and we will help.
*We can add these as a free service when you purchase a banjo from us. When you add this banjo to your cart just select that you want the capos. What is this? When you use a standard capo on your banjo fretboard, fretting strings 1 through 4, you’ll need to capo the 5th string separately. The 5th string starts at the 5th fret. If your standard capo is on the 2nd fret, you also need to capo the 5th string two frets higher, at the 7th fret. We recommend installing railroad spike capos on frets 7 and 9 (A and B). We install them on the fretboard just under the 5th string, an idea that was developed and used by Earl Scruggs himself. We use them, and so do most of the professional players we know. When you’re playing, you don’t really notice the spikes because they’re out of the way, but they’re always there when you need them. Simply slide the 5th string under the spike. When you’re done, slide it out.
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