About this banjo
If you teach banjo to kids, or have a child that REALLY wants to get serious about the five-string banjo, you are faced with a problem. Your eight- or ten-year-old is crazy talented, but playing a banjo that’s bigger than he or she is can be a hurdle that’s very hard to manage. You’ve perhaps gone the route of the “bargain” banjo; it’s still full-sized and maybe it didn’t play or sound that terrific, either. If you want to encourage a little picker, the Gold Tone BG-Mini is the only way to go. The Mini is a for-real, actual Bluegrass banjo that’s been scaled down in size to provide pint-sized pickers with a professional-grade banjo. Its design echoes that of Gold Tone’s BG-250F and features an eight-inch diameter head sitting on a rolled-brass rod tone ring, a two-way adjustable truss rod, bone nut, planetary tuners, geared fifth-string peg, and a complete pro setup in Gold Tone’s Florida shop. The BG-Mini is tuned to open C (like the fifth fret of a standard banjo). This is NOT a novelty banjo; it’s the real deal and adult players can use it as the ultimate travel banjo! Available as left-handed model.
Neck: Hard Rock Maple
Finish: Vintage Brown
Fingerboard: Ebony 5-10″ Compound Radiused
Bridge: 10″ Radiused Maple with Ebony Cap (7/8″)
Inlay: Nouveau Custom
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Tone Ring: Bronze Sand Cast
Rim: 3-Ply Canadian Maple
Tension Hoop: Notched 24-Bracket
Binding: Black ABS
Hardware: Chrome Plated
Tailpiece: 5-String Terminator
Resonator: 14″ Maple (Convertible)
Armrest: Gold Tone Engraved
Head: 12″ MC Black Remo
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1-3/8″ Zero Glide Nut
Scale Length: 26-1/4″
Weight: 9.2 lbs.
Strings: .018w, .040w, .030w, .022w, .018w
Option 1: SMP+ P
Option 2: Fishman Rare Earth Pickup
Hard Case: HDBG (Sold Separately)
Left-Handed Available: No
Zero Glide Installed: Yes
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
Start pickin' the day your banjo arrives. We include:strap, tuner, and picks.
Every banjo shipped to the Continental U.S. / APO includes free USPS Priority Mail shipping.
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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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