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
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FREE PROFESSIONAL SETUP
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*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: DVD, strap, tuner, and picks.
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