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.

Product Description

The BG-250 was one of the first instruments ever introduced to the Gold Tone line and it’s 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.




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2 reviews for BG-250

  1. This is a great Banjo . The sound is really loud . I really like mine. You will too

  2. Four years ago, I bought a new BG-250 to learn to play. I went to a great shop and had a banjo-playing friend play through about 20 different makes and models. I just sat and listened. Over and over I kept preferring the overall tone and timbre of the BG-250, even when compared other other more expensive instruments. The BG-250 has a richness and fullness where as others sounded a bit thin. It was the best bang for my buck, so I bought it. Last year, I bought a high-end custom-built banjo costing thousands of dollars more than what I paid for the BG-250. You know what? I still play my BG-250 all the time. The BG-250 is such a well-made and great-sounding banjo, that I can’t ever imagine being without it. Well done, Gold Tone!

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