If you teach banjo to kids, or have a child that REALLY wants to get serious about the five-string banjo, you are faced w/ 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 w/ 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: Maple
Finish: Vintage Brown
Fingerboard: Blackwood
Bridge: Maple w/ Ebony Cap
Tuners: Planetary
Inlay: Snowflake
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Tone Ring: Rolled Brass
Rim: Multi-Ply Maple
Tension Hoop: Flat Bar
Flange: One piece Die Cast
Binding: White ABS
Brackets: 16
Buttons: A-Style
Hardware: Chrome Plated
Pickups: Optional
Tailpiece: No-Knot
Resonator: 10" Mahogany
Armrest: Vega-Style
Head: 8" LC Smooth
Number of Frets: 19
Nut Width: 1-3/16" Bone
Scale Length: 19-3/4"
Weight: 5 lbs.
Tuning: C5, G3, C4, E4, G4
Tuning (Alternate): GDGBD
Strings: .011, .024w, .016, .013, .011
Strings (Alternate): .016, .034w, .024w, .018, .016
Left-Handed Available: Yes

Add some options and upgrades when ordering. Visit the following links and add your upgrades to your cart!

Gold Tone Snuffy Smith 5-String Banjo Bridge (Installed) https://reverb.com/item/74116468-gold-tone-snuffy-smith-5-string-banjo-bridge-installed

Gold Tone Capo Spikes 7, 9, 10th Frets (Installed) https://reverb.com/item/74116488-gold-tone-capo-spikes-7-9-10th-frets-installed

Gold Tone Sliding Magnetic Pickup (Installed) https://reverb.com/item/74116491-gold-tone-sliding-magnetic-pickup-installed

Gold Tone Fishman Rare Earth Banjo Pickup (Installed) https://reverb.com/item/74116494-gold-tone-fishman-rare-earth-banjo-pickup-installed

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  • BG-Mini Short Scale 8" Mini Bluegrass 5-String Banjo
  • Vintage Brown
  • 2010s

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