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For Sale: Gold Tone BG-250F 5 String Bluegrass Special Banjo - £450 (UK)

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Sep 22, 2019 - 4:34:54 AM

ggr

UK

9 posts since 4/30/2014

Hey all, I'm selling my Gold Tone BG-250F banjo. It's in excellent condition and comes with a hardcase and a "Mike's Banjo Mute" which allows for quiet practicing.

The resonator is removable which allows you to turn the banjo into an open back one if so desired.

Asking £450 but I'm open to offers. Shipping within the UK would be £25.


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Sep 22, 2019 - 7:38:38 AM

961 posts since 2/4/2013

quote:
Originally posted by ggr


The resonator is removable which allows you to turn the banjo into an open back one if so desired.
 


I'm confused by that sentence because this is true of all resonator banjos but if you did you would have the flange digging into your legs. This sentence applies to the cheaper flange less BG250.

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:29:28 AM

10119 posts since 6/2/2008

Photos show this banjo has rim shoes and a flat plate flange, not a Mastertone-style 1-piece flange. So you can in fact remove the resonator AND the flange plate (which takes more than a few minutes to do) and play this as a conventional open-back.

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:44:09 AM

961 posts since 2/4/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

Photos show this banjo has rim shoes and a flat plate flange, not a Mastertone-style 1-piece flange. So you can in fact remove the resonator AND the flange plate (which takes more than a few minutes to do) and play this as a conventional open-back.


True but I'm sure they are confusing it with the BG250 which is specifically marketed as a convertible.

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:09:05 AM
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10119 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker
quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

Photos show this banjo has rim shoes and a flat plate flange, not a Mastertone-style 1-piece flange. So you can in fact remove the resonator AND the flange plate (which takes more than a few minutes to do) and play this as a conventional open-back.


True but I'm sure they are confusing it with the BG250 which is specifically marketed as a convertible.


Here's what I think: the banjo  ggr is selling is clearly not a BG-250F.  It's the convertible BG-250.

BG-250F ("F" for "flange") has a 1-piece flange and is not convertible.

ggr has simply mis-identified his banjo. Remove the "F" and all is good.

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:53:24 AM
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961 posts since 2/4/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

Here's what I think: the banjo  ggr is selling is clearly not a BG-250F.  It's the convertible BG-250.

BG-250F ("F" for "flange") has a 1-piece flange and is not convertible.

ggr has simply mis-identified his banjo. Remove the "F" and all is good.


Ken, I'm glad you're on the ball. I saw flange and assumed F but I can see now it's not the standard 250F flange.

Sep 22, 2019 - 4:40:39 PM

10119 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker
 

Ken, I'm glad you're on the ball. I saw flange and assumed F but I can see now it's not the standard 250F flange.


I don't know how on the ball I am, because I've just now looked online and have seen the BG250 on sale new with shoes and no flange plate!  Same banjo, just missing that one detail.  Maybe that's an option.  So with no flange plate it's even more quickly convertible.  The plate on this one is a nice feature.

Anyway, compared the price of a new one in the USA, the one being offered here is a great price.

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:59:14 PM

961 posts since 2/4/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

I don't know how on the ball I am, because I've just now looked online and have seen the BG250 on sale new with shoes and no flange plate!  Same banjo, just missing that one detail.  Maybe that's an option.  So with no flange plate it's even more quickly convertible.


That's the standard spec for the BG250 hence the covertable tag in Goldtone's description. I think in this case a flange has been added later on which is why I got confused. The BG250 has a multiply rim while the BG250F has a three ply rim.

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:48:06 AM

ggr

UK

9 posts since 4/30/2014

Hey all, sorry for the confusion!

I got the description mixed up with the BG-250 which is as advertised as a convertible. This banjo is definitely the BG-250F.


 

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:55:14 AM

10119 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by ggr

I got the description mixed up with the BG-250 which is as advertised as a convertible. This banjo is definitely the BG-250F.


Can't argue with the label!

And speaking of the label, since it says the parts are made in Korea (and assembled in the US), I'm wondering if this is an older version of BG-250F -- with rim shoes and a flange plate.

The current BG-250F -- according to Gold Tone's website -- has 1-piece cast flange and 3-ply rim. I believe it comes from China these days.

Your price is still very good for this banjo.

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