Gold Tone AC-12A Short Scale Travel Banjo With 12 Inch Rim

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Gold Tone AC-12A Short Scale Travel Banjo With 12 Inch Rim

The AC-12A is now available as a 19 fret Travel Banjo with a 12 inch Rim

The Gold Tone AC-12 is now available as the AC-12A with 12 inch rim. It's a short scale 19 fret travel banjo that can still be tuned to open G. The AC-12A features a scooped neck ideal for old time and clawhammer banjo styles.
The 12 inch rim is one inch larger in circumference than the standard short scale 11 inch travel banjo, the AC-Traveler. Some people prefer the larger rim because it can produce a mellower tone.

Resembling the banjeaurines of old, this short scale (23.5") version of the AC-12 has seventeen frets and is tuned to A (a whole step higher that a standard banjo). The short, scooped neck is built just like its longer sibling and on the same pot assembly as the AC-12. Ideal for travel, the AC-12A is small, lightweight (just five pounds), and perfect for a long session of A or D tunes. Comes with a gig bag, too


The AC-12A model with 12 inch rim will work great for leaning and playing both Clawhammer and Three Finger Picking Styles.

Includes Free Gig Bag

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  •  Free 1 YR Access to Silver Members Lesson Site
  •  FREE Zero Glide Nut Installation ($75 value)
  •  $20 Flat Rate Shipping
  •  Professional Banjo Set up
  •  Free Padded Gig Bag
  •  $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
  •  Price Matching or Questions 1-866-322-6567

FREE ITEMS don't add to our normal discount price which is the lowest price we are allowed to advertise by the Manufacturer.

The AC-1 standard size won "Best at Show" at the NAMM show in Nashville  (2016).
That's a big deal. There were at least 800 vendors there as well as other major Banjo vendors.
Best in Namm Show - Goldtone AC-1

Makes a Great Travel Banjo or Easy to Play Practice Banjo

If you a more experienced banjo player and already have a primary banjo the AC-12A makes a great travel or light and easy to play practice banjo too. It weighs only 3lbs so it's perfect for beginners, on the go and also for kids to learn banjo on.

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Each banjo is played before it leaves the shop!
Along with the strict quality control that Gold Tone is known for and the banjos being checked very carefully before being shipped, each banjo is given a 12 point inspection, full head tuning, setup and will arrive tuned and ready to play

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Zero Glide Nut Installed FREE
All Gold Tone Banjos from now come with the Zero Glide Nut installed FREE
The Zero Glide makes the banjo action easier to play, increases the sound clarity and is a significant improvement for any banjo. Installation by a professional is normally done at a cost of $75 or more. It's now installed FREE on all Gold Tone Banjos.
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I was at the NAMM show and played the banjo. This is just what the banjo market has needed. A low priced beginner banjo for "newbie" banjo students on a budget that is not a piece of, (pardon me), junk. Having a new banjo of this quality in this price range will also help to save beginner banjo students that are shopping on a budget from buying a cheap used one that may need repairs or is unplayable. I've seen it happen often and it can literally stop a students dream of learning banjo dead in it's tracks. Not only is AC-1 in that price range but it's solid and works great. All banjos we sell including the AC-1 all come set-up and ready to play, they include free banjo lesson instruction DVD, free online banjo lesson access and a low priced beginner package with all you need. I'm serious about how good this banjo is to learn on. The banjo is stable, stayed in tune and the intonation was perfect. You don't need problems with a banjo when you are just learning to tune one for the first time.

Ross Nickerson at Namm Show in Nashville
Ross Nickerson, Owner of
at Nashville Namm Show (2016)
with the Goldtone AC-1

The AC-12A uses the composite body. Harmony made a composite banjo back in the 70's that a lot of students of mine had and they worked good. This AC-1 is a way better banjo than those though. It has a wood neck which those didn't and when I played the Gold Tone AC-1 the intonation was perfect up and down the neck. The composite body is an efficient method for producing a  bright, loud sounding 5-string banjo to learn on. In my opinion the composite design is tons better than the aluminum "bottle cap" banjo design that has been around forever. The bottle cap is the 30 bracket design that you see today on the beginner Washburn, Fender and Epiphone models as well as a host of other generically named Asian banjos. Gold Tone in general is a cut above any of the banjo brands that just stamp there name on imports like newer models of Fenders, Washburn and Epiphone banjos. Gold Tone is a banjo company that designs banjos for banjo players... by.... banjo players.

Feb 28, 2024
a great banjo Gold Tone AC 12 A
Ross is da man! First of all, he has quite a website and a ton of resources. I looked around at who was selling these banjos and there were a number of folks. I trusted him more. It came quickly and in perfect condition.

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