Gold Tone BG-150F - FREE Beginner Kit

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Gold Tone BG-150F with Free Beginner Banjo Kit

Newly redesigned The Gold Tone BG 150F is an excellent banjo. It is lightweight, easy to play and has a wood back resonator for bluegrass.


The Gold Tone BG-150-F is a full size, bluegrass banjo and includes features typical of our pro model but is lighter in weight and easier to play and carry.

As of October 2021, the BG-150F received more improved modifications including lowering the flange so a normal banjo strap or cradle strap fits between the brackets which is unlike any other banjo in this price range. Gold Tone also shortened the height of the rim to be more consistent with professional banjos, slimmed down the neck and heel giving it a pro banjo feel but weighing about 5 LBS less. These new improvements make the BG-150F not only an affordable banjo to learn but also an excellent lighter weight alternative to the heavier flathead tone ring bluegrass banjos.

I spoke to Wayne Rogers the owner of Gold Tone today about the new modifications. He explained how great the new feel was and that he had been playing it for 20 minutes and couldn't get over how great it sounded. 

In the 1930's Gibson banjos had the RB250 which had the flat head tone ring and cost more, that design is the same design and specs of the Gold Tone OB-3

They also had the RB-100 which had the brass hoop ring like the BG-150F. The Vintage 1930's 100 series Gibson's are in high demand now because of their great tone without the heavy weight of the 5 LB flat head tone rings.

So the concept is the same now as it was in the 1930's. With the BG-150F you save money, still get great tone and the weight is lighter.

.....I found Ross's website and gave him a call to discuss my dream. Ross was so kind to learn what I wanted to do and helped me decide on the GoldTone BG150F. I immediately reviewed the information and took my first lesson with Ross on his video included with the banjo.After an hour of fun, I can't wait till my first bluegrass song I will play! Thanks Ross! I feel like I have made a new friend.

It is an excellent instrument for players looking for a lighter weight bluegrass banjo. This instrument is the next step above our CC models and uses a one piece flat flange and has a full size 14 inch resonator.

Banjos come set up and ready to play
Each banjo is played before it leaves the shop!
Along with the strict quality control that Goldtone 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.

zero glide nut details

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  • Free 5 piece Banjo Student Package
  • Free - Beginning the Five String Banjo - 64 Page Spiral Bound Book
    with DVD and 2 CDs by Ross Nickerson
  • Free 3 YR Access to our Gold Members Lesson Site
  • Professional Banjo Set up
  • FREE Zero Glide Nut Installation ($75 value)
  • Free Padded Gig Bag Case
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase Substitute Gold Tone Hard Shell Case only $99 - Gold Tone Price $189
  • Free US Shipping
  • $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.

- Beginner Banjo Package Deal
Our Beginner Banjo Package includes a Comprehensive 64 page Beginner Banjo Book with a two hour beginner banjo DVD and two audio CDs. You also receive a set of banjo picks, a clip-on chromatic banjo tuner, a spare set of banjo strings and a banjo strap.
Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00

Call us with questions or for unadvertised special prices anytime
10AM to 10PM at 1-866-322-6567 or


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  • No - Free Padded Gig Bag is OK
  • YES - Substitute Official Gold Tone Hard Case $99
  • NO - Not a Lefty
  • YES - Left Handed - No Extra Charge
  • NO- Gold Tone Ultimate Mute
  • YES - Add Mute at Discounted price - 19.40

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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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Neck - Maple
Fingerboard -Rosewood
Resonator - Mahogany
Headstock Inlay
GT Original Tailpiece
Straight Line Bridge
Maple with Ebony cap Neck Binding
ABS white Wood Finish
Vintage Brown

Ross Nickerson Demo Video

Apr 21, 2023
Thanks for your help with this purchase, also your teaching skills!
Hi Mr Nickerson, Just wanted you to know that banjo arrived last week safely, just tuned it and it was ready to play. It feels very solid and well put-together, sounds really nice to me, and of course it’s beautiful! I’m also finding your beginner book very helpful--I’m working through the exercises-- the audio examples are clear, also your really useful spoken comments. I can tell that progress is slow, but it’s still progress and there’s a feeling of accomplishment every day. Thanks for your help with this purchase, also your teaching skills! Regards, Geoffrey

Jun 12, 2019
wonderful instrument
Hi Ross, The Gold Tone BG-150F arrived today. What a beautiful instrument!. Thanks for giving me heads up on this wonderful instrument. God bless, Lon
You're very welcome Lon, Thanks again, Ross

Mar 18, 2019
Gold Tone BG-150F
Beautiful banjo with great tone and volume. Ross was great to work with as well. I'm glad I made my decision to buy from him.

Aug 31, 2015
Left Handed Goldtone BG 150 F Reveiw
Hi Ross. I recerved the GOLD TONE BG150 Its a piece of art and craftsmen ship all in one and it sounds great. Thank you for all your help!

Aug 31, 2015
It is beautiful
Hi Mr. Ross, I got my banjo today. Don't know how you got it here so soon I was expecting it 1st or 2nd week of March. Thanks so much! It is beautiful. I will be contacting you in a few days I would Like the banjo encyclopedia book and some others but have not made up my mind yet.

Aug 31, 2015
Thanks again
Hey Ross, I got the banjo and its great!! Looking forward to getting started with the dvd.

Aug 31, 2015
I was very impressed with your 'service after the sale', which
I did a fair amount of research before I decided to buy the Gold Tone BG-150F from you.  I had narrowed my choices down to the BG-150 and the Morgan Monroe Cascade, both were within my price range, but when I heard you playing the Gold Tone in the demo video on your site, I was sold on the tone right away. I was also very impressed with your 'service after the sale', which to me, is very important. (I'm going to need all the help I can get!) Anyhow, thanks for the response, and I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time at your site over the next year or so.

Aug 31, 2015
I couldn't be happier with the BG150.
Hi Ross, A couple of month’s back I purchased a Gold Tone BG150-F from you, and today just ordered the Banjo Encyclopedia as well. I just wanted to let you know that the learning process has been going great! I'm just finishing up with the "Fundamentals" book and figured it was time to step up to the next level. I couldn't be happier with the BG150. The tone and quality of the instrument are perfect for my needs, and I've never had more fun learning an instrument in my life. Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks? Your instruction books and videos help make the learning experience smooth and satisfying. Thanks for everything. See you around the WEB.

Aug 31, 2015
Thank you very much
We received the BG 150F. It's gorgeous! It sounds beautiful. We're looking forward to learning how to get more beautiful sounds out of it.

Aug 31, 2015
Thank you very much
Ross, Got my Gold Tone BG 150 F yesterday afternoon…how beautiful! Free time this weekend will be spent wisely! Thanks for everything! Jim

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