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Published on Jul 19, 2010
House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD (just outside of Washington DC) is a dealer for Gold Tone instruments. Here we have Mark Sylvester, one of our teachers, demonstrating the BG-250 banjo model.
The coolest feature of this banjo is that it's "convertible." It's a resonator banjo (great for bluegrass), but you can easily remove the resonator and brackets for a genuine old-time openback banjo! If you want to have options for different styles of music, or just sometimes don't need the added volume and weight of the resonator, this banjo is for you!
The BG-250 has planetary tuners, a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, mahogany resonator, brass sand cast tone ring and bone nut.
To find out more about Mark Sylvester, visit www.marksylvester.net. Inquiries on lessons with Mark (he teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass) can be made to House of Musical Traditions.
On this video Mark is just playing a bluegrass fingerpicking riff—nothing specific!
Video produced by Glenn Tucker with audio engineered by HMT's in-house engineer and pro audio repairman Trevor Higgins. We used Neuman TLM103s through a tube preamp and with a DBX compressor set in stereo.