Gold Tone “Cripple Creek” Mini Openback 5 String Banjo in Gloss Maple

The Cripple Creek Mini (CC-Mini) has similar features as the popular Gold Tone Cripple Creek line in a short-scale version. This mini banjo has a perfectly straight neck and low action to maintain consistent tuning. The openback design is light and portable. The CC-Mini features an 8 in. maple rim and brass tone ring, guitar-style geared tuners, a geared 5th string tuner, it has great plunk for old time and the brass tone ring provides enough punch for bluegrass.

The CC-Mini is tuned to open C but if playing with others and need to tune to standard G, the string gauges may be changed to the following: .016, .034, .024, .019, .016.

This Banjo comes with a travel bag…. I only have one


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Instrument Specifications

Refurbish Type: Factory Authorized Refurbished
Dexterity: Right Handed
Brand: GoldTone
Color: Maple
Banjo Type: Open Back
Number Of Strings: 5


Neck: Maple
Bridge: Maple with ebony cap; 5/8 in.
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Rim: 8 in. maple

Fingerboard Inlay: Snowflake
Neck Binding: Celluloid
Wood Finish: Natural Gloss


Nut: Bone
Arm Rest: Vega-style
Tailpiece: No Knot Tailpiece
Strings: CGCEG – .010, .024w, .016, .013, .010
Plating: Chrome
Tension Hoop: Steel
Tone Ring: Rolled Brass Tone Ring
Tuners: Guitar-Style, Sealed


Scale: 19-3/4 in.
Weight: 4 lb.
Nut Width : 1-3/32 in.
Frets: 20 Medium
Head Size: 8 in. HC Smooth
Total Length: 28-1/2 in


Factory Authorized Refurbished and New Old Stock (NOS) Instruments

In addition to recovering and refurbishing older midrange guitars and folk instruments for re-sale, we also sell factory authorized refurbished instruments. For one of many possible reasons, (i.e., wrong shade of color, finish flaw with paint, electronics not working, bridge lifted after manufacture, dropped and broken during manufacture, etc., etc.), instruments are rejected by the manufacturer, marked as “For Refurbisher” and placed on a pallet to be shipped to the refurbisher who is authorized for their brands.

Once they arrive, all of the instruments are unpacked and inspected. Those that can be repaired, are repaired. Some repairs are simple and invisible, while others more complex, and may be visible. Some instruments are found to have no known issues except the yellow is not yellow enough, or a tuner is not aligned correctly on the headstock, or there is simply nothing wrong with it…..In some cases, the refurbisher acquires NOS (New Old Stock) instruments, that still have the original serial number and have not been circulated. In any case, unlike a typical new guitar, or an on-line used guitar, these instruments are completely checked out and tested/repaired by skilled guitar technicians/luthiers and set up to factory specifications.

This specific instrument is one of those NOS instruments. No flaws or issues were detected.

These instruments are not marked as “Used” and maintain the original serial number but are not under factory warranty. They are typically 1-4 years “old”.

These are a great deal for anyone that wants a quality guitar with a limited budget. We can sell for less than discounted new! Why buy a cheaper knock-off when you can have a Genuine Fender for the same investment.

I believe every guitar should have a second chance, and every aspiring guitar player, should have a chance to buy a good guitar, at a fair price…. This is one of those instruments…. Don’t let it pass you by….

I offer my instruments at a fair price, but open the option for a best offer. I always reject lowball offers, but always consider honest ones. Try it, I may be in a good mood today!

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