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The banjo is truly and American instrument, that evolved through southern slaves who adapted instruments from their native land. Today, banjos are produced in a wide variety of styles. Four string banjos are popular in jazz and Dixie land groups, 5- string banjos are the main stay of bluegrass and old time players and come in open-back and resonator banjos. 6-string banjos are tuned just like a guitar and are popular with guitar players. A wide variety of specialty banjos are also on the market and the instrument is as popular as ever.
Banjos Under $250.00
The beginning banjo player is fortunate today in that there are a large number of quality banjos available for under two-hundred and fifty dollars, which can fit just about anyone's budget. Now that's not to say they are going to make you sound like Earl Scruggs. These cheaper banjos do not have brass tone rings and just don't provide the tone and volume of a more expensive banjo, but all of the ones we offer play well and stay in tune and can be a great way to get started.
Banjos $250.00 - $500.00
The beginning to intermediate banjo player can find a good quality banjo in this category that will play great and sound very good. Many of these banjos have a rolled tone ring, versus the solid brass tone ring as found on more expensive banjos. Those with the tone ring and resonator will give a good, punchy bluegrass sound without all of the excessive weight and cost. As always, you should buy as much banjo as your budget allows, but if your budget puts you in this price category, rest assured that you have some great banjos from which to "pick!"
Banjos $500.00 - $1,000.00
Stepping into this price range of banjos buys you a brass tone ring in most cases, to provide you with a truly great bluegrass tone. As always, you can buy your banjo with confidence due to our 30-day, no questions asked, money back return policy.
Banjos over $1,000.00
If you have $1,000 or more in your budget for a bluegrass banjo, you are in a position to buy a truly fine instrument that will last you a lifetime. Whether you are a professional, or a beginner to intermediate player who wants to play a great instrument, you are sure to find the banjo of your dreams here.
Openback banjos (versus resonator banjos) are preferred by Old-timey and clawhammer players for the mellower, plunky tone. Open back banjos are also lighter and can be less expensive than a resonator banjo. They usually have a different setup than a resonator banjo, often with a higher string action (string action refers to how high the strings are positioned above the fingerboard). We have a great selection of openback banjos from which to choose, from our beginner models to the highly sought after Vega Old Time banjos.
Four String Banjos - Tenor Banjos
Four string banjos tend to be favored by jazz and Dixie land musicians. They are usually played with a flat pick, and so are often also called a "Plectrum" banjo. Eddie Peabody was possibly the greatest exponent of the plectrum banjo style in the early to mid twentieth century. Another type of four-string banjo is the Tenor banjo. The tenor banjo is also played with a pick, but generally has a shorter neck than a Plectrum, with typically 19 frets versus 22 on a plectrum banjo.
Want to bring your banjo with you while you travel, but don't have the room? We have a great selection of travel and mini sized banjos to let you do just that! From the Tranjo with the removable neck, to the Deluxe Traveller banjo complete with tone ring, to the Plucky backpacker banjo, we have the instrument for you banjo enthusiasts who cannot stand the idea of being away from your banjo while travelling. Let one of our travel banjos be your companion on the road.
Banjitars and 6 String Banjos
The six string banjo is very popular among guitarists who want the sound of the banjo without having to learn an entirely new instrument. The six-string or guitar-banjo was the instrument of the early jazz great Johnny St. Cyr, as well as other jazz musicians, most notably Django Reinhardt. Six string banjos are also sometimes called the guitanjo, guitjo, ganjo, or banjitar. Whatever you call it, we have a great selection of 6 string banjos sure to meet your needs.
For lack of a better title, we have called this category specialty banjos and includes instruments that are typically a hybrid of a banjo and another instrument. For example, the Dojo is a banjo neck on a dobro body, the banjola is a banjo neck on a mandola body, and the electric banjo has a banjo neck, on a stratocaster body with a small banjo head built in. For the banjo player looking for a truly unique souns and playing experience, there is a specialty banjo waiting for you here!
Our banjo kits are the perfect answer for the do-it-yourselfer or the banjo player on a budget. You don't need any special tools and all joints are pre-cut . These kits include all parts to build a complete, high-quality 5 string resonator banjo.. All hardware is heavily nickel-plated. Every banjo kit comes complete with strings and detailed instructions. You can double your satisfaction by building and player your very own bluegrass banjo.