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Banjos

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 Under $250
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 $250 - $500
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 $500 - $1,000
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.

Banjos Over $1,000
Openback Banjos

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.

Open back 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.

Tenor Banjos
Travel Banjos

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.

Travel Banjos
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.

Banjitars - 6 String Banjos
Specialty Banjos

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!

Specialty Banjos
Banjo Kits

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.

Banjo Kits
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Banjos Under $250.00
Gold Tone Bass Banjo BB-400+
Gold Tone Bass Banjo BB-400+
A new sound for bass players, the BB-400+ has an uncanny resemblance to the tone of an upright acoustic bass with our special sliding magnetic pickup. It is especially suited to play slap bass techniques. Bass players are amazed at this new tone. A slim maple neck and a 14" maple body makes the Banjo Bass a comfortable instrument to play.
Product# BB-400+ w/case
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Gold Tone BC-120 Bob Carlin Signature Banjo
Gold Tone BC-120 Bob Carlin Signature Banjo
Following the success of the Bob Carlin models BC-350 and BC-350+, Gold Tone introduced a new brother, the BC-120. This economically priced version of the BC line has many of the features of it's costlier relative: 12" rim and frailing scoop to play over the neck for a deeper tone, a wider fingerboard to facilitate drop thumb, a "hot-dog" vintage-style armrest but sells for a fraction of the price.
Product# BC-120 with Bag
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Gold Tone BC-350+ Bob Carlin Signature Banjo
Gold Tone BC-350+ Bob Carlin Signature Banjo
Identical specs to the BC-350, the plus model is a gorgeous work of art. Gold Tone used an exquisite vintage inlay style highly acclaimed during the heyday of banjos. Triple plated gold hardware sets off the rich vintage brown mahogany stain. Gold Tone pays special attention to Bobs unique set up making sure the head is not too tight and close string action without a hint of buzz. For only a few dollars more than the original, you can own an eye catching collectors banjo!
Product# BC-350+
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Gold Tone BG-10 Bluegrass 10 String Banjo
Gold Tone BG-10 Bluegrass 10 String Banjo
10 string bluegrass banjo (think 12 string guitar). The strings are arranged in pairs with unisons on the first, second, and fifth string and octaves on the third and fourth. Easily played by any five string banjoist. 9th and 10th string feature a tunnel system under the fingerboard and are tuned at the headstock.
Product# BG-10 with Case
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Gold Tone BG-150F Bluegrass Banjo
Gold Tone BG-150F Bluegrass Banjo
Our new midline, full size, bluegrass banjo includes features typical of our pro model. This would also be an excellent instrument for players looking for a lighter weight bluegrass banjo.
Product# BG-150F
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Gold Tone Baratone Banjo Uke
Gold Tone Baratone Banjo Uke
The new Baritone Banjo Uke (BUB) is an affordable alternative to the Gold Tone Banjolele series now available in a baritone scale length. Tuned DGBE, this model features a maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard, geared tuners, a single adjustable coordinator rod, and plate-style resonator. Includes hard shell case.
Product# BUB with Case
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Indiana Resonator Banjo Package
Indiana Resonator Banjo Package
Great beginners resonator banjo package. 18 brackets, satin finish, chrome hardware, rosewood fingerboard. Includes a gig bag, extra set of strings and a stand!
Product# IB-200
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Gold Tone CC-50 Open Back Banjo with Bag
Gold Tone CC-50 Open Back Banjo with Bag
The finest value in a low-priced banjo featuring a brass tone ring, guitar style tuners, maple neck, chrome plating, rosewood fingerboard and a straightline tailpiece. Includes gig bag!
Product# CC-50
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Bean Blossom BB-50 Resonator Banjo
Bean Blossom BB-50 Resonator Banjo
The Bean Blossom line of acoustic instruments from Morgan Monroe combines all the great quality and features of their big brothers but focused for the player just starting out or for those looking to expand that ever increasing arsenal!
Product# BB-50
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Rover RB-30 Open Back Banjo
Rover RB-30 Open Back Banjo
The RB-30 open-back banjo has all the features you've been looking for. Standard specifications including: a cast aluminum rim for improved tone and volume, to a grooved brass tension hoop... perfect!
Product# RB-30
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Rover RB-25 Resonator Banjo
Rover RB-25 Resonator Banjo
A terrific value in a student resonator banjo. Exquisite mahogany neck with East Indian Rosewood fingerboard, inlaid dot position markers, and adjustable truss rod.
Product# RB-25
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Banjos $250 - $500
Bean Blossom BB-100 18 Bracket Student Banjo
Bean Blossom BB-100 18 Bracket Student Banjo
The Bean Blossom line of acoustic instruments from Morgan Monroe combines all the great quality and features of their big brothers but focused for the player just starting out or for those looking to expand that ever increasing arsenal!
Product# BB-100
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Morgan Monroe Hobo Open Back Banjo
Morgan Monroe Hobo Open Back Banjo
Bean Blossom"Hobo" Open-Back 5-String Banjo with Planetary-Style Tuners. A great starter banjo for the money.
Product# HOBO
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Gold Tone CC-100 Cripple Creek Open Back
Gold Tone CC-100 Cripple Creek Open Back
Never before has an entry level openback banjo included the features and tone of the CC-100(O). Check any competitive banjo in this price range and you'll find "more bang for the buck" with the Cripple Creek.
Product# CC100(O)
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Recording King Songster Banjo RK-R20
Recording King Songster Banjo RK-R20
With its sharp attack and minimal sustain, this banjo is a great beginning resonator model. The banjo features an inlaid M.O.P. peghead inlay and heart-shaped position markers, plus a rolled brass, hoop tone ring, planetary tuners and a bound rosewood fretboard.
Product# RK-R20
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Morgan Monroe MNB-1 Banjo
Morgan Monroe MNB-1 Banjo
Great Style And Function! The MNB-1 is a 24 bracket banjo that features a rolled brass tone ring, mahogany rim and resonator and Ashton Bailey planetary tuners!
Product# MNB-1W
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Banjos $500 - $1,000
Gold Tone Maple Classic Banjo
Gold Tone Maple Classic Banjo
Economically priced, the MC-150 has all quality parts which provide excellent tone. This model is convertible which means the resonator may be easily detached for open back playing style. Recently, the MC-150 received a rave review from a popular folk magazine in England which described its incredible tone for the price. It is also available in kit form for the do-it-yourself craftsman! (GT Kit).
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Gold Tone BG250F Bluegrass Special
Gold Tone BG250F Bluegrass Special
The BG-250F is the first professional 5 string banjo in our line. It is a vintage replica of the most famous banjo ever played in bluegrass music. All its parts are accurate reproductions of the original. In addition, we have added a maple neck, which brightens tone compared to the original mahogany necks.
Product# BG250F
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Recording King Melody King Banjo RK-R50
Recording King Melody King Banjo RK-R50
With a mahogany resonator and premium pre-war-style features, the Melody King banjo is the best introductory model with classic Recording King components. The Melody King features a 3-ply steam-bent maple rim with a perfectly flat bearing edge for maximum acoustic contact with the head. It also has nickel-plated hardware, a M.O.P. "fan" headstock and fretboard inlay, a mahogany resonator, a one-piece mahogany neck, a rosewood fretboard and American Standard thread hardware.
Product# RK-R50
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Morgan Monroe MFB-5DX/C Cascade Banjo
Morgan Monroe MFB-5DX/C Cascade Banjo
Start with a triple ply solid maple tone ring add a one piece chrome flange, brass tone ring, solid maple resonator, hand set abalone and get ready for all the snap and projection you need!
Product# MFB-5DX/C
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Morgan Monroe MGB-1W Collector Series Gold Banjo
Morgan Monroe MGB-1W Collector Series Gold Banjo
MGB-1G GOLD plated hardware - a beautiful gold plated banjo with a genuine bell brass tone ring at an incredible price. Available with clear or frosted head. Includes Deluxe hardshell case!
Product# MGB-1W
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Gold Star GF-85 Banjo
Gold Star GF-85 Banjo
After a ten year hiatus, Gold Star banjos are back and represent quality and value more than ever. With older models fast becoming collectors items, the New GF-85's Pre-War sound and flathead design will assure it will be added to the list! Includes Deluxe Hardshell Case.
Product# GF-85
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Gold Tone OB-250 Banjo
Gold Tone OB-250 Banjo
The OB-250 features maple binding, GT Master Planetary Tuners, 1st fret inlay, One piece curly maple veneer on the resonator, and a new gorgeous tobacco brown finish.
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Banjos Over $1,000
Gold Tone OB-250AT Archtop Banjo
Gold Tone OB-250AT Archtop Banjo
A classic reproduction of the most famous bluegrass banjo with astonishing tone and playability - now in an archtop model. The OB has been the Gold Tone flagship banjo for 10 years and is played world wide by many pros (E.P. Bill Keith, Frank Wakefeild) and recording artists. The maple resonator is of two-tone sunburst, a feature usually found on banjos twice the price.
Product# OB-250AT
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Recording King Professional Banjo RK-R80
Recording King Professional Banjo RK-R80
The Professional resonator banjo combines classic pre-war style features and desirable modern touches to create the ultimate bluegrass banjo. This model features a mahogany resonator, mahogany neck, bound ebony fretboard, American Standard thread hardware, 20-hole tone ring and a 3-ply rim. Designed by Greg Rich, this model recalls the most supremely crafted banjos from the Golden Age of musical instruments.
Product# RK-R80
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Gold Star GF100 Banjo w/ Wreath Inlays
Gold Star GF100 Banjo w/ Wreath Inlays
After a ten year hiatus, Gold Star banjos are back and represent quality and value more than ever. The GF-100 is a long awaited reissue of a very popular bluegrass banjo from the 80's. Limited Supply! Available in 3 different inlay patterns.
Product# GF-100W
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Morgan Monroe MFB-4DX/C Appalachia Banjo
Morgan Monroe MFB-4DX/C Appalachia Banjo
A terrific bluegrass banjo from Morgan Monroe. Beautiful attention to detail and unsurpassed tone at an affordable price.
Product# MFB-4DX/C
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Recording King Professional Banjo Gold RK-R82
Recording King Professional Banjo Gold RK-R82
The Professional resonator banjo combines classic pre-war style features and desirable modern touches to create the ultimate bluegrass banjo. This model features a mahogany resonator, mahogany neck, bound ebony fretboard, American Standard thread hardware, 20-hole tone ring and a 3-ply rim. Designed by Greg Rich, this model recalls the most supremely crafted banjos from the Golden Age of musical instruments.
Product# RK-R82
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Recording King Solist Banjo RK-R85-SN
Recording King Solist Banjo RK-R85-SN
This resonator banjo combines classic pre-war style features and desirable modern touches to create the ultimate bluegrass banjo. This model features a flamed maple resonator, figured maple neck, bound ebony fretboard, American Standard thread hardware, 20-hole tone ring and a 3-ply rim. Designed by Greg Rich, this model recalls the most supremely crafted banjos from the Golden Age of musical instruments.
Product# RK-R85-SN
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Gold Tone OB-250 Plus Banjo
Gold Tone OB-250 Plus Banjo
Gold Tone took their celebrated OB-250 and improved it dramatically by adding many unique features reserved for only the highest-quality banjos. Upgraded features include the JLS tone ring, 3-ply Canadian maple rim, curl maple neck, Gary Sosebee Cotton Mill bridge, and a deluxe TKL arched case.
Product# OB-250+
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Recording King Solist Banjo Gold RK-R87-SN
Recording King Solist Banjo Gold RK-R87-SN
This resonator banjo combines classic pre-war style features and desirable modern touches to create the ultimate bluegrass banjo. This model features a flamed maple resonator, figured maple neck, bound ebony fretboard, American Standard thread hardware, 20-hole tone ring and a 3-ply rim. Designed by Greg Rich, this model recalls the most supremely crafted banjos from the Golden Age of musical instruments.
Product# RK-R87-SN
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Recording King Artist Deluxe Banjo RK-R97-SN
Recording King Artist Deluxe Banjo RK-R97-SN
The beautifully engraved Artist Deluxe model is a complete revival of the most classic Recording King banjos. With genuine gold-plated hardware, a delicate floral engraving on the hoop and armrest, and a flamed maple resonator, this is the most premium Recording King model available.
Product# RK-R97-SN
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Recording King Artist Supreme Banjo RK-R99-SN
Recording King Artist Supreme Banjo RK-R99-SN
With an elegant vine fretboard inlay and premium parts modeled from the original pre-war models, Recording King has created a true classic with its Artist Supreme vine resonator banjo. The Artist Supreme is the most meticulously crafted resonator model available from Recording King. As with most Recording King banjos, there is no doubt this model will become more precious with time.
Product# RK-R99-SN
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