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new banjo on lay away

Posted by studebobspongebaker on Sunday, October 7, 2012

i recently went to the string shop in bossier city  and sat down picked a couple rolls and a few songs ive learned parts of on the banjo. there were several to choose from all lined up in a row i picked up each one played the same thing on each and came to the conclusion that the FENDER FE FB-58 sounded the best , there was an ephiphon which i had been lookin at everytime i went in there . does anyone have any suggestions on this model banjo or comments or complaints . i think it will be a good one but hey i guess everyone has their own choosin. anyways i would like to hear from you


4 comments on “new banjo on lay away”

jasper4564 Says:
Thursday, November 1, 2012 @4:51:21 PM

Hi Bobby, the fender will be a very good banjo for you to start out with, but it will need some setup work. all of the asian banjo's including the Epiphone's have horrible setups when they are new, but with a little tweaking you can actually get a pretty good sound out of those fenders. i have an FB-59, it is a decent banjo, but it took some work to pull it up to it's potential. i don't play it anymore because i have some very expensive ones that are way up the scale from it, but at one time it was the only one i had and i played it a lot, it is a pretty decent instrument

jasper4564 Says:
Thursday, November 1, 2012 @5:01:40 PM

by the way, it is distinctly possible that the fender and the epiphone were made in the same factory, a lot of the asian banjo's that are made for different companies are made by the same factory, but the point is, one is as good as the other, they are both modeled after a gibson mastertone style and made the same way, just need to tweak them and make them come to life and they will be comparable

studebobspongebaker Says:
Thursday, November 1, 2012 @7:55:19 PM

thanks jasper. once i get the banjo i will get in touch with ya for some pointers. i cant afford a high end banjo yet but i do have it on my wish list . im hoping sometime next year to be able to purchase one. i have stepped up from the lyle banjo ive been pickin on to the fender . but i was thinkin untill i get better i will stick with the low end for now. when i know for sure i can pick one up and play great i will get something good

jasper4564 Says:
Thursday, November 1, 2012 @8:05:30 PM

There fender is not a bad banjo at all, and for someone that hasn't become a profficient banjo player, you probably wouldn't fully appreciate tye sound difference, but the one thing that you would appreciate in a more expensive one is the feel of the neck and the ease of playing the more expensive ones, that is the major difference that you would notice immediateley when you go from the fender to , say, a gibson, or deering or something of that nature. However when you do decide to go big on one , i could probably help you out there, i have a couple tyat i might would part with. I am not trying to sell them , but i wouldn't be opposed to the idea if you ever got ready to upgrade

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