The banjo reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!
6920 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: Guitar Center
Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 169 ($US)
Sounds its best when picking without picks. With picks it gets very flat. Very poor up the next even with a compensated bridge. Would not recommend as a starter, would have saved up and stepped up to a better banjo, which I did later. I now use it for practicing new songs nice and quiet.
Sound Rating: 5
For a starter banjo, setup was poor. Comes right from Washburn box, no setup, bridge not installed, head very loose, the only part that was "setup" was the truss rod. Very intimidating for a new player.
Setup Rating: 5
For it's faults, it is a very good looking banjo. I am a fan of Matte finishes and the Mahoganny has a nicely executed Matte finish. Overall very good for the price.
Appearance Rating: 8
Pretty much what you would expect for a $169.00 banjo. I have played it quite a bit and only problems are the head tension, tail peice seems to work loose and tuning about once a week.
Reliability Rating: 6
Haven't had to use. But a setup brochure with the banjo would have saved me from playing it for a day without a bridge. Believe it or not, it actually played. Thank goodness for the internet, helped me setup it up and realize my picks were not supposed to be metal fingernails
Customer Service: 6
Inexpensive bridge, strings, non-mechanical 5th peg, aluminum rim and "tone ring". Servicable but small fingerboard, frets, head. Tail peice is used as part of the head tension so setting it up is tricky at best
Components Rating: 5
If looking for a new banjo, pass on this one. It is pretty, but will be out of it's element very quickly. I used it as my camping banjo, but the volume would be lost on a windy day. It does make a good banjo to pick "pickless" as I can play it in the same room as my wife watching TV and without complaints
Overall Rating: 5
'John Lusk's Rolling River' 58 min