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Oct 25, 2020 - 8:54:14 PM
4 posts since 10/25/2020

Hello all, new guy here. y'all have most likely heard this a thousand times and answered this a thousand times. but here's my dilemma, my local music shop is currently holding a "deal" for a Washburn B8 Banjo plus a soft case, pitch pipe?, finger picks, book, and strap for $300. I have no experience with banjos so any help with terminology is welcome. I currently play Electric guitar and have always loved the sound of a banjo. my total budget is $500. And I'm pretty that the previously mentioned banjo is crud. I would like to play for my church at some point but that depends how fast i pick it up. Thanks

Oct 25, 2020 - 9:12:24 PM

4 posts since 10/25/2020

Gosh i did not know how late it is (for me). I shall return Tomorrow!

Oct 25, 2020 - 9:43:17 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24101 posts since 6/25/2005
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Do you want to play bluegrass stle or one of the folk styles?

Oct 26, 2020 - 12:15:20 AM
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1361 posts since 2/4/2013

This look like one of the two forms of cheap and nasty banjo that are available. I think you could do much better especially in the second hand market.

Oct 26, 2020 - 12:47:57 AM

56047 posts since 12/14/2005

Welcome to the HangOut.
There is a  forum, right here---> https://www.banjohangout.org/classifieds/search.asp?m=bycat&v=1     where banjos which have belonged to banjo players are for sale, used.

Since most of the members are more than slightly CRAZY about banjos, these banjos have probably been set up to sound as good as they possibly can.

With a lot of luck, you may be able to latch onto a good one, before somebody else does.

Happy hunting.

Oct 26, 2020 - 3:23:34 AM
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215 posts since 9/6/2019

As a pretty new guy myself I will say, at least in my experience, beware of buying a brand new "Starter Banjo". You can get several used that are twice the banjo for the same, and even less, money. I started with a used Recording King RK-R20 that I picked up in a hard case with picks and extra strings for just south of $400. That was a good banjo and they aren't hard to find.

Oct 26, 2020 - 7:03:05 AM

2285 posts since 5/2/2012

A couple HO reviews here  B8  Though it's nice to buy local, Amazon has the same "deal".  If your local shop has someone with the ability to set up a banjo properly, that would be a big plus though.   I'm with the "buy used" crowd.  If you spot a nice new or used banjo within your budget, check out the reviews here and elsewhere, and feel free to ask questions here as well.  Following up on Bill's suggestion, there is a new RK20 Songster on the Reverb for $500 plus shipping (no case).   Take your time looking and comparing, and hopefully you will find "your" banjo within your budget.  
 

Edited by - thisoldman on 10/26/2020 07:06:29

Oct 26, 2020 - 9:44:59 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

440 posts since 8/9/2019

Save up another $200 and look at a used Gold Star GF85 or one of the other offshore resonator banjos (assuming you're looking for a bluegrass rig).

Oct 26, 2020 - 11:16:10 AM

4 posts since 10/25/2020

Bill Rogers I think I'm going to go with clawhammer. I personally enjoy the style a bit more. And I'll make sure to look on here for a used one! So does anyone have a good suggestion for a open back? once again I'm brand new to anything banjo so I only partially know what I'm looking for

Oct 26, 2020 - 11:45:22 AM

61 posts since 10/13/2010

Judges6-8 - I bought a new Deering Goodtime open back banjo for my daughter while at the 2014 Freshgrass festival, and paid $425, and have always enjoyed the sound.

(The only negative was from my wife, who raised her eyebrows, questioned: "Why did you buy a $400 banjo for a 3 year old girl who only plays with My Little Ponies?")

Oct 26, 2020 - 1:38:11 PM

4 posts since 10/25/2020

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Originally posted by rwsansom

Judges6-8 - I bought a new Deering Goodtime open back banjo for my daughter while at the 2014 Freshgrass festival, and paid $425, and have always enjoyed the sound.

(The only negative was from my wife, who raised her eyebrows, questioned: "Why did you buy a $400 banjo for a 3 year old girl who only plays with My Little Ponies?")


Ive heard many a good thing about deering goodtimes! thanks for the advice. And its good to start em young!

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