Found several banjos on goodwill. Want to get my nephew a starter banjo to play around the camp fire. Saw a reall old Vega that was very short and another with no name just an A on the headstock and Eagle on the head.
Are you looking for 4 string, or 5?
Makes a difference.
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If any meet your budget, it's nice to know they were probably set up and played by people who are just a wee bit CRAZY about banjos, so they're very likely as good as they could be, in those price ranges.
Used, solid-body electric guitars are more common, and with just a bit of modification, can be converted to a 5-string banjo.
And, for around the campfire, you don't even have to worry about saving the pickup or wiring!
If you are looking for a lighter resonator banjo with a slim neck that would probably be perfect for a smaller person.
Setup well and plays really well. Low action
Just an idea.
Campfires tend to dry out wooden instruments.
Nothin wrong with a nice, dry tone. In fact, that's what many of us are looking for.
Michael - what's your budget. What is the age and height of child? Reason I ask is that if it is a little guy, sometimes an open back works better because it reduces reach length. But budget will drive the recommendations. Fortunately, there are good options at most price points.
We have picked up a couple of ALUMINUM banjos at Goodwill
My opinion is that it is the perfect camping banjo
Remove the resonator, you got a paddle AND a snow shovel (read SS STEWART)
'Pat Doole 5 String' 31 min
'Dixie Banjolele ' 7 hrs
'Deering Americana' 7 hrs
'BOOMERANG banjo logo' 8 hrs
'Another old banjo....' 8 hrs