Picked this up today. Been looking for an electric for a while; can't afford a Nechville Meteor so this'll have to do. Seller didn't know much about it, they had bought it online years ago. I think it's a one-off. Zebrawood and Abalone is what they said, and I think the neck is maple. The inlay work is pretty good. Has a simple piezo bridge, with volume/tone adjustment. It has a little headphone plug built right in which is neat.
Almost silent without an amp. No feedback issues at all which is a dream. Perfect for effect/synth, and most importantly late night practice sessions.
It is a "Silent Electric Banjo", often branded as "Sojing" but maybe sometimes other brand names.
I've got one too, but mine has a simple dot inlay pattern. Just as one would expect, it sounds like an electric guitar, not like a banjo. I agree, its fun with an effects box and amp. Given its $160 price point, I found it to be satisfactory.
Thanks for the info! I guess it's not a one-off after all. You're right that the tone isn't great. It's basically a baseball bat with a pickup, so you can't expect it to sound like Earl's Granada. But it's good enough for silent practice and playing with effects. After playing for a while, it definitely needs a bit of fretwork and action adjusting. Also noticed that the bridge doesn't really pickup the 5th string very well, might have to work on another pickup option. But like you say for the price it's a pretty neat banjo toy.
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