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Feb 2, 2023 - 5:16:41 AM
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DC5

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Musician's Friend Stupid Deal of the Day is a starter Gold Tone open back banjo kit for $159.99 complete with gig bag straps and extras. At less than 4 pounds it makes a good camping/backpack or travel banjo as well as a starter banjo. I have no interest in either Musicians Friend or Gold Tone. Just passing the word.

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Feb 2, 2023 - 9:47:06 AM

2492 posts since 9/25/2006

Wow

Feb 2, 2023 - 10:11:19 AM
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thor363

USA

134 posts since 12/12/2021

I picked one of these when I found out my niece just got one. They had no idea I was working on learning the banjo. It's a lot of plastic, but for what you pay for, as a travel banjo it'd be worth it. The tune on it was done wrong so I tuned it, rechecked bridge position etc, and let 'er rip. I was just learning Old Joe around that time, and found that the neck felt wider and I ripped through it so clean I though ..."dang I need to get one of these". If I didn't have a few extra banjos already, I'd buy one for travel (and to not worry about losing it if stolen).

Feb 2, 2023 - 1:46:28 PM

heavy5

USA

2605 posts since 11/3/2016

Thier huge guitar selection is kind of interesting as I've read various reviews lately of inexpensive off shore guitars & some made here in the US for very little cost but lots of lots of performance , forward X bracing , etc , all the basic things that not long ago were only available in high priced guitars .
Of interest was an all laminate mahogany dred w/ all of those features including comparable reviews for under $90 !
This has got to be hurting high quality makers ?

Feb 3, 2023 - 4:58:14 AM
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It's amazing what CNC and slave labor can do to price while keeping up decent quality.

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