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5 String Banjos

Five string banjos have a distinct twang like no other. The plucky bounce of most banjo music has had people dancing and singing along for centuries. Being a part of this tradition is a great reason to try out this unique instrument and the modern tune-ups make it easier to attempt than ever. The banjo we know today originated in the 1830s and is most commonly associated with American ‘old time’ music, bluegrass and country genres. However, modern musicians such as Mumford & Sons and Sufjan Stevens are embracing the instrument and have begun incorporating into their own unique arrangements. Finding a banjo tab for your favorite classics and pop hits is pretty easy with more and more musicians trying this instrument out.

Five string banjos rely on a string that begins at the fifth fret. This gives you the ability to play with different tunings and to attain a higher tone not quite as easy to attain with a four string. This high note is very useful in a lot of Irish and Celtic music as much of this genre has songs that reach the higher registers.  

If you’re considering buying a banjo you have to look the variations of rim and tone ring constructions. These components are critical to the overall sound of your banjo so you want to decide early on what you are after. If you’re just beginning, a multi-plywood rim that’s featured on the Recording King Dirty 30s banjo is a lightweight option that resonates crisply giving you a clear tone that projects well. For more advanced players, metal options like the brass featured on the Washburn B17 Sunburst projects even further than wooden models and are perfect for lightning fast bluegrass players who want the banjo to stand out over the other instruments.

The tradition of banjo music is certainly not limited to old timey barn dances. Whether you’re looking to continue the custom with your Celtic group or want to re-invent and incorporate the distinct tone into your own musical arrangements, there is a banjo that will suit your needs and ensure your personal technique stands out.

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    Deering Goodtime 2 Zombie Killer 5-String Banjo Deering Goodtime 2 Zombie Killer 5-String Banjo
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    Washburn B14 5-String Banjo w/case Washburn B14 5-String Banjo w/case
    Washburn B14 5-String Banjo w/case

    With that clear, percussive tone pickers love.

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  3. Gold Tone OB-250 Banjo Gold Tone OB-250 Banjo
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    Deering 5-Golden Era 5-String Banjo Deering 5-Golden Era 5-String Banjo
    Deering 5-Golden Era 5-String Banjo

    The Golden Era banjo is a unique model of the Deering line. It's designed to reproduce the most sought-after...

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  1. Gold Tone TS-250AT Banjo Gold Tone TS-250AT Banjo
    Gold Tone TS-250AT Banjo

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  2. Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String  Banjo Gretsch Guitars G9451 Dixie Deluxe 5-String  Banjo
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    Dean Backwoods 3 Banjo Dean Backwoods 3 Banjo
    Dean Backwoods 3 Banjo

    A traditional 5-string banjo that's affordable and fun to play.

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  2. Gold Tone Dojo 5-String Resonator Banjo Gold Tone Dojo 5-String Resonator Banjo
    Gold Tone Dojo 5-String Resonator Banjo

    A singular and beautiful instrument with a sweet and snappy tone!

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    Recording King RK-R36 Madison Select Mahogany Resonator Banjo Recording King RK-R36 Madison Select Mahogany Resonator Banjo
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    Recording King RK-R80 Professional Banjo Recording King RK-R80 Professional Banjo
    Recording King RK-R80 Professional Banjo

    Combines pre-war and modern features to create the ultimate bluegrass banjo.

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  1. Vega Senator 5-String Banjo Vega Senator 5-String Banjo
    Vega Senator 5-String Banjo

    A lightweight bluegrass banjo with sparkling tone!

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    Washburn B16 Banjo Washburn B16 Banjo
    Washburn B16 Banjo

    Professional quality at an intermediate price.

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    Deering 5-Boston 5-String Banjo Deering 5-Boston 5-String Banjo
    Deering 5-Boston 5-String Banjo

    Boston 5 string banjo with thick steel rim, mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard. Produces a powerful and...

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  1. Gold Star GF-200 Flamed Maple Sunburst 5-String Banjo Gold Star GF-200 Flamed Maple Sunburst 5-String Banjo
    Gold Star GF-200 Flamed Maple Sunburst 5-String Banjo

    Classic bluegrass tone.

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  2. Gold Star GF-100W Mahogany Wreath 5-String Banjo Gold Star GF-100W Mahogany Wreath 5-String Banjo
    Gold Star GF-100W Mahogany Wreath 5-String Banjo

    A traditional flathead banjo completely faithful to the original '30s models.

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    Deering Crossfire Electric Banjo Deering Crossfire Electric Banjo
    Deering Crossfire Electric Banjo

    An electric banjo for unlimited new sonic possibilities!

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  4. Deering Left-Handed Boston 5 Banjo Deering Left-Handed Boston 5 Banjo
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