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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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    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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  2. Gold Tone AC-5 Composite Resonator 5-String Banjo Gold Tone AC-5 Composite Resonator 5-String Banjo
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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 B16 Banjo Washburn B16 Banjo
    Washburn B16 Banjo

    Professional quality at an intermediate price.

    $799.00
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  2. Gold Tone CC-50RP Convertible 5-String Banjo Gold Tone CC-50RP Convertible 5-String Banjo
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    Fender FB-55 Banjo Fender FB-55 Banjo
    Fender FB-55 Banjo

    The Fender FB-55 Banjo: A quality instrument at a price the working musician can afford - the Fender standard....

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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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    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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  2. 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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    Ibanez B50 5-String Banjo Ibanez B50 5-String 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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    Deering Calico Banjo Deering Calico Banjo
    Deering Calico Banjo

    Beautiful to look at and fun to play!

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    Gold Tone CC-100 (O) Open Back Banjo Gold Tone CC-100 (O) Open Back Banjo
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  4. Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9400 Broadkaster Deluxe Banjo Gretsch Guitars Root Series G9400 Broadkaster Deluxe Banjo
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  1. Deering Left-Handed Boston 5 Banjo Deering Left-Handed Boston 5 Banjo
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  2. Gretsch Guitars G9420 Broadkaster Supreme Banjo Gretsch Guitars G9420 Broadkaster Supreme Banjo
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  3. 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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    Gold Star GF-100FE Mahogany Flying Eagle 5-String Banjo Gold Star GF-100FE Mahogany Flying Eagle 5-String Banjo
    Gold Star GF-100FE Mahogany Flying Eagle 5-String Banjo

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

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