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While any one of the Dean 5-string banjos here would be a great place to start your search, the right one for you will obviously depend on your own tastes, application and price range. On the moderately-priced side of things, there's the Backwoods 3 Banjo. A best seller, this traditional 5-string banjo has a mahogany rim and resonator, dot inlays, open gear tuners and a rosewood fingerboard. It also produces a bright sound with killer projection that will be sure to satisfy any aspiring player.
Now, if you're thinking about hitting the stage with your banjo talents, then feast your eyes on the Backwoods 2 Acoustic-Electric 5-String Banjo. Not only does this banjo have a bold look that will grab the attention of everyone in attendance, but it's also equipped with a DMT Design humbucker pickup to deliver your performance from a PA or rig. Along with vintage open-face tuners and a smooth rosewood fingerboard, this acoustic-electric 5-string banjo was made to be in the spotlight, just like you.
Although the 5-string banjo was used mainly for classical music before the turn of the 20th century, it also played an important role in defining the styles of folk, bluegrass and country music over the next 100 years. Today, 5-string banjos are commonly found even in mainstream music thanks to folk rock's rise in popularity over the past decade. Thankfully, respected companies like Dean are willing to rise to the occasion and turn a new generation of future stars on to this incredible 5-string instrument. Just take a look at the Dean 5-string banjos in this catalog and see for yourself.