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You'll love the 6-string Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo If you're a guitar player looking for that banjo sound. With its familiar guitar tuning, this hybrid ...Read More

Available 09-16-2016

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      OVERVIEW

      Standard guitar tuning makes it a great crossover instrument.

      You'll love the 6-string Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo If you're a guitar player looking for that banjo sound. With its familiar guitar tuning, this hybrid 6-string banjo requires no learning curve from guitarists. Fitted with an 11" Remo head, Grover tuners, 25" scale length, and 1-3/4" nut width, you'll be a-pickin' and a-grinnin' with the Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo in no time!

      Case sold separately.

      FEATURES
      • 6-string hybrid banjo
      • Guitar tuning makes it a great crossover instrument for guitarists
      • Grover tuners
      • 11" Remo head
      • 25" scale length

      Click or call now to get your back-porch pickin' action in gear!

      SPECIFICATIONS

      Backwoods 6 Banjo

      • Body
      • Body Material: Mahogany
        Top Material: Remo Head 11 in. Clear
        Guitar Finish: Classic Black
        Top Contour: Flat Top
        Binding: None
        Dexterity: Right Handed
        Neck
        Neck Shape: C
        Construction: Bolt-On Neck
        Neck Material: Mahogany
        Fretboard Material: Rosewood
        Inlays: Pearl Dot
        Scale Length: 25-1/2 in. (648 mm)
        Frets: 21
        Fretboard Radius: 16 in. (406 mm)
        Nut: Polymer (Plastic) (OEM)
        Nut Width: 1-11/16 in. (43mm)
        Truss Rod: Dual Action
        Electronics
        Pickup Neck: DMT Design Humbucker
        Controls: Volume
        Other
        Hardware Color: Black Chrome
        Bridge: Banjo Graphite
        Tuners: Sealed Die-Cast
        Knobs: Dome Black Chrome
        Strings: Olympia (.010-.052)
        Country of Origin: China
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      DeanBackwoods 6 Banjo
       
      4.1

      (based on 66 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (35)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (15)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (5)

      92%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (6)
      • Well built / quality (6)
      • Consistent (4)

      Cons

      • Poor tone quality (3)

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (9)
      • Back-up (8)
      • Concerts (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I enjoy my six string banjo

      July 2012 I started to look for a guitar or banjo. By Aug. I sent out a request to my family ( my wife and my 3 grown children).

      I...Read complete review

      July 2012 I started to look for a guitar or banjo. By Aug. I sent out a request to my family ( my wife and my 3 grown children).

      I wanted a six string banjo for Christmas. That was the only item I wanted.

      They all kept a secret. My wife kept asking me if wanted anything else. I said, NO. She mention to me what happens there is nothing under tree for you. So I made a small list.

      Since Jan. 2013 I have been Practicing. I am 64 retired and watch my granddaughter. I have a lot of time to learn.

      I know the basic cords and can pick.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Shipping Problem

      The Banjo was purchased as a gift.

      I was disappointed when I recieved the product.
      When it arrived, it looked like the Banjo was sold to another person, returned and...Read complete review

      The Banjo was purchased as a gift.

      I was disappointed when I recieved the product.
      When it arrived, it looked like the Banjo was sold to another person, returned and resold to myself. The box had been opened, the hardware was not in the shipping bag and was bouncing around in the box. Some of the screws that hold the drum to the banjo were not fastened and were also boucing around the box.
      I called Musicians Friend the day I recieved the Banjo and spoke with Dale. He was very helpful.
      Dale explained the 45 day return deal that your company offers. I have not decided If I want to return the Banjo or keep it. My daughters instructor is currently checking out the unit.
      Needless to say, I am not satisfied with the condition I recieved the banjo. It should have been thoroughly inspected before being shipped.

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      5.0

      Can't beat it - if you use it right

      By what?

      from The Great Future State Of WEST NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

          This is a great instrument for a guitar player! But don't buy the hype of NO learning curve - If'n ya want it to sound good like a banjo should. But yes very easy for the experienced guitar player.

          I've been playing guitar since rotary dial wall phones and for many years a couple times a week in public. The quality level of this instrument for this price point is excellent. Some day when there is world peace, hell freezes over and they abolish the IRS, musicians will realize you got to pay for detailed factory set up to be done on an instrument. If you want beautiful action out of the box, polished fret ends, etc. you got to pay for it. Yup we gots all kinds of foreign mass produced instruments but we got them - back in the day it was a big deal to scrounge up enough dead presidents to get an axe. yea and reuse strings :) The Dean Backwoods Banjo makes banjo playing a reality for us who are sqeezin nickels, and allows the guitar player to quickly learn Banjo. Yes I am going to lower the action and change strings no big deal then I have it where I want it :)

          Point is: the Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo is great bang for your buck - get it

          Peace and chicken grease

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Quality build and tone for a great price, happy purchase!

          By Blackster

          from Northwoods, WI

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

            Wow! This is NOT a "guitanjo" or whatever people like to call these. It's truly a six string banjo tuned like a guitar. I was struggling on stage switching from guitar to banjo and back during songs. (brain needed extra time to re-think chord shapes lol!) This is the trick! Pick up the Dean, play just like the guitar only it has wonderful banjo tone! Great for back up rhythym but does decent (not super great) on lead stuff....mainly quick turn around licks and the like. I was slightly hesitant but wanted to try this out and for the price I figured it was worth a shot. I am really glad I purchased this, the build quality is good (not top of the line build but definitley NOT cheaply done either). The tone is great and honestly it's very pretty! It really filled a niche I needed filled and it does it well. I recorded with it in the lead and no one knows I'm not playing a 5 string regular banjo. Well worth the price! Mine by the way was a "second" or used and returned. I can't find any issue with it.

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            3.0

            Cosmetic Issues

            By Fred

            from Twin Cities MN

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

              I sent this back because the fret-board stain had run causing unsightly streaks. The Dean logo on the fret-board was not applied well and a third of the bird's wing was missing. I agonized over returning it but decided I did not want a new instrument that had these flaws. The bridge did not work properly, the 6th string kept falling out. This can be fixed but I did not want to cut into an item that I was considering returning. Sound was okay, strings were high but played okay. (That is also adjustable) As I was getting together the return information and phone number I got an email which said that the instrument I wanted but had cost too much money was now on sale so I ordered that one. Note that I had already made the decision to return the instrument BEFORE I saw the new sale price. As another note, this instrument fits snugly into my standard banjo hard case sold by MF.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fits the bill

              By Girl With Guitars

              from Kansas

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Affordable

              Cons

              • Poor Tone Quality

              Best Uses

              • Backup

              Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

              I purchased this for a specific show that required banjo flavor, and I am not a banjo player. So far, so good. Not crazy about the low tones, will change out some strings, but I also understand it's not going to sound exactly like a banjo.

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              4.0

              Good for the price, consider the upgrade

              By Paul

              from Springfield OH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

                I already reviewed this many months ago. It met my needs when I bought it, but the single-piece flange/pot construction keeps me from using it "backless," which I would like to do for some kinds of music. After buying this one, I learned that the black one with the pickup has a separate wooden pot, so I can take the back off that one without turning it into a deadly weapon. BTW, the humbucker pickup on the upgrade model isn't that important to me - I put an inexpensive piezo on this one and it works fine. Still I'm thinking about trading this one in on the upgrade model. If you're still shopping, you won't be disappointed with either banjo, but I would recommend considering the upgrade - it is a better banjo (not just cooler looking).

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                5.0

                They should call this a Ganjo

                By Tatermusic

                from Coastal Oregon

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Great Feel Tone Is Right
                • Strong

                Cons

                • Haven't Come Across Any N

                Best Uses

                • Back Porch Symphonies
                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

                Using drop-D tuning, it was easy to enhance Celtic, folk, and middle Eastern genres.
                Projects over electric instruments, although I am adding a pickup to run through processors..

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                4.0

                decent

                By redneakers

                from ny, ny

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good For A Novie
                • Good For Novice
                • Pretty Good Tone
                • Price

                Cons

                • Tuning Is Inconsistent

                Best Uses

                • Quick Easy Banjo Sound

                Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

                very good as something to have around and use on occasion. If you want a 6 string banjo that you will use frequently, probably worth going up in price/quality

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                4.0

                Guitar Player's Dream

                By Darrell

                from NC

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good looks
                • Good Tone
                • Grover Tuners
                • Well built

                Cons

                • Needs String Conversion
                • None at this price

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • For Home Recording
                • Practicing

                Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

                It sounded pretty good as soon as I tuned it up. Then I tightened the head some and put a .012 on the bass E and put a wound .022 on the A string-then WOW! I usually do a lot of bass runs on guitar using the fifth and sixth strings. Those runs are suprising on treble strings. It has been more fun than I have had in a while. And every guitar player that I have shown it to has been just giddy playing it. MF should offer a conversion string pack for the fifth and sixth string with LOOP ENDS. It was tricky getting the brass out of the loops. Still fun.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I enjoy my six string banjo

                By Rick

                from Syracuse, NY

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Awesome
                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                • I Have Nothing Bad To Say

                Best Uses

                • Just learning
                • Practicing

                Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

                July 2012 I started to look for a guitar or banjo. By Aug. I sent out a request to my family ( my wife and my 3 grown children).

                I wanted a six string banjo for Christmas. That was the only item I wanted.

                They all kept a secret. My wife kept asking me if wanted anything else. I said, NO. She mention to me what happens there is nothing under tree for you. So I made a small list.

                Since Jan. 2013 I have been Practicing. I am 64 retired and watch my granddaughter. I have a lot of time to learn.

                I know the basic cords and can pick.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Very disappointed

                By Pete

                from Johnstown, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Had To Send Back
                  • Not Consistent
                  • Poor Tone Quality
                  • Would Not Hold Tune

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

                    Got this as a surprise from my wife and was very excited about it at first glance. Had difficulty with it staying in tune even with my tuner. Brought it to a friend who has exact one also and he said the same thing. He has trouble keeping is in tune also.

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