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Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo  Natural 

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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

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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

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      DeanBackwoods 6 Banjo
       
      4.0

      (based on 65 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (34)

      • 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

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

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I LOVE THIS THING

      VERY NICE FIT AND FINISH.EXCEPT FOR SOME DEEP SCRATCHES ON THE RETAINING RING FOR THE RESONATER HEAD.NEEDS TO BE SET UP BUT NOT A PROBLEM.AFTER SETUP I STILL HAD SOME FRETS RINGING BUT DID SOME...Read complete review

      VERY NICE FIT AND FINISH.EXCEPT FOR SOME DEEP SCRATCHES ON THE RETAINING RING FOR THE RESONATER HEAD.NEEDS TO BE SET UP BUT NOT A PROBLEM.AFTER SETUP I STILL HAD SOME FRETS RINGING BUT DID SOME FRET WORK AND FIXED THE PROBLEM.PLAYS BRIGHT AND LOUD.MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS YOU CANT FIND REPLACEMENT BRIDGES ANYWHERE.

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      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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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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

      By 

      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 

        from 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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          4.0

          Fits the bill

          By 

          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 

          from Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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 

            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..

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            decent

            By 

            from new york, 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

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Guitar Player's Dream

            By 

            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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            5.0

            I enjoy my six string banjo

            By 

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Very disappointed

            By 

            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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Shipping Problem

                By 

                from Wilkes Barre Pa

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Gift

                Cons

                • Undecided

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

                  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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