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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 in. Remo head, Grover tuners, 25 in. scale length, and 1-3/4 in. nut width, you'll be a-pickin' and a-grinnin' with the Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo in no time!

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Material: Remo Head 11 in. Clear
  • Guitar Finish: Classic Black
  • Top Contour: Flat Top
  • Binding: None
  • Orientation: 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. (43 mm)
  • Truss Rod: Dual Action
  • Electronics
  • Not applicable
  • Other
  • Hardware Color: Black Chrome
  • Bridge: Banjo Graphite
  • Tuners: Sealed Die-Cast
  • Knobs: Dome Black Chrome
  • Strings: Olympia (.010–.052)

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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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(6 of 6 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

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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.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Learn a few tricks...it will be fine!

    By Alan Snider

    from Minnesota

    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

    If you just want some new sounds...and are willing to work through the "tricks" you will not be disappointed.
    If you are considering this "banjitar" you will be disappointed if you think there is no learning curve with the six string guitar tuning. If you do not learn a few "tricks" this thing will sound like junk. First and foremost you will need to mute the body when playing. Either use a palm mute behind the bridge or keep the fleshy part of the hand on the body above the strings. If you do this you will begin to get that "banjo" sound. Stay away from full guitar chords and stick with note picking and you can get a good bajo sound. For even a better experience tune the little e string down to d and the a to g "open G". This will give you a very good banjo sound. At first I was not pleased with my purchase but with a little experimentation and breaking some "guitar" habits it is now a very versitile tool in my arsenal.
    Built very nice with great back and grover tuners.
    As an intro to that banjo sound this is a good deal. Now that I have palyed around with it in open G tuning I think I want the real deal 5 string!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hardo

    By Flash

    from Aspen area

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    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

    So a week before a huge wedding in Telluride, the leader calls me up and says, " h by the way, you need to play an hour of bluegrass. What? We are a 9 piece R&B Band with horns. Got on line and got this 6 string banjo. I used to play 5 string years ago, but not enough time to re-learn. Workmanshp is great, action was a tad high but with a little sandpaper on the bottom of the bridge, works just fine. Make sure you are level if you do this. Put on Super Slinkys and away I went. Sounded great. Just put a SM 57 on it. Will eventually have some sort of pick up system. A great addition to my arsenal. Great fun.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Shipping Problem

    By Tom

    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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

          (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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I LOVE THIS THING

          By GLIXXON

          from HUNTINGTON WV

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

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          Pros

          • Strong

          Cons

          • Cannot Find Replacement B

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Great Stage Presence
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I really love the Backwoods 6-string banjo!

          By urthstudio

          from St. Louis, MO

          Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

          This is an excellent value, especially considering there is very little competition, and those there are make this sound like they're giving it away -- and they practically are. This has a comfortable neck, nice inlays and I like the finish on the resonator as well as the brackets. Attractive, and an impressive amount of "instant gratification" for anyone worried about having to learn to play something different. I don't mean to always do things this way in life, this is just an idea from one musician to another! ;) This is my quickie review -- hope it helps. I say you should get it! :) -Charlie

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Finely Crafted

          By Samuel Drummond

          from Iowa

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

          Given that you want a six string banjo, you can not go wrong with this one! It plays smooth, looks great! I also play a five string. I find this much easier to play, I have long guitarist fingers and the neck fits my hand perfectly. If you're concern is about it being tuned like a guitar, Simply tune it like a banjo. (DGDGBD) If you go with this product, remember a banjo strap. It will clip on easily. While you're at it, get a case to protect your investment. This is a six string, buy the right banjo case so you can use it.
          Great tuners, solid body with a guitar like neck which makes for easy pickin'. Though there may be a bit of controversy over it having six strings, it is a banjo! You can raise/lower action easily. Required no bridge filing and sounds perfect across the board. It is a little bit softer sounding than a high action bluegrass five string, which," isn't all bad.
          ""Flawless"" - Alot of thought was obviously put into craftsmanship", both on a cosmetic and playable level.
          It's worth the price, you won't be cheated out of your money in any aspect.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A very cool instrument

          By greg

          from schaumburg,Il

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

          I just got my dean 6 string banjo yesterday and it's pretty cool. I've been playing guitars for 40 years and I wanted to learn something new but I'm too lazy to learn on a 5 string. I've seen some country bands using these 6 strings so I got one. It only took about 15 minutes to un-box and set-up. After the strings settled down it sounds pretty close to a "real" banjo. Very nice feel, fit, and finish. Can't beat the price. Read all the reviews and try one for yourself. Nice addition to my resume. 'banjo player'

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