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Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup  Black Chrome

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Now with a pickup and available in a black chrome finish, the 6-string Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo is perfect if your'e an electric guitar player looking ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Standard guitar tuning makes it a great crossover instrument.

Now with a pickup and available in a black chrome finish, the 6-string Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo is perfect if your'e an electric guitar player looking to add new sounds to your live performances or recordings. 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.

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FEATURES
  • 25-1/2 in. Scale
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Pearl Dot/Wing Inlays
  • Die-Cast Tuners
  • Celluloid Binding
  • 6-String
  • Special design pickup

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DeanBackwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

sounds like a guitar

this is a solid instrument and with a few tweaks you will have a pro use 6 string banjo. keep in mind by the time you spend the money making this a reality, you...Read complete review

this is a solid instrument and with a few tweaks you will have a pro use 6 string banjo. keep in mind by the time you spend the money making this a reality, you could of purchased a goldtone for around 700.00.

What I did: replace nut with a earvana compensating nut, replace head with a frosted head, replace tailpiece with a gold tone tailpiece, replace tuners with grover closed back brass tuners, custom bridge made out of maple and ebony.

Could not get this thing to intonate on the low e string. Tried different guage strings, tried tuning it different, moved the bridge around, adjusted the neck. Nothing would work.I tried a brass compensating nut and it was closer but not quite and finally put on the earvana compensating nut. Now what? I would tune it to A440 and noticed the tailpiece was flexing way too much. So I changed the tailpiece to a cast one from gold tone for $40 The Deering one was $100. Now the majick happens. Intonates correctly without the infamous string thud. Nice clean acoustic sound. Time and Money.

Now the electric. You plug this in and it sound like a cheap electric acoustic guitar not a banjo. I will be bypassing the pickup in this and intergrating a small condensor mic made by goldtone. Cost $200. Now I am into this instrument with purchase and parts for around $750. It is now a professional use 6 string banjo. I will be purchasing a Pheonix 6 string deering banjo in the future but this one is custom and I can use it on a professional level. I am still thinking of a way to make the string spacing a little wider without screwing up the intonation. You want to fingerpick this beast, strumming it like a guitar just doesnt work too well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good looking instrument

I am bummed to say that I am going to have to invest more money into making this great looking instrument work in my 5 piece band. Once I amplified it for STAGE it...Read complete review

I am bummed to say that I am going to have to invest more money into making this great looking instrument work in my 5 piece band. Once I amplified it for STAGE it was lost at full blast on the instrument. Once you crank up the board it feeds back. We tried it through a pre-amp but that didn't help at all. The pickup is poor unless you are using it on a guitar amp. It has missed out on several gigs already as I try to figure out WHAT to replace the pickup with. This is my first banjitar. At home it sounds killer!! But I did also replace the lower 4 strings with the coordinating high string for a 12 string guitar... only then did it truly sound like one of my acoustic banjos!

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(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sounds like a guitar

By Maxguitarhead

from Sheridan, Wy

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy On The Eyes
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong
  • Well built

Cons

  • Hard To Intonate
  • Pickup Is Guitar Sounding
  • Poor Quality Tailpiece

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Songwriting

Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

this is a solid instrument and with a few tweaks you will have a pro use 6 string banjo. keep in mind by the time you spend the money making this a reality, you could of purchased a goldtone for around 700.00.

What I did: replace nut with a earvana compensating nut, replace head with a frosted head, replace tailpiece with a gold tone tailpiece, replace tuners with grover closed back brass tuners, custom bridge made out of maple and ebony.

Could not get this thing to intonate on the low e string. Tried different guage strings, tried tuning it different, moved the bridge around, adjusted the neck. Nothing would work.I tried a brass compensating nut and it was closer but not quite and finally put on the earvana compensating nut. Now what? I would tune it to A440 and noticed the tailpiece was flexing way too much. So I changed the tailpiece to a cast one from gold tone for $40 The Deering one was $100. Now the majick happens. Intonates correctly without the infamous string thud. Nice clean acoustic sound. Time and Money.

Now the electric. You plug this in and it sound like a cheap electric acoustic guitar not a banjo. I will be bypassing the pickup in this and intergrating a small condensor mic made by goldtone. Cost $200. Now I am into this instrument with purchase and parts for around $750. It is now a professional use 6 string banjo. I will be purchasing a Pheonix 6 string deering banjo in the future but this one is custom and I can use it on a professional level. I am still thinking of a way to make the string spacing a little wider without screwing up the intonation. You want to fingerpick this beast, strumming it like a guitar just doesnt work too well.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bantar or GuitarJo Hybrid

By Flash

from Aspen area

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Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

Would reccomend for the guitarist who wants to add to his/her other instruments without having to learn the 5 string. You can put a high G on the low E string if you want that drone type of sound or prefer to play like a 5 string. Have found Ernie Ball electric lights work the best. If you are die hard 5 string player, stick with the 5 string.

Love the color and sounds great through a P.A. You might want to consider an EQ pedal or something just to give you a little more control.
I had purchased the acoustic version, but really needed an electric version. This fit the bill and I am having a ball with it. A nice flavor to add to the aresenal.
Intonation is good, neck is good, playability good. Keepin in tune is a little challange, but workable.
Great value

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fun and easy to play instrument

By 12stringer

from North Dakota

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts

    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

    really fun instrument to play. A little tricky on getting it set up but if you are handy, the directions for the set up are pretty clear. If not, take it to a pro. If set up right, it is easy to play and stays in tune all the way up the neck and with a capo also. I sometimes play a clawhammer style on guitar so it was a very easy transition to playing this instrument. It is easy to play it with a standard pic method also. When plugged into an amp, turn the bass down and mid-high ranges turned up to get that nice banjo sound. With the standard guitar tuning, it is an easy transition. If you want to add that banjo sound to your mix, it works very well. Very well built and good looking instrument.Definitely would recommend this product.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    This does the job for non banjo players

    By Rev Mongoose

    from New York City

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        As a songwriter one of the challenges is not being able to play every instrument the way we play our primary instrument. I have written songs that needed some banjo parts and this instrument provides just that. In my quest in writing these songs I was able to tell the difference in playing style from guitar and banjo, this expanded my musical ability. The beauty of this banjo/guitar is I now have a new instrument to add along with my other gear for song writing. The one down side is that the Sam Ash and Guitar Center locations do not carry 6 string banjo packs.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        "Good buy for the money"

        By The SHOTGUN Band

        from Xenia, Ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Addition
        • Pick-up Fits The Bill
        • Really Cool Look

        Cons

        • A Little Hard To Set Up
        • Tuning Is A Little Loose

        Best Uses

        • Variety In The Band

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        This is a pretty cool addition. We use it for the tunes that need banjo in a live country/rock band. Amplified, this banjo holds it own on stage.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very cool thing!

        By Roye

        from Norway

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        A very fun instrument to play on, if u're like me and most played on 6 strings guitars this is really gonna spice up your playing hours :).

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dean 6 Backwoods Banjo w/Pickup-Black Chrome

        By Gordon Taylor

        from Grand Forks B.C.

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        First of all,I really liked the color and the finish.Black Chrome is very Cool!! You will have to setup and tighten everything. May I recomend Nashville Tuning for a more jangly banjo sound. Sounds acousticaly and electric.
        pFirst of all I liked the Black Chrome finish. Very Cool! Remember you are buying a banjo and it will take some setu out of the box,but all banjos are like that. Be prepared to do the setup yourself or job it out. I

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good looking instrument

        By AZ Songbird

        from Arizona

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good looking
        • Modern Looking
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Poor Pickup Sound

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        I am bummed to say that I am going to have to invest more money into making this great looking instrument work in my 5 piece band. Once I amplified it for STAGE it was lost at full blast on the instrument. Once you crank up the board it feeds back. We tried it through a pre-amp but that didn't help at all. The pickup is poor unless you are using it on a guitar amp. It has missed out on several gigs already as I try to figure out WHAT to replace the pickup with. This is my first banjitar. At home it sounds killer!! But I did also replace the lower 4 strings with the coordinating high string for a 12 string guitar... only then did it truly sound like one of my acoustic banjos!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dean Banjo

        By Liberty Jewel

        from Bisbee, Arizona

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        If you're looking forward to unpacking this one & playing it, sorry it's not going to happen. We used a whole day setting ours up& it was worth it. We checked out all the information & reviews before the purchase & some don't even make since now . If we were to trim the bridge 1/4" it wouldn't withstand the pressure. Setup instructions are included,take your time .Best said is , Beautiful, Loud & Heavy..a very nice instrument for a serious musician

         
        4.0

        First thoughts are that it seems to be a decent first Banjo

        By Whiskey Creek

        from Walla Walla, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Haven't had it long enough to really find any

        Best Uses

        • to add a little extra "country" to some songs

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        This Banjo seems to be good out of the box quality (time will tell). It is solid and has a good Banjo sound. The first tune up takes a few minutes as you have to place the floating bridge in its proper spot and tune, then make bridge adjustments for intonation and tune again (but this is no different than with any floating bridge stringed instrument. The pickup is similar to a standard guitar pickup so through an amp/sound system, it loses a lot of the "Banjo Twang". I intend to purchase a piezo style banjo pickup and install it which should solve that problem. Once you get a Banjo strap and adjust it properly, It's easy to play. This is helped by the fact that it's 6 string and tuned like a guitar which means not having to learn new chords. I intend to use it to add a little more "country flavor" to some of the songs my band plays. Should be fun.

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