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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)
  • Country of Origin: China

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SPECIFICATIONS
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 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Well built / quality (7)
  • Consistent (5)

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Back-up (9)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6)

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

 

Cosmetic Issues

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...Read complete review

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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(7 of 7 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.

    (7 of 7 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!

    (5 of 5 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 3 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.

    (3 of 5 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.

      (3 of 3 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.

      (3 of 3 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

      (3 of 3 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.

      (3 of 3 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'

      (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)

           
          4.0

          Fits the bill

          By Girl With Guitars

          from Kansas

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Dean 6 String Banjo

          By chipjent

          from Blue Bell PA

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

              Fun to play and nice cross over from guitar!

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              It's a pretty cool banjo.

              By CzYfOx

              from Perry Georgia.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • A lot of fun to play
              • Consistent
              • Good value for the price
              • Strong

              Cons

              • A "lot" of set up needed
              • Poor Tone Quality

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

              I have had this banjo a couple of days and am still figuring it out. It is a lot of fun to play but is seriously lacking in tone. I have a Deering Good Time 5 string that is wood and has no resonator that is more clear and louder then the Dean. I have spent some time trying to get the string action lower and went a little to far. I will fix that today. Setup was fairly easy and I got the intonation spot on. I found a lot of resources on line to help in the set up. I wish Dean would take the time to set up the thing before they ship it. I guess it would cost more if they did that. Go ahead and buy it. It's a hoot to play one.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A very cool instrument!

              By Fred W.

              from New Jersey

              Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

              I bought this 6 string to compliment a group of country/blues songs I've composed and recorded on my BR-8. Let me tell 'ya, the BW6 really added a great sonic punch to my material! It sounds like I really know how to play proper banjo (witch I don't). I would recommend that you have your local luthier give it a pro set-up, and string change. This is a great banjo at a very reasonable price. Thanks Dean!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              my string solution

              By Chill Country Coalition

              from San Antonio, TX

              Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

              I also got the backwoods since I'm so much a guitar player. I struggled with the strings as everyone seems to - I figured out an answer that I like. Buy a 12 string guitar set like 10s. Then use the drone strings for the banjo (the even strings with .27w as banjo 6 string) and the regular strings for your acoustic. This solved the problem and it's got a nice consistent banjo sound when played like guitar. Hopefully it holds up after repeated play but right now, I'm pretty happy with it.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              dggordo

              By dggordo

              from Fredericksburg, VA

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

              I'm very pleased with this product. It has excellent fit and finish, and the quality seems superb. After getting the banjo set-up, I was able to get true to life banjo sounds without having to learn how to play a banjo. I first heard about such a thing on a Doc Watson (one of my heroes) recording I purchased last year. I thought if he were willing to use a "bantar or gitjo" as he called it, a hybrid such as this must be a worthwhile instrument. The only thing that I would recommend to Dean is that they give more direction on setting up the instrument after arrival. You have to insert the bridge and tighten the head before you can play it. There is a sticker on the head indicating placement of the bridge and you place the bridge at the lower edge of the sticker- not at the arrows on the sticker which the instructions seem to indicate. You may also use a tape measure to measure from the the 12th fret 12 3/8 inches to the top of the bridge (or 24 3/4 inches from the nut) to double check the bridge placement. Do not overtighten the head, just get it snug. Once set-up, the tone was very good and the action and intonation were fine. Overall, an excellent instrument.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very cool instrument

              By Lee Steitz

              from Southern California

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

              The more I play the BW6, the more I like it. I'm considering an eventual transition over to a regular 5-string banjo but for now I'm very happy with the BW6. This is the first Dean I've owned and I like it.
              I was impressed when I pulled this instrument out of the box. The set-up was a snap and it's got a very nice look to it.
              I'm a drummer who's never played a regular banjo but since I play a little bit of guitar and wanted to do a little bit of banjo, this seemed like a good choice. I've had a good time playing it so far and it appears to be a quality instrument (especially for the price).
              For the price you can't beat this.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Mark in Lubbock, Texas

              By Mark-r_VGN

              from Lubbock, TX

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              Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

              I think the quality is damn nice. The tuners are slick, the action on mine is perfect and LOUD, whew! It is no doubt a big bang for the buck. Setup was easy. This thing is perfect for the guitar player who wants to piddle with something new. Yesterday I was plain old me. Now I'm Grandpa Jones!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Cosmetic Issues

              By Fred

              from Twin Cities MN

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Ask me a question

              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.

                (1 of 3 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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