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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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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.

Standard guitar tuning makes it a great crossover instrument.

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 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.

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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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(4 of 4 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 Worth

    from Minneapolis 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 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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            (3 of 3 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.

              Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

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