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Dean BW12 12-String Banjo   

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It's a unique instrument”a 12-string banjo tuned like a 12-string guitar. Produces an incredible jangle sound. Great for providing new tones and text...Click To Read More About This Product

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Truly a unique sound.

It's a unique instrument”a 12-string banjo tuned like a 12-string guitar. Produces an incredible jangle sound. Great for providing new tones and textures to your music. Nato neck. Rosewood fingerboard. Includes 5-year warranty.

  • 12-string banjo
  • Tuned like a guitar
  • Incredible jangly sound
  • Nato neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard

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A new adventure in picking

By Tom Shaffer

from Houston, PA

When I first received it and tuned it up, I couldn't get much out of it. I quickly learned that the problem was me, not the banjo. After about a week, I have amazed even myself. I have played blue grass on the guitar for a long time so I know a lot of songs. To a casual listener, it sounds as good or better than a 5-string because it has a fuller sound. My brother plays a vingage Gibson Mastertone and he was blown away by the sound and quality of the BW12. I strongly recommend that it be tuned 2 frets low and then use a good capo on the second fret (not too tight). This eases the action a little and gets you down on the neck for additional width (there are a lot of strings on that neck.Also, please buy the Dean case to protect your investment. Only use the case when you take it out to play. If you put in the case at home, you will never play it.


Tough Love


from Navarre, FL

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This one arrived in total dissarray - the head was slack, with some hardware fallen off - the neck was bowed - some of the strings were crossed. In short, I had to tear it down and start from scratch. Once set-up, this is a beast to play. The action is high (not adjustable), and the pressure of 12 on the skin tends to drift the tuning. HOWEVER - the sound is fresh and unique. It's fun! I intend to make a new bridge to help the action, and I'm hoping maybe some aging will stabilize the tuning.



By Garrick Frazier

from West Jordan, Utah

I saw this baby and said "WOW" I have to try this one. The "Backwoods12" one of lifes little pleasures in the world of sound, The quality is excellent and far better than I expected. A great live sound and a band behind you will improve It to no end. I'm looking forward to recording with this baby, what a thrill this will be. About the look; what can I say but "WOW!!!" Thank you for something this great! I've been playing for 35 years and this just blows me away Thanks for the trill! By the way I was told that when you get it pay a little for a music shop to set it up for you, after all what's done right will play itself right?


My Banjo is so cool

By Parrott-Head311

from Millersville, MD

I love this axe. It is so sweet. the sound quality is fabulous.



By boone-M7pYB

from Tulsa, OK

i am a devoted 12-string guitar player, so when i heard there was such a beast as a 12 sting banjo, i was immediately charmed. the price was tempting too, hard to go too wrong, i thought. it arrived and was about what i had expected. it tuned nicely, played well enough, and was... well... different. (which was, after all, what i wanted) my excitement lasted until the second time i took it out to play with it and while tuning, the low e string tuner (cheap!) stripped its gears! i'm now gonna have to go out and replace it, and worry that a similar fate awaits the other 11 tuners. i'd replace them all with some nice sealed tuners, but i'd be left with ugly screw holes all along the back of the head. what a disappointment!

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