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Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo Gloss Natural

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The 5-string Dean Backwoods BW5 Banjo offers traditional construction and materials such as a 25-5/16" scale mahogany neck, a mahogany rim, and a mah...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-26-2018

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A traditionally styled 5-string banjo with a bright tone.

The 5-string Dean Backwoods BW5 Banjo offers traditional construction and materials such as a 25-5/16" scale mahogany neck, a mahogany rim, and a mahogany resonator. The 22-fret rosewood fingerboard has heart shaped position markers and the metal armrest is decoratively engraved. Planet banjo tuners keep all 5 strings in perfect tune.

Constructed with attention to detail the Dean Backwoods Series is a notably solid line of banjos with very appealing prices. Reminiscent of their forefathers from the 30's, the Backwoods banjos present a bright tone with a traditional look.

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FEATURES
Body
  • Body Style: Banjo
    Top Material: Remo Head
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Contour: Flat Top
  • Binding: Celluloid
  • Guitar Finish: Natural
  • Dexterity: Right Handed
Neck
  • Neck Shape: C
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
Construction: Set Neck
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Pearl Flower
  • Scale Length: 25-5/16 in. (643 mm)
  • Frets: 22
  • Fretboard Radius: Flat
  • Nut: Polymer (Plastic) (OEM)
  • Nut Width: 1-3/16 in. (30.1 mm)
  • Truss Rod: Dual Action
  • Other
    • Number of Strings: 5
    • Hardware Color: Chrome
    • Bridge: Banjo Maple/Rosewood
    • Tuners: Die-Cast
    • Knobs: None
    • Strings: Olympia (.010-.24)
    • Country of Origin: China

    Order a highly decorative 5-string banjo at a great price!

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    DeanBW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo
     
    4.8

    (based on 5 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (5)
    • Back-up (4)
    • Concerts (3)
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      • Novice (3)

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful looking and even better sound!

    By Joe Burgess

    from Alamogordo, NM

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Solid
    • Strong
    • Workmanship

    Cons

    • Documentation

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo:

    This banjo was beautiful. I do not belive there is another manufacturer out there that has all the features of this instrument at the price. Setup was fairly easy. I did have to tighten the pot, but the neck, nut and bridge required no adjustments for me. I had to use other sources than the included documentation to place the bridge and to adjust the tightness of the pot as the documentation that came with it was very generic.

    Once done, I tuned it up and started playing and was amazed at the brightness and sweetness as I moved up to the neck. It is naturaly loud and clean. I would have had to spend alot more to get a top brand banjo of this quality.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great banjo

    By New to Bluegrass

    from Grapevine, TX

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Beautiful Mahogany
    • Great Tone
    • Nice Action
    • Well made

    Cons

    • Poor Strap Holders

    Best Uses

    • General Play
    • Learning To Play
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo:

    I have owned several fine guitars and this Dean Banjo compares favorably in quality. Overall, the workmanship is very nice with beautiful wood, a nice fretboard and great action. This is a very playable instrument. The only minor improvement I suggest is the strap holders which are thin wire and easily bend off their mounts. Instead of using them, I attach the strap to the pan with leather laces. The description is right about the bright sound. My instuctor, who's been playing many years, told me this was the nicest mid-range banjo he's ever seen. This is a great deal.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    First Class Instrument

    By Norman Watson

    from Broken Arrow, Ok

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful-solid Build -
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo:

      This Dean BW5 Banjo meets all my expectations plus! It is well built, beautiful to look at and sounds like a banjo. Loud and clear! What else can you expect for such a reasonable price. My friends with very expensive banjo's are also impressed. I will proudly play and display it anywhere.

       
      4.0

      Armrest is not engraved

      By LMinFL

      from Southern Florida

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Not as ornate as advertised

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo:

      Good, solid banjo. Easy set up. Good tone and stays in tune well. I really like this banjo. Be aware that it is solid and heavy.
      NOTE: Unless, Musicians Friend has changed their site, the decorative, etched armrest that is advertised, my no longer be offered on this by Dean. Mine came plain. The fret board is not as finished as usual and there is a tiny chip in the bridge-none of which affects playability-so I'm keeping it.
      Reason for not giving 5 stars: not as advertised, which is a first for this regular Musicians Friend Customer

       
      5.0

      great banjo for the beginer

      By wendall s.

      from louisa kentucky

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • stays in tune well
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing
        • small vinues

        Comments about Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo:

        I have had this banjo for two weeks and it is holding up well , although I did have to tighten a few things up that is typical when buying some items pertaining to music , tuners work great , sound is good even without a tone ring . if you don't know anything about setting up a banjo I do recommend getting a pro or some friend that knows something about one to help you with checking it and setting it up . so far a great product for the money.

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