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Epiphone MB-200 Banjo Red Mahogany Brown 

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The Epiphone MB-200 is a terrific 5-string banjo for beginners that includes all the key features of a professional 5-string banjo but much lighter i...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      Tone as clear as a mountain stream.

      The Epiphone MB-200 is a terrific 5-string banjo for beginners that includes all the key features of a professional 5-string banjo but much lighter in weight. The MB-200 reflects Epiphone's 80-year history as a leader in banjo design. At the height of the banjo era in the 1920's, Epiphone had 11 different banjos in production and many of founder Epi Stathopoulo's patents are still in use today and can still be found in our professional banjo line. This affordadble entry-level instrument continues that tradition. It has a mahogany body and neck with a rosewood fingerboard featuring stylish inlays, and a Remo head. All in all, it's a great instrument to get your start on.

      Case sold separately.

      FEATURES
      • Chrome hardware
      • 26-1/4" scale
      • 1-1/4" nut width
      • Bolt-on neck
      • Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
      • Mahogany body
      • Dot inlays
      • Premium nickel with white buttons
      • U.S. Remo head
      • Case sold separately

      Get ready to play some bluegrass! Order today.

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      EpiphoneMB-200 Banjo
       
      4.4

      (based on 41 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (30)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      82%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (11)
      • Consistent (5)
      • Well built / quality (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (12)
        • Concerts (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (10), Novice (8)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Sweet Little Banjo!

        Hey, For the Money, the Sound and Looks You can't go wrong with this MB-200 Its pretty awesome for what it is. Good Luck picking and check this one out, You won't...Read complete review

        Hey, For the Money, the Sound and Looks You can't go wrong with this MB-200 Its pretty awesome for what it is. Good Luck picking and check this one out, You won't be sorry you did.
        This Little Banjo, I bought Used. Its almost Like new, The Features couldn,'t be better for the price. I have seen many High Dollar Banjos not as pretty as this one. I couldn't ask for more for the price.
        The Quality of this MB-200 is awesome, of course for the Money, Its a much better Banjo than many costing several hunderd dollars more, If Your a serious player, Yes you can get nicer, and better but Its going to cost you. This Banjo can be Upgraded with better Half Step keys, and You've got it The Sound, The looks and the feel. What more can you ask for. If Your Looking for a Good Playing Banjo This is a good one to have.
        I've been Playing Music for over 45+ years, I've had many instruments over that time. This little MB-200 set Up right will hang in there With the Big Boys,. No Its not a Gibson Top Dollar but Its nice and for the Money Its going to be very hard to beat it.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Good, but badly needs setup

        A novice student of mine just got an Epiphone MB-200 from Musician's Friend.Okay, this is a Chinese-made aluminum "bottlecap" rim banjo, but nicer in many respects than most of those:...Read complete review

        A novice student of mine just got an Epiphone MB-200 from Musician's Friend.Okay, this is a Chinese-made aluminum "bottlecap" rim banjo, but nicer in many respects than most of those: better tailpiece, much better tuners, very good neck-to-rim fit, classic Gibson-style headstock and inlays.I had it set up and playing pretty respectably in half an hour, and think it's a real solid notch-above-starter banjo at a good price.... but I've been tinkering with banjos for 50 years! To a real beginner, this banjo as it was delivered might as well be garbage (though it surely is not). It hadn't had any sort of shop adjustment at all.If you can't do your own set-up work, I'd recommend looking for a banjo somewhere other than Musician's Friend. There are several web-based and mail-order dealers I know of who specialize in banjos and won't send out an instrument (even a beginner model) that isn't set up and playable. If you're comparing prices, see if there's a luthier in your area who knows his/her way around a banjo (not as common as you'd think!) and ask what they charge for a setup.....

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        5.0

        Great banjo

        By Banjo man

        from N.C.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Sounds great

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

            With the right set up this is a great banjo, nice sound

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Nice Banjo - poor set up

            By Scott

            from Dresher, PA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Instrument

            Cons

            • Poor Set Up

            Best Uses

            • Fun

            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

            Banjo arrived with a twisted neck. Had to pay to have it straightened and re-strung before it could be played. The botton string was not even on the neck.

            After this the instrument played great.

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            5.0

            Great price, great banjo

            By Beatlesfanforever

            from Knoxville, TN

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Learning
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

              My wife got this for me to learn how to play. I play guitar and recently took up the mandolin. This banjo is very good, and considering the price, an exceptional deal. A friend of mine who is a very good banjo player looked at it and said it was good quality and much better than the banjo he learned to play on. Very happy with the sound and the quality. I have 2 Epiphone guitars (Casino and Les Paul Custom) and know the quailty is second to none.

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              What a let down.

              By Big Tony

              from Swamps of Florida

              About Me Experienced

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              Pros

              • Looks Great

              Cons

              • Bad Tuners
              • No Instructions

              Best Uses

              • No Idea Never Worked

              Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

              I bought this Banjo because I wanted one to play. When I opened the box there were no Instructions on how to install the bridge or anything, lucky for me I know how to do it. So I got the bridge on and set it in the right position measuring from the nut to the 12th fret and so on.

              When I went to tune the Banjo the tuners were so bad that as I would tighten the strings as soon as I let go of the tuner it would unwound and detune.

              I called MF and I am returning it. I can say one thing, MF is a great company and give you no hassle when you get a bad instrument. I will continue to use MF for all my gear needs.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Y'all are AWESOME!

              By onetiredtrucker

              from Nashville, Tn

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                    Y'all saved the day! Thank you for getting this banjo delivered, with the short notice you had. It put a very big smile on her face and a bunch of her co-workers also. I will be using y'all in the future. THANKS AGAIN!

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fast shipping. Sounds and look great

                    By Félix

                    from Montréal

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                          Received it fast and in perfect condition.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          A great intro/mid-level banjo

                          By Turningabout

                          from Bamako, Mali

                          About Me Novice

                          Pros

                          • Good Tone
                          • Great quality
                          • Reasonable price

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                            I have played guitar for a while now and I recently decided to pick up banjo. I got this banjo about 6 months ago and I love it. Great sound, great feel, a really good banjo for the price for sure.

                            If you are buying your first banjo, this is where you want to go. My only complaint is that the nut that holds the sixth string to the fret broke after about 2 months, but I hear that is not uncommon.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            My Son is very happy

                            By Tiny Tim

                            from Ok

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Ask me a question

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                            • Incomplete Set Up

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Beginners To Live Perform
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                            My Son loves to learn new instruments. Musicians friend %20 Christmas sale was a must. Read all the reviews and I knew we would have to set up the bridge when it arrived. Musicians friend delivered it as quick as always and it was perfect. Went online and found a guy on Youtube that showed my Son how to set up bridge and it took only a few seconds to measure. Intonation was perfect after that. If you want to perform with it right away order strings and install but the epiphone strings were great for a beginner. Dont forget the bluegrass BANJO strap and finger picks and the epiphone case is also a must. Very happy and My Son is a major Eagle fan and the logo on the back is awsome... But we are Gibson family Epiphone fans to begin with...

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            I would buy this product, again

                            By Juke

                            from Highland, il

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                                  Bought this for my Grandson, He said he likes it, so thats good enough for me.
                                  Price and shipping was good also.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Looks good but.....!

                                  By Deltason

                                  from Grenada, Mississippi

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Ask me a question

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Strong

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Tone Quality

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                                  Looks good for the price but needs setting up from the start. Sounds bad. I tightened the head and adjusted bridge but think it needs rods adjusted. "D" string just sounds "bong". Make it hard to play when it dosen't sound right. I own several Epiphone guitars and they sound good. Banjo may be OK when setup is finished. Haven't got there yet.

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