• Gift Certificate
  • Track Order
  • Help
  • Feedback [+]
  • Ship To: US Flag
  • Shop All Categories
  • Hot Deals

MF MD HG Black Friday Starts TodayCoupon 11-26-14
Top Rated
SKU 
518694 000096000

Epiphone MB-200 Banjo Red Mahogany Brown 

  • Write a Review

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

Gold Coverage: (What’s This?)
  • MSRP:
    $499.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $200.00
  • Shipping (48 Contiguous U.S. States)
    FREE
  • Your Price:
    $29900

In Stock & Ready To Ship

  Add to Cart Add to Wishlist
See All Epiphone Banjos
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.

Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot®

by PowerReviews
EpiphoneMB-200 Banjo
 
4.4

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (12)
    • Concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), 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.

    VS

    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.....

    Reviewed by 40 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-10

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

    (1 of 1 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.

    Comment on this review

     
    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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      What a let down.

      By Big Tony

      from Swamps of Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (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

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                  Received it fast and in perfect condition.

                  Comment on this review

                  (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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (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...

                    Comment on this review

                    (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

                    Pros

                      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.

                          Comment on this review

                          (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.

                          Comment on this review

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Worth the buy if youre dedicated enough

                          By Mitchell

                          from NY

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                            I got this banjo as a graduation gift from my parents. I had never played, so I wasn't quite sure how to judge it. The first one that I was sent had a broken tuning knob, so I sent it back and they replaced the entire banjo. I had it set up (pretty simple) and had new strings put on immediately. It falls out of tune every now and agian, but it isn't anything that is too drastic. I have never had to retune it during a gig or anything. I did, however, have a Rare Earth acoustic-electric pickup installed for gigs (it's a personal preference so that I don't have to stand up against a microphone throughout the show). All in all, I suggest a beginner to go for it. The pros honestly outweigh the cons in this scenario. It's a pretty beautiful piece, too.

                            Comment on this review

                            Displaying reviews 1-10

                            Back to top

                            Previous | Next »

                            You are changing the Ship-To country.

                            Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.