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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
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      EpiphoneMB-200 Banjo
       
      4.4

      (based on 57 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (37)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (14)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      90%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (25)
      • Consistent (14)
      • Well built / quality (11)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (17)
      • Back-up (5)
      • Concerts (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (18), Novice (14), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Needs work, but it pays off

      It arrived unplayable. Very high action, fretboard flush with drum head, and with a bad buzz on the open G (third) string from a poorly cut nut. After opening it up,...Read complete review

      It arrived unplayable. Very high action, fretboard flush with drum head, and with a bad buzz on the open G (third) string from a poorly cut nut. After opening it up, adjusting the neck position, tightening the head, filling the nut slot with superglue and re-cutting the slot, and sanding the 3/32 off the bridge (to 17/32's),leaving the feet paper thin. I expected it would need a lot of work out of the box.

      The neck arrived straight, which some of the reviews said can be an issue.

      It's a real good-looking banjo. The headstock inlay is beautiful. I think the fretboard inlays are plastic, so we'll see how they hold up.

      It sounds wonderful. The aluminum tone ring is not tinny at all, which was a worry. It is certainly not as warm as brass would be, but the mahogany resonator seems to more than compensate. The tone is reasonably meaty, and projects like crazy.

      Overall I'm a happy camper.

      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.....

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      4.0

      Banjo arrived. Easy set up. Nice product for the money.

      By 

      from Winter Park Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

        Professional musician play guitar and bass. First attempt at Banjo. Impressed with the workmanship for the money. Great to learn on. If I get serious may step up a level. Very Happy with what I got.

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        4.0

        Pleasantly surprised!

        By 

        from Seattle,WA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

            I wanted to try the banjo (already a guitar player) without breaking the bank. My concern was that an inexpensive banjo would be junk or not worth having.

            That's not the case. This banjo sounds nice, was easy to set-up and looks good. I'm not an expert. I'm sure with a lot of experience one would want to upgrade. I probably won't. I would have to learn a lot before I would feel limited by this banjo.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            MB-200 Banjo - Pretty Good for the Price

            By 

            from Southington, CT USA

            About Me Experienced

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Playing and having fun

              Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

              I purchased the Epiphone MB-200 banjo to add something different to my almost 50 years of guitar playing/recording. So I am a novice when it comes to banjos and I will say that I like it. A lot! What do you get in the box... A nice looking banjo built with the typical Epiphone made in China quality. Meaning it's not bad, and I consider it comparable to the quality I've seen on Epi Les Paul guitars. The banjo comes with strings assembled, a 5/8" bridge that you need to install, and some tools to tighten the head and other screws/nuts. To set it up just google "how to set up a banjo" and you will see many vids about it. Pretty easy really. First, check to make sure all bolts and nuts are tight. Second, if necessary you tighten the head evenly. Third, you loosen the strings enough to fit the bridge under them. Forth comes tuning strings and adjusting the bridge for correct intonation. Fifth, start playing.

              My set up resulted with the strings positioned exactly 1/8" above the 22nd (highest) fret. That's what the vids recommended and it seems OK but, at some point I probably will shave a bit off the bridge to bring the string height down. At 1/8" there is no string buzz at all so I might just try to get used to the higher than guitar string height.

              Now, go purchase some finger picks, a strap, and a case for your banjo as I'm sure you will like it too.

              I'll mention one more thing... When looking at the Epiphone website the MB-200 Banjo is listed as a "discontinued product". Too bad. Maybe they did not sell enough?

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              4.0

              fun!

              By 

              from az

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

              • Difficult Setup

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

              I'm a beginner and have never had a banjo before. I expected it to be setup already like a guitar. I watched a YouTube video to learn how to float the bridge and tuned it using an app. Other than that it's pretty cool. It's a heavy guy.also I am trying to figure out the two year plan I bought.where do I get that?

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing- Couldn't Go Wrong!

              By 

              from Atlanta, Georgia

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful
              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Made Well
              • Sounds Great!
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Beginner/Learner

                Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                I bought this banjo for my boyfriend who loves bluegrass and he taught himself the guitar. Since he is a beginner I did not want to get anything too fancy but I also wanted to get him a nice banjo and this was perfect! I know nothing about banjos so I did a lot of research before making my purchase and it was definitely the right decision. I have only heard good things about this banjo. The mahogany is absolutely beautiful as well as the rose wood. My boyfriend loves it! He loves the way it sounds, plays, and looks. I don't think anyone could go wrong with this banjo whether they are a beginner or professional. Again, it's beautiful and made very well.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Needs work, but it pays off

                By 

                from Danbury, CT

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Really good looking

                Cons

                • Needs a set-up

                Best Uses

                • Jamming with friends

                Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                It arrived unplayable. Very high action, fretboard flush with drum head, and with a bad buzz on the open G (third) string from a poorly cut nut. After opening it up, adjusting the neck position, tightening the head, filling the nut slot with superglue and re-cutting the slot, and sanding the 3/32 off the bridge (to 17/32's),leaving the feet paper thin. I expected it would need a lot of work out of the box.

                The neck arrived straight, which some of the reviews said can be an issue.

                It's a real good-looking banjo. The headstock inlay is beautiful. I think the fretboard inlays are plastic, so we'll see how they hold up.

                It sounds wonderful. The aluminum tone ring is not tinny at all, which was a worry. It is certainly not as warm as brass would be, but the mahogany resonator seems to more than compensate. The tone is reasonably meaty, and projects like crazy.

                Overall I'm a happy camper.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy again!

                By 

                from Odon, Indiana

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Quality Finish
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup

                  Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                  Be prepared to do complete setup! Replace strings, set neck, lower action, tension head, set bridge & intonation. If all done right, you will have a wonderful banjo!

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                  5.0

                  I would buy again!

                  By 

                  from Odon, Indiana

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Quality Finish
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                    Be prepared to do complete setup! Replace strings, set neck, lower action, tension head, set bridge & intonation. If all done right, you will have a wonderful banjo!

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Very nice for the price!

                    By 

                    from USA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Light

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Long Gigs

                      Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                      I play over 200 gigs a year and my banjo was starting to hurt my shoulder. I needed something lighter but that still sounded good. This banjo fit the bill perfectly. I added a pickup and there is very little differencce in sound quality. This banjo would also be good for a beginner. Nice full size fret board and you can set it up any way you want it. And the price is fair.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Buy it!

                      By 

                      from St George UT

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                        Love it. Been playing banjo since 1967. Price is so low I was skeptical but it is a nice instrument.

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