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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 48 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (33)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      86%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (17)
      • Consistent (9)
      • Well built / quality (7)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (15)
      • Concerts (4)
      • Back-up (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (13), Novice (11)

      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

      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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        4.0

        Nice Banjo For The Money

        By 

        from Flint, MI

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

            This banjo arrived very promptly and was in dire need of a setup. The instrument came strung wrong at the tailpiece (loop banjo strings were over the proper nubs but then fished through the holes designed for ball end strings on the Waverly clone tailpiece then underneath the saddle. These strings should have been looped over the nubs and ran above the tailpiece) the strings felt like rubber bands they were so light and the action was ridiculously high. After putting a real set of strings on this instrument and stringing it properly, adjusting the action, tension on the head and setting intonation via moving the bridge back this instrument plays like a dream. If you don't know how to setup a banjo take it to somebody who does. Plays and sounds well for an inexpensive banjo and I would use it in a live performance situation without hesitation

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            4.0

            Great sounding banjo-with a minor issue to fix

            By 

            from Sebastopol, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Great price
            • Nicely Finished Banjo
            • Quick Delivery

            Cons

            • No Instructions Included
            • Poor Quality Control
            • Some Assembly Required

            Best Uses

            • Good Beginner Banjo
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

            This is a good banjo for the price. It has nice tone and is not overly heavy for a resonator banjo. It would be a good choice for a beginner. The instrument I received had a minor issue that should have been caught by qualitiy control before being shipped. The 5th string guide at the tuning machine end was set too deep and the string was hitting the 5th fret, which caused it to buzz and resonate with the lower g string. This was easily fixed at my local music store, but it did cost my time and their labor to repair it. Also, the banjo is shipped with the strings installed but the bridge loose. There were no instructions included detailing how to set the bridge onto the drumhead. I found several tutorials online, with variying descriptions of how to do this correctly. It took a little bit of fussing with it, but I was eventually able to set the bridge correctly. I'm now enjoying playing my new MB-200.

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            4.0

            Great beginner Instrument

            By 

            from Southwest Florida

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Solid

            Cons

            • Needed Set Up

            Best Uses

            • Beginner Practice

            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

            As an absolute beginner, I am by no means an expert on banjos. However this instrument seems to be exactly what I needed for the present time.

            It's solid, tunes easily and stays tuned during my practice sessions. It's also an attractive unit.

            I would have preferred that the bridge was set up already. However, I found a local music shop that did an expert job on it reasonably.

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            5.0

            Well Worth The MONEY.

            By 

            from Oswego New York.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

              Received this Banjo about a week ago Fast shipping and arrived with no damage set up was a snap no problems I did put on my own brand of strings and added railroad spikes on the fifth string started playing a few tunes very nice Banjo I have a Deering and a Goldtone both are very heavy I wanted something to practice on that was not so heavy this thing is really nice to play here is what I found in the short time I have owned it GOOD TONE,keeps it's tuning,neck is straight and intonenation is right on,frets are level it really is a nice banjo for the price (at least the one I got) I doubt if all of them are perfect but the one I got is well worth the Money spent would also be a good banjo to learn on,And that's My two cent's.

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              5.0

              great banjo

              By 

              from Colorado

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Great Value And Feel
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                  I wanted a banjo to learn how to play and compared to others I have seen in national music stores this is a great value with very nice workmanship

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Banjo

                  By 

                  from PA

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • GREAT LOOKING
                  • Professional Looking
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • Rattles When Moved

                  Best Uses

                  • Learning To Play
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                  *A small piece or pieces of debris inside the head rattles / rolls back and forth when the banjo is handled. It does not seem to affect the tone though. Knowing the type of strings originally installed would have been helpful when considering individual replacement strings to keep the sound consistent.

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                  5.0

                  Great banjo

                  By 

                  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

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                      2.0

                      Nice Banjo - poor set up

                      By 

                      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 

                      from Knoxville, TN

                      About Me Novice

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                      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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