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Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack  

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This 5-string banjo features a chromed steel rim with 18-piece bracket top, laminated mahogany back and sides, nato neck, rosewood fingerboard, and m...Read More

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A complete package with everything you need to start playing banjo today!

This 5-string banjo features a chromed steel rim with 18-piece bracket top, laminated mahogany back and sides, nato neck, rosewood fingerboard, and maple/rosewood bridge. Chrome (geared) machine heads. Other features include dot inlays, chrome arm rest and tailpiece, and white tipped tuning machines. Includes strings, tuner, picks, and instructional materials.

FEATURES
  • 5-string banjo
  • Chromed steel rim with 18 piece bracket top
  • Laminated mahogany back and sides
  • Nato neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • Maple/rosewood bridge
  • Chrome (geared) machine heads
  • 27.4" scale length
  • Body depth: resonator: 1.75"; rim: 2"
  • 1.18" width at nut
  • Dot position inlays
  • Chrome arm rest and tailpiece
  • White tipped tuning machines
  • Strings: fender nickelplated steel banjo strings, gauges .0095-.020
  • Includes strings, tuner, picks, and instructional materials

A beginning banjo kit from Fender! Order now.

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FenderFB 300 Banjo Pack
 
4.2

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (17)
    • Back-up (6)
    • Learning (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (14), Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Not Bad, Not Great

    The Fender FB300 pack is a great value for what it is. It is not a fancy banjo, and the materials are very basic, but it is a nice inexpensive way to get...Read complete review

    The Fender FB300 pack is a great value for what it is. It is not a fancy banjo, and the materials are very basic, but it is a nice inexpensive way to get into playing. I would recommend this banjo to anyone who wants to start learning to play the banjo. If you like the instrument, upgrade, if you don't, at least you didn't invest too much.

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    FB-300 pack

    The good:
    I bought the FB-300 pack to play around with, It was on sale so it was a very good deal and is actually made pretty good and has a sound...Read complete review

    The good:
    I bought the FB-300 pack to play around with, It was on sale so it was a very good deal and is actually made pretty good and has a sound that is pretty decent once you get it set up. Easy to work on
    The bad:
    Wasn't set up to play at all! but watched a 30 min Utube setup video tightened all the loose hardware and head and its sounds really good.

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    5.0

    Awesome value!

    By saxmanpf2

    from Milwaukee, WI

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Learning
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

      I'm a guitar player who wanted to get into banjo, so I bought this pack. Boy am I glad I did! I love it! At such a low price I wasn't sure what to expect as far as quality, but I trust the Fender name so I bought it. I'm no banjo expert, but I do know a quality instrument from a cheap one, and this is surprisingly well made for the price. It plays easy and sounds great, and the other things you get as part of the pack are a great bonus. I definitely recommend this!

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      5.0

      Paid So Little For a Great Value

      By Avistar

      from Beaver Dam,Wi.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

        I Bought 2 Of These Banjo Packs Since The Price Musician Friends Was Asking--My Local Music Stores Wanted Twice The Price. I Have Bought Guitars--Books--Strings & Banjos From Musician Friends And Always Receive Well Packed Products And In Excellent Shape Deliveries.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A lot of banjo for the money

        By Stever

        from Dalllas

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Complete Package
        • Good Tone
        • Great value

        Cons

        • Needs Setup

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

        I'm not a banjo player, I play guitar, but I couldn't resist the price. There's a ton of value here! Banjo, gig bag, strings, picks, etc. everything a beginner needs (besides a banjo mute, I have neighbors).

        I'm no expert but the instrument feels quality and it rings loud and crisp. You'll probably have to get it setup for you. I had to remove and file the nut down a bit and adjust the neck to get things where I wanted them, but now it's perfect. (Of course, don't do those things yourself unless you know what you're doing, let a pro do it.) For reference, the scale length is NOT the 27.4 inches it says on the website, it's 26.2 inches which is double the nut to 12th fret measurement. It intonates perfectly there. Setting it at 27+ will cause trouble!

        Anyway, from a banjo novice, this thing is absolutely fantastic. The perfect first instrument for anyone and will no doubt me last for years. Now I just need to learn how to play it!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Starter Kit!

        By Cowboy Carl

        from The West

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Little Instruction
        • Not Consistent

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Beginner Training
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

        This kit has everything a beginner needs to get started in learning banjo! This kit comes with all the basic parts (banjo, gig bag, instruction book, strap, finger picks, tuner, and extra strings). The quality is surprisingly nice and the design is great. I knocked off one star because the first kit I received had a tuner peg break after only one week but Musician's Friend did a great job replacing it! Aside from that, the sound is strong and it's a great place to start learning.

        ONE other important thing to note is that the banjo has to be set up! It comes with a wood piece (the bridge) that has to be set up between the strings and the banjo skin to produce any sound whatsoever. I didn't know that at first and there was no instruction on how to do that. Luckily I got it after looking it up but I was really disappointed at first thinking this was a bad buy all just because of that.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fender FB300 Banjo

        By captdanwh

        from lake wales,fl.

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Banjo For The Price

        Cons

        • Srap And Connectors Broke

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

        this is a good starter banjo for the price. the strap connectors broke the first time i put the strap on but i will deal with that later. the strap itself is very cheaply made and feels terrible when over your shoulder but again good straps are not that expensive to replace original. besides the problems with the strap i am quite happy with it as it does hold tune for long periods and sounds quite good for a beginners banjo. it is a nice looking banjo and is quite easy to play and the pack includes the banjo, tuner,thumb and finger picks,soft case and instruction manual.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Starter Pack

        By Fuzzybuttgdd

        from Mishawaka, In

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Needs Setup By A Pro

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

        Found this on the Stupid Deal of The Day. Been looking for an affordable Banjo to learn how to play. I could not pass up the special price on this. Upon opening the box, it was packed very nicely. Really loved all the extra's fender thought of to put in this pack. I have a friend who sets up instruments and was very happy I did. He actually had to redo the stock setup all over and is highly suggested to do this if you get one. After that this banjo came alive. It has a very good resonance and plays nicely. The quality of this Banjo is surprisingly very good in my opinion. There were no marks on this and the wood finish looks great. Once setup this is one great buy to recommend.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Fender needs quality control

        By Newb Dave

        from Central florida

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

            To start with I am very happy with Music Friends not happy with Fender
            First banjo I received I found wood Boss that holds nut insert inside resinator cracked and starting to fall off
            Music friend replaced it with not problem
            Second banjo boss was broken off completely, only one spot of glue was found which didn't hold so I desided to fix it myself. Glue and clamp came out fine. Sounds great loving book and tuner
            Finger picks small tried to adjust with boiling water did not work so well
            Ordered metal pick Music friends they are great
            Over all happy with my first banjo great buy for the price
            Love stupid buy love app

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great twang for the buck

            By Duke

            from Orlando, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

              Got this as a deal of the day and was quite happy with my purchase. Great bang for the buck. Of course it needed some setup, but all the tools were included to do it. Just needed the internet for some reference and everything plays and sounds great.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice banjo

              By JE

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Arm Rest Nice
              • Very Nice Good Features

              Cons

              • Strap Clips Bend Weak

              Best Uses

              • Beginner
              • Learning Tool
              • Meet Me In St Louis

              Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

              Nice build for a beginner instrument.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Definitely Entry Level

              By Slappy1Eye

              from Lawrence, KS

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Decent Tone
              • Great Entry Level

              Cons

              • Skip The Kit

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

              Easy to setup and get started. I would've skipped the starter kit and paid for only the banjo had it not been one of the closeout deals. The 'kit' supplies are of little use, there's better info available on the internet for beginning banjo than what is included. But all in all Not bad for the price though I doubt I'll ever be a 'great' banjo player. This one stays in tune fairly well and has a nice ringing banjo tone that has provided weeks of banjo fun so far! I'd recommend getting one.

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