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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 gig bag, 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 gig bag, strings, tuner, picks, and instructional materials
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FenderFB 300 Banjo Pack
 
4.2

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (18)
  • Well built / quality (9)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Back-up (7)
  • Learning (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (18), Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome value!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not Bad, Not Great

By KF

from NH

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Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

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.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet banjo

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

I wanted to learn banjo, and saw this. I thought since Fender made such great guitars, then this banjo was a no-brainer. When I got it, I was delighted. It's really easy to play, and the action and strings were the only things I needed to change. Great beginning banjo!

(5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack

By wailingwailer

from Louisiana

Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

I bought this banjo knowing nothing about banjos and I thought that since it was a "value pack" which in reality they mean starter or beginner?s pack, that it would be best suited for me. The finger picks they sent were way too small for my fingers and the "how-to" material they sent mentioned a cd that was suppose to come with it which I did not have. I ended up sending it back and getting my money back because the nut on the 5th string was set way too low and bussed when it was plucked open and didn't when it was fretted. I brought it to music stores to see if I could get it repaired but most of them had no experience what so ever with banjos and funky 5th string nut. My advice is that you would be better off just spending your money on a cheaper banjo and then buy everything else you needed with all the left over cash.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome value!

By saxmanpf2

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Novice

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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!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A lot of banjo for the money

    By BassNewbie

    from Texas

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    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!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Starter Kit!

    By Cowboy Carl

    from The West

    About Me Experienced

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    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great twang for the buck

    By Duke

    from Orlando, FL

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    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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Definitely Entry Level

      By B-Day Gift

      from Lawrence, KS

      About Me Novice

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      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Merchant/Product review

      By Rob

      from Denver

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

          I ordered this banjo and it arrived on time. Upon opening the first one, the headstock popped off completely before I even got it out of the final foam sheeting it shipped in. The break was semi clean, truss was exposed. I was very disappointed, mostly for the nato/mahogany wood that was broken. I called them that evening and they were fast, courteous, and had one shipped out the next day. It arrived before the end of the week, in tact.

          In terms of the actual banjo, it looks fantastic. The mahogany is beautiful, and although it has no mother of pear/abalone inlay anywhere, which I tend to love, the simplistic aesthetic is very nice. It has tortoise shell binding on the back body and along the neck, which you can't see in the pictures. The tuners are a semi-opaque pealoid plastic material, but the machines tune nicely and they seem sturdy for not being metal.

          The bracket to the left of the tailpiece dropped out when I held the back of the banjo up. It was missing an end cap to keep it screwed on. I'm not sure if this is a factory mistake or just the way it is, but it doesn't seem right. All the others have one.

          The accessories that came with the banjo pack are pretty good. The clip on tuner is very nice and I might buy some more for my other instruments. Easier to read than a pedal in my opinion. Comes with a nice philips/wrench tool, allen wrench, finger picks. The book is very limited. For some reason it has a Deering banjo in one of the diagrams which I thought was funny. It's a Fender book. Anyway, the only thing I didn't like was the strap. It's the classic Fender strap, but the shepherd hooks on it are annoying- metal on metal. This banjo has actual strap hooks so you don't have to use the brackets on the drum. But I'm definitely getting a Souldier Strap for this, I highly recommend them. Company out of Chicago that makes custom straps out of vintage materials and recycled seat belts. Their banjo straps have leather button tabs.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great deal

          By pumimw

          from yucca, az

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Large Sound
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Learning
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

            I got this on a stupid deal of the day. I've been wanting a banjo to learn to play but they are rather expensive until this deal. Upon opening I was flabbergasted, it was beautiful. After reading the inclosed info and checking some info on the web, I finished the minor assembly and tuned this beast (it is heavy). I would never in my wildest dreams believe that it could be so loud. I'm not talking plugged in loud just LOUD. The tuning held well and the tone was great. I'ts a lot easier to play than I thought it would be and a lot more fun. And did I mention this thing is beautiful. It has everything you need to start playing now. Give it a go, oh and also it's a Fender.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice banjo

            By bjeadeh

            from Las Vegas, NV

            About Me Professional Musician

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            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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Beginner Banjo

            By just4funmx

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

                I have been wanting to start messing with a banjo for some time. I thought that something that said Fender on it, for the price, would be a good bet. This is a nice, well made, banjo, especially for the money. The only problem is, if you want to call it that, is there are no instructions to set the thing up once it arrives. It does come with the necessary tools. The head was loose, the truss rod was loose, the bridge not on it. The nut for the 5th string was either too tall or too short causing it to buzz on the first fret open. All of the setup information is readily available on youtube or elsewhere but I think there should be a pamphlet with the instrument. I adjusted the head, checked the tightness of all fasteners, placed the bridge, set the intonation and adjusted the truss rod. That's when the 5th string buzz became apparent. I just pulled the little nut out and carefully trimmed a bit from the bottom and reassembled, problem solved. I am only giving this thing 4 stars because of the setup. It is an amazing instrument, for the price, once properly set up.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great value

                By Big Dog

                from Carlisle, Pa.

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                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

                  This banjo looks and sounds great. It was easy to set up and begin playing. Nice banjo for the money.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A Fender

                  By Ventura W

                  from Chicago Suburb

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

                    I purchased this banjo as a gift for my grand daughter. She loves it.

                     
                    4.0

                    Great for the price !

                    By USA proud

                    from Elkton, VA.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

                    I am a guitar player that decided I wanted to learn 5 -string banjo and purchased this because of the price.
                    Unpacked, installed bridge, tuned up and this banjo was ready to go. I am extremely pleased. Exactly what I wanted, a playable instrument that I didn't have to put a lot of money into until I was sure it was something I would pursue farther.

                     
                    5.0

                    good banjo

                    By LDL

                    from Limestone TN

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Is Great For Beginners
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • No cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

                    Is a good banjo for price and for a starter banjo

                     
                    4.0

                    Good value for beginner banjo

                    By Guitarmania

                    from Central nj

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Sound Easy Playing

                    Cons

                    • Needs Bridge Setup

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

                      On sale this was a great affordable banjo package. I've played guitar many years and wanted to learn banjo. You will need to take measurements and set the bridge in the correct location before you can play it. Easy DIY even for a banjo noob like myself. Just google fender banjo bridge setup for a short and clear instructional video

                       
                      5.0

                      Great starter

                      By jordy

                      from B'ville OK

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

                        Be careful tuning...lost 2 strings

                         
                        3.0

                        Nice for the Price

                        By Vince

                        from AZ USA

                        About Me Novice

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                        Pros

                        • Light

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

                        I played the guitar all my life. Its time to also master the banjo and what a great way to start with a low price, good quality one.

                         
                        4.0

                        Great starter banjo

                        By timster

                        from rancho bernardo, ca

                        About Me Experienced

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy Set Up Holds Tune
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                        • Fender Tuner Didnt Work

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup

                        Comments about Fender FB 300 Banjo Pack:

                        With just a little setup this is a great deal,
                        Much better than the Rogue

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