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Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo  

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Fender has re-entered the bluegrass arena with the Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo, a banjo that follows their tradition of quality tone, superb playabil...Read More

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      A first banjo of superb quality.

      Fender has re-entered the bluegrass arena with the Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo, a banjo that follows their tradition of quality tone, superb playability, and great value. This attractive instrument features stylized inlay work and meticulously finished chrome hardware that's second to none. Powerful, cutting tone comes from the 27-3/8" scale length, mahogany resonator and neck, rosewood fretboard, aluminum rim with 30-piece bracket, and rosewood bridge.

      Case sold separately.

      FEATURES
      • Aluminum rim with 30-piece bracket
      • Laminated mahogany body
      • Rosewood fingerboard
      • Mahogany neck
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Geared tuners
      • 27-3/8" scale
      • Case sold separately

      Make some mountain music of your own! Order yours today.

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      FenderFB-54 5-String Banjo
       
      4.0

      (based on 31 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (15)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (7)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      75%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Consistent (3)
      • Good tone (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          A great intermediate/beginner Banjo.

          I picked this banjo up from a thrift store for 120 dollars, pretty much in new condition. I've had it for about a year now and have been playing for about a year....Read complete review

          I picked this banjo up from a thrift store for 120 dollars, pretty much in new condition. I've had it for about a year now and have been playing for about a year. Initially, it sounded mediocre at best. This was due to bad strings, high action, and very low stock bridge. I picked up some Earthwood Banjo Strings and a 1/2 inch bridge, slapped those on. Also lowered the action about as low as I could go without sacrificing any sound quality. Now, after all these alterations which you could have a professional do, including parts, for probably about 40 dollars, it sounds really amazing. No fret buzz, loud as you'd ever need. Another suggestion if you purchase, do not hook your strap to the triangle, metal hooks that come on this banjo. They will break, as they do on most banjos. I just hook my strap to the fasteners that hold the head on.Overall, if you're a beginner or intermediate players and want a banjo with a resonator, this is the one I'd suggest. Most instruments need work to fit your style of playing and to get the sound you like, so expect to change bridges, strings, action, etc... for most instruments.

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          Don't do it!

          I really thought I was gonna get me something nice here on this banjo. It is nice looking,BUT not even close to being playable after setting the bridge, for tone and innotation....Read complete review

          I really thought I was gonna get me something nice here on this banjo. It is nice looking,BUT not even close to being playable after setting the bridge, for tone and innotation. It has string noise when played open, on the 2nd and 3rd strings. Didnt have that Banjo twang I was looking for either.Cheap tuners kept me busy tunning the instrument...... Not worth the fight.
          It has allready been returned, and I bought a Recording King R20 used at a local shop with nice geared tuners, brass tone ring etc. etc.etc.....
          My advice.... Save a few more dollars and get something you wont have to have worked on just to be able to play!
          Cheap Tuners, and hardware!!! Alluminum tone ring will cost you sound. Cheap strings to boot!
          Really let down!
          Save your money a while longer.

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          4.0

          I've had my FB-54 for over a year now...

          By Mark

          from Racine, Wisconsin

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Comfortable To Play
          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Quality Construction
          • Stays in tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

              I'm an experienced guitarist (30 years playing) who just started playing banjo a little over a year ago, so I don't claim to know much about banjos. The FB-54 was the model I chose to learn on, because it had a nice sound compared to some other inexpensive models I tried, AND the price was right. It was a banjo I could afford, without ending up with a toy. Now that a year has passed by, I must say the FB-54 was an excellent purchase. I have no regrets. I've been playing it consistently since I purchased it, and it still sounds great, feels great (the neck is comfortable), stays in tune, and I have had no problems with it whatsoever, hardware or otherwise. I installed railroad spikes on mine (which wasn't very difficult), allowing me to play it in any key. It's been a great instrument. I can't see myself ever parting with it.

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              5.0

              Fun fun fun

              By Taxlaw1

              from Metuchen, NJ

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                Received this banjo as a gift. Wow what a great instrument. Plays strong, and easy. The tone rocks, as does the action.

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                2.0

                you can buy better

                By Joseph Bivins

                from Colorado

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Tone Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                    this banjo sounds and plays no different than the rogue.

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Fender Banjo

                    By rockinhannah

                    from vicksburg, ms

                    About Me Novice

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                        Play the guitar and uke. Thought I would try a banjo. Just got it for christmas but can already play it as my fingers were already conditioned from the guitar. It is heavier than I realized. I would recommend getting a strap at the same time. Love the resonator in the back. It makes a great sound. A friend got a washburn banjo at the same time. I like mine better.:)

                        Comment on this review

                        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Don't do it!

                        By Ozarkboy2

                        from Southern Missouri

                        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                        I really thought I was gonna get me something nice here on this banjo. It is nice looking,BUT not even close to being playable after setting the bridge, for tone and innotation. It has string noise when played open, on the 2nd and 3rd strings. Didnt have that Banjo twang I was looking for either.Cheap tuners kept me busy tunning the instrument...... Not worth the fight.
                        It has allready been returned, and I bought a Recording King R20 used at a local shop with nice geared tuners, brass tone ring etc. etc.etc.....
                        My advice.... Save a few more dollars and get something you wont have to have worked on just to be able to play!
                        Cheap Tuners, and hardware!!! Alluminum tone ring will cost you sound. Cheap strings to boot!
                        Really let down!
                        Save your money a while longer.

                        Comment on this review

                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        An honest FB-54 review

                        By leeman65

                        from New York State

                        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                        I bought a Fender FB-54, 2 year old banjo. While I like the banjo, I am disappointed that Fender will NOT support this product with an owners manual.I was only looking for an owners manual. I sent an email to Fender.com and was told that they DO NOT print manuals for imported instruments. That is baloney. What do they make that isn't imported? Seems like they are using their product name but not supporting it. I am very disappointed in Fender as I have some of their 1965 guitars that I bought years ago. What happened to Fender anyway?

                        Comment on this review

                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent Value

                        By John-t46T4

                        from Wiesbaden Germany

                        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                        this banjo value pack is exactly what it says. It's a great value. I bought this banjo over 3 years ago, and it still sounds great. Comes with a gig bag, which I replaced with a hardshell case from Musician's Friend. Also comes with a Fender stage tuner, Fender strap, extra set of strings, and some really cheap finger picks. Make sure you order a Plastic thumb pick, and Metal fingerpicks with this, as the included ones are garbage. Overall this is a great value. I played this banjo at a bluegrass festival, and it stood up to some much more expensive ones.

                        Comment on this review

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        My First Banjo

                        By Fitz G-Unit

                        from the Boonies, PA

                        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                        I've been playing guitar, bass, mandolin, and piano for about five years now and have been wanting to learn the banjo. I just received one of these for my birthday, and I have to say: it's amazing. I love the sound quality and the ease in playing. It's a beautiful instrument and works flawlessly. I'm very pleased to own this as my first banjo. I'd recommend it to anyone.

                        Comment on this review

                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        A great intermediate/beginner Banjo.

                        By Love Your Monster

                        from Boone, North Carolina

                        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                        I picked this banjo up from a thrift store for 120 dollars, pretty much in new condition. I've had it for about a year now and have been playing for about a year. Initially, it sounded mediocre at best. This was due to bad strings, high action, and very low stock bridge. I picked up some Earthwood Banjo Strings and a 1/2 inch bridge, slapped those on. Also lowered the action about as low as I could go without sacrificing any sound quality. Now, after all these alterations which you could have a professional do, including parts, for probably about 40 dollars, it sounds really amazing. No fret buzz, loud as you'd ever need. Another suggestion if you purchase, do not hook your strap to the triangle, metal hooks that come on this banjo. They will break, as they do on most banjos. I just hook my strap to the fasteners that hold the head on.Overall, if you're a beginner or intermediate players and want a banjo with a resonator, this is the one I'd suggest. Most instruments need work to fit your style of playing and to get the sound you like, so expect to change bridges, strings, action, etc... for most instruments.

                        Comment on this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very pleased

                        By Ed-Qhd6u

                        from Kentucky

                        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                        I bought this from a local store - already setup. I have shopped for 6 weeks and played every banjo in a 3 county radius before choosing this one - many in this price range had NO up the neck tone. This Fender did. It very nice looking, flawless from the store - sounds great, fun, slick - I really am pleased. No buyer's remorse. I love this banjo. If you are on a budget - this banjo is for you.

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