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Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo   

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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.

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

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FenderFB-54 5-String Banjo
 
4.1

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Don't do it!

By Ozarkboy2

from Southern Missouri

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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.

(6 of 7 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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value

By John-t46T4

from Wiesbaden Germany

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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.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

you can buy better

By engine joe

from colorado

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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.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Buy the Gold Tone CC100R

      By split lip

      from Eugene, OR

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      Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

      I had this banjo for 2 days before taking it back and paying 20-30 extra dollars for the "Gold Tone CC100R." This banjo has no tone ring and an aluminum rim making it sound like a banjo I could have built out of a pie tin, a stick, and guitar strings. The Gold Tone has a brass tone ring and wood body. The Gold Tone also has nice inlays so your only gaining on features and quality. This was my first banjo, but I've played guitar for many years, and know the difference between bad and good quality and workmanship. So save some extra cash and buy a better banjo the Gold Tone CC100R!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Terrible quality

      By fenjag

      from Glendale, CA

      Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

      I have had nothing but problems due mostly to the poor workmanship. The drumhead was not tightened, the nutserts were improperly set into the resonator, therefore - useless! To put it simple, this a banjo of low quality, not worth price paid.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

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

      By Mark A.

      from Racine, Wisconsin

      About Me Experienced

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      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.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fender Banjo

          By rockinhannah

          from vicksburg, ms

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          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.:)

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Impressive Jo!

              By Firedude2090

              from Port Clinton, Ohio

              Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

              I bought this banjo about a month ago from a local music store and have been extremely happy with it. I travel daily and carry it in a gig bag and play it 5 hours a day. The sound "twang" and all make it great in my oppinion. I find that even packing it and travel it stays in tune pretty much. For the price its a crowd pleaser. Its no Morgan Monroe but i couldnt spend that much on a banjo anyways. I don't regret buying this jo. The accoustics are great.

              (2 of 8 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?

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