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Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo   (Open Box)
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Product# 510462
OVERVIEW

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
 
4.1

(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

    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.

    Reviewed by 38 customers

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    5.0

    Great buy!!

    By MamaKate

    from Miami, Fl.

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Great sound
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

        First lesson and this banjo sounded great. Great for a first timer who wants to practice or for performing. Very impressed with sound quality and solid manufacturing of instrument. I popped 3 strings as soon as I got it bc I am new to the banjo. Decided to have it professionally strung and tuned... Worth the money!

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        4.0

        Great Banjo For A Beginner

        By Dan Chovi

        from Albany, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Price
        • Good Tone
        • Looks Sharp

        Cons

        • Will Require A Setup

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Beginners Banjo
        • Beginners Banno
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

        I bought this Banjo to learn on at the request of my wife (And if she's giving the go ahead to buy a new instrument, I'm buying). I was very pleased when it arrived, it looks gorgeous and has a great tone to it. Of course, I'm a guitar player looking to learn something new and it serves my needs very well. If you're an experienced banjo player it might not be your first choice, but it would seem that it would make a great backup or practice banjo. I purchased this as a "Stupid Deal of the Day" and for 150 it was definitely a steal. Fender quality instrument. Surprised to see it was made in China. It does require you to mount the bridge and do a set up, but if you're like me and willing to give it a shot, there are a ton of good instructions on line and on Google. If not, I don't see it being to expensive to take it to your local shop for the setup.

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        4.0

        Best Twang for the buck.

        By PAUL HOLLAWAY

        from Olive Branch, Ms

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Great value
        • Keeps Tune Well

        Cons

        • Extremely Nice For The P
        • Not Professional Quality

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

        Great value. I'very played guitar for 40 years. Saw this on line, Stupid Deal of the day, and couldn't pass it up.just learning to play banjo, but it is coming along pretty quickly.

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        5.0

        NOT BAD AT ALL!!!

        By Edman

        from Florida

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • The Price
        • The Price And Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

            Good Quality, I have only played the same banjo that I received for my 15th B-Day OVER 30 YEARS AGO I learned/Taught myself the instrument inside and out. Therefore I can only compare it to that one. A HONDO II This one seems a bit dull in tone. But it's very well made and the neck is dressed well. It has a geared 5th string and if you change to a light gauge string you can really turn up some ears. Everyone I play for says "WOW I'VE NEVER HEARD THE BANJO PLAYED LIKE THAT IN PERSON" Lean to Pick my friend!!!

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            4.0

            Good Price and Quality

            By Bluesman

            from Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

              I've always wanted to have a banjo, and when I saw the price , I took a chance on this one. I was very pleased with the overall tone and looks.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              no brainer for stupid deal

              By Irish Mike

              from St. Louis, MO

              About Me Experienced

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                    Got this banjo for a ridiculous price on stupid deal. Has nice tone and good projection. Well made and nice looking. Got the musicians gear hardcase to go with it and I'm pleased with it also. At this price, anyone who has ever considered learning to play has little to lose, and they will get a quality instrument that will probably be the only instrument they need unless they are going to gig with it.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good deal of the day

                    By Pop

                    from Western NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo:

                      I plan to party without the worry of the distruction of my more expensive unit.

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Fun fun fun

                          By Taxlaw1

                          from Metuchen, NJ

                          About Me Experienced

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                          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 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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.

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