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Fender FB-55 Banjo  

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The Fender FB-55 Banjo features a shorter 26-3/8"-scale mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, 24-piece bracket, geared machine heads, great tone, and ex...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      A step-up model with laminate wood rim and rosewood resonator.

      The Fender FB-55 Banjo features a shorter 26-3/8"-scale mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, 24-piece bracket, geared machine heads, great tone, and excellent volume.

      Case sold separately.

      FEATURES
      • Laminated wood rim with 24-piece bracket
      • Laminated rosewood resonator
      • Rosewood fingerboard
      • Mahogany neck
      • Rosewood and maple bridge
      • Geared chrome machine heads
      • 26-3/8" scale
      • 22 frets
      • Stylized snowflake position inlays

      A terrific 5-string for a comfortable price. Hop on it and order yours today.

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      FenderFB-55 Banjo
       
      4.1

      (based on 14 reviews)

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      A follow up review

      So I posted the review below when the banjo was new. I have since replaced the tuners and have spent about two years playing this thing. My opinion of it has only grown...Read complete review

      So I posted the review below when the banjo was new. I have since replaced the tuners and have spent about two years playing this thing. My opinion of it has only grown better. This banjo is rock solid, beautiful in every way, and just a fantastic instrument. I get complements on its sound constantly. People truly believe its a more expensive instrument than it is. The tuners I put on are fantastic, really tight, smooth, just perfect. So I still stand by replacing the tuners when you get this. If you do, you'll have something that can hang with the big bad Gibsons. My friend has a Gibson, its a great Banjo, but we're often using mine for recordings because its more stable, and has a bigger tone that his does. I just can't say enough about this banjo, Fender... thank you so much for letting the working man have some fun.

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      Check the setup and assembly before purchasing

      The Fender FB-55 was my first banjo and I struggled to keep it in tune and the neck from loosening for altogether too long. There wasn't anyone to solve the problem where I...Read complete review

      The Fender FB-55 was my first banjo and I struggled to keep it in tune and the neck from loosening for altogether too long. There wasn't anyone to solve the problem where I bought the banjo, so finally I took it all apart and reassembled it myself. Since then it has stayed in tune and the loose neck problems have disappeared. I attribute this to a very poor assembly and set up from the factory. It seemed ok when I bought it and tried it out at a local music store, but began to have problems with it at home. I bought the banjo based on my experience with Fender guitars years ago. But having something come from Fender that was so poorly assembled and set up was a big disappointment for me, and I doubt if I will ever buy a Fender product again. My Fender FB-55 sits mainly in the closet now as I have purchased another banjo and am very happy with it. In my opinion, the FB-55 is poorly made and overpriced.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      FB-55 Banjo

      By Chad Lusco

      from Louisiana, U.S.A.

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      Overall I looked at a lot of banjos and tried a few out but for the price this is a really excellent intrument. It looks and sounds fantastic despite many negative reviews about it being made in China.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A follow up review

      By T.M.M.

      from L.A., CA

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      So I posted the review below when the banjo was new. I have since replaced the tuners and have spent about two years playing this thing. My opinion of it has only grown better. This banjo is rock solid, beautiful in every way, and just a fantastic instrument. I get complements on its sound constantly. People truly believe its a more expensive instrument than it is. The tuners I put on are fantastic, really tight, smooth, just perfect. So I still stand by replacing the tuners when you get this. If you do, you'll have something that can hang with the big bad Gibsons. My friend has a Gibson, its a great Banjo, but we're often using mine for recordings because its more stable, and has a bigger tone that his does. I just can't say enough about this banjo, Fender... thank you so much for letting the working man have some fun.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great instrument, terrible hardware.

      By T.M.M.-rkzWV

      from California

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      I'd like to compliment who every crafted this banjo, its simply perfect in this respect. BEAUTIFUL finish, FLAWLESS neck. Now, having said that, the tuners are worthless. They are the worst tuners of any instrument I've ever had. Already ordered replacements. The bridge is terrible too, but that's not fender, that's just a banjo for you. Like so many lower end instruments, the instrument is fine, its the hardware and set up. So my recommendation is to get this and replace the tuners, buy some extra bridges (they're cheap, real cheap), and enjoy. It sounds beautiful by the way, when its occasionally in tune that is. The pictures don't do it justice, this thing is gorgeous.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      As Good as I Wanted

      By greenclay007

      from Indiana

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      This is a good banjo for the money. I have played with Gibsons and other banjos and this one hangs right there with them. It has good volume and plays well. It did require some additional setup like tightening the tuners up and the j-hooks and also does not have the pegs for the 5th string, but for the money its spot on. Definetly will have this banjo for a long time.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Better than I expected...

      By Ben-LN7fw

      from Columbia, MO

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      However, I am happy with the purchase. The only problem is that it was delivered 10 minutes before I had to be at work. I should have called in sick... Alas, when I came home, I found that my instrument had arrived without any damage and I was easily able to fit the bridge and tune up. It may not sound like $5000 instrument, but it sounds like a banjo to me... bright and sparkling with a twangy bite.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Check the setup and assembly before purchasing

      By Stringman

      from Brainerd, Minnesota

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      The Fender FB-55 was my first banjo and I struggled to keep it in tune and the neck from loosening for altogether too long. There wasn't anyone to solve the problem where I bought the banjo, so finally I took it all apart and reassembled it myself. Since then it has stayed in tune and the loose neck problems have disappeared. I attribute this to a very poor assembly and set up from the factory. It seemed ok when I bought it and tried it out at a local music store, but began to have problems with it at home. I bought the banjo based on my experience with Fender guitars years ago. But having something come from Fender that was so poorly assembled and set up was a big disappointment for me, and I doubt if I will ever buy a Fender product again. My Fender FB-55 sits mainly in the closet now as I have purchased another banjo and am very happy with it. In my opinion, the FB-55 is poorly made and overpriced.

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      5.0

      Love this banjo

      By Georgia Boy-O6Crc

      from Atlanta, Georgia

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      I am a guitar player first and banjo player second. When I picked up this banjo in the store I as amazed how great I could play bluegrass on it. I would recommended this to anyone that has played guitar and wants to learn bluegrass banjo. Great value too!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Like the instrument

      By Art-kkAek

      from Pasco WAshington

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      I have had this instrument for three years. After few months, I had is set up by a smart kid at the local music shop and it whatever adjustment(s) he made to it seem to work. It stays in tune and plays well. My nephew, who plays very well and owns an anstrument of which he is very critical, always wants me to bring my Fender over so he can play it. I am very happy with the instrument. It's one of those instruments that wants to be played if anyone can relate. Tone is melodic rather than sharp which I prefer. Volume is great.

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      5.0

      good buy for the money

      By Rick-mT_bS

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      You cant go wrong with the quality of this banjo. Fender done a very good job when they came out with this product (way to go Fender).

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      5.0

      Great banjo, good price

      By musicman-_EpkS

      from Missouri

      Comments about Fender FB-55 Banjo:

      Great volume, clean tones, good action, nice wood and metal blend. Easy to play, soft fretboard, smooth!

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