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Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo   (Open Box)
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Product# H83008
OVERVIEW

An easy-to-play banjo perfect for guitarists seeking to broaden their sonic palette of just plain have fun.

Fender’s Rustler six-string closed-back banjo is perfect for guitarists who want to get perfectly sparkling banjo sound in a comfortably familiar six-string format. Features include a resonant closed-back mahogany body with an elegant three-color sunburst finish, 24-piece bracket, rolled-brass tone ring with chrome plating, mahogany neck with 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and distinctive Fender headstock shape, and die-cast tuners.

FEATURES
  • 6-string format for instant playability
  • Warm mahogany body and neck

Rustle up some fun and new sonic textures for your music. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Rustler 6-String Banjo

  • Body
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Body Shape: Banjo
  • Body Back: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Finish: Gloss
  • Neck
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Position Inlays: Dot Position Markers
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Gloss
  • Nut Width: 1.75" (44.45 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25" (63.5 cm)
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Maple with Rosewood Tip
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Miscellaneous
  • Unique Features: Closed back, rolled brass chrome plated tone ring- 24 piece bracket, Three-color Sunburst finish, die-cast machine heads, Rustler and Fender mother of pearl acryllic logos and Fender headstock shape
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FenderRustler 6-String Banjo
 
4.2

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (9)
    • Back-up (6)
    • Concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good 6-String Banjo

    I had been looking for a 6-string banjo to broaden some of my sounds in a group I play with. The Fender Rustler is fitting that purpose perfectly. It has good tone/sound...Read complete review

    I had been looking for a 6-string banjo to broaden some of my sounds in a group I play with. The Fender Rustler is fitting that purpose perfectly. It has good tone/sound and is very easy to play, The guitar is my main instrument and I am using the banjo about 10% of the time, so I really appreciate not having to learn a whole new instrument. I looked at several in this price range, and think this one has the best banjo sound out of all of them. I was really surprised at how beautiful the instrument is too....deep red finish with ivory colored binding. As for setup, I only had to put in and position the bridge. A quick internet search led to easy instructions. I was set up and playing in about 20 mins. At the sale price, it's an awesome deal and I am very pleased so far.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Looks good, poor quality

    I own two open back rustlers and they were of good quality. This is a piece of manure in a gift box it is totally laminated, difficult to setup, forget about help from...Read complete review

    I own two open back rustlers and they were of good quality. This is a piece of manure in a gift box it is totally laminated, difficult to setup, forget about help from youtube on this one. The sound sucks, but I will order another antd try one more time, because my open back banjo was such a good player for less

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    4.0

    No need to relearn how to play...

    By rustedstevie

    from Twin Cities

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

        If you play Neil Young's Old Man then you need this. Very heavy and solid.

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        4.0

        Great for gutiar players

        By Straykatz

        from Wilm. del.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • It's Was At A Good Price
        • Well Built Great Sound

        Cons

        • Bridge Setup Not Complete

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

          This banjo plays great. I never used one before this purchase. It's fun to play to add a new sound to your music.

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          4.0

          RUSTLER 6 STRING BANJO

          By TERRY

          from HUDSON, FLORIDA

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

            I'M NOT REALLY A BANJO PLAYER SO I BOUGHT THIS AND
            A FIVE STRING OPEN BACK. THIS IS A NICE INSTRUMENT
            BUT I LIKE THE 5 STRING BEETER. AFTER ALL IT'S A
            REAL BANJO. I BOUGHT THIS ON SALE AND FOR THE PRICE I'M HAVING ALOT OF FUN WITH IT. BY THE WAY
            THE 5 STRING IS A LOT LOUDER SO I JUST GOT BACK
            FROM MY GUITAR TECH AND HE PUT ON A PICKUP.

            Comment on this review

             
            3.0

            good value

            By larry

            from colorado springs

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Price

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

            loved the price and blazing fast delivery

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is a fun, quality instrument

            By FredWorth

            from mn

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

              I have enjoyed playing this instrument. It was easy to set up (I have set up other banjos). The strings out of the box are close to a good action so I have not adjusted the neck yet. For my first group jam I grabbed my MUTE so that I would not over power the group and that worked well. (I have not removed the resonator as of yet, but it looks easy). The MUTE does silence the banjo tone a lot so I took it off when my turn came or if someone was using the mike. The instrument fits snuggly in the standard MF hard banjo case which is good for me. Get a nice banjo strap with any purchase 'cause this instrument is a lot easier to use with one. Strings seem to hold their tuning well. Appearance is excellent. I have found the best way for me to play chords is bare handed / without a pick. I can get a true banjo sound that way. Individual notes sound great with a pick.

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              1.0

              Looks good, poor quality

              By Tucknfoldman

              from West Palm Beach, Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Looka Good

              Cons

              • Not An Easy Setup
              • Poor Build
              • Poor Quality Materials
              • Poor Tone Quality

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

              I own two open back rustlers and they were of good quality. This is a piece of manure in a gift box it is totally laminated, difficult to setup, forget about help from youtube on this one. The sound sucks, but I will order another antd try one more time, because my open back banjo was such a good player for less

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fender Rustler 6-string banjo

              By Guvno

              from Elgin IL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

                Unbelieveable price on musician's friend deal of the day. Quality instrument. Better Quality than Fender's 5-string or 4-string which have cast alumuninum pot. The six stringer has a wooden pot. My only negative comment is that the strings that come with the banjo need to be of a much lighter gauge. 9 or 10 fist string.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good 6-String Banjo

                By MDCase

                from Peoria, IL

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Beautiful finish
                • Good Actio
                • Good Action
                • Good Tone
                • Good value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

                    I had been looking for a 6-string banjo to broaden some of my sounds in a group I play with. The Fender Rustler is fitting that purpose perfectly. It has good tone/sound and is very easy to play, The guitar is my main instrument and I am using the banjo about 10% of the time, so I really appreciate not having to learn a whole new instrument. I looked at several in this price range, and think this one has the best banjo sound out of all of them. I was really surprised at how beautiful the instrument is too....deep red finish with ivory colored binding. As for setup, I only had to put in and position the bridge. A quick internet search led to easy instructions. I was set up and playing in about 20 mins. At the sale price, it's an awesome deal and I am very pleased so far.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A great addition to the collection.

                    By MaxPower

                    from Southern, KY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Fun
                    • Strong
                    • Well built

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

                      I picked this up on a Stupid Deal but is worth every penny of the regular price. I'd been wanting a "Banjitar/Gitjo" for a long time just to have one to play with. I got a banjo many years ago and never really got it down and kinda gave up, would still like to learn one day but in the mean time, this is a fun alternative without the learning curve. The usual quality of Fender, well built, pretty wood, feels solid to me. You will need to set the bridge as it comes laid down so it does not break during shipping. But it is easy to get setup and the head did not even need any tightening. It's just like any banjo, it will not have the sustain that you are used to on a guitar, just expect that. So far I've not even tried to do any kind of rolling with my finger picks just been playing with a flat pick and trying to do some alternating string picking to keeps things moving, sounds much better then just trying to strum. I've always had great luck with Fender products and this is no exception, feels good, well built, just what I expected and got! Thank you Fender as always. Now I've got to start researching banjo pickups so I can plug it in and play with some different sounds from time to time with the band. If you are looking at this one and other brands, I would recommend this one without hesitation to you or any friends looking for one. Good luck, enjoy the new sound and most of all, have fun.

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                      5.0

                      Enjoy it

                      By gtrmn7

                      from rogers ar

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Fender Rustler 6-String Banjo:

                          good tone easy to play

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