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Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo   (Open Box)
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Product# H83007
OVERVIEW

An easy-to-own, mellow-sounding banjo with maple tonewoods and snowflake inlays.

Fender’s Rustler open-back banjo produces a nice mellow tone with comfortably lightweight feel. Features include a maple open-back body with a smooth satin finish, 18-piece rolled-brass tone ring, maple rim and neck, and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with “snowflake” position inlays.

FEATURES
  • Traditional 5-string format
  • 18-piece rolled brass tone ring
  • Lightweight, open back design
  • Mellow sounding maple body and neck
  • Comfortable rosewood fingerboard

Trust a brand you know to come up with a nice banjo at the right price. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Rustler Open Back Banjo

  • Body
  • Body: Maple
  • Body Shape: Banjo
  • Body Back: Laminated Maple Back
  • Body Sides: Laminated Maple Sides
  • Body Finish: Satin
  • Neck
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Position Inlays: Stylized Snowflake
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Hard Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Nut Width: 1.125" (2.9 cm)
  • Scale Length: 25" (63.5 cm)
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Maple with Rosewood Tip
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Miscellaneous
  • Unique Features: Open back, maple rim, satin finish, Rustler and Fender mother-of-pearl acryllic logos, Fender headstock shape and 18-piece rolled brass tone ring
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FenderRustler Open Back Banjo
 
4.8

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (29)
  • Consistent (13)
  • Well built / quality (10)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (20)
  • Back-up (9)
  • Concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (12), Professional musician (3)

Reviewed by 31 customers

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5.0

Great bang for the buck and solid.

By Themanfromalabam

from Chicago North Side Burbs

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

      This is my first banjo, long time guitar player....I know very little about banjo's but for the stupid deal of the day price I couldn't pass this one up. So far I am having fun with this instrument, it seams solid and quality built.

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      5.0

      Nice quality and sound

      By mechanaxe

      from Southern California

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Neighborhood Jams
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

        I've been a guitar player for 40 years and have always thought about trying the banjo. I wanted a lightweight banjo to hang in my garage (man cave/studio) that I could grab easily that would encourage practicing. When the Fender Rustler was a SDOTD, I picked one up. Wow what a deal for a well made and nice sounding instrument. After installing and adjusting the bridge and tuning up, i was ready to start learning. Nice action and stays in tune! Keep an eye on these and grab one when they go on sale. You'll be pleasantly surprised. I gave it 5 stars cause of the great deal and "bang for the buck". I would probably have given it 4 stars had I paid the regular price.

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        5.0

        Nice Beginner Banjo

        By mhmbv

        from Chandler, OK

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

          Nice little entry level banjo. Mine required vey little setup to start playing. Has a bit of a dark tone so would be great for clawhammer but fine for practice of any style. Light and easy to play.

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          4.0

          I like the rustler

          By Bam

          from Maryland

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Stays In Tune After Setup

          Cons

          • No Case

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

          As sdotd go this was a great one.

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          5.0

          !!! NICE!!!

          By Bad Billy Ladd

          from Ohio

          About Me Novice

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Awesme Player Love It
          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • None That I Can Tell

          Best Uses

          • Learning Student

          Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

          This is a great instrument for the price I paid
          (stupid deal). I got this just to plunk around on. Turns out that I love it and have gotten pretty good on it. Great to learn on. Low action vibrant tone. Just a joy to play.

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          4.0

          Fun to play and a good value

          By lewisandklark

          from Buffalo, NY

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          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

            I'm having fun playing the banjo! I've played guitar for many years and bought the banjo on a SDOTD sale. The first one I received damaged but Musicians Friend made it easy to exchange for a new one at no cost.

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            5.0

            Outstanding!

            By DJR

            from Orlando, FL

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            Pros

            • Attractive Finish
            • Consistent
            • Excellent Setup
            • Good Finish
            • Good intonation
            • Good Tone
            • Sweet Clear Sound

            Cons

            • Wish It Had A Case

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

              I'm a "serious" hobby guitar player, and enjoy 5-sting banjo on the side. This is my 4th 5-string banjo in about 40 years, first open back. I love this Fender. Finish is low luster which I like. Action was wonderful right out of the box. (You need to set the bridge, so bring your ear or tuner and place bridge using harmonics + frets, right!?!) The tone is even and clear and sweet on all strings and all frets. The strings seem wonderful. Don't know what they are. I like that it is lighter weight than a banjo with a back. Maybe I lucked out with this one, but I am very happy with the quality and playability of this Fender. Since getting this one a few months ago, I continued to shop (don't we all?) and have played other banjos up to 4 times the cost and vastly preferred this one Musicians Friend sent me on a SDotD. Very pleased. Fender exceeded my expectation with this one.

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              5.0

              Short Review for Great Banjo

              By Marty

              from Asheville, NC

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                  I purchased this banjo from MF and was skeptical as I'm not a Fender person, and I try to stay with USA made, but got on sale and am glad I did. The construction is great, tone quality, light, sturdy and pretty easy to play on the couch. I am primarily a guitar player, this is just a great open back banjo. This banjo is as good a banjo as you will find for he money.

                  You do have to set up the banjo when you receive it, not a biggie. Loosen the tailpiece and raise it off the head then snug down and set the bridge and tune. Some adjusting of truss rod may be required. I actually bought two and each neck was different as far as adjustment. One the truss rod had not even been started into the thread, but it went in perfectly easy first time. The tool is included and you can watch a short youtube video to learn how to center the bridge which is seperate from the banjo during shipping.

                  One more thing, you thought I was done. If you work on your instruments, keep the neck support in the box like I did. Works great next time you change strings on your banjo or guitar. An extra freeby.

                  Get you One!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice banjo!

                  By JP

                  from Troy, NY

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Plays And Sounds Great

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • My Go-to Banjo

                  Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                  Like several other reviewers, I got this banjo as a Stupid Deal of the Day. This is a great banjo, well built, nicely finished. It sounds very good and is really a pleasure to play. I had to install the bridge, tighten the head, and changed strings to a medium gauge. Couldn't be happier. Okay, the neck inlays are not MOP, but for what I paid I feel like I stole it.

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                  5.0

                  excellent quality ,sound and price

                  By rich johns

                  from ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                    not quite a deering but huge

                    price diffriance was a big factor in this particular purchase.

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