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Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo  

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Fender’s Rustler open-back banjo produces a nice mellow tone with comfortably lightweight feel. Features include a maple open-back body with a smoo...Read More

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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

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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
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (27)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Well built / quality (9)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (18)
    • Back-up (8)
    • Concerts (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), Novice (12), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    So glad I pulled the trigger

    Really impressed with the quality and tone of this instrument. My only regret is that I waited so long to pick one up! For an open back banjo the sound is rich and...Read complete review

    Really impressed with the quality and tone of this instrument. My only regret is that I waited so long to pick one up! For an open back banjo the sound is rich and full... and the playability factor is off the charts. 5 stars all day.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Rougher Than Expected

    Given the pretty ambitious MSRP for an open-back Chinese banjo, I was expecting a *much* better instrument than what arrived. The neck was loose and twisted, about a third of the lugs...Read complete review

    Given the pretty ambitious MSRP for an open-back Chinese banjo, I was expecting a *much* better instrument than what arrived. The neck was loose and twisted, about a third of the lugs were loose, the tailpiece was mismounted, misaligned and its rim hooks cutting into the head, quite a few of the potmetal lugs were shedding their plating, very rough fretwork, etc., etc.

    With the exception of the machines, the hardware quality is pretty poor. This is a unit comparable to generic banjos of similar configuration I've seen with street prices under two bills.

    Reviewed by 29 customers

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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

      About Me Novice

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      Verified Buyer

      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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outstanding!

        By DJR

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Experienced

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        Verified Reviewer

        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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice banjo!

          By JP

          from Troy, NY

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          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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            5.0

            sweet banjo

            By redwingxix

            from detroit

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

              My first banjo, got it on the SDOTD. Really enjoying it. A great value. Quality build, plays and sounds just like I'd expect.

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              4.0

              Seems like a good banjo

              By Tallulah's Daddy

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                My wife bought me this banjo as a Stupid Deal of the Day. As my neighbor said, "Your wife bought you a banjo? She must really love you!" I looked up proper bridge placement, did the measuring, and it seems to play very well in tune. Stays in tune too! I'm not a banjo player, but I'm having fun goofing around on it. At the price we paid, it seems like a great banjo. I agree that the MSRP seems excessive.

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                5.0

                Awesome instrument for the price!!!

                By TXRedDirtSinger

                from Mineola, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                  Easy to setup. Easy to tune. Great sound. I didn't even need to take it to a luthier for setup. Great, loud sound. I love it for the price!!!

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