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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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      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
       
      4.7

      (based on 25 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (19)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      96%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (23)
      • Consistent (10)
      • Well built / quality (10)
      • Long life (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (15)
        • Concerts (8)
        • Back-up (7)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (13), Novice (8), 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 25 customers

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        5.0

        Short Review for Great Banjo

        By Marty

        from Asheville, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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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            5.0

            Nice banjo!

            By JP

            from Troy, NY

            About Me Experienced

            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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                    5.0

                    Nice!!

                    By Stan60s

                    from Rio Rancho, NM

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                        Was looking to get into banjo after playing guitar for 45 years....nice banjo...good construction and tone for the price...highly recommend this!

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                        5.0

                        Rustler Open Back Banjo

                        By glb

                        from cement ok

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Good Tone
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                          good fast shipping nice banjo

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                          5.0

                          Stupid deal of the day

                          By Andrewkasab.com

                          from Raleigh, NC

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Good Finish
                          • Good Tone
                          • Great Tuners
                          • Setup Well

                          Cons

                          • Needs Strap Rings On Body

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Learning
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                          Great deal for stupid deal of the day. Open back banjo that sounds good and can have resonator attached later if desired.

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                          5.0

                          FENDER RUSTLER BANGO

                          By TERRY

                          from HUDSON, FLORIDA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Ask me a question

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                            I AM NEW TO THE BANJO BUT HAVE PLAYED GUITAR FOR
                            OVER 50 YEARS. I REALLY LIKE THIS BANJO AND
                            HAVING ALOT OF FUN. SOUNDS GREAT AND IS NICE AND LIGHT. MORE THAN WORTH THE PRICE. GOT IT CRAZY
                            DEAL OF THE DAY WHICH WAS A NO BRAINER. BUY IT
                            YOU WILL LIKE IT.

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