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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 smooth...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 13 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (12)
      • Consistent (7)
      • Well built / quality (6)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (8)
        • Concerts (5)
        • Back-up (4)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Novice (6), Experienced (5)

        Reviewed by 13 customers

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        4.0

        Great SDOTD and Beginner Banjo

        By Manny Moses

        from Ft Lauderdale, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Stays in tune

        Cons

        • "rustler" On Headstock

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

          I'm a guitar player. I've always wanted to try playing the banjo. Didn't want to buy a cheap cheap banjo and get frustrated. Saw this as SDOTD and at the price I was sold. I'm no banjo expert but I am loving this banjo. It sounds great. The only thing was I had to set up the bridge but I can understand why it came separate. Took two seconds to figure out after watching videos online. Only bad thing is the ridiculous "Rustler" on the headstock. Go get yourself one and get blisters on your fingers.

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          5.0

          Great Value

          By Scotty

          from Olean, NY

          About Me Novice

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

            This is my first banjo and I love it. Sounds great and comfortable to play.

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            5.0

            Nice Banjo

            By Donj

            from Bellingham, WA

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Stays in tune
            • Well built

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

              First banjo I received was very rough on the back of the neck. MF quickly sent me an RMA and another banjo. Second banjo is very nice, thanks MF.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              On stupid deal of the day

              By Crusher

              from Fla

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • 130 On Sale
              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                  Got it on stupid deal of the day. Aside from the goofy rambler on head stock i dig it

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good Banjo

                  By Tucknfoldman

                  from West Palm Beach, Florida

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Quality For A Fender
                  • Good Tone
                  • Light In Weight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                    Decent for the money. I have had lots of problems with Fender. But this banjo is well made....so far.
                    But you must set up this najo yourself it is not playable upon receipt. The good news is that you can see the setup and tuning from You Tube

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome price! Nice entry-level banjo!

                    By Emanon

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Good Tuning Machines
                    • Plenty Of Volume
                    • Plenty Of Volume Sound
                    • Price
                    • Quality Workmanship
                    • Satisfactory Volume

                    Cons

                    • Cheap Fret Board Inlays
                    • Neck Inlays Cheap-looking

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                    First, I am a knowledgeable musician with capability to play many instruments well. I began playing banjo in 1978 and have owned and played both low-quality and high-quality banjos (and some in between) over the years. I bought this banjo because of its price as a Stupid Deal of the Day. After receiving it, I immediately took it to my luthier for proper set-up. In addition to setting the bridge, he did some minor dressing of the fret ends and adjustments to the drum head tension. After just 90 minutes I held in my hands a banjo that is amazing in sound (volume), tone and overall play-ability. The action is amazing. The feel is just right for my medium/large hands. I love the satin finish on the neck; it allows my left hand to glide smoothly up and down the neck with ease. The tuning machines are quite nice for an instrument at this price point; enclosed chrome geared tuners that work nicely in tuning the instrument with ease. The only criticism that I feel justified to make regards the snowflake inlays on the fret board. They are lackluster and look as though they are nothing more than grayish/white plastic that has been poured in to set in the snowflake patterns. But what can one expect at the Stupid Deal of the Day price point? I am more than pleased with my purchase!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great for Beginner!

                    Pros

                    • Good value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                      This banjo is ideal for me. I am a guitarist and wanted to learn banjo. I like the open back as it is lightweight. So far, I have found this to be great for a beginner!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      So glad I pulled the trigger

                      By first_time_banjo_player_for_life

                      from Orlando, FL

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy Set Up
                      • Excellent Packaging
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Shipped Fast
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                      • None Found

                      Best Uses

                      • A' Pickin' N' A' Grinnin'

                      Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                      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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      High quality for price.

                      By Stanko

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Novice

                      Ask me a question

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                          Bought on a STOD. Friend is a banjo player teaching me the forward roll.
                          He says for the money this banjo is of the quality of others at triple the price.

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                          5.0

                          good action, fit and finish

                          By Mel

                          from Minnesota

                          About Me Experienced

                          Ask me a question

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Looks good
                          • Playability
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

                            I'm a guitar player of 43 years and wanted a banjo to pluck around on so I bought this on a stupid deal.
                            I am very pleased with the quality and playability of this banjo. The inlays and the finish look good, the neck and frets have the feel of a quality instrument.
                            After installing the bridge the action was perfect and nothing else was left to do but tune it.
                            After getting it tuned it seems to hold its tune just fine. It sounds as good as any open back I have heard so overall a great buy for me

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