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Rogue B-30 Banjo

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An outstanding value, it has a 30-bracket aluminum rim, mahogany neck, nato resonator, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and chrome-plated armrest. Fi...Click To Read More About This Product

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You'll be knee-deep in bluegrass with this affordable 5-string.

An outstanding value, it has a 30-bracket aluminum rim, mahogany neck, nato resonator, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and chrome-plated armrest. Fitted with a Remo milky head and covered chrome machine heads for accurate tuning.

FEATURES
  • 5-string
  • 30-bracket aluminum rim
  • Mahogany neck
  • Nato resonator
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Chrome arm rest
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4.6

(based on 74 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great

I've been waiting for the Stupid Deal of the Day to list a banjo and a dobro so that I could snag one at a lower price, just to see if I'd be interested...Read complete review

I've been waiting for the Stupid Deal of the Day to list a banjo and a dobro so that I could snag one at a lower price, just to see if I'd be interested in learning them. Well, the B-30 came up, and for a great price, I placed my order -- having no idea what to expect with such a "cheap" banjo.I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the banjo was. The build quality was great: nothing loose, nothing cracked, everything clean and crisp, etc. The sound is also wonderful: it has the perfect clip-clap banjo pop.My only complaints would be that the 5th string doesn't use a gear tuner, but that's not that big of a deal (mine hasn't slipped out of tune yet). I also needed a slight truss rod adjustment due to slightly more neck bow that I prefer -- and that was a totally easy adjustment (it ships with the wrench to do so).So, buy this little guy with confidence if you're wanting to see if the world of banjos interests you. Just get online to learn how to setup the bridge, and pluck away!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't buy

If you are serious about learning the banjo, this is the last banjo you'll want to learn on. The neck was loose, the tailpiece was crooked, and impossible to fix, the fifth...Read complete review

If you are serious about learning the banjo, this is the last banjo you'll want to learn on. The neck was loose, the tailpiece was crooked, and impossible to fix, the fifth string tuner is friction, meaning it is incredibly hard to get in tune, the 1-4th string tuners are loose, the neck is as big as a louiseville slugger, the finish is just caked on the wood, some of the brackets were loose, the rim is made of aluminum, and the overall tone of the banjo is horrible. Also, when I fret on the 2nd and 4th strings, it pulls out of tune. If you really want to get a good banjo, check out the Morgan Monroe banjos, Savannah banjos, the cheaper gold tones, or Deering Goodtimes.

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5.0

Rogue B-30 banjo

By julemc2004

from Pineville, MO

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I am a fingerstyle guitarist and play some banjo, so I was looking for an inexpensive instrument to practice on & take to outdoor outings where I wouldn't have to worry about an accident wiping out a several-hundred-dollar investment....yet it needed to sound good. I'm glad to say the Rogue B-30 fits the bill perfectly. The only problem I had was that the action was too high on it, so I fabricated a shorter hardwood bridge for it. It now plays great. A FANTASTIC value!

 
5.0

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS

By molawns

from Sarasota, FL

I got this banjo about a month ago. Worth every penny I paid for it. Bridge set up was easy and the only thing "wrong" I found was the armrest needed to be tightened. If you are a beginning banjo player, like me, this is the ONLY choice to make. It's a great banjo for starters and low level intermediates. Will last you for years of pickin'. I've had professional musicians say it's an awesome instrument for the money!!

 
5.0

very good banjo

By Daryl-ua79i

from Danville

I think that it is the best banjo I have seen for the money. I've had mine since feb. and everyone who sees it wants to know where i got it.. very impressed

 
5.0

great banjo

By pearlman

from tennessee

so after playing on my friends banjo for a while i decided i wanted one, i did not want to spend alot of money on the count of i am a gigging drummer so not much time would be spent on this. i did not expect a whole lot on this guy, but man was i surprised!!!! the tone is great it is absolutely gorgeous, fit and finish was flawless.do your self a favor and grab this guy up you will not be disappointed.

 
5.0

Great

By RAILhead

from Texas

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I've been waiting for the Stupid Deal of the Day to list a banjo and a dobro so that I could snag one at a lower price, just to see if I'd be interested in learning them. Well, the B-30 came up, and for a great price, I placed my order -- having no idea what to expect with such a "cheap" banjo.I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the banjo was. The build quality was great: nothing loose, nothing cracked, everything clean and crisp, etc. The sound is also wonderful: it has the perfect clip-clap banjo pop.My only complaints would be that the 5th string doesn't use a gear tuner, but that's not that big of a deal (mine hasn't slipped out of tune yet). I also needed a slight truss rod adjustment due to slightly more neck bow that I prefer -- and that was a totally easy adjustment (it ships with the wrench to do so).So, buy this little guy with confidence if you're wanting to see if the world of banjos interests you. Just get online to learn how to setup the bridge, and pluck away!

 
4.0

Delightful

By chicnhed

from Lynchburg, VA

I received the rogue 5-30 as my first banjo with the intention to learn on it. It is a step up or two from a beginners banjo, but perfect for one who does not have the money at the snap of fingers to buy a beginners and then buy a better one once serious. It is perfectly functional for long-term play. It comes with a floating bridge - so you will need someone around who knows what theyre doing to put it on. Overall very handome and very functional.

 
5.0

Very good!!

By JT Drums

from KS

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This is a wonderful banjo and I could not believe the price. The magazine doesn't show much, but this is really great. It was broken the first time but we returned it and got another one.

 
5.0

Good Deal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I like the banjo. It sounds good to me. I found no flaws in the finish. I like the sound. I have not changed the strings. I am learning about it and am not an experienced player. Had to look on the internet for tuning. They could have included a cheap chord chart page to have made it better, but I am completely satisfied for the price I paid. If Rogue makes a violin, I will buy it.

 
5.0

Rogue B-30 Banjo

By Stonedog

from Monroe, MI

The Rogue B-30 is an awesome value : fit, finish, and sound are equal to instruments costing 2 to 3 times as much. I recommend it to anyone shopping for their first banjo: you can't go wrong with this one.

 
5.0

First banjo

By Bubba-vQDhz

from Yuma, AZ

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When my banjo arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by its appearance. After setting up the bridge (something any banjo player MUST learn to do), and reading a how-to book, I started picking away. I was blown away! The Rogue was actually a good quality instrument, with a good tone and a nice neck. I liked the feel of it instantly. This is an instrument that I would have expected to pay a high price for. The machine heads are a bit weak, but at this price, I can well afford to replace them, and they?re not all THAT bad. The B-30 is even a good-looking instrument.This is an instrument I will keep, not just a cheap beginner?s banjo. It can proudly share space with my good guitars (including three Taylors). What a terrific surprise! I?d recommend it not only as a first banjo, but as a plain, though good quality one comparable with many in the $300-500 range. Beyond that price range, the biggest difference will be fluff (fancy retboards, gold trim, etc.).

 
3.0

Great Beginner banjo

By EQtY7CC5L

from Alliance, OH

This was my first banjo, the price was right and the sound is just fine for a beginner to get his feet wet. The action is a little high once you get down to the higher frets, but all and all a great buy and lots of fun to play.

 
5.0

best value

By Steve-o-XV6w2

from Hastings, PA

I'm a beginner banjo picker, but I know that this banjo is just a good as the more expensive instruments I played around with at the local music stores. I figure that, in quality, it is comparable with banjos in a higher price range. It was easy to set up the bridge; the only problem I had to take care of was filing one of the notches in the bridge a litte bit so that the high d string didn't keep popping out.The banjo looks great and sounds just as good. I gave the b30 a rating of 9 for quality because the tuners a bit chintzy, but they do their job and keep the instrument in tune.I'm having a blast learning and I highly recommend this banjo for anyone looking to start pickin'.

 
4.0

Nice for the price.

By Elmo Smiley

from Maryville, TN

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You're not necessarily seeing the best side of this instrument. While low cost, the shapely curved resonator and the wonderful sunburst finish on the resonator and neck is sure to only be found on much more expensive instruments. I just received it, but i'm sure it's the perfect beginning banjo for this ol' guitar player to learn with.

 
4.0

Great beginner's banjo

By Phargophil

from Fargo, ND

When one is trying to self-teach banjo and doesn't know how well he'll do, one doesn't want to spend a huge amount of money. This banjo gives you everything you need to learn the basics and then some. This banjo's set up is very adjustable, and simple things are easy to upgrade on it. Sure, I'd someday like a Gibson, Deering or Stelling, but this one plays fine for now.

 
4.0

More than I expected

By BPV

from Walton, NY

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Very pleased with this Banjo! After setting it up correctly, (as with most "new' instruments)the feel is great, solid....tone is real nice,construction and fit is solid...if this had planetary tuners for this price it would have been a real steal. The neck is excellent...straight, clean, solid,..very comfortable. This is perfect for anyone wanting a real banjo to learn on and grow with. I would'nt hesitate to take this one anywhere. Its definately alot of banjo for the buck. It's amazing there are instruments this nice for this little $....check the music stores, you won't find a better deal.

 
5.0

Pickin' & Grinin' and Saving

By Bren Saxon

from Chambersburg, PA

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It sounds nice and plays nice. It arrived in good shape and was easily set up based on information found online. It's a nice looking instrument-neat binding, OK frets, nice grain/stain and smooth, gloss finish. Tuners will likely be replaced, though. It sounds/plays/looks as good as banjos costing 2-3X more in stores. Get one for guilt-free bluegrass fun!

 
5.0

Excellent Value

By DJ Santa

from Anniston, AL

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Just received my B-30 about two weeks ago and am very pleased with the quality of the instrument. It's much better than a lot of open back banjos costing a whole lot more. Action is slightly high on the lower end and did not come with any instructions on bridge placement. Overall, I would recommend this banjo because of the quality and the exceptional value.

 
5.0

What an Excellent Banjo!

By John Toad

from Undisclosed

I've always wanted to learn how to play a banjo and when I ordered this banjo, my expectations were very high. Wow was I suprised!A very beautiful instrument, with great quality for the price, and a wonderful full sounding tone. You won't be disappointed.

 
5.0

Excellent Banjo

By The Juno Sound

from Chillicothe, IL

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This banjo is of exceptional quality and playability. It has a great sound to it and is quite beautiful to look at. The finish is a rich tobacco color, and the neck has a fat, solid feel to it. It frets like a dream and resonates well. The cosmetics on this are quite good for the price. The inlays are even and solid, and the tuning pegs have a pretty pearloid quality to them. The pegs themselves feel a little cheap, but overall I was pleased with the quality of this instrument.

 
4.0

B-30, Good Starter

By Jimmy Bear Pearson-EdfBs

from Raleigh, NC

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I've had my Rogue B-30 for more than a year now. I'm not a Scruggs or anything: but I understand sound, playability, and quality.The B-30 has low-end tuners (including the friction 5th). Considering the cost of the banjo, I put Grover Rotomatics on the big four, and got a planetary-geared peg from StewMac and upgraded the strings.I tuned the head with my ears, found resources on the internet as to where the bridge should be. The instrument plays like a dream and is as good as the basic Fender or mid-line Washburn banjos.The sound is very good. The volume is very good. The head and neck are excellent, as are the frets. The heavy back resonator is just right, and the binding is beautiful.The B-30 is a must-buy for beginners... just take the time to get it adjusted by a pro or competent banjo player.

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