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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...Read More

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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

Nice instrument for the money

By TheBanjoMan

from Damascus, OR

This is a very nice banjo for the money. the only issue I ever had with it was that the high g string would buzz a little, but it was easily fixable with only a minor adjustment.

 
5.0

Great Price

By Ethan-wNGwm

from Phoenix, AZ

This banjo is great for the price. It does the job fairly well. The High G-string that most of the reviewers are complaining about is working fine for me. For the first couple days, it constantly went out of tune, but since then it has not had any problems.My only two complaints are:1. the high action2. the strings are WAY out of tune in the higher frets.Even with these two problems, I am very happy with my banjo. I definitely got more than what I paid for!

 
4.0

Great starter for the price

By Wynn SKISM

from Brooklyn

My wife got me this Banjo as A Christmas present and I am quite happy with it. It sounds great and is a lot of fun to play. It really is a great instrument for the price.The action is a bit higher than I would like and I did have to do some work on it though. As many have said the 5th string is an issue, but I tightened the screw and that seems to have helped. I also had to adjust the neck a bit and that did make things better.Overall I do like this instrument. The sound is great, it's pretty comfortable to play and of course the price isn't bad at all.

 
5.0

New Banjo Player

By vangalen63@yahoo.com

from Downers Grove Il.

I just picked one of these up and I could't be happier. I'm an old metal head from back in the day and figured it was about time i learned something new. Banjo is a blast! If you have any finger playing skills what so ever you should have no problem with it. This is a great banjo for the price!!! Just remember to re-string the top G string so you can turn the peg head clockwise instead of counterclockwise. That takes the tension off and allows you to tune the G with no problem. Great product!!!!

 
5.0

Rogue B-30 Banjo review

By TheBanjoMan

from Damascus, OR

I bought one of these about 7 months ago and I am quite happy with it. It plays and sounds very nicely for how little it costs. I would definately reccommend this banjo.

 
5.0

Good stuff

By Danny-AMohM

from Santa Barbara, CA

I kept reading about the fifth tuning peg being messed up so here's a quick fix. Run the string the other way, clockwise instead of counter clockwise. Then you will have the perfect banjo.

 
5.0

Buying this banjo started as a joke....

By banjomedic

from Louisiana

While at work one night a buddy said I should buy a banjo (because of where I live) so I purchased this one as a joke. When it came in, I could not believe how great this thing looked for the price. I was so impressed I began to learn it and for a "starter" banjo, it is great. First off I changed the strings and every now and then the 5th string tuner can be a pain, but for the price you cant pass up this instrument. This is the first sting instrument I have ever learned to play and it was well worth the money!

 
4.0

Pretty good

By JB-c6F.f

from Akron, Ohio

I just bought this, and while it is my first banjo, its seems fine. You just have to set it up right. Sounds good, nothing was broken, but you should replace the strings. Other than that, it seems to be very adjustable. The 5th string friction tuner is a pain, and the other tuners are not great. Just read up on how to set up a banjo and you are set.

 
5.0

Terrific starter banjo, I am having a ball

By Thaddeus

from Saint Paul

I needed a banjo sound for some compositions I am working on, but did not play. I play fingerstyle guitar. I bought this banjo in hopes I could teach myself and get what I needed without spending a heap. This banjo is terrific, a very solid instrument. The workmanship is solid and the tone very pleasing. The only thing I don't like is the friction tuning peg for the 5th string; I plan to replace it soon. Other than that it has terrific tone and I am having fun seeing how fungible my fingerpicking skills are from one instrument to another. Definitely worth the bread, and as usual, Musician's Friend outdid itself in service. Ordered on a Monday, received on a Thursday, well packed and undamaged. Kudos!

 
5.0

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By MZ8243296ismybass

from Saratoga Springs, NY

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This is a good banjo for the price. Parting with a few dollars and getting this in return will make you feel like a con-artist. But before you buy this, think about what you are wanting to buy. The entire pot/flange is one aluminum ring, and there is no tone ring, which I believe gives more punch and less warmth. Because of this, there is little room for customizing and upgrading. Tuners and strings are all you can do to make this thing better without paying for more than you paid for it in the first place. With that said, the finish is flawless on mine and needs no improvement, as well as the Remo head, which gives this a much better sound. If you were to replace the aluminum pot, and leave everything else (even the barely par tuners), you would have a pretty solid banjo that would only come out to the price of a Fender of equal quality.

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