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Great sound and fine feel for banjoists on a budget!

18 brackets; high-quality, vintage-style head; open back; satin finish; and first-rate string tuning machines make this a hot little instrument for fancy pickin' on the go or in the office. It's lightweight and super sturdy, perfect if you're just starting out and don't want to spend a lot.
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FEATURES
18 brackets
High-quality, vintage-style head
Open back
Satin finish
First-rate string tuning machines
Lightweight
Super sturdy
Great price
Case sold separately

Order today and you'll soon find yourself pickin' and a grinnin'!

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RogueTravel / Starter Banjo
 
4.6

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (22)
  • Consistent (14)
  • Well built / quality (11)
  • Long life (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (23)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (12), Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not Bad, Good Cheap Banjo

Decided to buy a banjo to play around with over my summer break. I didnt want to spend too much because I wasnt sure about my commitment .3 months out I find my self...Read complete review

Decided to buy a banjo to play around with over my summer break. I didnt want to spend too much because I wasnt sure about my commitment .3 months out I find my self playing still playing with the banjo alot. There have been no design flaws or problems with the instrument itself. Open back is great and lighter then a resonator. Tunes well. I would suggest that you switch out the strings since the ones provided are extremely heavy (and rough on the nails). You will need to install the bridge yourself (which is easy-look on the internet). All around very good deal/quality for the price.On a side note, if you are having trouble learning the traditional bluegrass shruggs style (picking) like I did, do not hesitate to switch over to CLAWHAMMER. Read up on it, once you get the hang of it, it is quite easy and sounds very good. This banjo is great for clawhammer style because of its open back.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent for starter if you can work on your own instrument

I am giving a rating of 5 because most new players will not be able to get this banjo to tune. I have built many guitars and I have played guitar for most of...Read complete review

I am giving a rating of 5 because most new players will not be able to get this banjo to tune. I have built many guitars and I have played guitar for most of my life. I wanted to start playing banjo and decided to buy a cheap one before I invested a couple of thousand on a good instrument......just to make sure I would stick with it. All in all, I have seen worse and I have seen this banjo under other name brands also. Here is the main problem: The fifth string geared tuner on MY banjo would spin in the hole drilled in the neck. Basically you couldn't tune the 5th string. I resolved this by removing the tuner, roughing up the metal with heavy emery paper, applying medium viscosity super glue around the sides of the tuner and forcing it into the hole. Wait for the glue to cure. This works great. It isn't the proper way of making that repair but for a cheapo instrument that I intend to give away at some point after I learn, it is fine. I am working on geting rid of an annoying buzz/vibration on the 3rd/G string. It isn't the nut or the frets or saddle.....very agravating. I own thousands of dollars worth of gear and I think this banjo is a great value for a starter but you ill probably have to bring it to a repair shop if your banjo has the tuner problem. Beyond that, I don't think you can beat the value.........if you are handy, GO FOR IT
It isn't bad. Has a truss rod and geared tuners which is better than a lot of starter banjos.
I am amazed at the quality for the money but it has issues!
You can't beat the value!

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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rogue 5 string starter/travel banjo

By Frank D Simpson

from Midwest

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Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

Bang for the buck, the best.
It's so small and light, looks and sounds great. I own 4 banjos, found that I was grabbing this one more than the rest. You will not be disappointed. Been playing 30 yrs.
If they beefed it up, it would be worth less. nice (ALL) geared tuners
Can't do better for the price

(10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Seemed Decent until...

By Ibaneztalfan

from Lubbock,TX

About Me Novice

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Breaks Easy
  • Not Consistent

Best Uses

    Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

    This banjo seemed pretty well made and nice for the price and that's the only reason I'm giving it 3 stars but there were other issues:

    I've never purchased a Banjo before but since this was intended to be given as a gift I guess I was out of the banjo lover's loop when it arrived 'unassembled' with no bridge on it. But I'm guessing that's a normal shipping thing(?). I didn't notice this at all since there was no note that it was needing to be installed or adjusted but found it later when a string snapped on my arm when I was trying to tune it.(OUCH!) I called MF to tell them that 1) The case I bought for it didn't seem to hold it properly and 2) the string broke before even one use! They told me the case was fine and it was meant to be 'off' that way so the banjo has to be arranged weirdly to fit/shut the lid. They also said that these strings are NOT for playing but only to stabilize the neck during shipping and I'm meant to replace them immediately after arrival. WHERE IN THIS LISTING DOES IT SAY I NEED TO BUY NEW STRINGS BEFORE PLAYING? I've purchased guitars from GC before and Muscians Friend and they played perfectly with the factory strings for months! But the phone operator did offer to place me an order for strings at 10 more +shipping. I can't believe how unhelpful the customer service rep was and don't intend on buying from MF anymore.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not Bad, Good Cheap Banjo

    By GreenBanjo

    from Oregon

    Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

    Decided to buy a banjo to play around with over my summer break. I didnt want to spend too much because I wasnt sure about my commitment .3 months out I find my self playing still playing with the banjo alot. There have been no design flaws or problems with the instrument itself. Open back is great and lighter then a resonator. Tunes well. I would suggest that you switch out the strings since the ones provided are extremely heavy (and rough on the nails). You will need to install the bridge yourself (which is easy-look on the internet). All around very good deal/quality for the price.On a side note, if you are having trouble learning the traditional bluegrass shruggs style (picking) like I did, do not hesitate to switch over to CLAWHAMMER. Read up on it, once you get the hang of it, it is quite easy and sounds very good. This banjo is great for clawhammer style because of its open back.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A good banjo for the price

    By Larry Oliver

    from New Jersey

    Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

    A great starter banjo without breaking the bank.
    Need to install the bridge, which is easy following instructions on youtube.
    Good quality for the money. Stays in tune.
    Plays as well as banjos costing twice the price.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Decent for starter if you can work on your own instrument

    By Rick

    from Westport, MA

    See all my reviews

    Ask me a question

    Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

    I am giving a rating of 5 because most new players will not be able to get this banjo to tune. I have built many guitars and I have played guitar for most of my life. I wanted to start playing banjo and decided to buy a cheap one before I invested a couple of thousand on a good instrument......just to make sure I would stick with it. All in all, I have seen worse and I have seen this banjo under other name brands also. Here is the main problem: The fifth string geared tuner on MY banjo would spin in the hole drilled in the neck. Basically you couldn't tune the 5th string. I resolved this by removing the tuner, roughing up the metal with heavy emery paper, applying medium viscosity super glue around the sides of the tuner and forcing it into the hole. Wait for the glue to cure. This works great. It isn't the proper way of making that repair but for a cheapo instrument that I intend to give away at some point after I learn, it is fine. I am working on geting rid of an annoying buzz/vibration on the 3rd/G string. It isn't the nut or the frets or saddle.....very agravating. I own thousands of dollars worth of gear and I think this banjo is a great value for a starter but you ill probably have to bring it to a repair shop if your banjo has the tuner problem. Beyond that, I don't think you can beat the value.........if you are handy, GO FOR IT
    It isn't bad. Has a truss rod and geared tuners which is better than a lot of starter banjos.
    I am amazed at the quality for the money but it has issues!
    You can't beat the value!

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would by this Brand again.

    By Robbob

    from Jacksboro Tx

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      I own and have owned some very expensive Guitars in the 20 years of playing. I always wanted to learn the Banjo My playing Bud Surprised me with this starter kit for my Birthday. I was Surprised at how well it is made for the money and what is even more surprising is how well it stays in tune I recieved it in 2008 and have yet had to change the strings. some of my expensive instruments are hard to keep in tune during a nights gig. I am planning to upgrade to a Banjo with the resanator and am going to stick with this brand. Hey I stick with what works.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      For the price, you get more than you expect...

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      Honestly, I saw pictures of this and couldn't tell how well it was made and read some reviews from people who were unfamiliar with banjos. I wanted something I could lug around with ease and used occasionally in a live setting without breaking the bank. This is it. This banjo is made as well as any I have played in the price range. The neck is solid, has a Remo head, tuning machines feel strong and the sound is good, considering it's open-backed. This does not have the full resonation of a backed banjo, but what do you expect for this price? I have had no problem with the action or anything. I totally love this things. Comes with tools to set everything how you like it and the bridge is shipped in a plastic bag so you don't have to worry about getting a broken instrument in the mail. It took me under 10 minutes to loosen string, install the bridge, tighten string, find a website with the tuning, play their MIDI tuner file and have the thing sounding perfect. Yes, perfect.

      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A fantastic buy.

      By Caleb Hoskin

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      I was looking for a pack packer banjo that i could lern how to play and be able to bring with me any where. I play in an acoustic two peace band and i have really wanted a banjo for a while. now i have this thing and it is perfect. If you know your way around instruments already then getting this thing together and tuned right out of the box will not be hard at all. It is a perfect buy if your just looking to a good, small, back pack style starter banjo.
      The quality of this instrument for the price is amazing!
      I don't think i could have found a better first banjo for the price.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Open-Back Banjo

      By The Hardpanhobo

      from fresno, CA

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      This is an open-back banjo built to deliver an old timey Appalachian folk sound. And it does it's job very, very well. I do my own banjo repairs and set-ups; and this banjo did require a general going over to tighten and to snug up. I placed the bridge with a metal ruler and it only needed very minor movement to get the intonation dead on (I use an electronic tuner to accomplish this). Besides the delightful banjo sound, I appreciate the lack of superflous adornment. This banjo described as a starter banjo, but I expect that when I "keel over" it will still be with-in an arms reach. A Great deal on a Great Banjo.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Folk Style

      By M.Kormos

      from Corsicana, TX

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      Although this is labeled as a Travel/Starter it is the only Banjo I'll ever need. Not everyone wants the loud punchy sound of a resonator Banjo. This is clearly an old folk-stlye banjo. Did any one ever see Pete Seeger playing with a resonator? The only thig I would suggest is adding a Vega-Style arm rest which can be found online for about $10. Worth the money.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It is what it is...

      By Owen-OrZ3W

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Nice Head
      • Nice Neck
      • Nice Pot

      Cons

      • Terrible Hardware

      Best Uses

      • Playing

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      I bought this banjo, knowing right off the bat to not expect anything extraordinary, and I was right.

      My only real complaint that I can give it that the hardware was garbage...literally. Two of the tuning machines didn't work right out of the box. No matter how low an instrument is priced, it should at least be functional if you're buying it brand new.

      On the plus side, everything else was far better than what I expected. The wood, the finish on it, that was all great. I put a nice set of planetary tuners on it, a better tailpiece, and now I'd use it on stage, in the studio, or anywhere.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      More than you should expext for this price!

      By Ldzeppelin

      from Wichita, KS

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      I got this for my father for his birthday. I did the setup for him (I play guitar and mandolin a little). Setup was very easy with basic intonation knowledge and it tunes up great. The open back is prefered in this situation as to not drive my mother crazy as he is learning and he has no plans of playing out anytime soon if at all. If you want a louder fuller sounding banjo then don't go with an open back. That's not what these are for so don't expext it! I have a friend who prefers playing his open backed with people because in intimate small jam sessions sometimes his other is just too much sound. Buy it and you will be pleased! And to top it off this banjo inspired me to learn to play that too!

      (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GOD

      By DEATH METAL

      from DEATH METAL

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      This maniacle instrument of death brought out the edge to my death metal band. These gnarly weapon of death combined with my kazoo gave us the death metal, hardcore sound we have been craving. The backwoods sounds of these unholy powerful instrument have given us the magical power of the metal gods.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      A decent low price banjo

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      It's definitely worth the money I paid for it. Biggest problem was setup. I had to loosen and readjust the neck to make it playable. Not much volume because of open back but that can be an avantage if you don't want to disturb people.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice banjo

      By JON ABBOTT

      from Austin, Tx

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      I paid a great price for a used one
      I just picked up a used open back 5-string from a guy that couldn't get the roll down after years of trying. I love this little banjo. I use it as my practice banjo and leave it leaning against the wall next to my seat at the kitchen table. So I can grab it and play anytime. O.K., it's not as smooth or sounds quit as good as my Gibson Mastertone, but it is a lot more fun.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Buy

      By gcc005

      from Ruston, Louisiana

      Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

      I bought this banjo about a year ago from MF.com.It came exactly as advertised, and shipped quickly. This banjo is nothing spectacular, but its not designed to be. The hardware is not a problem the tuners work just great, the stock bridge works fine, and I've gotten plenty of compliments on how it sounds for a beginner banjo. Many experienced pickers cannot believe what I paid for it.It is very durable, as I like to take my instruments out into the world. It is practically an attachment to me, and it goes out drinking, to campfires, or anywhere I go. Everyone enjoys it, and I'm not half bad at playing it! This instrument will serve me for years to come. Solid purchase all around.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Deal for a Banjo- Low Price, Good Quality

      By Clawhammer in Kentucky

      from Southgate, KY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Holds Tune
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Playing in Groups
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

        I've never written reviews for things before, but this banjo deserved some recognition.

        I've played guitar for 7 years. A few months ago I fell in love with the sound of the banjo, so I knew I had to get one. This banjo is the cheapest one I could find brand new, and it had a large body of highly favorable reviews, so I decided it was worth the risking of buying it sight unseen. I could not be more highly pleased with this banjo. It is beautiful to look at, it has good tone, it stays in tune, and it's super lightweight and portable. The banjo is now my main instrument.

        I love this banjo like I've never loved an instrument before. When I'm at school and work, I miss my banjo and want to get home and play it. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to play banjo. I haven't had this banjo for too long, so I can't offer any strong proclamations on its reliability or durability, but I can say that it's presented zero issues in the couple months I have had it.

        I have used this banjo with many other musicians, and they have been very impressed by its quality and were surprised that it was cheap and not from a brand-name. I've just started playing this banjo in a band, I just started with them so I haven't gotten to gig with it yet, but I'll be doing that pretty soon, and I have all the confidence in the world that this banjo will be up to the task.

        This may not be the single greatest banjo ever made, but it is a very good instrument. For its price, it's about as good a deal you can get. If you are starting out or are on a budget or you just don't like shelling out your coin, this is perfect for the role. This is my first and so far only banjo, but I've played other banjos, all of them at least slightly more expensive, and I prefer this banjo to all others I've played so far.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent starter banjo

        By AJ

        from Ann Arbor, MI

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Starter
          • Travel

          Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

          Excellent first banjo. Bridge installed and tuned in minutes. Holds tuning well. Will be replacing with better strings soon. Trying to learn clawhammer, and it sounds great even as a fumble along. Highly recommended.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great starter

          By banjobenny

          from Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy Set Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Tone
          • Stays in tune
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Knock Around Banjo
            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

            This is a great starter banjo for the price it can't be beat. Easy set up, sounds great and stays in tune. Order processed and shipped fast. Thank you MF

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great starter banjo!

            By banjo zanetti

            from Vancouver, Wa

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Beginner
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rogue Travel / Starter Banjo:

              After having it "set-up" by my local instrument store, this has been a very nice banjo to learn on. It has a good feel and a good sound for such an affordable price!

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