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Washburn B120 Natural Distressed 5-String Banjo w/case

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The Washburn B120 Banjo with a maple resonator, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, plus a distressed matte finish, has a real vintage vibe. The rol...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Washburn B120 has all the looks and tone of a 100 year old banjo.

The Washburn B120 Banjo with a maple resonator, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, plus a distressed matte finish, has a real vintage vibe. The rolled brass tone ring is beautifully detailed with very fine scrolling work. Combine that with the ivory machine heads, old school neck inlays, and bronze plated hardware and you're ready for some serious banjo pickin'. Includes case.

FEATURES
Rolled Brass tone ring
Engraved armrest
Maple neck & resonator
Natural Distressed finish
24 tension brackets
Fingerboard radius flat
Rosewood fingerboard
Black/white truss rod cover
Maple bass with Rosewood tip bridge
Tension Tailpiece
Chrome geared tuning machine
Includes case

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WashburnB120 Natural Distressed 5-String Banjo w/case
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

another great washburn banjo

By banjo1971

from Mount Airy , NC

Comments about Washburn B120 Natural Distressed 5-String Banjo w/case:

I have just purchased the new Washburn B120 and I am really impressed with this banjo. The quality and finish on this banjo is superb.The overall tone this banjo had right out of the box was great.It came with medium gauge strings which is fine but I prefer light gauge so I can do string bending better when I play.So I changed the strings and set the banjo up to my personal taste(not saying the factory set-up was not good)and the playability became perfect for me.I own about 20 banjo`s,all 1920`s to 1960`s vintage,mostly Gibson`s and Vega`s.This banjo`s tone reminds me of my 1954 Gibson RB100 because of the brass rod tone ring,which I think is great.The Washburn is just fancier looking.This is a great banjo for old time 3 finger style or clawhammer playing.I think it sounds pretty good for bluegrass style playing because it has plenty of volume.The only thing I would change if I were the Washburn company is using a bell bronze flathead tonering like they use on their B16&B17 banjos.I feel this would make it sell better to most people wanting a true bluegrass banjo.This would make a great banjo for an intermediate player and a wonderful addition to a professional players arsenal to have a banjo for getting a more balanced tone for the studio.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My 3rd Banjo

By DannyG

from Huntsville, AL

Comments about Washburn B120 Natural Distressed 5-String Banjo w/case:

I am an intermediate banjoist, and I have to say after buying this I don't know if I will need a 4th. It is very antique looking, but I can guarantee you it is quite sturdy. I can't count how many bumps and drops I have given this work of art, but it always seems to turn out okay. I highly recoment this banjo for those who are still experimenting and aren't totally sure where thier musical path might take them.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Washburn B120 banjo

By mikil2

from florida

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn B120 Natural Distressed 5-String Banjo w/case:

    Just moving up to intermediate level after one year of banjo playing. Been guitar player 40 yrs ! Satisfied with this banjo so far. I have friend with 2 pro level Alvarez banjos and the 120 was as good a sound. Playability was not quite as good but, those banjos were 30 years old.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome second banjo!

    By KrisW

    from Houston, tx

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • No Blemishes

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Washburn B120 Natural Distressed 5-String Banjo w/case:

        Really beautiful instrument that is just as great to sit and look at as it is to play. Tone is really deep and I am loving this new one!

         
        5.0

        Beautiful instrument, well made, sounds grea

        By Bamboo

        from Piedmont, NC

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        Comments about Washburn B120 Natural Distressed 5-String Banjo w/case:

        You definitely get what you pay for in this well built banjo, quality, good looks, and fantastic sound, things you expect from Washburn.

         
        5.0

        Awesome Banjo!

        By Stringtight

        from Winchester, Tn.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy, Smooth Playing
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Washburn B120 Natural Distressed 5-String Banjo w/case:

          I have owned many Banjos' in my Lifetime, but this B120 is by far the best, Sound, Tone, Volume. Its Heavy, but for a reason, the Brass Tone Ring, and It rings, Yes its Sound is a little Deeper, but It still has that Punch, This Banjo is Gorgeous, Smooth to the Touch, I love the satin finish. The Set Up was perfect right out of the Box, I did tighten the Head a little for a crisper sound. This Banjo Rocks. It stays in Tune, Its Sounds Wonderful, Plays like a Dream, Its Simply Beautiful. The Case is a Nice Washburn Case the Fit tight and snug. Yes this is a must have Banjo for Banjo Players. Do I recommend this Banjo, Very Highly to and for any Level of players.

           
          5.0

          Gorgeous Banjo!

          By Stringtight

          from Winchester, Tn.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Washburn B120 Natural Distressed 5-String Banjo w/case:

            I received this Banjo today on time as promised by Musicians Friend, as always. This Banjo, is Gorgeous, I could not find one flaw, the Set Up was very Good, The Sound, Volume and Tone are perfect. I did have to tighten the screws in the tuning Keys, But that is expected, the Bridge was even correct, String Height very close. This is a very High Quality Instrument, Washburn has done its homework on this one. The Sound is a little Deeper but it has that Punch at the same time. This is a Pleasure to Play, the feel of this Banjo is Smooth and Clean the Maple Wood is Different but in a very Positive way. If you are looking for Flash this is not it, but If you want Good,and Beautiful, then this is your Banjo. The Case is very well Made and It fits the Banjo well, Washburn Logo on the cover, very nice. I would recommend this Banjo to anyone.

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