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Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case Sunburst

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From tone ring to inlay, it's what a great banjo should be. Top of the line!

From workhorse to showstopper, Washburn banjos are seen on every stage and played by some of the finest pickers in the country -- or the city. The addition of a B17 banjo from Washburn can broaden your sonic pallet and add a new dimension to your music. Traditionalists will find all the tone & projection they've come to expect from a world class Washburn in this sunburst finish, 5-string model. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • 5 String
  • Bell Brass Tone Ring
  • Flat head construction
  • Tension tailpiece
  • Remo Head
  • Flamed Maple Resonator
  • Sunburst finish
  • 24 tension brackets
  • Gold hardware
  • Engraved arm rest
  • Engraved headstock & heel
  • Rock maple neck
  • Pearl truss rod cover
  • Includes case
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WashburnB17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case
 
5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Well built / quality (4)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Practicing (4)
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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

b17 a winner

By johnv-hcHYD

from arab alabama

Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

This is a great sounding banjo, especially for bluegrass. I have owned an arch top for years, and its warm tone is just right for following old- timey fiddling and country. However I wanted something with a real bright tone for bluegrass, and my b17 fills the bill. My only compaints are the ends of some of the frets have slight burrs from being cut off; not enough to scratch but you can still feel them. The fretbaord inlays are fancy shaped but lack luster; the abalone on the headstock is gorgeous The "engraving" on the armrest is something they punched in while manufacturing, and looks like a series of dots; looks kinda strange until you get under lights, and then each little dot sparkes. Overall a great looking and sounding banjo. case is extra deluxe

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Banjo

By Prenestino

from Near Philadelphia, Pa.

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful Workmanship
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

    Played good, beginner banjo for over a year and bought the B-17 when I realized I would be committed. Was struck by the high volume, which got much louder after it was set up and tightened properly. I see no advantage of much more expensive banjos. This is one for forever. I like its ornateness, but this is not for everyone. Down the road I will probably replace the tail piece. Some I talked to preferred their banjo over this for very marginal or purely personal reasons. I still use my beginner Washburn simply because it weighs about one fifth as much. The B-17 has a true bell quality brass tone ring which ensures a beautiful, large sound.

    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Took a while to deliver. Well worth the wait.

    By Tim Spencer

    from Seattle

    Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

    If you can find one, buy it. It will last you the rest of your life.
    Quality is solid throughout. No corners were cut in putting this banjo together.
    This instrument will not disappoint. Tuning is crisp all the way up the fretboard. Comes with tiny railroad spikes for capoing. Finish on the resonator is gorgeous and the tone quality is rich and full of pluck. Cant seem to put this baby down.
    A few days after I ordered this, the price went up $200. On other websites, the same banjo is selling for $500 more. Am i happy with what i got for my money. I think so.

    (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Washburn does banjos

    By Allie Harding

    from Va

    Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

    The Washburn B17 - B16 Banjos are top quality instruments in todays market for the money spent. No other brand such as Fender or Epiphone will match it in features or total all around perfection. Try them all out side by side and you will choose the Washburn for it's sound and appearance.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Impressive Banjo

    By Parkey

    from Fallon, NV

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    Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

    I was surprised at how much nicer this Washburn B17 Banjo is compared to what I was expecting for its price. All of my banjo player friends had the same reaction. This is my first Banjo but I've played alot of others that cost more and weren't as butter smooth as this one. The biggest comments I hear, Other than the atractive looks, are about how silky smooth the action is. This one's a winner for sure. Like any new instrument, just to make it all me, I'll need to do some minor setting up. I couldn't be happier.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    best value for the money

    By jason-slIMo

    from gilbertsville ,ky

    Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

    for the money this is the best banjo you will find...by far...spend a few extra bucks and have it set up and you will not be dissapointed...i have a deering calico also and always find myself grabbing the b-17 when i practice...

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I rented it First,then bought it !

    By Mish 520

    from louisville,ky

    Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

    Definitely worth the money , I rented one first and then decided to own it ! very smooth ,great sound ,easy to play !!! I am very happy with it ! Washburn B17 is the king of all banjos !!!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for Bluegrass

    By Billy-duDS6

    from Riverside, CA

    Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

    I bought this banjo used, and put medium gauge strings on it. It has great tone, can project a lot of sound, and is very easy to play. It is definitely built more for scruggs-style picking common in traditional bluegrass. I can sort of play old-time clawhammer on this banjo, but it doesn't really sound right. It sounds fantastic all the way up and down the neck and mine keeps its tuning very well. It also looks gorgeous with the carved heel and headstock and the fancy pearl inlay. This is my second banjo and the one that really got me into playing bluegrass music. Highly recommended- expensive but worth the extra money.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome banjo

    By Chewy

    from Nebraska

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts

      Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

      Little heavy for most beginers.For the price grab it while it's at a low price. You want be disappointed at all.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well Built, Beautifil.

      By Fast Eddie

      from Dixon, KY

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      Pros

      • A Real Beauty
      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Festivals

        Comments about Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case:

        I have five other banjo's, one a 1982 Washburn B16, so I had expectations when I ordered the B17. Upon arrival the B17/Case was doubled boxed. I opened the boxes and was impressed by the appearance of the banjo. Upon inspection I discovered three factory flaws in the fretboard. I contacted Musicians Friend, and as always was told that they would gladly replace the banjo, which they did. Upon receiving the replacement banjo I inspected the instrument, tuned the strings, and made a minor adjustment to the bridge. The B17 is a fancy, carved, and embellished gold colored plated B16. I am expecting the B17 to sound as good as my vintage B16 after the strings settle in. It is really impressive looking, but for new banjo players be aware that this is a heavy banjo (well built). Musicians Friend's Service is second to none, they want you to be satisfied. I always recommend Musicians Friend to everyone I know.

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