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Washburn B17 Sunburst 5-String Banjo w/case Sunburst  (Open Box)
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Product# 516892
OVERVIEW

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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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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5.0

beautiful instrument!

By steve

from olympia, wa

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    Fun to play, sound is so good it's hard to put down!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well Built, Beautifil.

    By Fast Eddie

    from Dixon, KY

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this banjo:

      By Mac

      from Mount Holly, VT

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong
      • Very pretty instrument!

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        I have an Alvarez, Silver Belle that I've used for about 30 years. It served me well. It could use a fret replacement. I'll keep it for a back up. I am very happy with the B-17. It has a great playing action and crisp, clean tone. It's beautiful. I added a shubb 5th string capo. I prefer that to the "railroad spikes" that came on it. This banjo will outlive me.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful, quality Banjo!

        By NickeyD

        from Roanoke, Va.

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          More expensive than an entry level instrument - however, the added cost will strengthen a commitment to learn to play!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great sounding banjo- excellent price.

          By 68MGB

          from Sierra Foothills, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Arrived With A Ding In It

          Best Uses

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

            The Washburn B-17 banjo is a beautiful instrument with great sound. I immediately fell in love with it. The workmanship is very good and the appearance is striking. The case is also very nice and fits well. The only sad part was that it arrived with a good sized "ding" in the resonator that was picked up before it was shipped.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome banjo

            By Chewy

            from Nebraska

            About Me Experienced

            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.

              (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Banjo

              By Prenestino

              from Near Philadelphia, Pa.

              About Me Experienced

              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.

                (13 of 13 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.

                (15 of 15 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

                (8 of 8 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...

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