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Washburn B9 Banjo  Sunburst 

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For those looking to hone their bluegrass, country, or Dixieland chops, Washburn has released an affordable 5-string banjo with remarkable playabilit...Read More

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With clear, percussive tone this banjo is an amazing value.

For those looking to hone their bluegrass, country, or Dixieland chops, Washburn has released an affordable 5-string banjo with remarkable playability and limitless application.

Some of the standout features of this perfect beginner's banjo include a raised cast-aluminum tone ring, a bound rosewood fingerboard, a Remo head, and an adjustable tension tailpiece. With Washburn's craftsmanship and surprising affordability, this banjo is priced to fly out the door and into the nearest jam session. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • 5-String
  • Cast-aluminum tone ring
  • Flat head construction
  • Chrome standard tailpiece
  • Remo head
  • Maple base with rosewood tip bridge
  • Stained light-brown/buffed gloss neck
  • Mahogany resonator
  • 30 tension brackets
  • Chrome hardware
  • Closed chrome-covered tuning machines
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Case sold separately

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WashburnB9 Banjo
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Consistent (9)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great light beginner and practice banjo.

Great fast neck. Only needed to raise neck 1/8 inch where it joins rim for lower action, tighten head and switch to a No Knot tail piece for a good mellower tone and...Read complete review

Great fast neck. Only needed to raise neck 1/8 inch where it joins rim for lower action, tighten head and switch to a No Knot tail piece for a good mellower tone and playability. Mine came with a Reversed Remo coated head with the smooth side up which is good for practicing without worries about rubbing the coating off. I like it more than some that I've spent hundreds more on! The Washburn case they sell for the B-9 is a deluxe archtop version with five latches. Not as loud and cutting as other premium bluegrass banjos, but that works fine for practice at home. I'll be keeping this one. Guitar tuners hold tune well and are easier to fine adjust than planetary type.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent banjo. Here are the pros and cons

Overall I am happy with the purchase. I am a professional musician who likes to learn various instruments and the banjo was next on my list. For a beginner/learner it is great....Read complete review

Overall I am happy with the purchase. I am a professional musician who likes to learn various instruments and the banjo was next on my list. For a beginner/learner it is great. Be advised though, I highly recommend you take it to a shop to have it set up, unless you have experience with instrument setup. Out of the box, the bridge is not set (so as the head isn't damaged in shipping I'm sure), the action is high and both the saddle and nut(s) needed adjusting to get rid of fret buzz and make it more playable.

If you are a beginner, you can't go wrong for the price. I imagine I will eventually want one of higher quality, but it suits my needs for learning nicely at this time.

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4.0

Excellent Banjo for the Beginner!

By Lucid Dreamer

from Arlington, Texas

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Beginner Shows
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

    Looking for a good starter banjo and found one here. Easy set up.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    super fun banjo

    By mcl

    from longmont,CO

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun to play
    • Looks Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

      i was looking for a banjo to learn on and that is what i received. decent tone, and plays well. no major blemishes. a bit of fret buzz that was corrected with a little extra attention upon set up, which was not too difficult. new strings also helped with a bit more volume during play. i doubt a pro would want to play it on stage but definitely sufficient for jamming with friends.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      so far so good

      By Sammy14

      from Nj

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

          Ordered this for Christmas for my son. First one came broken, second one seems great. He says it's awesome ! For the price, it seems to do the trick. Really nice color also.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good banjo for the price

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          By Capt. Griz

          from Cocoa Beach, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performing
            • Recording

            Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

            Banjo plays well after initial adjustments. Sound is good. Neck is fretted properly and notes are true when bridge is set correctly.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great light beginner and practice banjo.

            By RC-E_6FY

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Great Neck And Light

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

            Great fast neck. Only needed to raise neck 1/8 inch where it joins rim for lower action, tighten head and switch to a No Knot tail piece for a good mellower tone and playability. Mine came with a Reversed Remo coated head with the smooth side up which is good for practicing without worries about rubbing the coating off. I like it more than some that I've spent hundreds more on! The Washburn case they sell for the B-9 is a deluxe archtop version with five latches. Not as loud and cutting as other premium bluegrass banjos, but that works fine for practice at home. I'll be keeping this one. Guitar tuners hold tune well and are easier to fine adjust than planetary type.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Get It Before The Price Goes Up

            By Bean

            from Boston

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

              5 Star for the price.

              Guitarist learning banjo and the darn thing has yet to go out of tune

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Happy

              By DaveL

              from Butte, MT

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fun

                Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                What a great buy.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice beginner banjo

                By Deke512

                from Grayson, Ky

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                  I bought this instrument as a Christmas present for my son. I have been playing for over 25 years but am new to the banjo. It has great tone and stays in tune well. The intonation is good too. Good instrument for the price.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very good condition, as promised

                  By Eileen

                  from Washington, D.C.

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Neck Straight
                  • Quick Shipping
                  • Very Good Condition

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Learning
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                    Great condition, quick shipping, exactly as described, new strings

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Banjo

                    By banjowannabe

                    from Elkins, WV

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • I Can't Think Of A Con

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                    I've never played any string instrument before but I wanted to learn something new. I read lots of recommendations and reviews online and found that this banjo is one of the most highly recommended for beginners. Everything the recommendations said is true. This is a great banjo, especially for the price. I bought mine used and saved even more money because it still looks great. After I got the banjo I got on youtube and started watching some of the instruction videos. Now I can play some very basic rolls and cords. Only thing I'm wondering is how long my fingers will continue to hurt from practicing so much.

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