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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (17)
  • Consistent (12)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (8), Professional musician (5)

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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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal for the money

By Martin fan

from New England

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Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

Build quality is good for the money. Go on youtube and look at some how to set up banjo videos. It's not that difficult. Tighten the head and new strings is all it took to get a great sound.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent banjo. Here are the pros and cons

By Dave

from Hillsdale, MI

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Good For Beginners

Cons

  • 5th String Buzzy
  • Fret Buzz Out Of The Box
  • Inconsistent Tone
  • Must Have Setup
  • Poor Quality Tuners

Best Uses

  • Beginners
  • Practicing

Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

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.

(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

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    beautiful banjo

    By j9mocash

    from clarksville tn

    Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

    I bought this banjo for my husband for his birthday and he absolutely fell in love with it. he has never owned a banjo before and he is very eager to learn on this one. it came without a scratch and i am very pleased. however it is not shipped very carefully. it was shipped with just a few clumps of paper and a sheet over it. but it didn't have a scratch. and it is a very nice banjo.

    (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

    See all my reviews

    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.

    (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.

      (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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      So far so good.

      By Garyaxeman

      from Hannastown Pa.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

        I'm a gigging guitar player who has played rock and blues for almost 30 yrs,I picked up the banjo lately because I've always wanted to play one.This banjo is an acceptable first instrument.decent quality and stays in tune and such. I am satisfied with this purchase

        (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.

            (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.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great purchase

              By JSho

              from North Texas

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to set up
              • Excellent Instrument
              • Fast Shipping

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                  Never picked up a banjo before this one and couldn't be happier. Has a great sound. Bought the used one, couldn't find a scratch on it. Perfect condition if u ask me. Get a good clip on tuner, strings go flat quickly, but that's my only complaint.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  What a steal!

                  By wisebassman

                  from savannah, ga

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Sounds great
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                  I am a guitar player of over 15 years. I wanted to learn how to play a banjo so I bought this washburn. I was able to set it up right out of the box and it sounds amazing!!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  super fun banjo

                  By MCL

                  from Longmont, CO

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  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.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good banjo for the price

                    By Capt. Griz

                    from Cocoa Beach, FL

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

                    Ask me a question

                    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.

                      (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

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Boss Banjo for the Price

                        By JMcBroom

                        from Stillwater, MN

                        About Me Novice

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Everything
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                        • None so far

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                        I started playing banjo when this product arrived in the mail. It is light weight, has great tone, and is a great banjo to start on. I love it and can't see buying another banjo as long as I live. I don't see how I could improve on this one. Great product.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Wonderful banjo

                        By Logan White

                        from Clarksville, AR

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                        • Some Hardware Problems

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                          This is a wonderful banjo.It has a really good tone with a good ring. It tunes really well,and the hardware is easy to work on or adjust.although I did have some issues with the hardware for the straps.But over-all still very impressed with sound,and a very beautiful banjo.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          B9 Washburn Banjo

                          By Crazy Dave

                          from Va Beach, Va

                          About Me Experienced

                          See all my reviews

                          Ask me a question

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Tone
                          • Very Nice Banjo

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Easy Set Up

                            Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                            This is a Very nice Banjo. You can't beat the price and fast shipping. I bought one for a friend and he Loves it too. You can't beat a Washburn, I have 3 of them now.

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent starter Banjo for the Money

                            By tchris2473

                            from Virginia

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Tone
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Learning
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                              This is an excellent Banjo for the money. Its a great starter Banjo. It is very outstanding, sounds great and is constructed very well. I would recommend this to anyone starting out or just looking for a cheaper Banjo with superior quality.

                               
                              5.0

                              Quality with no frills. Good for beginners.

                              By Soonerbad

                              from Norman,Ok

                              About Me Experienced

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

                                Perfect for beginners, no fancy inlays but construction ,tone and quality above average. It's a keeper.

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