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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

Available 01-26-2017

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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 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (7), Experienced (6), 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.

Reviewed by 21 customers

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5.0

great purchase

By dave

from virginia

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • well made quality instrument , easy to play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • recording sessions

    Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

    Great tone. Easy to play. I have been a guitar player for over 40 years. Professionally & as a hobby. I also play mandolin & pedal steel. I have played banjo for over 10 years. I know a quality instrument when I play it. This banjo is a quality instrument. No adjustments needed. The strings are not to high off the neck for me. Install the bridge and tune it up. I would play this banjo on stage. Great for recording sessions. Great price for a great instrument. Good for beginner & experienced banjo player.

     
    5.0

    Very nice banjo

    By Flash

    from NY

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy to adjust
    • Good Tone
    • Good tone quality
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • I haven't found any cons yet - 12 yrs owned

    Best Uses

    • Learning as a beginner
    • Practicing

    Comments about Washburn B9 Banjo:

    Right now I am trying to learn to play the banjo.

     
    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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      super fun banjo

      By M

      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.

        (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.

            (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

            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.

              (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.

              (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

                (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.

                  (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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