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MF MD HG01 Electric Guitar Month 06-19-18

5-String Banjos

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  1. Gold Tone CC-50RP Convertible 5-String Banjo
  2. Gold Tone OB-250 Banjo
    Gold Tone OB-250 Banjo
  3. Gold Tone Dojo 5-String Resonator Banjo
    Gold Tone Dojo 5-String Resonator Banjo
  4. Gold Tone CB-100 Open Back Banjo
    Gold Tone CB-100 Open Back Banjo
  5. Gold Tone EB-5 Electric Banjo
    Gold Tone EB-5 Electric Banjo
  6. Recording King The Elite Traditional Banjo
  7. Gold Tone BG-250F Resonator Banjo
    Gold Tone BG-250F Resonator Banjo
  8. Top Rated
    Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo
    Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo
  9. Recording King RKH-05 Dirty 30's Resonator Banjo
  10. Deering Artisan Goodtime II 5-String Resonator Banjo
  11. Gold Tone CC-50TR Cripple Creek Traveller Banjo
  12. Gold Tone CC-100+ Cripple Creek Banjo
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  13. Gold Tone BG-250 Bluegrass Special Banjo
    Gold Tone BG-250 Bluegrass Special Banjo
  14. Gold Tone ML-1 Béla Fleck Series Baritone Banjo
  15. Gold Tone CC-50 Cripple Creek Banjo
    Gold Tone CC-50 Cripple Creek Banjo
  16. Gold Tone CC-100R+ Cripple Creek Banjo with Resonator
  17. Top Rated
    Recording King Dirty 30s Open Back 5 String Banjo
  18. Top Rated
    Morgan Monroe Rocky Top RT-B01-OP Hoedown Open-Back Banjo
  19. Top Rated
    Deering Goodtime 2 Zombie Killer 5-String Banjo
  20. Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Open Back 5-String Banjo Guitar
  21. Recording King OT25 Madison Old-Time Banjo
  22. Private Reserve
    Deering 5-Deluxe 5-String Banjo
    Deering 5-Deluxe 5-String Banjo
  23. Private Reserve
    Recording King USA Series M5 Banjo
  24. Deering Artisan Goodtime 5-String Openback Banjo
  25. Vega Woodsongs Campfire Long Neck Banjo
  26. Vega Old Tyme Wonder Banjo
    Vega Old Tyme Wonder Banjo
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    Washburn 5-String Banjo
    Washburn 5-String Banjo
  28. Private Reserve
    Vega Long Neck Banjo
    Vega Long Neck Banjo
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Five string banjos have a distinct twang like no other. The plucky bounce of most banjo music has had people dancing and singing along for centuries. Being a part of this tradition is a great reason to try out this unique instrument and the modern tune-ups make it easier to attempt than ever. The banjo we know today originated in the 1830s and is most commonly associated with American ‘old time’ music, bluegrass and country genres. However, modern musicians such as Mumford & Sons and Sufjan Stevens are embracing the instrument and have begun incorporating into their own unique arrangements. Finding a banjo tab for your favorite classics and pop hits is pretty easy with more and more musicians trying this instrument out.

Five string banjos rely on a string that begins at the fifth fret. This gives you the ability to play with different tunings and to attain a higher tone not quite as easy to attain with a four string. This high note is very useful in a lot of Irish and Celtic music as much of this genre has songs that reach the higher registers.

If you’re considering buying a banjo you have to look the variations of rim and tone ring constructions. These components are critical to the overall sound of your banjo so you want to decide early on what you are after. If you’re just beginning, a multi-plywood rim that’s featured on the Recording King Dirty 30s banjo is a lightweight option that resonates crisply giving you a clear tone that projects well. For more advanced players, metal options like the brass featured on the Washburn B17 Sunburst projects even further than wooden models and are perfect for lightning fast bluegrass players who want the banjo to stand out over the other instruments.

The tradition of banjo music is certainly not limited to old timey barn dances. Whether you’re looking to continue the custom with your Celtic group or want to re-invent and incorporate the distinct tone into your own musical arrangements, there is a banjo that will suit your needs and ensure your personal technique stands out.
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