Banjos

Maybe more than any other instrument, the banjo represents the unique history of music in America. As an example of how music in America has emerged from cultural influences around the world, banjos were originally brought to America by 17th centu...

y African slaves.

African banjos were created from a variety of indigenous materials, including gourds, wood, and animal skins. Hemp and animal products were used for strings.

In the 1800s, traveling minstrel shows from America brought the banjo to the international stage and it evolved into the form of today.

Is A Banjo Right For You?

Today's banjo includes frets and steel strings. The instrument was initially played by strumming the strings. Contemporary players typically pick or pluck the strings similar to a mandolin.

With a renewed interest in such musical forms as bluegrass, banjos are seeing a bit of a renaissance. All the major guitar companies create top quality instruments, including Fender, Martin, Gibson, and Taylor.

In addition, lessons for acoustic and electric, as well as 6-string and 5-string banjos are becoming more and more commonly offered by local music shops. With an increasing interest in the many kinds of music that the instrument can play, musicians from all walks of life are picking and plucking more than ever.

Whether your taste is for classical or contemporary, the banjo might just be a perfect fiddle to fit your fancy.

Strumming American History One String At A Time

Banjos were brought to the US by African slaves and have undergone several changes since then -- changes that have made the banjo a more vibrant and popular member of the music family.

Banjos come in a variety of shapes and sizes, enjoying great popularity today. Classified in two categories on the basis of strings, there is a four-string and the five-string.

The banjo is often classified by resonators. The two categories based on the resonators are the resonator ones, with detachable chambers on the back of the rim, and the non-resonator, which is open-backed.

Banjos Are Here To Stay

Another modern-day development is the long and elegant neck fitted with frets. The originals were fretless. The strings, which are made of metal, start from the tailpiece, run along the banjo's neck and are held in place by tuning pegs.

The most dominant part of banjos is the wooden or metal rim, which is covered by a drumhead made of calf-skin, goatskin or plastic, held by a screw mechanism.

Over the decades banjos has come to be played in different musical styles named after musicians who popularized them. Three of these styles are melodic or Keith style, two-finger or Reno style and Scruggs style.

Banjos have had an excellent comeback and are here to stay.

 

 

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Harley Benton HBJ-25

5-String Banjo

383

Bluegrass Series, 24 Brackets, 22 Frets

Harley Benton BJ-55Pro 5 String Banjo

5-String Banjo

56

Bluegrass series, Dark blackwood fretboard (Pinus radiata), Heart inlays, 22 Frets, Bindings, Headstock inlay, Remo skin, MessingTone bracket with...

Harley Benton BJU-15Pro Banjo Ukulele

4-String Banjo Ukulele

63

19 Frets, Open Bracket with 12 tension rods

Harley Benton BJO-35Pro 5 String Banjo OB

5-String Banjo

40

Bluegrass Series, Dot fretboard inlays, 22 Frets, Remo skin, Bracket with 18 tension rods, Deluxe machine heads, Graphite nut

Harley Benton BJ-65Pro 6 String Banjo

6-String Banjo

31

Bluegrass Series, Solid maple body, Nato neck, Blackwood fretboard (Pinus radiata), Mother of pearl "Spades" - fretboard inlays, 22 Frets,...

Deering Goodtime Banjo

5-String banjo

31

3-Ply 11" blonde violin-grade maple rim, 22 Frets, Steel hoop, Enclosed machine heads, Made in the USA

Harley Benton HBJ-26

6-String Banjo

174

Bluegrass Series, Armrest, 24 Brackets, 22 Frets, Loop end strings

Dean Guitars Backwoods 6 Electric Banjo 6-S

6-String Banjo with Pickup

13

Pearl Dot fretboard inlays, 21 Frets, Diecast machine heads

Deering Goodtime Two Banjo

5-String Banjo

25

Goodtime 2 banjos feature a resonator for a brighter and louder sound, Easy to play with clear note separation and a round, full sound, 22 Frets,...

Deering Sierra 5-String Banjo Maple

5-String Banjo

15

3-Ply maple rim, "Deering -06-" 20-hole bronze tone ring, Slim Deering neck shape, Mother of pearl and maple inserts, Case included

Deering Phoenix A/E 6-string Banjo

6-String Banjo

5

22 Frets, Guitar machine heads, Deering patent-pending 22 tone ring, True Tone Deering tailpiece, Deering brass notched tension hoop, 24...

Harley Benton BJU-10 Banjo Ukulele

4-String Banjo Ukulele

20

Dot fretboard inlays, 19 Frets, 6" Remo head, Open bracket with 10 tension screws, Open machine heads, Graphite saddle

Deering Artisan Goodtime Two

5-String Banjo

1

Resonator, 11" Violin grade maple rim, Vintage Artisan fretboard inlays, Beautifully engraved machine head buttons

Deering Eagle II 5-string Banjo

5-String Banjo

4

Mumford and Sons Signature Model, 22 Frets, Deering patent-pending 22 tone ring, 3-Ply violin grade maple rim, True Tone Deering tailpiece, Deering...

Epiphone MB-100

5-String Banjo

17

Bluegrass series, Mahogany body, Rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia Latifolia), Chrome hardware

Gold Tone AC-1 5 String Openback Banjo

5-String Banjo

1

2-Way adjustable tension rod, Maple bridge with ebony cap, Adjustable tailpiece, 22 Frets, 16 Clamping screws, Flat bar hoops, Closed tuners,...

Recording King Dirty 30s Open Back Banjo

5-String Banjo

5

Multi-layer rim

Gold Tone CC-100R 5 String Banjo

5-String resonator banjo

0

Snowflake fretboard inlays, Black ABS binding, 2-Fold adjustable tension rod, Bone nut, 22 Frets, 18 Clamping screws, Flat bar hoops, 2 Resonator...

Harley Benton HBJ-25LH

5-String Banjo

15

Left-handed model, Bluegrass Series, 24 Brackets, 22 Frets

Deering Goodtime 17-Fret Tenor

4-String Tenor Banjo

19

Birch and maple rim, Slim maple neck, 17 Frets, Adjustable tailpiece

Deering Goodtime Banjo Starter Package

Banjo Starter Set

9

5-String open back banjo, 22 Frets, 3-Ply maple rim, 11" Frosted top High crown headstock, 16 Lugs, Patented Deering Goodtime tailpiece, Includes...

Deering Goodtime Six-R

6-String Banjo

0

Similar to the popular Goodtime Six open-back banjo, but with some added features, such as a 381 mm (15") radius, Midnight Maple fretboard and a...

Gold Tone AC-4 Openback Tenor Banjo

4-String Tenor Banjo

3

2-Way adjustable tension rod, Maple bridge with ebony cap, 19 Frets, 16 Clamping screws, Flat Bar hoops, Closed tuners, Chrome-plated hardware,...

Deering Artisan Goodtime OB 5

5-String Banjo

5

Open back, 11" Violin Grade Maple Rim, Vintage Artisan fretboard inlays, Vintage Artisan fretboard inlays

Gold Tone Irish Tenor Banjo 11"

Irish 11" tenor banjo

0

Maple neck, Ebony fretboard, Maple rim, "White Lady" tone ring, 17 Frets, "Clouds" fretboard inlays, Notched steel hoops, 24 Brackets, "Vega Style"...

Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukulele

4-String Concert Banjo Ukulele

5

Open back, Nicknamed the "Banjolele", Good playability thanks to nylon strings, The ideal travel partner thanks to its small size and low weight,...

Gold Tone BUT Banjo Ukulele w/Case

Tenor Banjo Ukulele

1

Maple bridge with ebony cap, Grover-style machine heads, Mini dot fretboard inlays, 8" Maple rim, Steel hoops, 20 Frets, 16 tuning lugs, 8" Remo...

Ibanez B200

5-String Banjo

9

Poplar block ring, Rolled tone ring, B200 special fretboard inlays

Recording King RKT-05 Dirty 30s Tenor Banjo

4-String Banjo

2

Maple rim, Maple neck, Revebond fretboard, 19 Frets, Adjustable truss rod, Presto style tailpiece, Maple / ebony bridge, Nickel hardware

Deering Goodtime Six-R w/ Kavanjo PU

6-String banjo pickup

1

22 Frets, Goodtime Six tailpiece, Enclosed machine heads, Made in the United States

Deering Goodtime Two 19 Fret

Tenorbanjo

7

19 Frets, Slender Maple neck, Maple resonator, Black Binding

Deering Vega Senator 5-String Banjo

5-String Open Back Banjo

1

22 Frets, Brass tone ring, 24 Flat hooks, Includes a case

Deering Vega Old Tyme Wonder Banjo12

5-String Banjo

5

Deering Knot-Less tailpiece, Durable and elegant satin finish, Includes a case

Recording King RK-OT25-BR

5-String Open Back Banjo

10

17 Frets, 2-Ply steam-bent maple, 24 Brackets, Nickel hardware, Presto tailpiece

Deering Goodtime 2 LH

Left-Handed 5-String Banjo

2

3-Ply maple rim, Maple resonator with black binding, Slim maple neck, 22 Frets, Adjustable tailpiece

Deering Goodtime A/E Banjo

5-String and open-back banjo with pickup

9

22 Frets, 11" Blonde 3-ply violin-grade maple rim, Steel hoop, Enclosed machine heads, Made in the USA

Deering Goodtime Two 17 Fret Tenor

Tenor Banjo

2

17 Frets, "Blonde slender rock" maple neck, 3-Ply maple rim, Maple resonator, Black binding, Nickel-plated armrest and hardware

Gold Tone AC-5 5 String Resonator Banjo

5-String Banjo

0

Dot fretboard inlays, Black ABS binding, 2-Fold adjustable tension rod, 0-Fret Zero Glide, 22 Frets, 16 Clamping screws, Flat Bar Tyres, Closed...

Gold Tone OT-800LN VB

5-String Open-Back Old Time Long Neck Banjo

0

22 Frets, Includes a case

Gold Tone AC 6+

6-String Banjo

0

Armrest with Gold Tone engraving, Dot fretboard inlays, 2-Way adjustable tension rod, Terminator Tailpiece, Closed machine heads, Chrome hardware,...

Gold Tone Concert Banjo Ukulele w/Bag

Ukulele Banjo

0

Round bar hoop, Open construction, 4 mm Dot fretboard inlays, Cream ABS binding, 18 Frets, Open Grover style machine heads with metal knobs, 0-Fret...

Gold Tone CC-100RW 5 String Banjo

5-String Resonator Banjo

0

Snowflake fretboard inlays, Black ABS binding, 2-Fold adjustable tension rod, 22 Frets, 18 Clamping screws, Flat Bar hoops, 2 Resonator Rods,...

Recording King RK-R35-BR

5-String banjo

23

Seagull fretboard inlay, 22 Frets, Mastertone style bell brass cast tone ring, Mastertone style one-piece banjo flange, Maple resonator, 3-Ply...

Deering Goodtime Americana

5-String Banjo

8

12" Maple rim, 16 Tension rods, 22 Frets

Gold Tone Little GEM Banjo Uke Sapphire

Ukulele Banjo

3

Transparent 8" head, 18 Frets, Black ABS neck binding, Maple bridge with ebony rest, 12 Tuning lugs, Flat bar hoops, Enclosed machine heads,...

Gold Tone CC-50 Vintage Braun Satin

5-String Open-Back Cripple Creek Banjo

0

22 Frets, Includes a gig bag

Gold Tone Dojo Banjo

5-String Dojo Banjo

0

Dots fretboard inlays, Zero Glide nut, 22 Frets, 2-Way truss rod, White ABS binding, Chrome hardware, Planetary machine heads

Deering Goodtime A/E Banjo LH

0

Bluegrass Series, Solid maple body, Nato neck, Blackwood fretboard (Pinus radiata), Mother of pearl "Spades" - fretboard inlays, 22 Frets,...

Deering Goodtime Blackgrass

5-String Banjo

0

Vintage Artisan fretboard inlays, 22 Frets, Black binding, Black hardware (except for machine heads), Closed machine heads, Made in USA

Gold Tone CB-100 Clawhammer Banjo

5-String Banjo

0

Maple neck, Blackwood fretboard, 17 Frets, Bone nut, Brass tone ring, Maple rim, Steel hoops, Black ABS binding, Nickel hardware, Maple bridge with...

Gold Tone GT-500 6 String Banjitar

6-String Banjo

1

Tone ring steel alloy, Snowflake fretboard inlays, Black ABS binding, 2-Fold adjustable tension rod, 21 Frets, 24 Clamping screws, Closed tuners,...

Hamaril Banjo Set

Harley Benton BJ-55Pro 5 String Banjo

0

5-String Banjo, Bluegrass series, Dark blackwood fretboard (Pinus radiata), Heart inlays, 22 Frets, Bindings, Headstock inlay, Remo skin,...

Ortega OBJE350/6-SBK

6-String Banjo

2

21 Frets, Engraved chrome armrest, Black Remo fiber head, Ortega diecast machine heads, 30 Lugs, Passive pickup, Includes Ortega gigbag

Gold Tone Plucky

Traveler Banjo

2

8" Maple rim, Neck and fretboard made of maple, Maple bridge with ebony cap, Dot inlays, Guitar style machine heads, Chrome hardware, Incl. bag

Gold Tone Bluegrass 5 String Banjo Set

5-String banjo set

0

Dot fretboard inlays, 2-Fold adjustable tension rod, Bone nut, Maple bridge with ebony overlay, 22 Frets, 18 Brackets, Flat bar hoops, Spike for...

Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukulele Bundle

Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukulele

0

4-String Concert Banjo Ukulele, Open back, Nicknamed the "Banjolele", Good playability thanks to nylon strings, The ideal travel partner thanks to...

Deering Goodtime 5-Str OB LH

5-String banjo

0

Lefthand / lefthanded model, 3-Ply, 11", blonde, violin grade maple rim, Hardwood bow-tie fretboard inlays, 22 Frets, Steel hoops, Deering Goodtime...

Gold Tone BUB Banjo Ukulele w/Case

Baritone Ukulele

0

Maple neck, Blackwood fretboard, Maple bridge with ebony cap, Grover-style machine heads, Mini dot fretboard inlays, 8" Maple rim, Steel hoops,...

Gold Tone AC Traveler 5 string Banjo

5-String Banjo

0

Maple neck, Blackwood fretboard, 11" Composite rim, Binding ABS Black, 2-Way adjustable tension rod, Zero Glide maple bridge with ebony cap, 22...

Deering Boston 6 String A/E Banjo

6-String Banjo with Pickup

5

Seed and Vine maple and pearloid fretboard inlays, 22 Frets, Nickel-plated 3/16" steel rim, Bevelled tension hoop, White binding, 5/8" (16 mm)...

Deering Goodtime Americana LH

5-String Banjo

0

Left-handed model, 12" Maple rim, 16 Tension rods, 22 Frets

Deering Goodtime Special

5-String Banjo

0

The improved Goodtime Special Tone Ring produces a powerfully crisp, bright, shiny tone with good volume at a moderate price, 22 Frets, Closed...

Gold Tone MM-150LN Maple Mountain

5-String Open-back Banjo

0

Long neck, Maple neck, Vega style armrest, Snowflake inlays, 2-way adjustable trus srod, Bone nut, Maple bridge with ebony cap, 18 Frets, Machine...

Gold Tone BB400+ Bass Banjo w/Case

Banjo Bass

0

2-Way truss rod, Bass-style machine heads, 20 Frets, Tailpiece BB-400TP 4-string, Case included

Deering Goodtime 6 Banjo 11"

6-String Banjo

1

Standard guitar tuning, Open back, 3-Piece 11" (28 cm) violin grade maple rim, Maple neck, Maple fretboard, 15" Radius, 22 Frets, Block style...

Gold Tone Irish Tenor Banjo 12"

Irish 12" Tenor Banjo

0

26 Clamping screws, Dots & Bots fretboard inlays, Black ABS binding, 2-Fold adjustable tension rod, Bone nut, Maple bridge with ebony top layer, 17...

Gold Tone CC-OT Package VB

5-String Open-Back Cripple Creek Clawhammer Banjo

1

18 Frets, Includes a gig bag, instructional DVD and strap

Gold Tone BUC Concert Banjo w. Case

4-String Concert Banjo

0

Dot fretboard inlays, 18 Frets, Bone nut, Chrome hardware, Maple bridge with ebony cap, Closed machine heads, Case included

Recording King RK-Elite-75

5-String Banjo

10

Fretboard inlays in flying eagle style, 22 Frets, Mastertone style tone ring, Mastertone style one-piece banjo flange, Mahogany resonator with...

Deering Goodtime Midnight Special LH

5-String Banjo

0

Left handed model, Three-ply maple rim, Maple resonator, Black binding, Bluegrass Style tone ring made of steel

Deering Eagle II Tenor 19-Fret

Tenor Banjo

1

19 Frets, Deering patent-pending 22 tone ring, 24 Round hooks, 24 Bracket shoes, Eagle 2-piece flange, Includes a Deering case

Gold Tone Dojo DLX Banjo

5Sstring Dojo Banjo with Pickup

0

Snowflake fretboard inlays, Zero Glide bone nut, 22 Frets, 2-Way truss rod, White ABS binding, Chrome hardware, Planetary machine heads

Gold Tone WR-7 Wayne Rogers Signature

7-String Openback Banjo with Pickup

0

Wayne Rogers Signature MOdell, Curly Maple arm rest, Dot & Cloud fretboard inlays, 21 Frets, Zero Glide bone nut, Chrome hardware, Gig bag included