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Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo Gloss Natural

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The 5-string Dean Backwoods BW5 Banjo offers traditional construction and materials such as a 25-5/16" scale mahogany neck, a mahogany rim, and a mahogany resonator. The 22-fret rosewood fingerboard h... Read More

Available 11-11-2016 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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The 5-string Dean Backwoods BW5 Banjo offers traditional construction and materials such as a 25-5/16" scale mahogany neck, a mahogany rim, and a mahogany resonator. The 22-fret rosewood fingerboard has heart shaped position markers and the metal armrest is decoratively engraved. Planet banjo tuners keep all 5 strings in perfect tune.

Constructed with attention to detail the Dean Backwoods Series is a notably solid line of banjos with very appealing prices. Reminiscent of their forefathers from the 30's, the Backwoods banjos present a bright tone with a traditional look.

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Features Body
  • Body Style: BanjoTop Material: Remo Head
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Contour: Flat Top
  • Binding: Celluloid
  • Guitar Finish: Natural
  • Dexterity: Right Handed
  • Neck
  • Neck Shape: C
  • Neck Material: MahoganyConstruction: Set Neck
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Pearl Flower
  • Scale Length: 25-5/16 in. (643 mm)
  • Frets: 22
  • Fretboard Radius: Flat
  • Nut: Polymer (Plastic) (OEM)
  • Nut Width: 1-3/16 in. (30.1 mm)
  • Truss Rod: Dual Action
  • Other
  • Number of Strings: 5
  • Hardware Color: Chrome
  • Bridge: Banjo Maple/Rosewood
  • Tuners: Die-Cast
  • Knobs: None
  • Strings: Olympia (.010-.24)
  • Country of Origin: China
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DeanBW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo

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Terrific Banjo

By Keith

from Raleigh, NC

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    Comments about Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo:

    Very nice construction, materials and finish. Compared vs Deering Goodtime 2 and Washburn + Gretsch and on paper this beats them all. Real mahogany (not maple) resonator back and very nice sound. In store demo also had me sold on Dean vs the other brands above. Been playing guitar 30+ years and just switching to banjo - this is the 1st Dean product I've purchased. Very happy with the purchase! Only minor disappointment was I was hoping to find a US-made instrument at this price point. FINAL NOTE: if you order on-line the banjo comes without the bridge installed (it's included, just not set up). I fiddled with it for an hour before i took it in to local GC and they set it up for free (a basic set up, nothing personalized). Kudos to Becca @ Raleigh GC for helping manage that process.

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    Beginning Banjo Player

    By angela runte

    from Edmonds, WA

    Comments about Dean BW5 Backwoods 5-String Banjo:

    I bought this banjo hoping to teach myself how to play. I was a little nervous ordering online as I there were little reviews on this particular style. However after waiting for almost a month for the banjo to arrive in the mail I couldn't be more excited. The banjo is absolutely breathtaking. The pictures do not do it justice. The body of the banjo is a very pretty silvery color and the floral engraving on the metal plate adds a beautiful detail. Overall the banjo is fairly easy to play and the tonal quality is great. I would highly recommend this banjo!

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