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Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo Natural

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You'll love the 6-string Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo If you're a guitar player looking for that banjo sound. With its familiar guitar tuning, this hybrid 6-string banjo requires no learning curve from guit... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 02-23-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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Overview

You'll love the 6-string Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo If you're a guitar player looking for that banjo sound. With its familiar guitar tuning, this hybrid 6-string banjo requires no learning curve from guitarists. Fitted with an 11 in. Remo head, Grover tuners, 25 in. scale length, and 1-3/4 in. nut width, you'll be a-pickin' and a-grinnin' with the Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo in no time!

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Features Body
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Material: Remo Head 11 in. Clear
  • Guitar Finish: Classic Black
  • Top Contour: Flat Top
  • Binding: None
  • Orientation: Right Handed
  • Neck
  • Neck Shape: C
  • Construction: Bolt-On Neck
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Pearl Dot
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2 in. (648 mm)
  • Frets: 21
  • Fretboard Radius: 16 in. (406 mm)
  • Nut: Polymer (Plastic) (OEM)
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16 in. (43 mm)
  • Truss Rod: Dual Action
  • Electronics
  • Not applicable
  • Other
  • Hardware Color: Black Chrome
  • Bridge: Banjo Graphite
  • Tuners: Sealed Die-Cast
  • Knobs: Dome Black Chrome
  • Strings: Olympia (.010–.052)
Specifications
  • Body
  • Body Material: Mahogany
    Top Material: Remo Head 11 in. Clear
    Guitar Finish: Classic Black
    Top Contour: Flat Top
    Binding: None
    Dexterity: Right Handed
    Neck
    Neck Shape: C
    Construction: Bolt-On Neck
    Neck Material: Mahogany
    Fretboard Material: Rosewood
    Inlays: Pearl Dot
    Scale Length: 25-1/2 in. (648 mm)
    Frets: 21
    Fretboard Radius: 16 in. (406 mm)
    Nut: Polymer (Plastic) (OEM)
    Nut Width: 1-11/16 in. (43mm)
    Truss Rod: Dual Action
    Electronics
    Pickup Neck: DMT Design Humbucker
    Controls: Volume
    Other
    Hardware Color: Black Chrome
    Bridge: Banjo Graphite
    Tuners: Sealed Die-Cast
    Knobs: Dome Black Chrome
    Strings: Olympia (.010-.052)
    Country of Origin: China
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
5 year parts and labor warranty against defects.


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DeanBackwoods 6 Banjo
 
4.1

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (8)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dualing Banjo's

I used to own the aria sb100 5 string banjo, which had traditional banjo tuning. I thought being a guitar player, banjo would be no problem. I was wrong, this solved my...Read complete review

I used to own the aria sb100 5 string banjo, which had traditional banjo tuning. I thought being a guitar player, banjo would be no problem. I was wrong, this solved my problem beautifully. If you can play guitar, you can play this banjo no problem, & it's really well made. I always wan't to play banjo since I saw Deliverance, now I can. Settle on the porch and play away, but, don't go in the woods.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Shipping Problem

The Banjo was purchased as a gift.

I was disappointed when I recieved the product.
When it arrived, it looked like the Banjo was sold to another person, returned and...Read complete review

The Banjo was purchased as a gift.

I was disappointed when I recieved the product.
When it arrived, it looked like the Banjo was sold to another person, returned and resold to myself. The box had been opened, the hardware was not in the shipping bag and was bouncing around in the box. Some of the screws that hold the drum to the banjo were not fastened and were also boucing around the box.
I called Musicians Friend the day I recieved the Banjo and spoke with Dale. He was very helpful.
Dale explained the 45 day return deal that your company offers. I have not decided If I want to return the Banjo or keep it. My daughters instructor is currently checking out the unit.
Needless to say, I am not satisfied with the condition I recieved the banjo. It should have been thoroughly inspected before being shipped.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't beat it - if you use it right

By what?

from The Great Future State Of WEST NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

      This is a great instrument for a guitar player! But don't buy the hype of NO learning curve - If'n ya want it to sound good like a banjo should. But yes very easy for the experienced guitar player.

      I've been playing guitar since rotary dial wall phones and for many years a couple times a week in public. The quality level of this instrument for this price point is excellent. Some day when there is world peace, hell freezes over and they abolish the IRS, musicians will realize you got to pay for detailed factory set up to be done on an instrument. If you want beautiful action out of the box, polished fret ends, etc. you got to pay for it. Yup we gots all kinds of foreign mass produced instruments but we got them - back in the day it was a big deal to scrounge up enough dead presidents to get an axe. yea and reuse strings :) The Dean Backwoods Banjo makes banjo playing a reality for us who are sqeezin nickels, and allows the guitar player to quickly learn Banjo. Yes I am going to lower the action and change strings no big deal then I have it where I want it :)

      Point is: the Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo is great bang for your buck - get it

      Peace and chicken grease

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quality build and tone for a great price, happy purchase!

      By Blackster

      from Northwoods, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

        Wow! This is NOT a "guitanjo" or whatever people like to call these. It's truly a six string banjo tuned like a guitar. I was struggling on stage switching from guitar to banjo and back during songs. (brain needed extra time to re-think chord shapes lol!) This is the trick! Pick up the Dean, play just like the guitar only it has wonderful banjo tone! Great for back up rhythym but does decent (not super great) on lead stuff....mainly quick turn around licks and the like. I was slightly hesitant but wanted to try this out and for the price I figured it was worth a shot. I am really glad I purchased this, the build quality is good (not top of the line build but definitley NOT cheaply done either). The tone is great and honestly it's very pretty! It really filled a niche I needed filled and it does it well. I recorded with it in the lead and no one knows I'm not playing a 5 string regular banjo. Well worth the price! Mine by the way was a "second" or used and returned. I can't find any issue with it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Cosmetic Issues

        By FredWorth

        from mn

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

          I sent this back because the fret-board stain had run causing unsightly streaks. The Dean logo on the fret-board was not applied well and a third of the bird's wing was missing. I agonized over returning it but decided I did not want a new instrument that had these flaws. The bridge did not work properly, the 6th string kept falling out. This can be fixed but I did not want to cut into an item that I was considering returning. Sound was okay, strings were high but played okay. (That is also adjustable) As I was getting together the return information and phone number I got an email which said that the instrument I wanted but had cost too much money was now on sale so I ordered that one. Note that I had already made the decision to return the instrument BEFORE I saw the new sale price. As another note, this instrument fits snugly into my standard banjo hard case sold by MF.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fits the bill

          By 12stringlady

          from kansas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Affordable

          Cons

          • Poor Tone Quality

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

          I purchased this for a specific show that required banjo flavor, and I am not a banjo player. So far, so good. Not crazy about the low tones, will change out some strings, but I also understand it's not going to sound exactly like a banjo.

           
          4.0

          Good for the price, consider the upgrade

          By Paul Race

          from Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

            I already reviewed this many months ago. It met my needs when I bought it, but the single-piece flange/pot construction keeps me from using it "backless," which I would like to do for some kinds of music. After buying this one, I learned that the black one with the pickup has a separate wooden pot, so I can take the back off that one without turning it into a deadly weapon. BTW, the humbucker pickup on the upgrade model isn't that important to me - I put an inexpensive piezo on this one and it works fine. Still I'm thinking about trading this one in on the upgrade model. If you're still shopping, you won't be disappointed with either banjo, but I would recommend considering the upgrade - it is a better banjo (not just cooler looking).

             
            5.0

            They should call this a Ganjo

            By Tatermusic

            from Coastal Oregon

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Great Feel Tone Is Right
            • Strong

            Cons

            • Haven't Come Across Any N

            Best Uses

            • Back Porch Symphonies
            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

            Using drop-D tuning, it was easy to enhance Celtic, folk, and middle Eastern genres.
            Projects over electric instruments, although I am adding a pickup to run through processors..

             
            4.0

            decent

            By lilparns

            from new york, ny

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good For A Novie
            • Good For Novice
            • Pretty Good Tone
            • Price

            Cons

            • Tuning Is Inconsistent

            Best Uses

            • Quick Easy Banjo Sound

            Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

            very good as something to have around and use on occasion. If you want a 6 string banjo that you will use frequently, probably worth going up in price/quality

             
            4.0

            Guitar Player's Dream

            By Darrell

            from NC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good looks
            • Good Tone
            • Grover Tuners
            • Well built

            Cons

            • Needs String Conversion
            • None at this price

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • For Home Recording
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

            It sounded pretty good as soon as I tuned it up. Then I tightened the head some and put a .012 on the bass E and put a wound .022 on the A string-then WOW! I usually do a lot of bass runs on guitar using the fifth and sixth strings. Those runs are suprising on treble strings. It has been more fun than I have had in a while. And every guitar player that I have shown it to has been just giddy playing it. MF should offer a conversion string pack for the fifth and sixth string with LOOP ENDS. It was tricky getting the brass out of the loops. Still fun.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I enjoy my six string banjo

            By Rick

            from Syracuse, NY

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Awesome
            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

            • I Have Nothing Bad To Say

            Best Uses

            • Just learning
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

            July 2012 I started to look for a guitar or banjo. By Aug. I sent out a request to my family ( my wife and my 3 grown children).

            I wanted a six string banjo for Christmas. That was the only item I wanted.

            They all kept a secret. My wife kept asking me if wanted anything else. I said, NO. She mention to me what happens there is nothing under tree for you. So I made a small list.

            Since Jan. 2013 I have been Practicing. I am 64 retired and watch my granddaughter. I have a lot of time to learn.

            I know the basic cords and can pick.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing banjo after some setting up. You cant go wrong!

            By Jesse Dean

            from Seattle, Washington

            Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo:

            First of all, this banjo is great for the price. If you don't have a problem with adjusting the bridge and truss rod (not to difficult) this is an amazing instrument. It is primarily tuned in open G tuning or simply tuned like a guitar. I'm an experienced guitar player, so picking up the dean backwoods 6 was a breeze. There is a bit of a learning curve, as this isn?t a guitar, but if you know your guitar chords well enough you just have learn a bit about rolls and other technique. I love the Grover tuners on this banjo, and they provide amazing ease when tuning. The only downside of the banjo itself is the strap hooks. If you use a regular clip on banjo strap the metal will come off. i avoided this by simply using some string to connect the clip to the hook. The BW6 does take a bit of setting up, for when I received the banjo intonation was terrible. The octave played at the 11th fret. I fixed this by loosening the strings and moving the bridge back about an inch until intonation was correct. I also lowered the action a bit by means of the truss rod, but that was merely out of preference. This thing looks amazing too, especially on the back of the resonator. You won?t be disappointed with this buy.

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