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Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup Black Chrome

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Now with a pickup and available in a black chrome finish, the 6-string Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo is perfect if your'e an electric guitar player looking to add new sounds to your live performances or reco... Click To Read More About This Product

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Now with a pickup and available in a black chrome finish, the 6-string Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo is perfect if your'e an electric guitar player looking to add new sounds to your live performances or recordings. With its familiar guitar tuning, this hybrid 6-string banjo requires no learning curve from guitarists. Fitted with an 11" Remo head, Grover tuners, 25" scale length, and 1-3/4" nut width, you'll be a-pickin' and a-grinnin' with the Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo in no time.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • 25-1/2 in. Scale
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Pearl Dot/Wing Inlays
  • Die-Cast Tuners
  • Celluloid Binding
  • 6-String
  • Special design pickup
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5 year parts and labor warranty against defects.


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DeanBackwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

sounds like a guitar

this is a solid instrument and with a few tweaks you will have a pro use 6 string banjo. keep in mind by the time you spend the money making this a reality, you...Read complete review

this is a solid instrument and with a few tweaks you will have a pro use 6 string banjo. keep in mind by the time you spend the money making this a reality, you could of purchased a goldtone for around 700.00.

What I did: replace nut with a earvana compensating nut, replace head with a frosted head, replace tailpiece with a gold tone tailpiece, replace tuners with grover closed back brass tuners, custom bridge made out of maple and ebony.

Could not get this thing to intonate on the low e string. Tried different guage strings, tried tuning it different, moved the bridge around, adjusted the neck. Nothing would work.I tried a brass compensating nut and it was closer but not quite and finally put on the earvana compensating nut. Now what? I would tune it to A440 and noticed the tailpiece was flexing way too much. So I changed the tailpiece to a cast one from gold tone for $40 The Deering one was $100. Now the majick happens. Intonates correctly without the infamous string thud. Nice clean acoustic sound. Time and Money.

Now the electric. You plug this in and it sound like a cheap electric acoustic guitar not a banjo. I will be bypassing the pickup in this and intergrating a small condensor mic made by goldtone. Cost $200. Now I am into this instrument with purchase and parts for around $750. It is now a professional use 6 string banjo. I will be purchasing a Pheonix 6 string deering banjo in the future but this one is custom and I can use it on a professional level. I am still thinking of a way to make the string spacing a little wider without screwing up the intonation. You want to fingerpick this beast, strumming it like a guitar just doesnt work too well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good looking instrument

I am bummed to say that I am going to have to invest more money into making this great looking instrument work in my 5 piece band. Once I amplified it for STAGE it...Read complete review

I am bummed to say that I am going to have to invest more money into making this great looking instrument work in my 5 piece band. Once I amplified it for STAGE it was lost at full blast on the instrument. Once you crank up the board it feeds back. We tried it through a pre-amp but that didn't help at all. The pickup is poor unless you are using it on a guitar amp. It has missed out on several gigs already as I try to figure out WHAT to replace the pickup with. This is my first banjitar. At home it sounds killer!! But I did also replace the lower 4 strings with the coordinating high string for a 12 string guitar... only then did it truly sound like one of my acoustic banjos!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Banjo meets Guitar in one amazing! piece of Hardware

By Jclass

from Glendora,ca

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Its the perfect piece for a guitarist to twang!
  • Sounds amped
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

    Everything about this banjo-tar is amazing and can
    really invoke the soul, a great piece with many dynamics and equally pluck friendly. Banjo players may even be more of a rarity then before, as this really bridges the gap to allow guitarist to play banjo style blue grass with ease.
    Info... banjo head is actually clear allowing you to see hardware...really nice plus to the design.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good looking instrument

    By AZ Songbird

    from Arizona

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good looking
    • Modern Looking
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Poor Pickup Sound

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

    I am bummed to say that I am going to have to invest more money into making this great looking instrument work in my 5 piece band. Once I amplified it for STAGE it was lost at full blast on the instrument. Once you crank up the board it feeds back. We tried it through a pre-amp but that didn't help at all. The pickup is poor unless you are using it on a guitar amp. It has missed out on several gigs already as I try to figure out WHAT to replace the pickup with. This is my first banjitar. At home it sounds killer!! But I did also replace the lower 4 strings with the coordinating high string for a 12 string guitar... only then did it truly sound like one of my acoustic banjos!

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not Bad for the Money

    By Jeremy

    from Hensley, Arkansas

    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

    Played this in the store and was impressed with the quality of sound, playability, and look. I was skeptical of how the electronic pickup would sound and it was better than I expected. However, it was being played through an acoustic amp. It did hold tune and intonation for the short demo within the store. I did notice that it does NOT have strap connectors. Looks like one would have to fabricate an S hook piece in order to use a strap. The bridge piece is quite high but should be able to be shaved down without much effort. I went ahead and purchased the instrument but not the floor demo. I got a new sealed-package from stock in the back. This does take some time to set up. This is a good buy if you're looking for that banjo sound without having to learn the five string chording and picking. The 6 string banjo is strung and tuned just like a guitar. However, you can't play it like a guitar with lots of heavy strumming. You need to pick it and use occasional strums.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dean Banjo

    By Liberty Jewel

    from Bisbee, Arizona

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

    If you're looking forward to unpacking this one & playing it, sorry it's not going to happen. We used a whole day setting ours up& it was worth it. We checked out all the information & reviews before the purchase & some don't even make since now . If we were to trim the bridge 1/4" it wouldn't withstand the pressure. Setup instructions are included,take your time .Best said is , Beautiful, Loud & Heavy..a very nice instrument for a serious musician

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    "Good buy for the money"

    By The SHOTGUN Band

    from Xenia, Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Addition
    • Pick-up Fits The Bill
    • Really Cool Look

    Cons

    • A Little Hard To Set Up
    • Tuning Is A Little Loose

    Best Uses

    • Variety In The Band

    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

    This is a pretty cool addition. We use it for the tunes that need banjo in a live country/rock band. Amplified, this banjo holds it own on stage.

    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    strings pop out

    By liam tahaney

    from Yardley, PA

    Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

    I wanted to like this, but you can't use a pick. you strum 1 down strum and the low e string pops out. its not very easy to play. the string tension is very high so fingerpicking is virtually impossible. the pickup wasn't very good either and it didn't stay in tune very well. overall, I didn't like this.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    This does the job for non banjo players

    By Rev Mongoose

    from New York City

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        As a songwriter one of the challenges is not being able to play every instrument the way we play our primary instrument. I have written songs that needed some banjo parts and this instrument provides just that. In my quest in writing these songs I was able to tell the difference in playing style from guitar and banjo, this expanded my musical ability. The beauty of this banjo/guitar is I now have a new instrument to add along with my other gear for song writing. The one down side is that the Sam Ash and Guitar Center locations do not carry 6 string banjo packs.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        no learning curve

        By Ryan Bostick

        from Springfield, Ohio

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        I just got my Dean 6 string backwoods banjo and I love it. For a guitarist that is wanting that banjo sound quick, this is the way to go. There is no need to re-learn a tuning this comes ready from the start. It also really throws the sound. I was surprised how loud it was (even without plugging it in). A great instrument for a good price.

        (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        sounds like a guitar

        By Maxguitarhead

        from Sheridan, Wy

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy On The Eyes
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong
        • Well built

        Cons

        • Hard To Intonate
        • Pickup Is Guitar Sounding
        • Poor Quality Tailpiece

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Songwriting

        Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

        this is a solid instrument and with a few tweaks you will have a pro use 6 string banjo. keep in mind by the time you spend the money making this a reality, you could of purchased a goldtone for around 700.00.

        What I did: replace nut with a earvana compensating nut, replace head with a frosted head, replace tailpiece with a gold tone tailpiece, replace tuners with grover closed back brass tuners, custom bridge made out of maple and ebony.

        Could not get this thing to intonate on the low e string. Tried different guage strings, tried tuning it different, moved the bridge around, adjusted the neck. Nothing would work.I tried a brass compensating nut and it was closer but not quite and finally put on the earvana compensating nut. Now what? I would tune it to A440 and noticed the tailpiece was flexing way too much. So I changed the tailpiece to a cast one from gold tone for $40 The Deering one was $100. Now the majick happens. Intonates correctly without the infamous string thud. Nice clean acoustic sound. Time and Money.

        Now the electric. You plug this in and it sound like a cheap electric acoustic guitar not a banjo. I will be bypassing the pickup in this and intergrating a small condensor mic made by goldtone. Cost $200. Now I am into this instrument with purchase and parts for around $750. It is now a professional use 6 string banjo. I will be purchasing a Pheonix 6 string deering banjo in the future but this one is custom and I can use it on a professional level. I am still thinking of a way to make the string spacing a little wider without screwing up the intonation. You want to fingerpick this beast, strumming it like a guitar just doesnt work too well.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        fun and easy to play instrument

        By 12stringer

        from North Dakota

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Play
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts

          Comments about Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo with Pickup:

          really fun instrument to play. A little tricky on getting it set up but if you are handy, the directions for the set up are pretty clear. If not, take it to a pro. If set up right, it is easy to play and stays in tune all the way up the neck and with a capo also. I sometimes play a clawhammer style on guitar so it was a very easy transition to playing this instrument. It is easy to play it with a standard pic method also. When plugged into an amp, turn the bass down and mid-high ranges turned up to get that nice banjo sound. With the standard guitar tuning, it is an easy transition. If you want to add that banjo sound to your mix, it works very well. Very well built and good looking instrument.Definitely would recommend this product.

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