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With mahogany neck, traditional mahogany body, and remo head, the Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo generates a warm, plucky resonance that'll be an inspiration as you learn to play. Chrome hardware, g... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

With mahogany neck, traditional mahogany body, and remo head, the Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo generates a warm, plucky resonance that'll be an inspiration as you learn to play. Chrome hardware, genuine rosewood fretboard, and natural finish mean you'll be lookin' sharp while you kick back on the front porch.

Features
  • Mahogany neck
  • rosewood fretboard
  • Mahogany body
  • Remo head
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EpiphoneMB-100 First Pick Banjo
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent value

I bought this after reading the reviews here and at a banjo site online. I went to my local GC and I was going to buy the MB-200 but they were out of...Read complete review

I bought this after reading the reviews here and at a banjo site online. I went to my local GC and I was going to buy the MB-200 but they were out of stock. I got the last MB-100 in the store, it was hanging on the wall for a while which worried me. I bought new strings but have not even put them on yet. When i got it home, I tuned it up, let the strings ring and it sound wonderful. Been playing it and doing lessons for a couple weeks now, this is definitely a good purchase for someone wanting to learn, and has very good quality sound. Very pleased!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

you will want to upgrade

I bought this banjo about 6 months ago. It's great for learning the basics, but it won't be long before you will want to upgrade. Once you purchase it make sure that somebody...Read complete review

I bought this banjo about 6 months ago. It's great for learning the basics, but it won't be long before you will want to upgrade. Once you purchase it make sure that somebody who knows about banjos takes a look at it. My friend and I both bought one and both of them were set up wrong. One of them had the bridge backwards and the other one the head was not tightened all the way. The associates at my local guitar center are very knowledgable about guitars but are lacking knowledge on banjos(which is why I think that they were set up wrong) If set up right this banjo makes good music for an beginner.

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(84 of 97 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWSOME!!!!!

By Brandon

from oralndo fl

Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

bought this for my 21st birthday present and i LOVE IT.still have it and in good condition i did however lower the bridge by sanding it so the strings are closer to the frets.overall GREAT BUY for a first banjo.

(51 of 60 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!

By banjo4life

from NYC

Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

i no its only 180 dollers but wow. for the the price its a very nice banjo. i did need to fix it up a little bit like sanding the bridge and adding new strings. once youve done this it plays like one of the best.

(50 of 52 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent value

By James Cormack

from Indianapolis

Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

I bought this after reading the reviews here and at a banjo site online. I went to my local GC and I was going to buy the MB-200 but they were out of stock. I got the last MB-100 in the store, it was hanging on the wall for a while which worried me. I bought new strings but have not even put them on yet. When i got it home, I tuned it up, let the strings ring and it sound wonderful. Been playing it and doing lessons for a couple weeks now, this is definitely a good purchase for someone wanting to learn, and has very good quality sound. Very pleased!

(29 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!

By Wil

from Oley, PA

Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

Wow! This was my first banjo, and it really is a good buy. It plays great. If you're looking for a beginners banjo that plays great without breaking the bank, look no further.

(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

you will want to upgrade

By TJ

from eugene oregon

Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

I bought this banjo about 6 months ago. It's great for learning the basics, but it won't be long before you will want to upgrade. Once you purchase it make sure that somebody who knows about banjos takes a look at it. My friend and I both bought one and both of them were set up wrong. One of them had the bridge backwards and the other one the head was not tightened all the way. The associates at my local guitar center are very knowledgable about guitars but are lacking knowledge on banjos(which is why I think that they were set up wrong) If set up right this banjo makes good music for an beginner.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic!

By Nicole Deyerl

from Honolulu, HI

Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

I absolutely love this banjo and would totally recommend it for a beginner. It came ready to play out of the box and was in perfect working order. I even took it to the local music shop and they said the strings looked fine (even though they were factory). It's really easy to play, you don't have to hammer down on the strings too hard to get a nice sound out.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

If lost I would be heartbroken, would surely buy another.

By Frank Rowe

from Boston, MA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

    I'm an old guitar player. I lucked into this banjo as a free fixer-upper (missing thumb key, no strings) and got the late great Sandy of Cambridge to fix it up. It was an Epiphone, so my interest was piqued. Then I found that even after several minutes of experimenting I couldn't play it , so I leaned it in the corner with all the other stringed instruments I can't play. I was given another banjo and suddenly had a good incentive to learn. The day came when I realized my two-finger picking from parlor guitar works quite well on banjo, and suddenly something clicked. Maybe you know the feeling. Now I play this thing night and day. I love the mahogany with the matte finish, don't care that it has a guitar-style headstock. The neck down in first position is so slim that it will prove irresistible to most guitarists. Bass players too: beyond Jazz Bass! It's quite loud considering it has no resonator, which I wouldn't want anyway. And it's a people magnet. When you play this thing you get a circle of people, no matter how inept you are. Banjos are fragile. Two truss rod adjustments so far, both after travel in severe heat with no case, but no problem; with a neck about the thickness of a one-inch dowel, that's to be expected, and the adjustment takes seconds. So far this has withstood some careless and even severe treatment. As a whole, I wish I had had this banjo 50 years ago. At the listed price, this is a real bargain.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great banjo once you make a few mods

    By Jim

    from USA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

        I bought this banjo about two years ago. It's now my go-to. Once you get this properly set up and make a few modifications, it turns into a fantastic instrument.

        Pros:
        - Some great tone from this open back banjo. In fact, I'd say the tone on this is better than most resonator banjos priced under $500. It's nice and mellow when you lightly strum. But it has Scruggs-style punch if you put on some picks and dig into the strings.
        - The quality of the materials seems pretty good. The finish on the neck feels like satin (which I like). The wood looks and feels like decent quality. The tuners are great--never had an issue with slipping out of tune. Unfortunately, the bridge and the tailpiece are both poor quality, but those can be easily (and inexpensively) replaced (see below).
        - The banjo is very light weight. A resonator banjo feels like a sack of bricks compared to this.
        - You can keep the volume very low if needed. I stuff a couple of dish towels behind the head to deaden the sound. Then you can practice into all hours of the night. That's not something you can easily do with a resonator banjo.

        Cons:
        - The bridge and tailpiece both need replaced. Starting with the bridge, it seems to be made of plywood. You can almost feel the splinters coming off of it. More importantly, the intonation is all out of whack with the stock bridge, no matter where you place it. So I bought a 5-string compensated bridge from stewmac to replace the stock one. Only cost like $7. Makes a noticeable difference in tone. And the intonation is perfect all the way up the neck with the compensated bridge.
        - As for the stock tailpiece, it's a complete nightmare. Trying to get the string loops onto the hook was literally like threading a needle with one hand tied behind your back. The hooks just didn't seem like they were machined evenly. But that's another very easy replacement. I bought the no-knot banjo tailpiece from stewmac for $15. Easy fix.

         
        5.0

        Nice banjo

        By SFODA-075

        from Llano, TX

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

          A nice quality banjo to learn on

           
          4.0

          First Timer

          By shooter

          from Southern Michigan

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

            great product for first timer

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