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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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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.

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  • Mahogany neck
  • rosewood fretboard
  • Mahogany body
  • Remo head
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EpiphoneMB-100 First Pick Banjo
 
4.1

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (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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(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.

     
    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

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        not bad

        By jerry-C5VwP

        from lebanon junction ky

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Consistent

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

          want to play a little clawhammer this is pretty good

          (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 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          great value

          By leobrackin

          from Tuscumbia, AL.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

          I was delighted with my Epiphone MB-100 banjo. It arrived 3 days after ordering it. It was shipped within hours of my placing the order. I unpackaged the instrument and used the included tools to check the tightness of the head installed the bridge and tuned it up. Within 30 minute it was playing. For me, it seems to be a fantastic value and a great practice instrument. I have purchased numerous items and instruments from Musicians Friend. They have ALWAYS been prompt, friendly, and reasonably priced. I had a problem with a used Amp I bought from them. I was unable to register the product because the previous owner had registered it. I called and explained the problem, and Musicians Friend corrected it immediately. I returned the amp and they sent me a brand new one for the price of a used one. I even offered to pay the difference and they said no sir, enjoy your amp. Do I like Musicians Friend? You bet I do.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great purchase

          By duece

          from Ames, Iowa

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Great price
          • Nice Instument
          • Price
          • Super-fast Shipping

          Cons

          • Need Tuning Instructions

          Best Uses

          • Practice
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

          Wonderful price, very fast shipping and nice quality instrument make this a great deal. Other Web sites listed it as unavailable or delivering in 7 months. I am very happy with this purchase and the instrument seems to be of good quality and plays well.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Epiphone MB 100 banjo

          By Mark Werner

          from St. Louis, Mo.

          Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

          Good for the money
          I've been playing a banjo I built myself for a couple of years; playable but the sound was sub-par. So, I bit the bullet and ordered one of these Epiphone jobs.

          Overall, an excellent value. First the bad...
          It says my banjo was inspected by "Number 20". Perhaps Mr. 20 was asleep that day... The head was not tensioned hardly at all. A number of the hooks were finger-loose. Also, one of the tuning machne bushings had not been pushed in all the way.
          Minor things, however. I tensioned the head with the supplied wrench and installed the bridge and tapped the bushing flush with a hardwood dowel.
          Tuned up, the banjo sounds quite nice. I wanted an open back model primarily for clawhammer playing, and this one sounds just fine.
          Frets are nicely finished and the overall look and finish and fit are quite good. It's plain, but looks classy.
          A good value for a "starter" banjo.
          Quality of parts appears quite good; assembly a little lacking.
          Good value for the price.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Imagine the possibilitys...

          By Dan Amann

          from Cincinnati

          Comments about Epiphone MB-100 First Pick Banjo:

          I give mine a ten now that I have set up and customized mine. When I first got it it was unplayable, so maybe a one then. This purchase will provide you with a good cheap frame to build a customized banjo. The necker is much thinner and narrower than most banjo necks, and is extremely comfortable to play. THIS BANJO HAS NO TONE RING. I love the sound of a banjo with no tone ring and a frosted head. It may even be louder than most banjos with substantial tone rings and the renaisance and fiberskyn type heads, but is has a mellower tone. The wood is very pretty. I sanded the logo off the headstock and it is red coloured under the finish, so it really is some mahogany type wood. I think the picture on this website shows the older lighter coloured one. But they are really a beautiful mahogany colour. Makes a great old time clawhammer banjo.
          The picture shown is not accurate. Banjo is really a beautiful mahogany colour. The tailpiece is bad. Use this banjo for clawhammer, not bluegrass style and replace tailpiece with a no-knot. Will make a big difference. Also, the bridge is alright, but replacing it with a name brand grover bridge, made from slightly denser, better wood, will improve tone. The tuners are guitar style which work much better than all but the most expensive planetary tuners, so keep the tuners. Of course, replace the strings and set up. I like DR strings. Oh, and the head is great. The combo of frosted remo head and no tone-ring is awesome. Just tighten the head multiple times after you set the banjo up cas it will keep stretching over time.
          This banjo is a good foundation to customize or fix up to make an awesome clawhammer style banjo. Beware, when you receive the banjo it will be unplayable. There is some quality control issue where the nut slot for the 3rd? I think, maybe 4th, I forget, string is angled wrong on every one of these banjos Ive seen. You need to have it set up proffessionally or get a little coping saw blade and even the slot. That sitar like buzzing IS being caused by this. Hard to believe, right. It took me forever to figure it out cas the sound moves throughout the whole instrument and you cant tell where its coming from. Also, there will be no setup attempted overall with this banjo. Truss rod will need to be adjusted to straighten neck. Head will need to be tightened. Bridge will need to be placed in the proper spot on the head for good intonation, etc. Find every screw and bolt (there are lots) and check it for tightness.
          Good value if you can work on instrument yourself. Otherwise, it would cost a lot of money to have a professional work on it and not be worth the price.

          (19 of 19 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.

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