Epiphone MB-200 Banjo Red Mahogany Brown 889406703544

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The Epiphone MB-200 is a terrific 5-string banjo for beginners that includes all the key features of a professional 5-string banjo but much lighter in weight. The MB-200 reflects Epiphone's 80-year hi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Epiphone MB-200 is a terrific 5-string banjo for beginners that includes all the key features of a professional 5-string banjo but much lighter in weight. The MB-200 reflects Epiphone's 80-year history as a leader in banjo design. At the height of the banjo era in the 1920's, Epiphone had 11 different banjos in production and many of founder Epi Stathopoulo's patents are still in use today and can still be found in our professional banjo line. This affordadble entry-level instrument continues that tradition. It has a mahogany body and neck with a rosewood fingerboard featuring stylish inlays, and a Remo head. All in all, it's a great instrument to get your start on.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Chrome hardware
  • 26-1/4" scale
  • 1-1/4" nut width
  • Bolt-on neck
  • Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Mahogany body
  • Dot inlays
  • Premium nickel with white buttons
  • U.S. Remo head
  • Case sold separately
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EpiphoneMB-200 Banjo
 
4.5

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (20)
  • Consistent (13)
  • Well built / quality (10)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Banjo!

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this banjo looked and sounded. From researching it, I knew I would already like it, but when I saw it in person it was even better....Read complete review

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this banjo looked and sounded. From researching it, I knew I would already like it, but when I saw it in person it was even better. This is my first banjo (other than a very cheap one I had before), but I've been play bass and Guitar for 7 years so I know if an instrument is well made. Obviously this is not the best banjo. There are very small things that are not perfect, but are virtually unnoticeable. For the price of this banjo, you get a lot more than you pay for!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, but badly needs setup

A novice student of mine just got an Epiphone MB-200 from Musician's Friend.Okay, this is a Chinese-made aluminum "bottlecap" rim banjo, but nicer in many respects than most of those:...Read complete review

A novice student of mine just got an Epiphone MB-200 from Musician's Friend.Okay, this is a Chinese-made aluminum "bottlecap" rim banjo, but nicer in many respects than most of those: better tailpiece, much better tuners, very good neck-to-rim fit, classic Gibson-style headstock and inlays.I had it set up and playing pretty respectably in half an hour, and think it's a real solid notch-above-starter banjo at a good price.... but I've been tinkering with banjos for 50 years! To a real beginner, this banjo as it was delivered might as well be garbage (though it surely is not). It hadn't had any sort of shop adjustment at all.If you can't do your own set-up work, I'd recommend looking for a banjo somewhere other than Musician's Friend. There are several web-based and mail-order dealers I know of who specialize in banjos and won't send out an instrument (even a beginner model) that isn't set up and playable. If you're comparing prices, see if there's a luthier in your area who knows his/her way around a banjo (not as common as you'd think!) and ask what they charge for a setup.....

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5.0

Inexpensive quality products

By Menace

from Oregon

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

      Nice sounds, good feel.

       
      4.0

      Pleasantly surprised!

      By Seattle

      from Seattle,WA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

          I wanted to try the banjo (already a guitar player) without breaking the bank. My concern was that an inexpensive banjo would be junk or not worth having.

          That's not the case. This banjo sounds nice, was easy to set-up and looks good. I'm not an expert. I'm sure with a lot of experience one would want to upgrade. I probably won't. I would have to learn a lot before I would feel limited by this banjo.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy again!

          By Banjo Barney

          from Odon, Indiana

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Quality Finish
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

            Be prepared to do complete setup! Replace strings, set neck, lower action, tension head, set bridge & intonation. If all done right, you will have a wonderful banjo!

             
            5.0

            I would buy again!

            By Banjo Barney

            from Odon, Indiana

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Quality Finish
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup

              Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

              Be prepared to do complete setup! Replace strings, set neck, lower action, tension head, set bridge & intonation. If all done right, you will have a wonderful banjo!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Buy it!

              By Jefferenda

              from St George UT

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                Love it. Been playing banjo since 1967. Price is so low I was skeptical but it is a nice instrument.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice Banjo For The Money

                By Flynztone

                from Flint, MI

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                    This banjo arrived very promptly and was in dire need of a setup. The instrument came strung wrong at the tailpiece (loop banjo strings were over the proper nubs but then fished through the holes designed for ball end strings on the Waverly clone tailpiece then underneath the saddle. These strings should have been looped over the nubs and ran above the tailpiece) the strings felt like rubber bands they were so light and the action was ridiculously high. After putting a real set of strings on this instrument and stringing it properly, adjusting the action, tension on the head and setting intonation via moving the bridge back this instrument plays like a dream. If you don't know how to setup a banjo take it to somebody who does. Plays and sounds well for an inexpensive banjo and I would use it in a live performance situation without hesitation

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great sounding banjo-with a minor issue to fix

                    By Jimbo's Blues

                    from Sebastopol, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Great price
                    • Nicely Finished Banjo
                    • Quick Delivery

                    Cons

                    • No Instructions Included
                    • Poor Quality Control
                    • Some Assembly Required

                    Best Uses

                    • Good Beginner Banjo
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                    This is a good banjo for the price. It has nice tone and is not overly heavy for a resonator banjo. It would be a good choice for a beginner. The instrument I received had a minor issue that should have been caught by qualitiy control before being shipped. The 5th string guide at the tuning machine end was set too deep and the string was hitting the 5th fret, which caused it to buzz and resonate with the lower g string. This was easily fixed at my local music store, but it did cost my time and their labor to repair it. Also, the banjo is shipped with the strings installed but the bridge loose. There were no instructions included detailing how to set the bridge onto the drumhead. I found several tutorials online, with variying descriptions of how to do this correctly. It took a little bit of fussing with it, but I was eventually able to set the bridge correctly. I'm now enjoying playing my new MB-200.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great beginner Instrument

                    By Doug

                    from Southwest Florida

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Solid

                    Cons

                    • Needed Set Up

                    Best Uses

                    • Beginner Practice

                    Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                    As an absolute beginner, I am by no means an expert on banjos. However this instrument seems to be exactly what I needed for the present time.

                    It's solid, tunes easily and stays tuned during my practice sessions. It's also an attractive unit.

                    I would have preferred that the bridge was set up already. However, I found a local music shop that did an expert job on it reasonably.

                     
                    5.0

                    Well Worth The MONEY.

                    By T,Roman

                    from Oswego New York.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                      Received this Banjo about a week ago Fast shipping and arrived with no damage set up was a snap no problems I did put on my own brand of strings and added railroad spikes on the fifth string started playing a few tunes very nice Banjo I have a Deering and a Goldtone both are very heavy I wanted something to practice on that was not so heavy this thing is really nice to play here is what I found in the short time I have owned it GOOD TONE,keeps it's tuning,neck is straight and intonenation is right on,frets are level it really is a nice banjo for the price (at least the one I got) I doubt if all of them are perfect but the one I got is well worth the Money spent would also be a good banjo to learn on,And that's My two cent's.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great banjo

                      By peter

                      from Colorado

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Great Value And Feel
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Epiphone MB-200 Banjo:

                          I wanted a banjo to learn how to play and compared to others I have seen in national music stores this is a great value with very nice workmanship

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