Fender has re-entered the bluegrass arena with the Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo, a banjo that follows their tradition of quality tone, superb playability, and great value. This attractive instrument fe... Read More
Fender has re-entered the bluegrass arena with the Fender FB-54 5-String Banjo, a banjo that follows their tradition of quality tone, superb playability, and great value. This attractive instrument features stylized inlay work and meticulously finished chrome hardware that's second to none. Powerful, cutting tone comes from the 27-3/8" scale length, mahogany resonator and neck, rosewood fretboard, aluminum rim with 30-piece bracket, and rosewood bridge.
Case sold separately.
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Most Liked Positive Review
This banjo looks great and plays decent
The fender FB-54 banjo looks great, your friends will be amazed (and a little confused) when they see you playing this bad boy. Its got a nice, sharp tone with plenty...Read complete review
The fender FB-54 banjo looks great, your friends will be amazed (and a little confused) when they see you playing this bad boy. Its got a nice, sharp tone with plenty of pluck. I played this and the deering goodtime 2, and while the deering was a little more comfortable to play, the deering loses some definate points in the aesthetics department. It would be hard for me to choose between this and the goodtime 2 if or when I decide to purchase one.
Most Liked Negative Review
Buy a "Gold Tone CC100R"
I had the FB 54 for 2 days before returning it and paying the extra $ for the Gold Tone. This banjo will be a disappointment if you buy it and see a Gold...Read complete review
I had the FB 54 for 2 days before returning it and paying the extra $ for the Gold Tone. This banjo will be a disappointment if you buy it and see a Gold Tone CC100R later and compare them. The Fender sounds like one I could have made from a pie pan, a stick, and two guitar strings. The Fender has no tone ring and the rim is made of aluminum making it sound like a tin can with strings, the inlays are nice, but what are looks compared to sound and construction. The Gold Tone does have a tone ring, a wood rim, and also has nice snow flake like inlays. Save a few extra bucks and get better quality, sound, and construction for the price.
Reviewed by 14 customers
After five years of trying to buy one I finally got it and it's still my favorite resonator banjo! This one is louder than my open back banjo and is somewhat easier to change the strings on too. I really like the floral design for the inlays instead of the basic standard dots. And so far since I've had it I've only had to tune it up like once or twice and after that I haven't had many tuning problems. But if you're holding this banjo for a while it's physically heavier than an open back banjo. Overall the neck has stayed straight and hasn't needed an adjustment yet. And the frets aren't sharp at all either. Yeah, it's been great to have this banjo back again.
I ordered this banjo online, expecting a quality product from Fender, but when it came - it was total garbage. It is made with very cheap materials obviously by people who don't know what a banjo is or what it should sound like. It was not set up properly at all and hindered my learning of this instrument. I should have spent the extra $50 and bought a Goodtime banjo.
I've had this Banjo before and I am trying to get another one and I really like it for the name brand "Fender", and I like the way it sounds and the inlays are pretty groovy. It's not an open back banjo but it sounds & plays incredibly well. I seriously love this banjo! The quality of this Banjo is so Far Out!
What a great instrument. I received this banjo as a gift and am amazed at it's playability. The tone is fantastic, and the action is wonderful.
I read all the reviews I could find on banjos within my price range. Then I went to sample them at various stores. The FB-54 is the one that stuck with me & have owned it for several months now. Cheaper ones seemed almost toy like. I looked at more expensive models and wondered why they cost so much. The FB-54 fit within my budget and it sounded and played great. Couldn't find a better one for the price and many seem way over priced to me - maybe it is the banjo fad that seems to be reviving causing the price increases. Guitar Center set it up while I watched and learned. Fit & finish it beautiful. The action is a tad high, but I learned how to fix that. This is more than just a beginner banjo in my opinion. Still wondering why some cost twice as much and I couldn't tell much if any difference. The only thing that might cheapen the value is the "Made In China" on the underside of the tuning head. This is a beautiful instrument and a pleasure to play. I would suggest a hard case if you are serious with this instrument and watch for sales with discount coupons. Get extra strings, picks, and maybe a bridge on the initial purchase. The Guitar Center store on 75 and Southwestern in Dallas probably had the best staff there that helped in this purchase and set up.
The first one I bought had a cracked neck. Second one started an unrepairable string buzz a week after. Third one developed an unrepairable string buzz within two months. Finally replaced with a Deering Goodtime 2. Almost a year later, and I love the Deering. Guitar Center was great to deal with.
I have been around banjos most of my life, although it's been years since I played one regularly. I shopped around for several months and finally decided to purchase the FB-54. I must say I am more than happy with my decision. While the Fender FB-300 starter banjo seemed adequate, the FB-54 is a huge step up in both quality and sound. The construction is great and the tone is warm. I also think it looks much better than other banjos in it's class and price range. Professional players may be able to find issues with it, but for us average Joes you can't go wrong for the price. It looks good, it sounds good and it will serve you well for as long as you want it to.
I was disapointed when I found one of the bracket hooks was missing. Luckly I found it and the nut inside the bag the banjo was shipped inside. I removed the back and installed the bracket, and snugged up the other loose brackets, keeping the head even. I also found a place in the finger board was chipped out about 1mm deep by 4mm wide. Also when I had the back off I found the half round areas in the aluminum band were very rough and had not been debured enough, I guess it's what you can expect from China, and their quality control. Other wise the neck and tuners and inlay looked good and back was nice. I was able to set the intonation up even though I had never done it before, and it sounded and fingered good. What a shame thirty minutes of work could have made this Banjo a 4 or 5 stars out of 6.
still early in my playing life but have tried many banjos ,i tried the 300 fender kit and sent it back a year ago .but today i tried a fb54 and bought it right then,rolls are so much easier and sound clearer than the kays i had and an old silvertone.always looking for my next one but will always keep this one!
Really love this banjo. Gets me into the field with good quality and a good price. Note to everyone. Get the nut cut down as this opened up the playing so much. Really a big deal. The tailpiece is straight on and really like the neck. Peace.
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