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Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo

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Fender' Rustler open-back banjo produces a nice mellow tone with comfortably lightweight feel. Features include a maple open-back body with a smooth satin finish, 18-piece rolled-brass tone ring, mapl... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Fender' Rustler open-back banjo produces a nice mellow tone with comfortably lightweight feel. Features include a maple open-back body with a smooth satin finish, 18-piece rolled-brass tone ring, maple rim and neck, and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with œsnowflake position inlays.

FEATURES

  • Traditional 5-string format
  • 18-piece rolled brass tone ring
  • Lightweight, open back design
  • Mellow sounding maple body and neck
  • Comfortable rosewood fingerboard
  • Delicate snowflake inlays
SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Body: Maple
  • Body Shape: Banjo
  • Body Back: Laminated Maple Back
  • Body Sides: Laminated Maple Sides
  • Body Finish: Satin
Neck
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Position Inlays: Stylized Snowflake
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Hard Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Nut Width: 1.125" (2.9 cm)
  • Scale Length: 25" (63.5 cm)
Hardware
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Maple with Rosewood Tip
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Miscellaneous
  • Unique Features: Open back, maple rim, satin finish, Rustler and Fender mother-of-pearl acryllic logos, Fender headstock shape and 18-piece rolled brass tone ring
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FenderRustler Open Back Banjo
 
5.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rustler Never Sleeps

By Phil Wernig

from Canyon Country, California

Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

Fender is not necessarily known for its banjos. Nonetheless, of the four banjos your reviewer has purchased in his lifetime, two have been Fender products. Both of those instruments, the FB-59 and the Rustler, are handsome, well constructed, mellifluous, and delightful. The FB-59 that I acquired in 2006 is comparable in quality to other 5-string banjos in the lower middle price range, for example, the Deering Boston. So why would I buy the Rustler when I already owned a banjo more excellent than any playing I will ever put it to? The FB-59 weighs 12 pounds. The Rustler, having no resonator, weighs 6 pounds. Personally, my motivation to practice is vastly enhanced by having a featherweight instrument to sling over my shoulder as opposed to the substantial heft of its big brother that demands an investment of muscular effort in addition to the commitment of time required to maintain manual dexterity. I'm as lazy as an ole hound dog is what I'm saying. And, apparently, as loyal to Fender as the family pooch. Descriptions of acoustic properties more technical than "mellifluous" are over my head. So are anatomical appreciations more informative than "well constructed." I can say this: the Rustler does not lack for volume in spite of its open back. I bought my Rustler online and had it shipped to my home. There are less expensive open-backs out there, but I have not played them so I can't make comparisons. For a new instrument wonderfully suitable for practice, the cost and convenience of obtaining a Rustler seems hard to beat. I love it. I can't get it out of my lap. Where are my manners? You must be perishing to know: what were those other banjos I have purchased in my lifetime? In 1984, I traded a $500 Martin guitar for a new Deering. In 1962, I bought a Silvertone banjo from Sears Roebuck for $12.50. Sears is not necessarily known for its banjos.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value

By Taylor Hanvey

from Piedmont, SC

Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

This is the first banjo I've purchased myself and couldn't be happier. I was worried since there weren't many reviews, but I'm happier with it than I expected!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great banjo

By steve phillips

from petersburg , virginia

Comments about Fender Rustler Open Back Banjo:

i have built a few banjos over the years but due to mu health i had to stop building. so i figured i would start learning how to play one now. i like the price i got the banjo for , i like the service from gc. and most of all i like the banjo for 329plus tax you cant beat it. i would buy another one right now. dont let the low and reasonable price scare you away 329 plus tax for a banjo with a tone ring do your research and then go buy the fender rustler.

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