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Ibanez B50 5-String Banjo Natural

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It's been three decades since Ibanez was in the banjo business, but they're back with a bang ¦or is it a twang? Old-timers may recall Ibanez was quite enamored with banjo-building, having even collabo... Click To Read More About This Product

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It's been three decades since Ibanez was in the banjo business, but they're back with a bang ¦or is it a twang? Old-timers may recall Ibanez was quite enamored with banjo-building, having even collaborated on an artist signature model with the late great Earl Scruggs. As of 2012 they're back at it, and in the Ibanez tradition, the B-50 delivers a sweet 5-string closed-back banjo at a price that won't break the bank. It features a 24-lug configuration and mahogany back and sides. The mahogany neck has a rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. Open gear tuners lend a vintage note while keeping things in tune.

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  • 5-string banjo design
  • 24-lug configuration
  • Mahogany neck
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Remo 11inch coated weatherking banjo head
  • Open gear tuners
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Standard acoustic strings
  • Natural high gloss finish
  • Case sold separately
  • Body Style: B
    Width: 11" Circle
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IbanezB50 5-String Banjo

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Had zero problems

By Sir Notorious

from Avondale, AZ

About Me Novice


  • Consistent
  • Good Tone


  • Machining to small

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    Comments about Ibanez B50 5-String Banjo:

    I bought this as a first banjo and I have to say that I love this instrument. I have no had any problems with it and it has worked flawlessly since the day I bought it. My only complaint is that you almost certainly won't be able to find a cradle strap for it that you don't have to modify. The pieces that you can clip the banjo to don't seem very sturdy and I would prefer a cradle strap. It has held a tune and sounds great. I'm not sure what issues other people were having but mine has been perfect.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Piece of garbage

    By Henrique

    from Campinas, Brazil

    About Me Novice



      • Breaks Easy
      • Not Consistent
      • Poor Tone Quality

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        Comments about Ibanez B50 5-String Banjo:

        Bought it 2 months when went to USA. First day i tried to tie the strap it broke the screw that holds the strap.
        This week the tuner machine for the 5th string stopped working and it won't let me tune my banjo anymore.
        If you are looking to buy one don't waste your money with a Ibanez.

        (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


        The service was great, but the brand new bango was broken in

        By thumber59

        from Kenai Alaska

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer



          • my bango was broken in box new. Might as well bu

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            Comments about Ibanez B50 5-String Banjo:

            bango is nothing but firewood

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


            Great Value and Comfortable to play

            By eric

            from Richmond VA

            Comments about Ibanez B50 5-String Banjo:

            I am a guitar player and this is the first banjo I have owned (though I have attempted to play several). From playing guitar for so many years I can tell the difference between junk and an instrument that is comfortable to play. This banjo is comfortable to play which is important. If you aren't comfortable, you won't want to play it. This was given to me as a Christmas gift and I love it. I am just learning but so far it has been a great/quality instrument to learn on. The action is good from the get go and it stays in tune. I have played with top of the line banjos and the bottom of the barrel banjos and this one is quality. No, it is not a $800 instrument but for $250 you are getting a great deal.

            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


            Major design flaw

            By Jason Piatt

            from Reno, NV

            Comments about Ibanez B50 5-String Banjo:

            First of all, this banjo is pretty nice for the price. Plays nice, sounds good, looks good. Better than the $250 Washburn which has an ugly (IMO) aluminum body. I bought it and took it home, and noticed the head wasn't really even. No big deal, I'll just loosen the lugs and straighten it. So I took the resonator off and got to loosening the lugs, and this is where the trouble came in. The parts they built this thing with are incompatible; i.e. the head lugs don't go straight down through the barrels (don't know the technical terms), and they're bound in there crooked. You can actually take the nuts off the lugs and they won't move. In fact of the three I did manage to remove, one had the threads completely sheared off one side where it had been forced in there. I wrote Ibanez about this and hopefully they'll get it corrected. I gave this thing 3 stars because it's pretty nice other than that one major issue, and if not for that it probably gets 5 stars. But beware! Check it out. Mine went straight back to the store.

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