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... Read More
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.
Case sold separately.
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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.
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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