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Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo  

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The Michell MBJ200 deluxe 5-string banjo has all the features you would expect from a premium instrument, without the premium price tag. The mahogany resonator offers great tone, and the deluxe banjo ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Michell MBJ200 deluxe 5-string banjo has all the features you would expect from a premium instrument, without the premium price tag. The mahogany resonator offers great tone, and the deluxe banjo style tuners ensure tuning stability. Stylish design elements include eye-catching fretboards inlay and beautiful headstock adornments.

The Mitchell MBJ200 banjo features a genuine REMO coated head, offering strength in both design and tone. The banjo's mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and maple bridge capture the rich articulation of each note, and transfers it through the body with power and definition. The mahogany rim is strong and lightweight, so you don't get too fatigued from those late-night jams.

Other appointments on the 5-string banjo include custom inlays, chrome tuners with pearloid keys, and a natural mahogany burst finish, for the classic styling of a timeless country instrument. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Body Style: 5-string banjo
  • Head: Genuine REMO coated
  • Resonator: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Rim: Mahogany
  • Brackets: 24
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Maple
  • Inlay Pattern: Custom
  • Scale Length: 26-1/4"
  • Nut Width: 1-1/4"
  • Tuners: Chrome with Pearloid Keys
  • Premium Die-cast tuners with pearloid keys
  • Custom deluxe fretboard inlays
  • Genuine Remo head
  • All mahogany resonator
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 38-1/2" L X 14-1/2" W X 4-1/4" H
    Product Weight: 11lb.
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MitchellMBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent 5-String Banjo at an Excellent Price.

This is a great banjo for this, or any price range. In a blind taste test, I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between this and the top-end banjos. Obviously one would...Read complete review

This is a great banjo for this, or any price range. In a blind taste test, I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between this and the top-end banjos. Obviously one would wish it would come with a case, but nothing that comes from over-seas does (ie Epiphone, Squier, etc). Great bang for your buck, and if you spend less on a new banjo from another builder, you won't get that excellent resonator.
The materials are great, the tuners seem tight and fluid, and the resonator is fantastic. The inlays are a plus; not just the same tired old diamond inlays. All in all the features rival some of the higher priced banjos on the market.
Everything on this banjo is solid. The hardware seems better than some of the Fender or Epiphone banjos we looked at. The finish is a flawless dark cherry-burst, abd really stands out when compared to the tired old browns. There's no deadness in sound with this thing, it projects as well as a Deering, and has a great tone, not too bright thanks to the mahogany. I really can't tell the difference in the aluminum on this vs the steel on the pricier ones, and the overall feeling on material is always subjective anyway.
As far as the value goes, I would put this banjo up against any being sold far three times the price. The only way to pay less, is to get one without the resonator. My guess is people bypass these because they don't recognize the name. Let's face it, Chinese instruments are all of similar build, and the difference is in the hardware, and not what's inlayed on the headstock.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not So Hot

I've been playing the guitar for 36+ years, so I know quality. I got this banjo for Christmas and loved the look of the wood tone ring and inlay. When I started playing...Read complete review

I've been playing the guitar for 36+ years, so I know quality. I got this banjo for Christmas and loved the look of the wood tone ring and inlay. When I started playing it, I noticed that the 3rd string buzzed when played open, and then would buzz again on the 12th fret. So then I changed the strings and after that the 5th string started buzzing excessively when played open. Very distracting. I also had to tighten the tunning machines in order for it to stay in tune, otherwise it went out of tune right away due to loose machine heads. I ended up taking it back to my local Guitar Center and exchanged it for another brand banjo. The Guitar Center Staff did a great job on my my exchange.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good 5-String Banjo

By El Ronbo

from Kimberly, WV

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

    I purchased a Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo new this summer. I'm a newbie at banjo although I've been playing guitar for many years.

    It plays very easily and seems to hold its tuning extremely well. I know it's not a Gibson or a Deering but it didn't cost me an arm and a leg either. It looks expensive. I had a friend listen to me play it recently. The name on the headstock was obscured by my capo. Later he asked if it was a Gibson Master-tone.

    I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Overall fantastic

    By Eric P

    from Mexico City

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Assemble
    • Good looking
    • Good Tone
    • Well Priced

    Cons

    • None so far

    Best Uses

    • All Rounder

    Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

    This banjo has a fantastic sound and feels great to play. It's a big step up from my original stock Chinese banjo. It's quite beautiful and I feel I got great value for my money. It arrived undamaged and was easy to assemble, even considering I have no experience assembling banjos. The tuners are very responsive and the sound is strong.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sound! Great Looks!

    By William Latsha

    from Lancaster, PA

    Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

    I am pretty much a beginner Banjo picker. I have been learning on an older no-name Banjo with Maple neck and resonator, and an aluminum "pot". The more I played with it the less I liked the sound of the all aluminum pot. I went to the Lancaster, PA, Guitar Center to look at the Fender FB54, and this Mitchell MBJ200. I was attracted to these two by the Fender name, and the Wood Tone Ring of the Mitchell. I picked on the Fender, and then picked on this Mitchell. I loved the warm smooth bright tone from this Mitchell, I picked on several other Banjos, but after every time came back to this Mitchell MBJ200. So I made a deal and took it home with me. I LOVE IT! The Sustain of the played notes seems to last forever. The sound is bright but not harsh or metallic like the Fender. The Mahogany neck and tone ring give it a sound I love. It really looks great too!. The bright shiny metal parts stand out against the pretty red mahogany finish. The inlays in the fretboard are precise and nicely done. It has all 5 geared string tuners too! When I took it home I removed the resonator, and snugged the Remo Head as it was not properly tightened. Then I adjusted the rod inside the tone ring to get the strings about 1/8" off the fret closest to the head. I then proceeded to tune it, and adjusted the bridge to get the bridge in the proper place for intonation. I am not an expert on playing the Banjo, but have loved Banjo music for MANY years. This Mitchell MBJ200 is exactly what I was looking & listening for. Don't pass over it just because you don't know the Mitchell name I love it!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Like it

    By SEAN CARLISLE

    from Biloxi, MS

    Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

    I first got the Epiphone banjo but I was soon kicking myself for not spending the extra money and getting a little better instrument. The guitar center in Mobile, Al totally took care of me on the exchange and I stepped up and got the Mitchell. I was debating between the Mitchell and the fender FB54. The fender had some string buzz and the Mitchell felt more solid and bright. I've tried multiple turnings and the turners hold up great. I've been plucking away at it for more than a month and I am extremely pleased.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not So Hot

    By George Carrington

    from Wilmington Ohio

    Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

    I've been playing the guitar for 36+ years, so I know quality. I got this banjo for Christmas and loved the look of the wood tone ring and inlay. When I started playing it, I noticed that the 3rd string buzzed when played open, and then would buzz again on the 12th fret. So then I changed the strings and after that the 5th string started buzzing excessively when played open. Very distracting. I also had to tighten the tunning machines in order for it to stay in tune, otherwise it went out of tune right away due to loose machine heads. I ended up taking it back to my local Guitar Center and exchanged it for another brand banjo. The Guitar Center Staff did a great job on my my exchange.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a Deal

    By SailaV

    from Canton, Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • A Beautiful Instrument
    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Take It Anywhere

    Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

    A beautiful instrument that could hardly be matched at three times the price. Tuned it up and it has hardly gone out of tune a week later. Solid, good hardware and beautiful inlays.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Banjo

    By Dale Pautzke

    from Cudahy, WI

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Missing Hardware To Attac

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

    Looks like the banjo is very well made from high quality materials. It sounds as good as it looks. The banjo was used and the hardware to mount the armrest was missing. Musicians friend has promised to help with this and they have been very nice to work with.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm enoying the banjo

    By Bob#1

    from Hampton, VA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

      My wife gave me gift certificate for Musicians Friend for Christmas. Used a 20% discount and bought it for a good price. Banjo has planetary tuners, good playability, and a good sound.

      (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Seems very good to me.

      By Terry Freeman

      from Texas

      Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

      If your just starting out I have learned on a guitar. Spend a few extra bucks over the cheep ones and get something with a little better quality. you will not regret it. This one would be great for that.
      I am not a experiance banjo player. I am a guitar guy. I had a friend that had one and wanted to learn to play it and wanted me to give some lessons So I am learning to play it. (The online videos are a great place to start) I got the Mitchell. I am very satisfied with the quality. It is a lot heavier than the one my buddy has. Holds a tune well. after the strings stretch a little.
      If you never had one like me there are some great videos on how to setup your banjo on youtube. Quality on mine was great. Very good finish and tone.
      This was a great buy.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's a keeper!

      By Mary Hart

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

      Took a bit of setup, but sounds great, plays great, looks great and makes me want to jam!
      I wish it would have come with railroad spikes! Resonator is gorgeous.
      Never played another banjo, but it seems like the quality is very high.
      Great buy for the money.

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