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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 style tuners ensure tuning stability. Stylish design elements include eye-catching fretboards inlay and beautiful headstock adornments.The Mitchell MB...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Price: $369.99
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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, smooth 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.


  • Body Style: 5-string banjo
  • Head: Genuine REMO coated
  • Resonator: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Rim: Mahogany
  • Brackets: 24
  • Fingerboard: Select hardwood
  • 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
  • Product Dimensions: 38-1/2" L X 14-1/2" W X 4-1/4" H
  • Product Weight: 11lb.
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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


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 3 customers found this review helpful)


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.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Good first banjo, but has some shortcomings


from Colorado

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  • Good Tone


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      Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

      I went to the Guitar Center store and picked this thing up, and I was really impressed with the tone. It's warmer than the other Banjos in its price range, even some costing $100+ more. The Fender sounded thin and harsh to me compared to this (I didn't know much about banjos at this point, but you like what you like).

      So I bought it. To learn to play on, it's very nice. The resonator really makes it sing. However as I progressed in my playing and learned more about banjos, I wanted started to find shortcomings. I realized it didn't have a tone ring, for one. And not only does it not have a tone ring, but the lip of the pot wasn't even finished in any way. Not rolled, sanded, shaped; just a 90 degree cutoff that causes the full thickness of the pot to bear on the head. It's not possible to get the head tight enough or to let the head really resonate as it should. So I added a tone ring, but that wasn't easy. Even after that I still couldn't get the head tight enough with the super cheap hardware that this thing is built with, so I had to swap all that out....

      All in all for the amount of money and time I spent bringing this thing up to par with a more expensive banjo, I could have bought a more expensive banjo. AND I'm still stuck with the non-standard sizing of these Chinese parts vs. something reputable.

      Bottom line: if you just want something that sounds nice and plays nice to pick on casually, this thing is a bargain. But if you think there's any chance you might get serious about it, either buy something nicer upfront or sell this thing and upgrade when you get the itch.


      Awesome beginner banjo

      By Timbo Slice

      from Dupage, IL

      About Me Novice


      • Extremely Playable
      • Good set up
      • Good Tone
      • Versitile


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        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Mitchell MBJ200 Deluxe 5-String Banjo:

        After a long time researching banjos, I settled on the Mitchell MBJ200. I didn't have any experience playing banjo and had only just started guitar. I went to a Guitar Center to test it out and came home with it. (Although there was a mix-up, Guitar Center provided an awesome customer experience.)
        My banjo teacher (an experienced player of over 40 years) was really impressed with this banjo as a starter. Although it i doesn't come close to a $1500 banjo, it is a whole lot better than any of it's peers among starter banjos. You will get a big bang for your buck in this banjo.
        This banjo does not have a tone ring, but it has an awesome sound for it's price. It is accurate up the neck, and I have never had any problem with buzzing. It stays in tune pretty well. You will need to install spikes.
        This banjo got me well started in playing and allowed me to gain skills that would be hard to learn on other starter banjos. I will be well prepared, skill-wise, for when I get a more expensive banjo and from owning this banjo I now know what to look for in a more expensive banjo.

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