Washburn B17 5 String Banjo - Sunburst

5-string Resonator Back Banjo with Flame Maple Resonator, Maple Neck, Bell Brass Tone Ring, Planetary Tuners, Ebony Fretboard, and Hard Case - Sunburst
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A Decked-out Banjo

Washburn has been making banjos since the 1880s, and the Washburn B17 5-string banjo is the culmination of all that experience poured into a single instrument. Its flame maple resonator back gives you the volume and projection you need to be heard in any setting. A smooth-playing maple neck with a bound ebony fretboard is effortless to play from the first fret to the last fret. The genuine Remo head combined with the ebony-topped maple bridge deliver the bright and punchy sound you want. When you want killer banjo tones with premium appointments, the Washburn B17 resonator-backed 5-string banjo is the instrument you need.

Washburn B17 Resonator-backed 5-string Banjo at a Glance:
  • Traditional styling and tonewoods for great banjo tone
  • Resonator-backed banjos provide classic banjo tones
  • Washburn has been producing fretted instruments since 1883
Traditional styling and tonewoods for great banjo tone

Thanks to the use of traditional tonewoods and design, the Washburn B17 5-string banjo gives you the punchy, plucky banjo sound you want. The flame maple resonator not only looks good but increases the volume and projection of your banjo. Let your fingers fly across the bound ebony fretboard and comfortable maple neck. The resonator-backed Washburn B17 5-string banjo gives you great tone and feel at an affordable price.

Resonator-backed banjos provide classic banjo tones

If you want that traditional bluegrass sound, then you want a banjo with a resonator. The Washburn B17's flame maple resonator gives you a brighter tone and great projection associated with bluegrass. Combine this with the Remo head and the ebony-topped maple bridge, and you have an instrument ready for any gig or jam session. The bell brass tone ring gives your sound extra punch, volume, and tone. Quality planetary tuners give you rock-solid tuning every time.

Washburn has been producing fretted instruments since 1883

With humble beginnings in Chicago dating back to the 1880s, Washburn is an American institution in musical instrument manufacturing. From guitars to mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, and more, Washburn has long been a recognized and cherished brand among musicians. Many of the biggest names in folk, blues, and rock 'n' roll have played these well-crafted, quality instruments. Washburn combines quality construction with premium materials to deliver an instrument that's ready to perform on any stage. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer to find out more about this iconic brand.

  • Washburn B17 Resonator-backed 5-string Banjo Features:
  • Solid 5-string banjo for players of all levels
  • Delivers classic bluegrass banjo tones
  • Gold hardware, deluxe inlays, and engraved armrest
  • Flame maple resonator for increased volume and projection
  • Remo banjo head and ebony-topped maple bridge for crisp tone
  • Planetary tuners for precise tuning
  • Bell brass tone ring delivers big tone
  • Maple neck with bound ebony fretboard
  • Includes hard case
Get the banjo tone you have been looking for with Washburn's B17 5-string banjo!

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Tech Specs

Body Style Resonator
Number of Strings 5
Color Sunburst
Finish Gloss
Body Material Flame maple resonator
Top Material Remo head
Neck Material Maple
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Deluxe
Nut Width 1.22"
Scale Length 26.35"
Hardware Gold
Strings D'Addario, (.009-.020)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number B17K

Customer Reviews

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Awesome banjo

I went from an inexpensive but nice banjo to the b17 it's like playing a different instrument. If your looking for a very nice banjo in that price range it's a no brainer, buy it!


I'm just learning to play the banjo, but my father has played banjo professionally for over 30 yrs. He was impressed with the quality of this banjo for the price. He moved the bridge a bit, tightened the head, and the banjo was ready to go. The tone is bright, action is good, and the harmonic chimes are as they should be.

A Really nice Banjo

I bought this banjo from Sweetwater about six months ago. I was very impressed with the B-17.(WWII fans love the name). I've been playing banjo for over 50 years and I can honestly say that I picked up a few more "tricks" due to its easy action. I did replace the bridge with a "Snuffy Smith" and the strings with a set of Elixir mediums. Together they made a huge difference in the tone and projection, but it wasn't any slouch in the first place. It was a dandy right out of the box. I also added matching D-tuners. One of the things that was very nice about this banjo was that it came with installed "railroad spikes" for capo-ing the fifth string. However, I notice that the picture presented at the time of this writing did not have them. Having them pre-installed is a bit of a savings, since doing it yourself can be a bit tricky. Unless you know what you are doing, it's best to leave that task to a qualified luthier, even if it does cost a few bucks. I hope that Washburn has not eliminated this feature. Newbies to the 5 string banjo may not know what I'm talking about here, but one can easily research it on line. I think this banjo is an extremely good value and will satisfy most pickers for years or until you get the urge to spend big bucks on a Gibson or a Deering. I have an old American made Fender, a Vega and a Deering. This Washburn has no reason to be ashamed in their presence.
Music background: 50+ years part time musician.
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