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Washburn B17 5 String Banjo - Sunburst Reviews

4.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • from TN April 6, 2017

    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!

  • from September 14, 2014


    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.

  • from Upstate NY May 8, 2015Music Background:
    50+ years part time musician.

    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.

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