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.