Washburn B7 5-string Open Back Banjo

5-string Open Back Banjo with Mahogany Rim, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, Geared Tuners, and Remo Banjo Head - Natural
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Open Back 5-string Banjo

The Washburn B7 open-back 5-string banjo gives you the volume and projection you need to be heard in any setting. A smooth-playing mahogany neck with a rosewood 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 for bluegrass, old-time music, and more. When you want killer banjo tones at an affordable price, you want the Washburn B7 open-backed 5-string banjo.

Washburn B7 Open-back 5-string Banjo at a Glance:
  • Traditional styling and tonewoods for great banjo tone
  • Open-backed banjos provide classic banjo tones
  • Washburn has been producing fretted instruments since 1883
A banjo that plays like a guitar

Traditional styling and tonewoods for great banjo tone
Thanks to the use of traditional tonewoods and design, the Washburn B7 5-string banjo gives you the smooth, plucky sound you want from an open-back banjo. Let your fingers fly across the rosewood fretboard and comfortable mahogany neck. The open-backed Washburn B7 5-string banjo gives you great tone and feel at an affordable price.

Open-backed banjos provide classic banjo tones

If you want that traditional clawhammer banjo sound, then you want an open-back banjo. The Washburn B7's open back gives you a smoother tone associated with the clawhammer style. 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 cast-aluminum tone ring gives your sound extra punch, volume, and tone.

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 B7 Open-back 5-string Banjo Features:
  • Affordably priced 5-string open-back banjo
  • Delivers classic banjo tones thanks to the mahogany tone ring
  • Remo banjo head and ebony-topped maple bridge for crisp tone
  • Cast-aluminum tone ring
  • Comfortable mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard
Get the banjo tone you have been looking for with Washburn's B7 5-string open-back banjo!

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Tech Specs

Body Style Open Back
Number of Strings 5
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Remo Head
Neck Material Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Nut Width 1.181"
Scale Length 27.5"
Hardware Chrome Diecast
Strings D'Addario J60+ Light Gauge Nickel
Manufacturer Part Number B7

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addendum to my previous review

While I mentioned (above) that the banjo offers less in the area of super fine adjusting capacities...I want to stress that as it is right now...the playability is good...and the sound is getting even better than at first. In fact, one can do much to alter the sound (change the head or the bridge). But as it is now it is mellow and ringing and pleasing. My point earlier was that as the banjo ages and becomes in need of fine-tuning the features provided may not serve you well.


I have played tenor banjo for years and I decided to branch out. I did not want to spend too much on my first 5 string so I bought the B7. As far as sound goes, it is decent. But I have come to find out that with a single coordinator rod WITH NO CENTER HOLE FOR CLAMPING IT DOWN WHILE THE WASHER NUTS GET TIGHTENED...the rod is essentially useless. This means that for adjusting the action of the neck there is little you can do. This will obviously not be a long-held banjo. It seems my choice of tunings and my experience on the tenor banjo now warrant a better 5 string for me to use. When my funds are back up I will sell this and find a better, MORE ADJUSTABLEFLEXIBLE banjo. But as I said, the banjo sounds decent...at least for now.
Music background: many years of guitar, mando, tenor banjo experience
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