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Dean Backwoods 6 Banjo - Natural


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  • 6 string hybrid banjo. 25" scale length. 11" Remo head. Grover tuners.
  • 1 3/4-Inch nut width. Mahogany neck, rim and resonator. Rosewood fingerboard. Wing inlay.
  • Great for a guitar player looking for the banjo sound. With its familiar guitar running, it requires no learning curve from guitarists.
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  • Product Dimensions: 42.2 x 23.7 x 4 inches ; 10.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B0002CZZ60
  • Item model number: BW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,587 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

Dean Backwoods 6string banjo.Tunes and Plays like a guitar! Now all guitar players can play banjo with the Dean BW6. Uses 9 gauge electric guitar strings! BW6 ~25 1/2" Scale ~Mohagany Neck ~Rosewood Fingerboard ~Die Cast Tuners ~Chrome Hardware ~Celluliod Binding ~Pearl DOT/Wing Inlays ~6 String

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Customer Reviews

It plays very well, and is perfectly straight.
G. TEPPER
I am having a ton of fun with this instrument because the learning curve is greatly reduced versus me learning to play a 5 string banjo.
GARY REYNOLDS
I have been very pleased and somewhat surprised with the quality, playability, and amazing sound of this instrument.
Ragman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By G. TEPPER on August 19, 2006
I've been a guitar player for over 30 years, and never played the banjo. I bought this as an experiment, as I may need it for a few upcoming shows. I wanted to get a true banjo sound, but didn't want to bother learning a whole new instrument.

This "Gitjo," for the money, is a great instrument. I had to modify the bridge slightly, having to make a slightly deeper cut for the 6th string with a utility knife (it would pull off its 6th position, and move towards the 5th) and I had to place the bridge into the right position (which was a snap, since you can check positioning against harmonics).

The neck is very clean. It plays very well, and is perfectly straight. It is machined beautifully, and the fret positions are perfect. The mother of pearl Dean "Wing" design on the 12th fret is very cool.

The mahogany body is seated with 4 inset screws that were a little loose. I took those out (by hand, piece of cake) and hot glued the insets so they would sit firm. That took a few minutes, but once again was a snap to do. Since the body was off, I took the opportunity to tighten the drumhead a bit with the tool they provided. The instrument is now absolutely solid. BTW, the body is beautifully lacquer-finished mahogany.

Finally, as a result of the experiment (for those that are curious...) the top 4 strings are absolutely indistinguishable from a banjo. The 5th string sounds like a banjo when you play it on the 7th fret or higher, the 6th string isn't all that "banjo-ey." If your going to strum this a lot, i wouldnt change much, but would focus on playing higher inversions of chords, and focus on the top 4 or 5 strings.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd M. Rottmann on January 29, 2007
I'd read the reviews from several sites before making this purchase and knew I was taking a chance. The existing reviews ranged from, "...never buying anything else from Dean." through, "never been more happier." My own experience was that I was disappointed.

When the instrument arrived, there were no instructions for setting it up. Since I'd already read reviews and have been working with stringed instruments for a while, this wasn't a big issue other than as an indicator of sloppy work.

The bridge, which needed to be positioned on the drum head, looked terrible. There were supposed to be notches for the strings, but it looked like whoever did the work, used a small hand axe and chipped away at the top of the bridge trying to make those grooves. You could barely see where the grooves should be and they definitely did not hold the strings in position when I started tightening things down.

And one last thing I'd noticed on first inspection was that the cover to the neck tightening nut was very scratched up.

I called the customer service folks at Dean and the reviews about their customer service being very good were substantiated. I was offered replacements for the bridge and nut cover, along with a faxed copy of the setup instructions coupled with sincere apologies for the shoddy work.

In any case, when I got the instrument home, I started doing the initial setup. One important step was to do an initial tightening of the drum skin tension. To do this, you need to remove the resonator to gain access to the tightening nuts. When I removed the resonator, two of the mounting blocks that were glued to the resonator body just fell off. A third was barely hanging by its staple. The fourth was solid.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Big D on December 22, 2008
My feedback is along the lines of those of the first reviewer. I've also been playing guitar for 30 years, but never a banjo. I was in the music store purchasing a guitar when I literally stumbled onto this banjo. I picked it up and just had to have it.

Overall, I found the workmanship and the materials to be very good, even though it is made in China. The assembly is so-so (there is where China comes in). I had to disassemble the neck as the screw that attaches the neck to the body was not properly set into the neck, and the neck was pulling apart from the body. Other minor adjustments included properly adjusting the bridge (as the first reviewer said, this is a piece of cake) and a proper adjustment of the truss rod. With this initial work completed, I am quite happy, but I could see where quality control can become an issue.

What I like most about this instrument (other than the cool banjo sound) is that it plays just like my electric Stratocaster guitar (nice action, soft strings, and smooth neck). If you don't mind doing some initial setup, it is a great instrument for a great price.

I was disappointed with the Dean web site though. Although it features the Backwoods, I found no option to download a manual or any related tech info. Also, the warranty is confusing. On one web page is says lifetime warranty for basses and guitars, and on another it says a 5-year warranty.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ragman on January 1, 2011
I have been very pleased and somewhat surprised with the quality, playability, and amazing sound of this instrument. I was very thankful that someone mentioned to me that when buying the instrument in the box I would need to determine the correct placement of the bridge to get the correct intonation when setting up the instrument. With the help of an electronic tuner I setup the bridge in a position where the open note and the 12th fret note were dead center an octave apart. It would have been nice if the manufacturer had included detailed instructions. After getting the bridge in place everything else was a piece of cake! Since I mostly fingerpick on the guitar the banjo sound seemed natural and much like a real banjo. The build on the instrument seems to be flawless. Perhaps I was lucky in that regard. I find it hard to put the instrument down. It opens up a whole new world of sounds. It is more than a just a novelty. I have not had this much fun playing in a long time. If you are wanting a new sound without having to learn a new instrument you should really consider the Dean Backwoods Banjo Six string.
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