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Epiphone MB-100 Banjo, Vintage Satin Brown, Chrome Hardware
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- Mahogany body
- URemo Head top
- Rosewood fretboard
- 26.25 scale
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There was no price tag, so I assumed it would be around $400 or $500. I asked the guy, "just out of curiousity", how much it was.
When he said $210 plus tax, I said "there must be some sort of mistake".
He went on the computer system to ensure he quoted me the right price, and indeed he had.
I said thanks, and started to walk out, then turned back, picked it up, plucked away for a minute and said "Dammit, I've gotta buy this".
I haven't put it down much since I bought it. It's a nice banjo to play, it holds tones nicely, rings true, allows for slides and hammers and bends, etc and the intonation seems good. I have spent a bit of money on banjos, and this is my third one.
I even like the strings that came on mine!
If I was just starting out, I would go back and start with this one. I recommend it to both noobs and experienced players who want a light, inexpensive travelling/camping/partying banjo. Great for learning on, and great for jamming on. It's obviously a little more quiet than a closed back deering, but when you're sitting around a campfire plucking away without finger picks, it plays at a nice, enjoyable volume for all around.
As far as "value for money" goes, 5 stars.
EDIT, Spring 2013
I have still been plucking away on this and loving it.Read more ›
A disconcerting thing to me was that the neck width is narrow - 1-1/4 vs. 1-3/8" but ... that may be good for kids or people with smaller fingers. As an out of town practice banjo, I reckon it will help when I get back to my better banjos. Also, especially for beginners, it is probably best to lower the action at the nut and bridge (google it) as well as the neck adjustment. I'm writing this review so that beginners won't get frustrated ... Banjo playing is good for you!
Overall, it's not bad for the price I paid ($179). It's a made in China Epiphone and it was my choice over sending money to Deering, which is a Scientologist-owned company and includes literature and may get you on a list ... You can google that too.
Delivery was within the last two days of the estimated time frame, but the banjo arrived well-protected in a large box. It came fully assembled with the strings installed. Shipped with it were an Epiphone sticker, a bridge, and head tightening tools. The wood on this is a lovely bright orange-red color with a matte finish. tuning pegs are pearlescent white plastic. day after delivery, I took this downtown to the string shop to get the bridge set in and the strings tuned. Now, while I was there the guy asked how much I bought my banjo for, he was surprised and showed his coworker; "Hey, check this out! $200 bucks and it's almost just like your Gold Tone!" this evening I sat down and figured out some basic frailing and chords. this is a great sounding, beautiful banjo. I have no complaints thus far and I'm having fun learning to play.
Now, If you're looking at '5-string armrest open-back' banjos on here, you're probably also considering the Gretsch G9450 Dixie. My friend has that banjo and it's just wonderful. I would recommend both to anybody looking to pick up a killer banjo at a sweet price. If price is your concern, this one's $40 less and the quality does measure up. You'll have a blast with both options!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this banjo. For the price you can't beat the quality.. And it helps me pick up chicks..... Okay that last part was a lie.. But the banjo is still great!Published 2 days ago by Tim A.
Solid learner model. Better tones than i expected. Well done Epiphone.Published 4 days ago by Byron C Smith
Fun to play with and affordable to try your hand at banjo.Published 21 days ago by Brent.the.tall.guy
This banjo was recommended as the best for this price range by a friend. We returned because it was a gift for my husband, who didn't want it.Published 3 months ago by Jessica schiesser
I picked one of these up today on craigslist. I paid 80.00, got the banjo, a soft case and a couple of sets of strings. I got it home... Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Phelps
AWESOME banjo !!! need some adjustment when it comes out of the box but it is worth it. sounds great and looks great.Published 6 months ago by chris
This banjo comes with the bridge not set. Once set it intonates ok.
Mine had fret buzz on the 2nd fret. No amount of neck relief corrected this. Read more
I love my Epiphone MB-100 banjo. I got it for Christmas and I'm learning to play by following video lessons on YouTube. This instrument has a really nice sound and is easy to play.Published 10 months ago by Fred Musante