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Epiphone MB-100 Open Back Banjo
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- Mahogany body
- URemo Head top
- Rosewood fretboard
- 26.25 scale
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Epiphone MB-100 Banjo
- Classic Open-back Style
- Remo Head
- Mahogany Body and Neck
Epiphone MB-100 Banjo
Classic Open Back Banjo Design
The MB-100 open back 5-string banjo is the perfect traveling banjo and an ideal first instrument for players interested in bluegrass and stringband music. Open back banjos are lightweight (easy on the shoulder!) and have a unique, mellow tone. Epiphone founder Epi Stathopoulo’s first patent was for an improved open back banjo, and Epiphone has always been at the forefront of acoustic instrument design, setting trends, and inspiring musicians.
- Mahogany Neck
- Classic Construction
Body and Neck
The MB-100 features a mahogany body with a classic Remo banjo head. The 26.25 inch traditional mahogany neck has a rosewood dot fingerboard. The MB-100 has a Natural color finish just like Epiphone’s now classic vintage banjos.
Historic Epiphone Style
The MB-100 is inspired by Epiphone’s founder, Epi Stathopoulo, whose first patent was for an improved banjo design. Before the popularity of acoustic guitars, banjos were the main rhythm instrument in jazz as well as folk music.
Vintage banjos suffer from the wear and tear of a century of playing and the hardware often shows the most wear. Epiphone’s solid nickel tuners with white buttons are designed in Nashville, TN and provide solid tuning and reliability.
- Solid Nickel Tuners
- Designed in Nashville, TN
For over 140 years, Epiphone—the House of Stathopoulo--has led the world in designing affordable professional instruments. Epiphone is home to the innovative PRO-1 Collection and is also the official instrument maker for Rocksmith, the fastest way to learn guitar. Epiphone guitars, basses, and mandolins have powered a century of classic recordings by Les Paul, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, and today’s top artists like Gary Clark Jr., Jack Casady, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Alabama Shakes, and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. As part of Gibson Brands, Epiphone offers innovation, history, and a lifetime guarantee.
Top Customer Reviews
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. I noticed the banjo developed a buzzing sound that I couldn't find the cause of, but after a string change the buzzing went away.
I find it even nicer to play now that I put some light gauge strings on it. I installed Martin Vega light strings, which are .009 to .020 and I find it crisp and responsive.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mine had fret buzz on the 2nd fret. No amount of neck relief corrected this.Read more