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need help buying a banjo!

Discussion in 'Musical Instruments' started by siid, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. siid

    siid Appreciated Participator

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    i want to learn how to play the banjo so Im looking for a cheap one on craigslist (under $300), but i dont know what i should be looking for. whats best for beginners ? 5 strings ? 6 strings ?

    if anyone has the time to check these out, let me know if any of these seem okay or not pleaseee :)

    https://longisland.craigslist.org/msg/5675885301.html

    https://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/atq/5683459921.html

    https://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/msg/5687382767.html

    https://newyork.craigslist.org/que/msg/5681483385.html
     
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    #1 is chinese and is probably pretty poorly made but not terrible for $50

    #2 is probably not quite what you're looking for because the resonator is huge

    Same with #3, tenor banjo

    #4 is not worth anywhere near $250

    Your best bet is #1

    Source: I play the banjo

    And yeah, get a 5 string banjo

    Avoid "vintage" banjos in general, people think they're worth way more than they are. They're generally old and beaten up, sound like crap, but because they're old, people somehow think that makes them worth money.
     
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    Haha yeah those are neat. You can get shitty ones on Amazon and eBay for about $30.
     
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    I am obviously partial to Deering since they have 3 Dropkick Murphys model banjos & that is what Jeff Darosa plays.

    $30 bucks sounds awesome tho for an instrument for traveling.
     
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    I was given a Rogue "travel" banjo for my birthday last year. It's not the best but it suits my needs very well and it sounds good (at least to me it does). It's not super high end so if you wanted to travel with it there's not much to worry about which is nice. I see them on Craigslist for like $50 sometimes, just have to keep your eyes open.
     
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    Hi hi fucking awesome that were gonna get more banjo players yes!!
    Basically stay the FUCK away from a 6 string , if you wanna play a guitar buy a friggin guitar not some mutant 6 string clusterfuck. I traded in my 6 string the first day I got it for a 5 string banjo.

    If ya buying new here's my advice - rather spend more and be happy, its so fucking annoying that banjos are so pricey (mines breaking and I can't afford to replace it) all those £250 bottom end ones are fucking jokes.
     
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    A cigar box, some thumb screws for tuning pegs, nails, and a piece of a pallet will only cost you some pocket change.
     
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