#1
hi

so i want to learn banjo and im just looking around and discovered the banjos that fender sell

they have a: FB-54 BANJO and FB-55 BANJO

i noticed they are almost the same , the main thing im interested in is the scale difference.

the 54 has a scale length of 27.4" and the 55 has a scale of 26.4"

i have a general understanding of scale width in terms of guitars but i have no idea if its a different story in the realm of banjos.... if someone could give me some direction that would be great.

and does fender even make good banjos?
#2
The standard nominal scale length for a five string banjo is 26.25". Fender does not make particularly good banjos. They only make mediocre entry level stuff. You can do better for the same price, though I don't know what is available in Australia.
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#3
The one-inch difference in scale length is pretty inconsequential. I just read some reviews of the 54 on the banjo hangout site and they all say it's decent for an entry-level instrument.

If you have small hands... The shorter one might be a tad easier to finger.

Years ago, when Pete Seeger was popular, he had championed the "long-scale" banjo with a 32" scale.... This to make the instrument more practical to sing with in a variety of keys....He was playing "folk" banjo rather than using it as a bluegrass type accompaniment instrument.
http://blog.deeringbanjos.com/the-extreme-versatility-of-the-long-neck-banjo/