#1
I'm planning on getting the Epiphone MB-100 banjo. I played it in Guitar Center the other day, and it really won my heart. I'd like to stay away from resonator banjos because they're just too loud for me. This open-back one seemed perfect. Bridge was a little shoddy, but nothing I can't take care of. I'm going to be doing a vocal accompaniment with the banjo (mostly for minstrel shows and such) and the volume would really just kill me.

Is there anything I should know about this banjo? For $149, it seems like a decent practice banjo, and will do exactly what I want it to.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#2
I think you should go for a resonator banjo.

You can adjust the volume easily in the way you play the instrument, you don't have to beat the living crap out of it.

If want to perform in shows etc. while singing, you should definately get a standard resonator back, as any guitar will overpower the sound of that tiny open-back, perhaps even your singing voice.

Plus they sound loads nicer.
#3
^ The type of banjo you buy should be based on the kind of music you play.

If you're going to be playing bluegrass, you really do need the resonator. That is what is going to give you the ringing noise in bluegrass music.

If you're going to be playing clawhammer style or strumming, then an open back instrument is fine. However, I would avoid epiphone, and try something like this:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Deering-Goodtime-Banjo?sku=517710

I know thats twice as much, but it's kind of like the Yamaha FG700 of the banjo world.

Gear:
Partscaster/Tele into a bunch of pedals, a Maz 18 head, and a Z Best cab.
#4
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^ The type of banjo you buy should be based on the kind of music you play.

If you're going to be playing bluegrass, you really do need the resonator. That is what is going to give you the ringing noise in bluegrass music.

If you're going to be playing clawhammer style or strumming, then an open back instrument is fine. However, I would avoid epiphone, and try something like this:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Deering-Goodtime-Banjo?sku=517710

I know thats twice as much, but it's kind of like the Yamaha FG700 of the banjo world.

Thank you for getting it. I don't want to play bluegrass, I want it for strumming and clawhammer. Thanks for the suggestion (I was looking at that one), but it's just way too far out of my price range. Plus, I'm sure there and plenty of tweaks here and there that will help spruce up the Epiphone. Any tips?
Sincerely, Chad.
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#5
I have a Johnson banjo I bought for 250 bucks. The resonator really does sound nice, I highly recommend the resonator banjos. It sings pretty as a whistle. I learned that Zakk Wylde banjo riff from hate your guts on the pride and glory album... Anyway I heard some of the cheaper banjos (not that i can talk) are junkers, mine seems pretty sweet, but if its too high a price its understandable. Whatever banjo you get, remember to have fun on it, theyre great instruments to have fun on.

PS: the resonator makes songs like beverly hillbillies sound awesome.....
#6
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I have a Johnson banjo I bought for 250 bucks. The resonator really does sound nice, I highly recommend the resonator banjos. It sings pretty as a whistle. I learned that Zakk Wylde banjo riff from hate your guts on the pride and glory album... Anyway I heard some of the cheaper banjos (not that i can talk) are junkers, mine seems pretty sweet, but if its too high a price its understandable. Whatever banjo you get, remember to have fun on it, theyre great instruments to have fun on.

PS: the resonator makes songs like beverly hillbillies sound awesome.....

I just don't really care for the sound of a resonator. Mostly what I wanted to know what what the best head is that I can get, what bridge, and what tailpiece. Simple upgrades that can REALLY improve sound (same thing as a bone saddle, etc). That, and whether the banjo will inevitably suffer some sort of breakdown (as in the case of the Martin X series). If you have any suggestions for an open-back that's within my price range (under $200), let me know.

Looking at Rogue isn't an option. That company is an abomination to the music industry. They make toys, not instruments.

Also, something I noticed that was pretty interesting was that the MB-100 I played in Guitar Center had a bone nut! I couldn't believe it, either, but there it was! No idea how that got there.
Sincerely, Chad.
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