#1
So here's the story. My dad plays darts with this guy who's a huge bluegrass enthusiast and a renowned banjist. In mid august there's a huge bluegrass festival in Milan, Michigan (one of the biggest in the country, only 40 minutes from me). It's 3 days long and there will be epic bluegrass jams going on the entire time in about 10 other places throughout the park. So my dad's friend knows I play guitar and says I should learn another instrument too which is a good idea at these things.

So i figure i'll learn the banjo. it's awesome and i've always wanted to. Problem is I don't know much about them (i can play a couple of songs on them tho), so i've been having trouble finding the right one. All i know is I have about a $300 top range, and I need one with a resonator so it's loud enough to be heard over several other instruments. This is the one I think will work for me
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-MB200-Banjo?sku=518694
anyone have any better suggestions?
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#2
Banjo hunt? You better be huntin' for food and not letting any of that banjo go to waste or else that's inhumane and evil.


(I don't have any suggestions. Sorry)
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#4
I've played that Epiphone. Don't be surprised it it needs and EXTREME setup when it comes to you. I ended up buying the open-back MB-100, since I play a lot of minstrel shows and such. When it came to me, the neck was so screwed up, the strings were touching the rim. I had to do a total workup on the neck, new strings, sanded the bridge to a curve (so it wouldn't give the head puncture marks), tune the head, and properly adjust the tailpiece.

Dunno if yours will come the same way to you (I got mine at the local GuitarCenter for cheap), but I don't trust it that much.
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#5
banjo ftw!
Yay my buddy wants me to learn how to play the banjo...
He still won't talk to me cause I haven't bought one yet <_<
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#6
The only thing with learning bluegrass Banjo is it's doesn't really help that you play the guitar. It's totaly different when it comes to hammer ons and pulloffs. I was under the impression when I started to play that playing the guitar would help me but it didn't really.
Good luck with it, really feels good when you get a good few rolls off and it starts sounding like something.

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#7
Alabama is a GOOD brand for banjos, make sure to check it out.
thats what mine is I'm pretty sure (not going upstairs to check)

do not expect it to be at all similar to playing the guitar, it will seem strange sitting on your knee, the strings feel different, the neck feels different and theres an crazy tuning peg in the middle, and the whole high string next to the low string deal (if you didnt know)

i say Alabama because it is a banjo maker, and epiphone is a cheapish knock off everything gibson makes company, and although gibson banjos may be good, epiphones probably arent as trustworthy

EDIT: also, avoid the dean "banjo" thing at all costs, although im sure you could have guessed that it is shifty
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Alabama is a GOOD brand for banjos, make sure to check it out.
thats what mine is I'm pretty sure (not going upstairs to check)

do not expect it to be at all similar to playing the guitar, it will seem strange sitting on your knee, the strings feel different, the neck feels different and theres an crazy tuning peg in the middle, and the whole high string next to the low string deal (if you didnt know)

i say Alabama because it is a banjo maker, and epiphone is a cheapish knock off everything gibson makes company, and although gibson banjos may be good, epiphones probably arent as trustworthy

EDIT: also, avoid the dean "banjo" thing at all costs, although im sure you could have guessed that it is shifty

Epiphone is not a bad company. In fact, the banjo I got is absolutely fantastic. Just because it came with a poor setup doesn't speak to it's quality. That's all a matter of preference, anyways. Hell, it even has a quality bone nut. Even their guitars are top-notch (the Masterbilt line is probably the best value in acoustic guitars available today).

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