Dean Guitars Backwoods 2 Electric 5-String

5-String Banjo with Pickup

  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Pearl dot fretboard inlays
  • Headstock with Pearl Wing inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 670 mm
  • Vintage open face machine heads
  • Mahogany resonator
  • Pickups: DMT single humbucker with volume control
  • Remo head
  • Colour: Natural, gloss

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Number Of Srings 5
Body Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Frets 24
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J. R., 11.06.2017
It is self-evident that you can not expect everything to be perfect for an instrument of the beginner class! But sound and playability should be at a level that does not spoil your enjoyment of the game! ... and unfortunately this is hard on the border!

In detail:
Actually the Dean is a very nice Banjo with good metal hardware and equipment. String tensioning mechanism, tailpiece etc. make a solid impression. I would particularly like to mention the mechanics of the short treble G string, which has translation, I've already seen something else!
Also the woodwork is well executed! In some places you can find sanding dust and polish, but that really is within reasonable limits!

Now go to the problem zone - fingerboard
In the area of ??the G-Mechanics around the 4th League many cheap Banjos have their weak point, because there are frequent warping in the neck, due to the change of the neck width in combination with non-optimal wood selection and thus uneven shrinkage of the wood due to moisture loss. The phenomenon can be seen in this banjo, but the deviation from the perfect line is low and little disturbing in operation.
Unfortunately very badly the Bunding is guessed! One should believe that with a completely flat handleboard not much can go wrong, but is not so! Several frets are simply bent, do not sit completely in the fingerboard, they stand out particularly on the treble side of the fretboard. This makes not only the playability to a limit, it also suffers the sound! In many positions the strings rattle, as they strike the next fret, some sounds are powerless and unstable. Even if the neck curvature is already adjusted beyond the comfortable playability, one does not get the problem under control.
As an experienced craftsman, I would know how to help, but with a new purchase I do not do it! And a beginner you should not expect such a device. Therefore it goes back to Thomann! I will try again with a new Dean Banjo and then report again!
So I hope that this is a real slip-up and that less under-paid Chinese children will work on our instruments ....

Here the promised supplement to the exchange device:
Much better processed, without the serious defects on the neck / fingerboard of the predecessor! That is why I have the evaluation also improved by one star upward. Now the banjo (after some setting work) is good playable and sounds passable! Amplifying over the humbucker is more of a hardship, at least if the thing should sound like an acoustic instrument! The pickup probably fits more on an electric guitar (there he might land sometimes ...). If the pickup connection were not merely two-wire, one could still make the experiment with parallel circuit, then there would be more brilliance and 'Schnalz', but it does not make much for me ..
Nevertheless: This banjo will stay with me, only for practicing at the second residence, but at least! So, finish well (almost) all good! ;-)
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22.06.2016
I have this banjo since now several me and I adore it.

The built-in microphone is very handy for group play. I feel that the sound that emerges could be better but it is already better than with the pickups I pasted under the skin on my previous banjo.

The natural sound of the banjo is excellent. The big plus for me is that the banjo stays tuned for a long time, even after transport or a little more nagging game.

The banjo is very good, we would have liked to have better landmarks than simple rounds on the handle. The transparent skin is pretty cool for those who like this aesthetic, but the feeling of touch will obviously be different than on a more standard skin since there it is perfectly smooth (I left slipped my fingers more than once at the beginning).

I'm not disappointed, this banjo accompanies me everywhere.
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