Harley Benton BJO-35Pro 5 String Banjo OB

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5-String Banjo

  • Build type: Open back
  • Bluegrass Series
  • Rim: Mahogany
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 670 mm
  • Nut width: 32 mm
  • Remo skin
  • Bracket with 18 tension rods
  • Deluxe machine heads
  • Graphite nut
  • Bridge: Maple/Blackwood
  • Colour: Natural, high gloss
  • Matching replacement head: Article Nr: 156789 (not included)
available since December 2014
Item number 345287
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Number Of Strings 5
Body Mahogany
Neck Nato
Frets 22
incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Pickup No
£129
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You get what you pay for (Which doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!)
j4kmsc 21.01.2022
It won’t leave any long lasting impression. It has its flaws that comes with such an affordable instrument.

Tuners feel very cheap and are very imprecise while tuning but after that they stay in tune fine.

The pot which is made out of some very cheap wood wrapped in rather plasticky looking veneer but it’s OK to look at, it’s darker and actually nicer than photos here would let you know.

The biggest flaw is that the pot wood is so soft that hooks holding screws just keep sinking deep into the wood making it impossible to keep the head tuned tight. I had to buy metal washers from hardware store and install them under all those tiny screws heads inside the pot which, luckily, solved the issue for me.

With installing washers, armrest and putting on a heavier set of strings I’m actually having a lot of fun learning the banjo.

Would I buy it again if it got stolen? No, I’d go for something more expansive made out of a solid wood. But I’m glad I have it. For such a low price it’s a fun first banjo for learning basics of playing, setup and maintenance.

If you’re not sure whether you’ll stick with a banjo and just want something budget friendly to try it out, this is what you’re looking for.
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Perfect starter banjo
KarlSmyth 15.05.2020
I bought this in a spur of the moment purchase. I’d never played any instrument in my life, and had always wanted to learn to play banjo. I didn’t want to spend too much, yet feared a €111 banjo may end up being a waste of money. I was wrong. The sound is great, it’s been easy to pick up and start learning, and it’s brought great joy to me. One month on I see massive progress, and I’m now browsing for “Better” banjos - just don’t tell that to my wife!
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A banjo so nice, I bought it twice
Aduit 11.01.2022
This is the perfect banjo for non-banjo players, I just wanted to get something cheap to play around with, and this one really surprised me, I had to sell mine to pay the deposit on my apartment, but now that I'm settled in, I ordered another one
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For what it is you'd be hard pressed to find anything better.
JoeKahno 17.07.2020
This is my first banjo. i started out playing violin in my youth and more recently played mountain dulcimer. My goal here was to buy the least expensive instrument that still had a core of quality materials, properly assembled. My first upgrades will probably be adding an arm rest and some better tuners. Neither is urgently needed. After resolving a couple of minor set up issues it plays well right out of the box. There are other vendors advertising "beginner bundles" for about the same price that include a yard long list of features and accessories. In order to do this they shave the quality of everything in the box down to the absolute, inescapable, minimum. This manufacturer has taken a more rational approach. Good materials and build quality then keep the price low with a limited feature list. That's all i need or wish to pay for at this time.
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