Harley Benton HBJ-26

6-String Banjo

The HBJ-26 from Harley Benton is an inexpensive 6-string banjo that's ideal for beginners or guitarists who want to try out a different sound.

  • Bluegrass Series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Armrest
  • 24 Brackets
  • 22 Frets
  • Head: Remo
  • Loop end strings
  • Corresponding replacement head available under Article Nr 156789 (not included)

Further Information

Number Of Strings 6
Body Sapele
Neck Nato
Frets 22
incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Pickup No

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A guitar it is not, a Banjo it most certainly is...
RichTea, 06.01.2015
I saw Keith Urban playing a 6 string banjo, or Ganjo, a while back which peaked my interest. Same tuning as a guitar, but sounds like a banjo, making it an easy jump. The answer is yes and no. A Banjo doesn't resonate or sustain like a guitar, so the notes are literally there for a moment and gone, but here's where your finger picking needs to pick it up.

For my first foray into the Banjo market Harley Benton have done it again with a superbly made 'budget' instrument. Previous Harley Benton purchases have included a Resonator electro-acoustic and electro-acoustic Mandolin which have both been excellent which prompted the purchase of another instrument by this brand. The HBJ-26 is fitted with a proper remo head, and is beautifully finished with chrome wear, and supplied with an adjustment tool for tuning the head. The finish on the wood is exceptional and the fitted Banjo back makes for comfortable playing with it nestled up against you. That said, 3 thumb screws can be removed and the back can be taken off leaving you with a backless banjo should the desire take you.

Out of the box the Banjo played beautifully and has prompted some re-workings of some of my old songs and added extra textures in the recording studio. Listen to a lot of Nashville influenced records and more often than not it's a 6 string banjo in the background.

At a price as low as this it is a great instrument to add to the collection.
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If you need a six string banjo then go for this!
Sean I., 23.06.2013
I had wanted a banjo for some time but didn't fancy learning a completely different instrument so I compromised to get this six string version. Don't be fooled into thinking there is no learning curve to playing this, there are some distinct differences. You cannot just play the same open chords at the top of the neck: that sound quite awful! You will need to learn banjo rolls and/or some finger picking and to be honest a capo is pretty much a necessity to get a decent 'banjo' sound. The instrument itself is very well made and finished. The action is very high and takes a little getting used to but with a little patience you can get a good and distinct sound out of it. Makes a nice change from guitar and if you are into folk or country it will prove to be a fantastic addition to your collection! In terms of value for money, Thomann's Harley Benton brand is very hard to beat being well made and really good products for the price...
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Semi decent, it works for the price
Edgar Blackdagger, 25.10.2019
The banjo just arrived today, the banjo box (not the whole Thomann box) was a bit hit, so the instrument's headstock had some paint removed, revealing the plain wood.
It's the first time this happens in my 10+ year experience with Thomann.

I have a HBJ-25 (Standard HB 5-String Banjo) and I have to say this 6-string version is not as impressive, build quality is as always very good,
but the sound is quieter, the head was way too loose and (maybe it's just me, but) the back makes the sound muffled and quieter, it causes the head to compress a lot instead of just projecting the sound.

I removed the back, tuned the head, did a little work on the bridge to prevent the strings from snapping out of the grooves, changed strings to 10s (it had something like 12-58 gauge, I could easily tune it to Drop B) and now it's much better.

I'm still getting used to it and eventually I will, but I think my expectations were too high because of my experience with the HBJ-25 and other HB instruments.
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Easy Bluegrass
Mildred, 01.07.2013
Great way to get a bluegrass sound without the bother of learning a complete new set of chords for a five string banjo, for a lazy guitar player like myself. I love this instrument. I was a little wary of buying a cheap banjo, and didnt know a huge amount about Harley Benton, but so far it holds its tuning very well, unlike my tenor banjo. Once I changed the strings to pyramid banjo strings, I got that bluegrass sound I was after. It was easy to make the adjustment, once I learned a few bluegrass picking patterns. I am very pleased with this insrtument. It s quite heavy compared to guitar, so it took a while to get it balanced correctly when playing. Love this insrtument, cant understand why it is considered the poor relation of the bluegrass family.
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