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Ozark 2099G 5 String Banjo Composite Shell and Resonator

Ozark 2099G 5 String Banjo Composite Shell and Resonator

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Ozark 2104G 5 String Banjo With Padded Cover

Ozark 2104G 5 String Banjo With Padded Cover

£269.00 £286.00
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Epiphone MB100 Banjo

Epiphone MB100 Banjo

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£199.00
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Ozark 2104GL 5String Banjo LH

Ozark 2104GL 5String Banjo LH

£269.00 £286.00
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Ozark 2306GBK 5 String Banjo Black

Ozark 2306GBK 5 String Banjo Black

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£329.00 £370.00
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Deering Goodtime 5-String Openback

Deering Goodtime 5-String Openback

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£449.00
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Ozark 2306GCS 5 String Banjo Cherry Sunburst

Ozark 2306GCS 5 String Banjo Cherry Sunburst

£329.00 £347.00
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Ozark 2104TS Tenor Banjo Short Scale

Ozark 2104TS Tenor Banjo Short Scale

£269.00 £286.00
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Deering Goodtime Two 5-String with Resonator

Deering Goodtime Two 5-String with Resonator

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£649.00
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Barnes & Mullins Rathbone BJ400 5 String Banjo

Barnes & Mullins Rathbone BJ400 5 String Banjo

£299.00 £349.00
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Barnes & Mullins BJ350G Albert Open Back 5 String Banjo

Barnes & Mullins BJ350G Albert Open Back 5 String Banjo

£249.00 £305.00
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Barnes & Mullins BJ300 Perfect 5 String Banjo

Barnes & Mullins BJ300 Perfect 5 String Banjo

£199.00 £270.00
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Barnes & Mullins BJ306 Perfect 6 String Banjo

Barnes & Mullins BJ306 Perfect 6 String Banjo

£219.00 £279.00
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Barnes & Mullins BJ304GT Perfect 4 String Banjo

Barnes & Mullins BJ304GT Perfect 4 String Banjo

£219.00 £275.00
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Barnes & Mullins BJ304 Perfect Tenor Banjo

Barnes & Mullins BJ304 Perfect Tenor Banjo

£219.00 £275.00
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Barnes & Mullins Empress 5 String Banjo BJ500BW

Barnes & Mullins Empress 5 String Banjo BJ500BW

£519.00
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Ozark 2112G 5 String Banjo

Ozark 2112G 5 String Banjo

£349.00 £499.00
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About Banjos

Whether you need a tenor banjo or a 5 string banjo with or without a resonator, we have an excellent range awaiting your perusal. We stock banjos from Deering, Goldtone, Ozark, Epiphone and Ortega and you will find examples in each of our stores.The whole range is also available online with a range of payment and delivery options.

Frequently Asked Questions about Banjos

Question: Should I play a 4 string or 5 string banjo?
Both styles are tuned differently (though that is up to you of course) and both have their merits. For starting out, we would recommend a reasonably priced 5 string resonator banjo since it is more versatile and gives more of that famous banjo tone. Something like the Ozark 2099G is a good example of what we mean.
Question: What is a tenor banjo?
A tenor banjo is a four string banjo with a slightly shorter 17" scale. It is traditionally used in early Jazz music as well as Irish traditional music and is played with a plectrum. Tenor banjos are generally tuned, low to high, to C, G, D & A.
Question: What does 'clawhammer style' mean?
Clawhammer style is a special technique used in playing the banjo. It refers to the right hand and involves using the thumb and either the index or middle finger. Essentially you make a claw shape with these two fingers and use the index finger to strike the string in a downward motion with the back of the fingernail, opposite to how one would generally pick an acoustic guitar. The finger also hits the drum of the banjo's body, bringing that special percussive element to the instrument. Master clawhammer players sometimes analogise this as being like 'bouncing off a trampoline'. This technique works on all banjos.
Question: What is an open back banjo?
An open back banjo is a banjo that has no wooden back to its body. It is the alternative to a resonator banjo and produces a quieter, less bright sound than a resonator. Both models have their own uses and open back resonators are popular with musicians who play 'mountain' styles of folk music and other styles that involve relatively few musicians. Resonator banjos are much louder and hence sit better in a collective band setting with other instruments such as violin and acoustic guitar.
Question: In a banjo, what is the resonator?
'Resonator' actually refers to a type of banjo. A resonator banjo, also known as a closed back resonator, has a wooden back, referred to sometimes as the 'bowl'. This wooden back projects the sound back out of the banjo, making it noticeably louder and brighter sounding than an open back banjo, which has no wooden bowl. Resonator banjos are heavier as a result but arguably make for more flexible instruments.