As frustrating as the first couple of weeks and months of learning an instrument are, they are also the most detrimental times for you. That’s why you need to have a good companion, a.k.a. banjo, to guide you through those times. And yes, banjos are quite expensive, at least compared to ukuleles and beginner guitars, but you can still find deals that will not empty out your pockets. The Pyle 5-String Geared Tunable Banjo PBJ60 is definitely one of those models you can spend a little money on and get a lot from. This is an amazing option if you are looking for a lightweight instrument to take wherever you go. It is also a nice choice for your kid, if you do not want to spend too much knowing that your kid might ruin it in a little while.
This PBJ60 is a 5-string banjo is made of mahogany back, sides and neck. The rosewood fingerboard, along with the overall lightweight construction really is what makes this model so playable and comfortable. With traditional-style binding, durable wood and a gorgeous high-gloss finish that will preserve the wood, you will be getting one hell of a deal. While this might not be the first choice for intermediate and pro-level players, who probably would go for something more high-end, but if you are a beginner or getting a banjo for a beginner, the construction, taking into account the cost of this banjo, pretty much offers more than what you would expect.
The first thing you need to know about this model is that it does not come set up. You have to install the bridge and do certain other tweakings. But, to be honest, as intimidating as it might sound for someone who has never done it before, it is fairly easy. And if you are still too intimidated you can always take it to a shop for a perfect setup. As an affordable banjo, I don’t think anyone expects the first-grade hardware (I mean if you are, you will most probably be disappointed). You will see maple bridge, truss rod for neck adjustment, geared 5th tuner (some people have said it easily breaks off, but I have not had any issues with that) and finally, jade machine head tuner key pegs. The 5th tuner is an amazing addition because it is great for keeping the tune and allowing for great playability.
Pyle 5 String Banjo Sound
Even though the PBJ60 does not have the highest quality hardware, man oh man, it definitely delivers on the sound. The deep, sweet tone on this banjo is amazing. This model is pretty perfect for folk, bluegrass, and country. This banjo sounds the way it feels. And the way it feels is pretty damn good.
Whether you are looking for your first banjo or it is a gift for someone, even a kid, Pyle 5-String Geared Tunable Banjo PBJ60 is one solid competitor in its price range. Due to its construction, it is pretty lightweight and easy to handle even for kids. The PBJ60 might not have the top-notch quality hardware, it definitely delivers on a nice sound. While we have reviewed quite a lot of affordable banjos, this model stands among some of the best ones in its price range.
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