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5-String Bluegrass Banjos 5-String Open-Back Banjos
The 5-string bluegrass banjo is by far our best-selling model. If you want to play Foggy Mountain Breakdown, the Beverly Hillbillies' Theme Song or Dueling Banjos, this is the banjo you're looking for. Includes everything a new player will need to begin their musical journey.
Clawhammer banjos, the 5-string open-back models, are popular folk instruments. They're usually played without fingerpicks, and they produce a warm, mellow sound. Click on these artists' names for a sample: Abigail Washburn, David Holt.
4-String Banjos Mandolin
4-string banjos are usually played with a guitar-style flatpick. Samples:
17-fret Irish Tenor banjo, Celtic Punk: Shipping Up To Boston; Irish folk: Farewell To Erin
19-fret Tenor banjo, Dixieland Jazz: Bye Bye Blues ; Irish folk More Reels
21-fret Plectrum, Dixieland Jazz: Bourbon Street Parade
; Eddie Peabody medley
Designed for the new mandolin player, these starter packs offer everything you'll need: a mandolin, carrying case, flatpicks, tuner and training material.  Each is priced according to value.  Choose A-style (teardrop-shaped) or F-style (has a curled edge on top).  Got a question?  Email us at
What's the difference between a violin and fiddle?  A violin uses "strings" and a fiddle uses "strangs".  That's pretty much it.  We offer several affordable fiddle starter packs for the beginning fiddle player, including those with a solid, hand-carved top.  Choose the one that best fits your budget.  If you have questions, please email us at