There are a lot of different types of banjos available, but which one is the best to start out on if you want to play bluegrass? What parts should you look for on the banjo? Where should the banjo be made? What type of banjo is the best to play bluegrass on?
There are many outlets with banjos for sale. Many are for new banjos and frequently the discerning banjo enthusiast can find a used banjo at a very appealing “sale” price. But, just as in anything, “let the buyer beware.” When is a used banjo a “good deal” and when is a used banjo just buying someone else’s problems? Let me see if I can give you some tips on what to look for!
Many new people wanting to play banjo often ask the question, "Are banjos expensive?" We break this down to prove how this assessment is so wrong.
Finding a beginners banjo is very hard to do if you don’t know what to look for. This is true of many things; here’s a real life story that illustrates my point. I remember getting my sons some sleeping bags when they were in the Boy Scouts. I actually bought 8 sleeping bags over time for them. Why? Because I didn’t know a thing about a good sleeping bag and the poor things froze to death. Finally my husband intervened and bought them 2 mummy bags. Voila! No more useless purchases! So to prevent you from buying a banjo that will not support your heart’s desire to make music, let’s see if I can give you just a few pointers to make it easier.
You have probably heard the old saying “buy cheap, buy twice”, probably within the context of justifying spending a little more money on a much better product when they can spend much less on something that is usually of a lesser quality. Its a fair thought to have, I mean how much better can the more expensive one be anyway? And is it really going to help me by spending more?