The "Albert" open back 5-string banjo from Barnes & Mullins is an authentic 'old-time' banjo. Unlike more commonly used bluegrass banjos, open back models produce a noticeably quieter sound than their resonator-equipped, louder siblings. Offering excellent sound & great looks to match, the BJ350G has mother of pearl inlays on the fingerboard & headstock.
Who is this banjo for?
This B&M ‘Albert’ 5-string open back banjo is – like all open back banjos – a great choice for ‘Clawhammer’ players. Clawhammer playing employs a percussive technique where the index or middle fingers are used to strike the strings rather than finger picks – with the hand in a ‘claw’ shape.
This technique naturally produces a softer sound that is complimented perfectly by an open back instrument as it is quieter and more subdued tonally as some of the sound escapes through the back towards the player.
Common 5-string banjo tunings
G, D, G, B, D - Open G
G, C, G, B, D - C Tuning / Drop C
- Style: 5-String Open Back
- Neck: Mahogany
- Bridge: Maple with Ovangkol Tip
- Fingerboard: Ovangkol
- Rim: Walnut
- Brackets: 18
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Patterned
- Coordinator Rods: 2
- Hardware: Chrome
- Tailpiece: Chrome
- Armrest: Chrome
- Nut Width: 31mm
- Scale Length: 670mm
- Head: Remo Vellum
- Machineheads: Planetary
Please Note: Specifications are subject to change at any time.
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