What is a 6-String Banjo?
A 6-string banjo is tuned like a guitar. The sixth string is a bass string added between the lowest string and the drone string on a five-string banjo. Six-string banjos are sometimes known as a banjo guitar because they consist of a six-string guitar neck attached to a bluegrass or plectrum banjo body. This allows players who have learned the guitar to play a banjo sound without having to relearn fingerings. Many guitar players choose to start with the 6-string banjo when crossing over from guitar to banjo. Guitarists choose this banjo, not to replace their guitar, but to build on what they already know.
The Goodtime Six is a 6 string, steel string banjo, that tunes like your guitar and features a fast, sleek, and comfortable guitar style neck that feels like an old friend. The Goodtime Six was not designed to replace your guitar, but rather compliment it. As a guitarist, it affords you the chance to play what you already know with unimaginably creative results.
The new Goodtime Six-R banjo comes hot on the heels of the very popular Goodtime Six open back banjo, but with a few additional features making the Goodtime Six-R ready for the big stage both in looks and in build.
The Boston 6 String banjo is tuned like a guitar so guitar players can instantly start playing this type of banjo. It has big resonant bass notes that you don't find on a 5-string banjo, and also crisp highs for that beautiful banjo tone.
Our top selling 6-string banjo - now as an acoustic/ electric model. Taylor Swift uses this banjo on her Grammy award winning song "Mean".
The Phoenix 6 String banjo has a beautiful organic tone that results in warm and well-rounded full notes. When amplified, these characteristics are enhanced by a combination of brilliant highs via the piezo pickup and warm mid range from the Kavanjo®.
Perfect for guitar players, this banjo is tuned like a guitar (E,A,D,G,B,E) the D-6 is a professional banjo that is heavier than the B-6 with the full rim and tone ring design of a bluegrass banjo.
For guitar players, the top of the line is the MB-6. Now you can play banjo with the same chords and fingering you already know. It's great for those songs that would sound better if played on a banjo.
Although 6-string banjos make it convenient for guitar players to learn to play banjo this is not why they were invented. In the mid-1900s the banjo was a much more popular instrument than the guitar, so there was no need to make a banjo that made it easier for a small group of guitarists to play it. They were invented to give Tenor banjo players access to lower notes.
Who is playing 6-string banjos?
Today, musicians as diverse as Keith Urban, Rod Stewart, Taj Mahal, Joe Satriani, David Hidalgo, Larry Lalonde, and Doc Watson play the six-string guitar banjo. They have become increasingly popular since the mid-1990s.
Taylor Swift plays a 6-string electric/acoustic banjo in her Grammy-winning song “Mean”. Here she is playing her Deering Boston 6-String Acoustic/ Electric Banjo at the 54th Grammy Awards.
Banjo.com has the 6-string banjo for you
The Goodtime Six is a 6-string, steel string banjo tunes like a guitar and features a fast, sleek, and comfortable guitar style neck.
The Deering Phoenix 6-string Banjo is a beautiful instrument with a warm, organic tone.
The Vega Senator 6-string banjo is lightweight and tuned like a guitar, for blues, rock, jazz, or any style you want to play. This open-back banjo has the playability that all Deering banjos are noted for, and the lightweight desired by many banjo players without sacrificing sound quality and sustain.
For guitar players looking for a top of the line banjo, the Deering Maple Blossom 6-string is made for you! The Deering Maple Blossom has a sleek neck making it comfortable and easy to play. It has an arched hard, dense, colorful, exotic, and naturally beautiful ebony fingerboard.
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