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Best Prices on 5-String Resonator “Bluegrass” Banjos

Enjoy huge savings on 5-String Resonator banjos, often played in the Bluegrass style of music. These banjos have a resonator attached to the back of the pot which projects the sound forward, away from the banjo player. These banjos tend to produce a bright and lively sound compared to the more muted tones of the open-back banjo. We carry many 5-String Resonator Banjos, some are right for a professional and some are better suited for a beginner banjo player.

One of our most popular beginner bluegrass banjos is the Deering Goodtime 2, which is a great investment for someone new the banjo scene. More experienced players looking to upgrade should check out the Deering Sierra, Deering Eagle 2, or Deering Calico. Get the best price and low monthly payments when you finance your banjo.

Made in USA
$689.00$988.00

Just like its little cousin, the Goodtime banjo, the Deering Goodtime 2 is rich on sound and value. The Goodtime 2 comes built with a resonator that gives it that bright and big bluegrass sound. Made with care and precision, it offers quality and playability in an affordable package for players of all levels.

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Made in USA
$899.00 $809.00

Includes a Goodtime Two banjo, a Deering gig bag, banjo strap, picks, tuner, and a beginner DVD. This package includes everything needed to successfully get started playing the banjo! Including the perfect light weight Goodtime banjo that you can take with you when you travel.

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Made in USA
$1,089.00 $979.00

The Goodtime Special Resonator is also built with Deering’s new Tone Ring, which also gives the banjo its powerfully bright and sparkling tone. The banjo’s volume also wins points with players, and helps students hear themselves better during practice.

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Made in USA
$1,179.00 $1,049.00

With a bluegrass resonator back for projection, the Artisan Goodtime 2 banjo has a 3-ply violin grade maple rim and produces a bright and clear tone that projects well and is louder than its open back counterpart.

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Made in USA
$1,389.00 $1,249.00

The vintage look and vibrant tone of the patented Goodtime Special tone ring set this banjo apart, as clearly louder than the Goodtime Two and great for playing in a band setting.

Made in USA
$1,289.00

The Goodtime Blackgrass is the ultimate banjo for players looking for something a little on the darker side. The pure black stain of the all maple wood is accented with matte black hardware and a black head which combine to put a dark twist on an otherwise traditional instrument.

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$2,395.00 $1,599.00

Most banjo players agree that the ideal bluegrass banjo was the flathead built in very limited quantities during the 1930's.

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$2,199.00 $1,599.00

Limited! The banjo pictured on the cover and recorded on the Bluegrass Album was a prewar RB-3 that has been with Saga for more than 30 years.

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$1,899.99 $1,599.99

While Béla had already been playing a Gold Tone CEB-5 Cello Banjo, he felt that there should be a banjo to fill the gap between the cello banjo (tuned to G, an octave below the standard banjo) and the standard five-string.

$1,699.99

We've designed hundreds of banjos in the last 25 years, but tone-wise, this outperforms every previous model. Includes an archtop hardshell case, lifetime transferrable warranty, and can optionally be ordered with capo spikes, pickup, Zero Glide upgraded nut, or as a left-handed model.

Made in USA
$1,950.00

Available exclusively at Banjo.com! Maple Neck and Resonator stained black.

Made in USA
$2,095.00

This is a light weight powerful sounding instrument. It is designed price wise not to break the bank, but give the player a powerful sound with great tone. It has a burl walnut resonator with black binding, ebony finger board, tone hoop with a 3 ply maple rim.

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Made in USA
$2,399.00 $2,159.00

Uniquely Deering, The Boston banjo breaks with tradition and provides a professional quality sound at a lower price point by creating the drum from 3/16″ rolled steel which rings like a tone ring and upgrading the accuracy of tuning with guitar style tuners with a higher gear ratio.

Made in USA
$2,259.00

Manufactured in America by Bishline Banjos exclusively for Banjo.com. A serious banjo with a serious look! Black stained wood with nickel hardware and black tuners.

Made in USA
$2,495.00

Considered the Bluegrass workhorse, we feel like this is the best value for an American made full weight tone ring banjo on the market today.  Fancy burl walnut resonator with satin finish, ivoroid binding, MOP inlay, three ply maple rim, nickel plated hardware.

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Made in USA
$2,799.00 $2,499.00

The bluegrass inspired White Lotus banjo, named for its lotus flower inspired inlay pattern, is centered around the patent pending white oak rim. Ushering in a new era in playing comfort and sound for today’s banjo player.

Made in USA
$2,599.00$2,899.00

The Eagle II, popularized by Mumford & Son's Winston Marshall, is Deering's most-affordable, professional-grade resonator 5-string banjo. The Eagle II banjo is a whole new breed of banjo.

Made in USA
$2,599.00$2,899.00

The Eagle II, popularized by Mumford & Son's Winston Marshall, is Deering's most-affordable, professional-grade resonator 5-string banjo. Comes in a solid black finish.

Made in USA
$2,610.00$3,060.00

The Moonshine offers all the benefits of the Heli-Mount and Quick-Cam neck mounting technology with distinctive style and comfort.

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Made in USA
$2,999.00 $2,699.00

Our most popular professional grade banjo for almost 30 years. We are proud to manufacture the Sierra as affordably as possible and still retain all of the high end features that affect the tone and playability.

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Made in USA
$2,999.00 $2,699.00

"The Sierra is truly a professional masterpiece of both sound and art at a price that is within your reach." - Greg Deering

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Made in USA
$3,259.00 $2,939.00

Our newest and most affordable professional grade resonator 5-string banjo. The Eagle II banjo is a whole new breed of banjo.

Made in USA
$2,949.00

Finally! A banjo that can be played at any volume. The new Sierra Acoustic/Electric banjo features the factory installed Kavanjo banjo head pickup system.

Made in USA
$2,995.00

Hand-crafted in the USA by Rob Bishline, this banjo features a beautiful burl-walnut finish and classic lines. A professional-grade banjo in every way, this model includes a heavy bell-bronze tone ring, a one-piece flange and a gloss finish.

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Made in USA
$3,350.00 $3,015.00

As you pick up the Zeus, you'll realize why we named this banjo after the king of gods. You'll be thankful for its unusually light weight.

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Made in USA
$3,550.00 $3,195.00

The planet Saturn has a mystique about it. Its rings bring attention to its beauty. It stands apart from the others.

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Made in USA
$3,659.00 $3,229.00

One of Deering's oldest and most popular models, this banjo brings the power, easy playability and maintenance together in a beautiful, historically important banjo that is just as much at home on the front porch as it is on the road.

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Made in USA
$3,699.00 $3,329.00

The Rustic Wreath is a stunning and affordable walnut stained maple banjo that honors the heritage of the instrument while taking on a sleek, minimalist feel.

Made in USA
$3,470.00

Designed to have a woody sound acoustically and a great amplified sound at high volume.  Comes with figured mahogany resonator with flame maple binding, ebony fingerboard, Bishline/ barnes woody rim/ring, black powder coated hardware and L.R. Baggs bridge pickup.

Made in USA
$3,550.00

A custom built Nechville Phantom in Burl Walnut with Burl Walnut peghead. This instrument also includes a gold plated frame, radius rosewood fret board, and custom turquois inlay.

Made in USA
$3,690.00$5,175.00

As you take the Nechville Phantom into your grasp you immediately begin sensing a uniqueness in quality.

Made in USA
$3,895.00

Another Blishline traditional bluegrass powerhouse. The Clermont is made of tiger maple with traditional white binding and a cremona finish. Professional in every way, it includes a 3-pound bell-bronze tone ring and a hardshell case. Made in USA.

Made in USA
$3,895.00

An artistic banjo that sounds great and looks amazing.  Black stained maple with dark wood binding, three ply maple rim, nickel hardware and koa binding.  The fret board has constellation inlays.

Made in USA
$4,000.00

Named after Rob's mom, this has a mahogany resonator with flame maple binding.  A warm rich bluegrass tone with 3 ply maple rim and nickel plated hardware.

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Made in USA
$4,650.00 $4,185.00

From a distance, you see a reminder of the traditional banjo. When you get behind a Classic Deluxe, you'll leave the others behind.

Made in USA
$4,195.00

Many of our customers have been asking us to build a lighter banjo. Because of that, we have developed a few things to lighten our resonator banjo and are now happy to announce our newest Bishline model...The "Ultra-Light."

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Made in USA
$4,790.00 $4,311.00

As beautiful and elegant as its mythical namesake, the Athena is substantially lighter light in weight but with no loss of tone. It is sonically bold and dripping with tone.

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Made in USA
$4,899.00 $4,409.00

The Deering Maple Blossom is made from eastern violin grade curly maple, stained with a dark walnut stain, and adorned with flower mother of pearl inlays.

Made in USA
$4,499.00$4,849.00

The Deering John Hartford banjo is a tribute banjo to a folk, bluegrass, and country legend. The John Hartford banjo features a big round tone that is full bodied with great bass and sweet highs.

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Made in USA
$5,000.00 $4,500.00

The Nextar represents Nechville's desire to blend fine art with ultimate playability. Player comfort and aesthetic beauty both enhance creative musical expression.

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Made in USA
$5,159.00 $4,643.10

The Diamond Joe is the signature model of renowned banjo player Sonny Smith, who oversaw and participated in the design of this very special model.

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Made in USA
$5,195.00 $4,675.00

As you take the Nechville Orion into your grasp your attentiveness becomes focused on musical execution. The design and feel of the Orion will inspire your best playing.

Made in USA
$4,679.00

The Golden Wreath is a traditional design of the classic banjos made in the 1930's. A mahogany prewar style bluegrass banjo with that J.D. Crowe sound, the Golden Wreath is a banjo made of higher quality materials and workmanship.

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Made in USA
$5,249.00 $4,699.00

A maple, prewar style bluegrass banjo made like the classic banjos of the 1930's with the same materials and the same weight, design and features, the Golden Era is one of our most popular banjos for traditional bluegrass bands.

Made in USA
$4,729.00

You get two full scales on the 24 Fret John Hartford Banjo and the added length of the neck moves the bridge to the center of the head giving a more rounded full bodied tone!

Made in USA
$4,769.00

Capture the sound of the “Duke of Drive”, Terry Baucom! Designed with Terry's hard driving bluegrass style in mind, this incredible American Walnut banjo features a light weight bell bronze 20 hole Deering tone ring.

Made in USA
$4,859.00

A premium quality world class 5-string banjo that is appreciated for its crisp tone with great highs and distinctive bass response. The Calico is not only beautiful, but it is also exceptionally dynamic with both powerful sound and response providing an excellent tool for all styles of music.

Made in USA
$5,099.00$5,399.00

Made of mahogany, the Legacy delivers a sweet, warm sound with an uninhibited musicality that effortlessly reaches the audience with a pure and balanced tone, amazingly pleasing to the ear and heralding a whole new musical realm for the world of banjo.

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Made in USA
$5,750.00 $5,175.00

As you take the Nechville Vintage into your grasp you immediately begin sensing a uniqueness in quality.

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Made in USA
$5,799.00 $5,219.00

“I knew I wanted a radiused fingerboard. Having tried Noam Pikelny’s banjo with 24 frets (an extra two frets coming out over the fingerboard), I requested the same. I had always desired a resonator made of quilted maple... .” - Tony Trischka

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Made in USA
$5,999.00 $5,399.00

The new Julia Belle low banjo is a unique collaboration between Deering and banjo icon, Alison Brown. The 24-fret low tuned banjo features John Hartford’s hand drawn artwork on the fingerboard as well as design aesthetics and features customized by Alison herself.

Made in USA
$5,899.00$6,199.00

Crisp Maple with a brilliant full bodied tone, deep bass, brilliant highs, The Saratoga Star is one of the most elegantly beautiful modern banjos to enter the musical arena of classic instruments.

Made in USA
$6,299.00

Beautiful exotic walnut with abalone & ivoroid trim, The G.D.L. (Greg Deering Limited) banjo carries Greg's namesake because he really enjoys the understated elegance of this model.

Made in USA
$7,469.00$7,769.00

The Legacy is a wonderful professional level banjo that is a racehorse for the performing musician and dedicated banjo enthusiast, an effortless and instantly versatile tool for boundless musical creativity.

Made in USA
$8,229.00

Top of the line, prewar style with 24 Karat Gold Deering inlay in the peghead, the Golden Classic is the ultimate compliment to traditional players who prefer the feel of older necks.

Made in USA
$8,279.00$8,579.00

The Saratoga Star is one of the most elegantly beautiful modern banjos to enter the musical arena of classic instruments. With Kruger Bronze Tone Ring.

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Made in USA
$9,348.00 $8,499.00

The John McEuen Signature model banjo is made of beautiful curly maple stained a golden honey and trimmed in ivoroid and Coral Snake purfling.

Made in USA
$10,999.00$13,049.00

The Deering Ivanhoe is part of Deering's Private Collection. We reserve the most highly figured walnut for the neck and rare pieces of exotic burl walnut veneer for the resonator.

Made in USA
$11,699.00

An open back banjo with a deeper 4" rim, the depth of a minstrel banjo, is what story teller and Grammy award-winner, David Holt has been playing since 1988.

Made in USA
$12,329.00

The Jens Kruger model has significant resonance and clarity, elevating it to the caliber of orchestral instruments. The Jens Kruger banjo is designed to unlock the creativity for the dedicated musician.

Made in USA
$14,399.00

Tree of Life banjo is Greg Deering's modern interpretation of the old S.S. Stewart Tree of Life inlay pattern extended and embellished on the peghead to create a uniquely Deering look.

Made in USA
$14,399.00

The Jens Kruger model has significant resonance and clarity, elevating it to the caliber of orchestral instruments. The Jens Kruger banjo is designed to unlock the creativity for the dedicated musician.

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Made in USA
$16,999.00 $15,299.00

“I knew I wanted a radiused fingerboard. Having tried Noam Pikelny’s banjo with 24 frets (an extra two frets coming out over the fingerboard), I requested the same. I had always desired a resonator made of quilted maple… .” – Tony Trischka

Made in USA
$18,999.00

An Heirloom Banjo - The Texas Banjo commemorates the 150th year anniversary of Texas' independence from Mexico. Only 151 Texas banjos will be made, each with a serial number representing one of the years between 1836 and 1986.

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Made in USA
$32,199.00 $29,999.00

The Deering Gabriella is the ultimate combination of luxurious beauty and incredible sound - the sparkle of the mother of pearl fingerboard is breath-taking like opening a box of jewels when you open the case and the tone of the Gabriella is outstanding. The Gabriella is the very top of the Deering line.


Why would I want a resonator on my banjo?

We wrote a longer blog post on the differences between openback and resonator banjos, but the main difference is sound. A banjo with a resonator will be louder and have a “twangier” sound than an openback. When picked bluegrass style with finger-picks, the sound is very bright.

Popular 5-String Resonator “Bluegrass” Banjo Brands

As you know by know, we focus on American-made banjos. We believe their level of craftmanship exceeds most foreign-made instruments. American brands that we carry include, Deering, Goodtime by Deering, Bishline, & Nechville.

New to banjos? You might also enjoy reading a post we wrote titled, "How much should you spend on my first banjo?"

Bluegrass Banjos Made by Deering

Deering Banjo Company in California has been making exceptional instruments since the 1970s. Banjo.com has had a long history with Deering going back to 2003 when we got started. In fact, we were their first Master Dealer and were recently named their No. 1 Dealer in the World. We can’t say enough good things about the banjos they build. There are many to choose from so we will list a few best sellers below to get you started.

The Deering Sierra has been Deering’s most popular 5-String Resonator model for over 30 years. It has all of the components you would want in a high-end banjo, including the Deering -06- Bell Bronze Tone Ring. The simple styling allows them to keep the cost down. Order this in Mahogany or Maple for the same price. Moving down slightly in price, the Deering Eagle 2 is probably the next most popular resonator model. Other models you’ll want to at least take a look at are the Deering Calico, Deering Rustic Wreath, Deering Golden Era, and one of our all time favorites, the Deeering Tenbrooks Saratoga Star which comes in a couple different options.

Bluegrass Banjos Made by Goodtime by Deering

The same company making beautiful high-end banjos also has a line that’s better suited for beginner players. You’ll get the same exceptional craftsmanship and quality materials without the higher price point. Think of it as no frills, but every bit as reliable. In fact, they use the same rim.

Easily the Deering Goodtime 2 is the best seller here. It sounds fantastic and it’s not too heavy or expensive. If you want something with a little more punch, the Goodtime Special features a patented Steel Goodtime Special Tone Ring.

You might be wondering about the difference between the Goodtime by Deering and the Artisan Goodtime by Deering banjo lines. The Artisan series features a dark stain and some subtle upgrades like planetary tuners. Just like the blonde series, the Artisan Goodtime 2 and Artisan Goodtime Special are the best-selling resonator models of this series.


Bluegrass Banjos Made by Bishline

Made in Tulsa, Oklahoma, these banjos are handcrafted with high attention to detail. There aren’t many of these made each year so sometimes you may have to wait a couple months to receive your banjo.

The Bishline Cimarron is considered a bluegrass workhorse. This American-made banjo features a stunning walnut resonator and full-weight tone ring. The other models we want to mention are the Bishline Coal Dust and Bishline Coal Dust Revenege. These banjos were collaborations between Banjo.com and Bishline and are only available through banjo.com.

Bluegrass Banjos Made by Nechville

Tom Nechville in Bloomington, MN is the genius innovator behind this line of banjos. Again, the high attention to detail is obvious in every banjo he makes. The two models we want to highlight here are the Nechville Phantom and Nechville Meteor.

The Phantom features a beautiful walnut and cocobolo neck that you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll notice the absence of the 5th peg on the neck which makes changing left-hand positions easier.

The Meteor is an electric banjo with a dual pickup designed in part with Béla Fleck. This banjo can be customized with different exotic woods and makes an artistic statement with its unique design.

We Make Buying a Bluegrass Banjo Easy

Just like all of our banjos, you’ll get complimentary professional setup and free spiking if desired. If you are in the Continental U.S. you’ll enjoy free express shipping; reasonable rates apply everywhere else. We also send a free starter pack which includes picks, a tuner, a strap for your banjo, and 6 weeks of free video banjo lessons lead by a master banjo teacher. If there is an issue with your banjo we have an easy exchange and return policy. Our customers are our top priority, check out our 5-star reviews.

Not sure which banjo is right for you or have a question about a banjo? You’re in luck, we are banjo experts! Lifelong musician Barry Waldrep is the proud owner of Banjo.com and ready to answer any banjo questions.