The FB-59 is Fender’s top banjo, with features found on banjos that cost many times more and a loud, ringing tone that cuts through a blazing bluegrass band. Features include a walnut resonator, walnut neck with maple strip, 26.4” scale, wood rim, gold hardware, rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl inlay, brass tone ring and hard case.
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I wanted a banjo that had more tone than twang, but as I tried many models the sound was the most important quality. Since purchasing it, I've met several professional players that have one of these models in their collection, including one player that plays with Allison Krause. I personally have put heavier strings on it, a submerged rosewood bridge, and plan on putting a heavier head on it, all in the effort to enhance the beautiful tone that it already has. People tell me all the time when hearing me play that it sounds like I have an amplifier attached. I love this thing and would compare it to Gibson or Deering offerings that cost many times the price, matter of fact, I wouldn't trade it for any of those products! 5 years owning it, and I have never wanted for another banjo for any reason.
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|Model Name:||FB-59 Banjo, Natural, Walnut Resonator, Brass Tone Ring, Mother of Pearl Inlays|
|Series:||Folk Music Instruments|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Body Back:||Laminated Walnut Resonator|
|Body Top:||3-Ply Maple Rim With 24 Piece Bracket|
|Body Depth:||Resonator: 2.2" (56 mm); Rim: 2" (51 mm)|
|Scale Length:||26.4" (671 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.22" (31 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Deluxe Flower Mother-of-Pearl|
|Tuning Machines:||Open-Gear with Pearloid Buttons|
|Strings:||Fender NPS Banjo Strings (Gauges .0095 to .020)|
|Unique Features:||Deluxe Flower Mother-of-Pearl Position Inlays, Ivory Colored Tuning Gear Buttons, Clam Shell Tail-Piece, Brass Tone Ring, 1-Piece Flange and Tube, 24-Piece Bracket Milk White Head|
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