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Ibanez B50 Closed Back 5-String Banjo


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It's been three decades since Ibanez was in the banjo biz, but we're back with a bang... or is it a twang? Old-timers may recall Ibanez was quite enamored with banjo-building, having even collaborated on an artist signature model with the late great Earl Scruggs. But, things change, and hair bands happen. And now, we're back at it, and in the Ibanez tradition, the B50 delivers a sweet 5-string closed-back banjo at a price that won't break the bank.

Ibanez's line of folk instruments combines classic craftsmanship and sophisticated modern technology, producing instruments of quality and integrity that offer professional features and great sound. These instruments are well-suited the aspiring player to the experienced musician looking to experiment with a new instrument and explore traditional sounds of American folk music.


  • Body Shape: Banjo body
  • Back & Sides: Sapelle
  • Neck type: B Okoume neck
  • Fretboard: Purpleheart fretboard
  • Bridge: Purpleheart bridge
  • Inlay: White dot inlay
  • Tuning Machine: Chrome Open Gear tuners
  • Nut Material: Plastic
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Saddle Material: Purpleheart
  • String Gauge: .009/.016/.023/.030/.009
  • String Space: 14.5mm
  • Factory Tuning: 1D,2B,3G,4D,5G
  • Finish Top: Gloss
  • Finish Back and Sides: Gloss
  • Finish Neck Back: Gloss
  • Neck dimensions:
    • Scale :670mm
    • a : Width 32mm at NUT
    • b : Width 46mm at 14F
    • c : Thickness 21mm at 1F
    • d : Thickness 22mm at 7F
    • Radius : Flat