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Washburn B17 5-String Banjo


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Washburn has been building banjos since the late 1800s, and were considered to be some of the finest of their day. Washburn's B17 faithfully carrys on the heritage of it's handcrafted predecessors with it's high-quality craftsmanship & deluxe features.

The B17 5-String Banjo is the ideal choice for professionals and amateurs alike because of its outstanding tone, build and value. Featuring a beautiful sunburst finished, Flamed Maple resonator and a Remo banjo head, the B17 is capable of delivering those twangy and bright tones that every banjo player aspires to achieve. The 26.35" scale neck of the B17 is crafted from carved Rock Maple, and then is topped off with a 22-fret Ebony fingerboard. The fingerboard houses gorgeous deluxe inlays to cater to the B17's top shelf appearance.

The B17 boasts all gold hardware to complement this banjo's beautiful aesthetics including a bell brass tone ring, a tension tailpiece, an engraved armrest, 24 tension brackets and gold planetary tuners with pearloid buttons. Other features include a Maple bridge with an Ebony tip and a pearloid truss rod cover.

The B17 comes stock with a BC82 hardshell banjo case to provide this banjo with the ultimate protection.


  • 5 String
  • Bell brass tone ring
  • Flat head construction
  • Tension tailpiece
  • Engraved armrest
  • Remo head
  • Maple base with ebony tip bridge
  • Flamed maple resonator
  • 24 tension brackets
  • Gold hardware
  • Planetary tuners
  • Carved rock maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Deluxe inlays
  • Pearloid truss rod cover
  • 22 frets
  • 26.35" scale
  • Nutwidth: 31mm
  • Case: BC82 Included

Order your Washburn B17 5-String Banjo from Sam Ash Direct today with the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy, and be sure to take advantage of our fast, free shipping.

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    Hardshell Case


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Beautiful Instrument with Vintage Styling!


from New Port Richey, Florida

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  • Hand Carved Head Stock
  • High quality parts
  • Locks On Case
  • Nice Custom Hard Case
  • Slick And Easy To Play
  • Sounds fantastic


  • Heavy
  • Needs to be set up

Best Uses

  • Amatuer To Professional
  • Bluegrass Style
  • Impress Audience

Comments about Washburn B17 5-String Banjo:

I am fairly new to the Banjo and wanted something I would not have to upgrade later once I build some skills. This is a keeper and will become a family Heirloom.
It is pretty enough to frame and look at, but better to play. Very silky fret board and neck. The carving on the neck and head stock make this a real head turner. I love it. For the quality, looks and ease of play at this price, you cannot go wrong with this instrument.

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Series Banjo
Model B17 5-String
Warranty Info:

B17 5-String Banjo

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.