VOTE The Best Banjo Brands  

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List of banjo brands that include the most reliable and best sounding models available. Popular Banjo brands include those from major manufacturers of musical instruments, including Gibson, Fender, Deering Banjo Company and more. The best banjos are generally the heaviest banjos--these make a better sound. Banjo makers know this and design their instruments accordingly.

Today there are many top-quality banjos made in the USA. There are also plenty of inexpensive banjos made in China, Taiwan and Korea. Although the craftsmanship of American-made banjos is usually higher quality, you can buy great banjo instruments from overseas manufacturers as well. Generally, the best-sounding and best-playing new American-made banjos start at around $2,000 USD. There are also good banjos to learn on that cost substantially less than that.

So what are the best banjos and best banjo companies? It's a matter of personal preference. Size and weight of neck, good workmanship and shape of body all have an affect on the banjos sound. Users looking for a new banjo will want to research a variety of different brands and names to find the one that best suits their needs, based on quality and features.
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Deering Banjo Company is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Stelling is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Huber is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Bishline Banjos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Gold Tone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Gibson Guitar Corporation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Ome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Recording King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Vega Banjos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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Hatfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Nechville is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Ode is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Grundy Banjos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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J. Romero Banjos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Morgan Monroe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Washburn Guitars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Bart Reiter Banjos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Iida is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Gold Star is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Bacon & Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Neat Custom Banjos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Mike Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Epiphone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Crafters of Tennessee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Fender Musical Instruments Cor... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Cloverlick Banjos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Wildwood Acoustic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Johannes Bonefaas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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American Made Banjo Co. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Cedar Mountain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Louzee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Framus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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Fielding Banjos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Seeders Banjos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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Bob Flesher's Custom Banjos is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Chuck Lee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Ibanez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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Saga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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Paramount is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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Reiter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Huss and Dalton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Mastercraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Framus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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Liberty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Hendricks Banjos is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Banjo Brands

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Shackleton Banjos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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Blackberry Banjos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Banjo Brands
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