Barnes & Mullins BJ500BW Empress 5 String Banjo

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  • Based on Early 1900s Barnes & Mullins Banjos
  • Walnut Resonator & Neck
  • Walnut Laminate Rim
  • Rolled Brass Tone Ring
  • Geared Machine Heads

Barnes & Mullins BJ500BW Empress 5 String Banjo


One of the most beautiful banjos currently on the market, the BJ500BW 'Empress' 5 string banjo is one of the most popular models from Barnes & Mullins. It features a stunning burl walnut resonator, which delivers a tone that sounds as great as this banjo looks. The resonator is matched by a walnut neck and walnut laminate rim. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you should definitely check out the BJ500BW.

Product Ref: 37608

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Originally established in London in the early 1900s, Barnes & Mullins became one of the most famous names associated with high quality banjos. Today, the company reissues some of its most popular models. These instruments allow today's musicians to enjoy a fantastic high quality banjo at an affordable price, developed with the same expertise and attention to detail as they were over 100 years ago.

Named after the tragic 'Empress of Ireland' ocean liner, the Barnes & Mullins BJ500BW 'Empress' 5 string banjo combines outstanding quality with a unique and striking appearance. A low action and quick neck make this banjo a joy to play. It features a closed back burl walnut resonator to deliver an authentic, punchy bluegrass tone with a genuine Remo Vellum head. Geared machine heads ensure improved tuning stability. The BJ500BW also features a rolled brass tone ring to improve the volume and projection of the instrument.

Features & Specifications

  • Neck: Walnut
  • Resonator: Burl Walnut
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Rim: Walnut Laminate
  • Tone Ring: Rolled Brass
  • Brackets: 24 pcs
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Head: Remo Vellum
  • Machineheads: Geared