SPOILER: The best electric banjos aren’t always easy to track down.
In fact, when it comes to choosing an electric banjo, you find that your choice is a bit, well – slim. See, while electric banjos have been around for quite a while (they’re most definitely ‘a thing’), they’re very much a niche instrument to say the least. But that’s not to say that electric banjos aren’t popular – they are.
And that’s because going electric with your banjo opens up SO much more options in terms of sound. As frequent strummers will know, the extra electric kick allows you to tap into a far more diverse tonal palate, similar to that you’ll find with an electric guitar. So if you’re looking to work in more feel & depth to your banjo pieces, then going electric may actually be a wise idea. Question is though, as good as it is to play, is an electric banjo worth it? Read on to find out.
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The best electric banjos @ a glance…
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While with electric banjos the choice can be quite limited, that’s not to say that it’s easy.
Reason? No 2 electric banjos are the same. Really look at it & each one couldn’t be more different in terms of aesthetics, quality & overall sound. So really to put your £$€ behind the first one you see, is a bit like buying a classic car that’s under a cloth. A major schoolboy error!
So to avoid this from happening, we’ve reviewed & picked apart 6 of the best electric banjos for sale today + give you some alternatives should they not meet your needs… you can thank us later.
1: Clearwater Electro Acoustic banjo (6 string)
2: Goldtone Electric banjo
3: Ozark Electric Banjo
4: Ortega Guitars Electro-Acoutic Banjolele
5: Dean Guitars Electric Banjo
6: Ortega Banjo Raven Series (6-String)
7: Vangoa VBJ-4E Electric banjo kit
2 Cheaper acoustic alternatives to an electric banjo (around £200)
Not everyone has the budget for a high end electric banjo.
So in the case you’ve got a bit less to spend, but still want to get your hands on that classic banjo sound, then you could just go acoustic, be that a sole instrument or a starter kit. Which you opt for purely depends on your ability.
If this is you, then here’s a couple of affordable acoustic banjos that may just tickle your fancy…
8: Barnes & Mullins BJ300 5 String Banjo
9: AKLOT 5 String Banjo
Which electric banjo is best? Our editor’s choice
Tracking down the best electric banjo isn’t actually as easy as you’d think.
See, while this is quite the rare breed of banjo, there’s still a lot of factors to consider. And what with there being lots of empty gaps in the market, it’s more a case of finding the best all-rounder than the quote-on-quote “perfect” electric banjo.
So after much consideration of all our top picks, we’ve decided to make our verdict slightly more geared towards musicians on the road. The type that want the flexibility of an electric banjo, without all the hassle (& expense) that comes with buying a full-size instrument. Exactly why our pick for the best electric banjo is actually the…
Ortega Guitars Electro-Acoutic Banjolele = Best Electric Banjo
Kind of an usual choice, we know – but hear us out.
Because while a full-fat electric banjo like the GoldTone or Clearwater does pack a punch, as an overall package, we think the Ortega packs that bit more. Aside from being electro-acoutsic (opposed to a pure electric), meaning that it functions both acoustically & with an amp, it’s also a great deal more portable too.
What’s more, despite the obvious size difference, the variation in tone is all that noticeable. Blindfold us & we’d struggle to tell the difference between this & a fully-fledged electric. But arguably the biggest surprise for us was the build quality.
Considering that this is a Banjolele & not technically speaking a fully-fledged banjo, we expected Ortega to have cut a few corners to make up for this banjo’s rather attractive cost – but no. To hold, the banjo feels really solid & robust, well weighted too. And considering the size, it manages to avoid the trap that a lot of compact instruments fall into – it doesn’t feel like a dumbed-down children’s toy!
Somehow it manages to retain its professionalism. And for that alone, we have utmost respect for this instrument. It’s balanced in every sense of the word.
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