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This is the perfect instrument to learn the banjo: good, crisp sound, comfortable action. There are almost no scratchy edges on the lower (nearest the head stock/tuning pegs) neck, but there are some on the upper (near the head) neck. The banjolele is relatively light weight and the bag that comes with it is lightly padded with the zipper easy to pull; comfortable carrying straps on the bag. I haven't tried the pick-up. It's loud enough for our little group: three voices plus baritone ukulele and electronic keyboard. CONS: The nylon strings that come with it are easy on novice fingers, but they will stretch a lot at first which make them hard to tune and keep in tune, at least at first. I'm not crazy about the strap - too floppy. There's really no good place to attach a strap on the end of the head. I have it tied around the tail piece that holds the strings. Don't know if that's the proper place to attach it, but it works.
Overall, this is a great banjolele especially for the price.
it is crazy how nice this banjolele is! The quality of the wood and hardware and finishes are so impressive and I can't believe the price! It was missing the stencil that shows you where to put the bridge but I checked on google and found you measure from the nut to the 12th fret and then place bridge the same distance from the 12th fret on the drum/head. Mine measured 7 1/2". The sound is so nice and it even came with a pick up!!!! The strap is made for two buttons and there is only one on this banjolele so I don't know how to attach it but I don't need it anyway and I can use it on one of my other ukeleles! Worth the money and then some!
Tuned like a ukulele, but sounds similar to a banjo. So much fun! This set does come with way too much stuff that you'll probably never even look at. But the banjolele itself is really nicely made and so much fun to play. It is louder than a ukulele, even with the same strings.
Interesting instrument. Was a gift for my son who plays banjo, guitar and ukulele so he could just pick it up and make it sounds cool (not at all like me). He enjoys it but I don't know that it will become his "go to" instrument. We shall see.