The Gibson name has been associated with Bluegrass from the beginning, with names like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe to name a few, it’s not hard to understand why. A lot of the top pickers use Gibsons, and they use them for a reason – great sound.
Here are a few Gibson Banjos to look at and admire – or buy if you so desire.
Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard Banjo
Gibson Granada Hearts and Flowers Banjo
If you want a small taste of the Gibson sound try the Earl Scruggs signature strings – they are very good strings and seem to hold up better than most.
The Washburn B9 banjo is one the best starter banjos on the market. The tone and feel of this banjo is great, especially if you consider the price. This banjo is available for about $200 US, but don’t let the low price scare you, this is a great value.
Features include a cast aluminum tone ring, 30 tension brackets, a mahogany resonator and quality machine heads. Washburn is a well respected banjo manufacturer and you certainly won’t be disappointed if you start with a Washburn B9.