Pyle 5-String Geared Tunable Banjo Review

This Pyle 5-String Geared Tunable Banjo is created with a rich wood and white jade accents. The finish on the wood is incredible. There’s no way that you won’t get compliments on the look of this banjo, but when you start to play, even the look of the beautiful banjo will fly out the window. The audience will take in your playing style, the sound of the banjo and be enthralled with the entire package.

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Pyle 5-String Geared Tunable Banjo With White Jade Tune Pegs & Rosewood Fretboard Polished Rich Wood Finish Maplewood Bridge Stand

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  • Geared 5th Tuner
  • Lightweight
  • REMO M1 head
  • White jade tuner key pegs
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Beautiful wood
  • Adjustable truss rod

First Impressions

The Pyle 5-String Geared Tunable Banjo is a beginner banjo that won’t look like a beginner banjo. It’ll take you all the way from plucking out your first song to playing for an audience at a show. At some point, you might want to get a more expensive banjo, but you won’t need to for a very long time.

This is a classic banjo style with a geared 5th string that can be tuned as well as the rest of the strings. It’s lightweight and has a slim profile, so anyone can easily play this banjo. A child’s first banjo should be one just like this Pyle banjo. It’s also reasonably priced in case you don’t want to buy your child a banjo that they won’t end up playing. You’ll be able to take the banjo and start learning yourself.

Pyle Pro Company

While the company itself has been around since the 60s, they weren’t in the business of musical instruments at first. They branched out into Pyle Pro for their instruments and DJ equipment. They also have PA systems and wireless microphones. They have a popular guitar line that’s emerging from Pyle Pro, too. The company – whether they’re making a line of home theater systems or guitars – will never compromise on quality.

Required Setup

When the banjo arrives at your home, it’s likely that you’ll have to perform some setup for the banjo. The company can’t send it with the strings tightened or the bridge intact. You’d end up with broken strings on your banjo or a broken bridge. If you don’t know how to tune it yourself, you can bring it to a professional musician or visit your local instrument shop. It won’t cost much to have it tuned. Once you’ve seen it done, you should be able to replicate the process if you need to again.

Open Back or Resonator

The back of the drum makes a huge different in the sounds that will come out of the banjo. If you have a resonator on it, the sounds will bounce off the wood and be reflected forward to the audience. It brings a deeper, louder sound from the banjo. While some people believe it would muffle the sounds, that’s certainly not the case. The open back banjo will be softer and have a more laid-back sound because it dissipates behind the player. This particular banjo has a resonator on it. You can remove the resonator to get a completely different sound. It’s often better to have one than not. You can also remove it.

Measurements, Materials, and Specifications

The entire length of the banjo from the top to the bottom is 37.9 inches. The fretboard itself is 19.4 of those inches. There are 22 frets on the fretboard. The drum height is 2.75 inches. The diameter of the drum is 11.4 inches. The entire banjo weighs 7.8 pounds.

As far as the materials, this banjo has some beautiful wood. The banjo body is made of Shabili wood. The fretboard is made of Rosewood while the bridge is a lovely maplewood. All of these wood combined make for a banjo that would look great sitting in a stand in a music room or hanging on the wall at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it come with a strap or case?
The banjo doesn’t come with a strap or case. You’ll have to purchase them separately.

Is there a spot for a strap?
Yes, there are two brackets on the banjo for attaching the strap.

How do I remove the resonator?
There are three screws on the drum that can be used to remove the resonator.

Does this banjo have an armrest?
It doesn’t have an armrest. If that’s something you want on your banjo, you can have it added at your local music shop.


The Pyle 5-String Geared Tunable Banjo is meant for the beginner who wants to learn to play. It’s beautiful enough and has a rich, high-gloss wood that will make this an incredible show piece whenever you decide to move on to a more expensive option. For the price, it could be used as a beginner banjo, but long into when you have enough skill to change banjos to something more costly.

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