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Beginner Packages - Best Banjos to Learn on 

Choose from a wide selection of beginner banjos for learning bluegrass 5-string banjo. We have beginner banjos priced for a budget and all our banjo kits include comprehensive beginner banjo lessons online and hard copy Book, DVD and CD lessons.

Having started teaching banjo at age 17 in 1975 I have seen a lot of banjos come through the door. I feel I know what beginning banjo players need to get off to a proper start and part of learning that through experience was seeing what did and did not work for students. Since I started BanjoTeacher.com in 2002 I have not added any beginner banjos to the site that I have not played first hand and felt I could stand behind. My banjo instruction included free with each banjo startup kit is extensive and would be very hard to match anywhere else. All beginner banjos receive my comprehensive 52 page Book, Two CDs and a high quality DVD. On my high quality studio video DVD I explain everything from holding the banjo, tuning up and even learning parts of the banjo and maintenance tips. The video demonstrates all the lessons showing both hands close-up and I play every lesson at a slow, medium and up to speed tempo. You will learn quite a few songs too.
Thanks, Ross Nickerson

"We received the book/CD on Wednesday and the banjo arrived Friday! Adam is playing it, following your book/CD, and LOVING IT! It sounds G R E A T ! ! ! Thank you!"

What our customers say

"....Just a quick note to say thanks for the outstanding, superlative service you provided. I called six days ago about a beginner banjo package…you answered all of my questions in terms I, as a beginner, could understand. When I told you I needed the banjo soonest, you called the factory direct and made sure not only that I got it by the date I needed it (I got it today, five days early!)... This kind of service is extraordinary, and extraordinarily rare. I’m just starting out, but you can count on me coming back to banjoteacher.com"

Beginner Banjo Kits - $79 retail value for only an additional $20
Beginner Banjo Kits

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  • 1 Review
    $429.00 $449.00
    Reduced price!
    The Songster RK20 comes is shipped free in the US, inlcudes a case and other free items listed below. We offer basic or complete banjo set up before delivery. The RK 20 by Recording King is an excellent beginning banjo to learn on. On sale 429.00This price still includes the free items listed in the right column and Free US ShippingRecording King R-20...
  • $499.00
    The Recording King Madison RK R-15 is an underestimated little power pot of a banjo. I love this banjo for beginners and I personally recommend it over others in the same price range. I recommended it to the young student below in the picture and you can see his joy. It has a lot of the same parts as the more expensive Recording King models, the same...
  • 16 Reviews
    $696.75
    Our new midline, full size, bluegrass banjo includes features typical of our pro model. This would also be an excellent instrument for players looking for a lighter weight bluegrass banjo. This instrument is the next step above our CC models and uses a one piece flat flange and has a full size 14 inch resonator. FeaturesNeck - Maple Fingerboard -Rosewood...
  • 12 Reviews
    $629.00
    Notes from Ross Nickerson on the CC 100R PLUS models from Goldtone They sound great and look great too. These are really nice, when you hold it, it just feels good to play, the tone is very good too.  This is one of my favorite models and it's very low priced particularly for what you get with it. I'm very confident that you won't believe when it arrives...
  • 1 Review
    $399.00
    Deering Beginner Banjo for Bluegrass or Clawhammer StylesThe Deering goodtime is a really easy banjo to play and which makes it even easier to learn on. The price is right too and with our superior beginner package you can get started playing and practicing right away.This American made beginner banjo is easy to learn on and reasonably priced. The...
  • 4 Reviews
    $539.00
    Cripple Creek Beginner Banjo with Upgraded Planetary Tuners Never before has an entry level banjo included the features and tone of our CC-100R. Check any competitive banjo in this price range and you find more bang for the buck with our Cripple Creek. This Banjo is perfect for students just getting started. I wish the world had banjos like this when I...
  • $329.00 $449.00
    Reduced price!
    These are an excelent Beginner Banjo from Recording King. The Black Starlight Series resonator banjo has all the specs you expect in a traditional banjo – multi-ply rim, tone ring, 24 brackets for precise head-tensioning, and a 26-1/4” scale – all delivering the traditional banjo “snap” today's players want. Combine those classic features with the...
  • 7 Reviews
    $499.00
    The MNB-1 is a 24 bracket banjo that features a rolled brass tone ring, mahogany rim and resonator and Ashton Bailey planetary tuners.These Banjos are perfect for students just getting started!All Morgan Monroe Banjos arrive set up, tuned and ready to play.Pro Setup is FREE and is a $50.00 value FREE US Shipping to the lower 48 states. We offer a 30.00...
  • $269.00
    The SB100-L Left handed Beginner Banjo is an affordable lefty beginner banjo for the not so catered to lefty banjo players of the world. The price is the same as a righty too! That’s unusual for the left handed models that are actually available today, most are a $40 to $50 upgrade price at least. Don't feel too bad lefty’s though. 20 years ago or less...
  • 4 Reviews
    $509.00
    Never before has an entry level banjo included the features and tone of our CC-100R. Check any competitive banjo in this price range and you find more bang for the buck with our Cripple Creek. This Banjo is perfect for students just getting started. I wish the world had banjos like this when I was learning to play or for that matter available for the...
  • $711.00
    On Special...For a limited time FREE Hard Case with the MC 150RPYour hard case will be added to your order automaticallyNotes from Ross Nickerson on the MC 150RP Maple Classic model from Goldtone.BanjoTeacher.com has the Goldtone MC150RP Maple Classic with planetary tuners or "planet pegs" at the best price. The planets add very little to the price and...
  • $599.95
    Morgan Monroe Banjo MB 9 Duelington Banjo Hi it's Ross Nickerson,The Morgan Monroe MB-9 Duelington Deluxe is a full fledged bluegrass 5-string banjo with a flat head tone ring that produces great tone at an affordable price. It has a 3-ply maple rim and a Gibson Mastertone Style 20 hole bell brass tone ring that produces great tone. Morgan Monroe has...
  • $239.00
    Rover Openback Banjo RB-20 This is the ideal first banjo. Every detail has been carefully thought out to make a banjo with all standard specifications. It is easily afforded by anyone wanting to play the banjo. There is no better gift idea for an aspiring musician! Features Standard 11" rim made of composite material in metallic gun-grey finish Grooved...
  • $199.00
    The Gold Tone AC-1 is an awesome beginner banjo. It's one of the best banjos for beginners and it is for sure the best banjo in the "low priced beginner banjo" price range. They sound great and are easy to play and learn on. I highly recommend this one if you are shopping for a low priced beginner banjo. All FREE WITH THIS BANJOThe AC-1 includes an easy...
  • $169.00
    This 5-string bluegrass Morgan Monroe Rocky Top Hoedown beginner banjo delivers a lot of tone and value for the lowest price. It comes complete with a resonator for playing bluegrass banjo and it's extremely easy on the budget. This will get you picking and grinning without having to take a large financial risk before you know how much you are going to...
  • 2 Reviews
    $359.00
    The Gold Tone CC 50 open back banjo is one of the best beginner open back banjos you can find. It's a light and easy to play banjo and works great for learning Clawhammer, folk, old time and open back styles. If you are just beginning and you are absolutely sure Clawhammer and Frailing technique is the direction you are going you may prefer a banjo with a...
  • 1 Review
    $589.00
    The Deering Goodtime II is a great bluegrass banjo to learn on and its the only beginner banjo that is american made in its price range. Even with the resonator its super light and easy to play. They look great and feel good in your hands. My students that have them seem to really be drawn to them which as a teacher that means a lot to me. Thanks, Ross...
  • $336.00
    Hi, it's Ross NickersonThe Gold Tone AC 5  is a perfect design to land this banjo in the "best beginner banjo prices" category with superior wood neck intonation and bright tone than any other banjo in it's price range. I remember the old harmony composite banjos from the 70's that had a surprising good tone. When a new student would arrive with one of...
  • 6 Reviews
    $899.00
    We offer FREE professional set up and FREE 5th string Capo Spikes installed FREE on the Recording King RK R 35  Maple Bluegrass Banjo.The Recording King RK 35 is an awesome affordable 5-string banjo that is great to learn on. It's a perfect banjo to lay back and pick on the porch and keep for years and years to come. They are excellent quality and a safe...
  • $299.00
    BanjoTeacher.com has the Morgan Monroe Rocky Top RT-24 Bracket 5-string Bluegrass Banjo with wood back resonator on sale at the best price and with the best beginner kit availableThis Morgan Monroe beginner banjo is the lowest cost bluegrass banjo with 24 brackets and a wood rim. It's Morgan Monroe's newest beginner model and replaces the previous MB-100...
  • 3 Reviews
    $839.00
    Check out this new Recording King model, the RK R 30. They call it the bluegrass machine. Its a great sounding banjo at a great price. We offer professional set up, free shipping, free hard case and free instructional help with each purchase. RK 30 Company Description Recording King is proud to introduce the all-new RK-R30-BGM tube-and-plate flathead...
  • 1 Review
    $509.00
    Notes from Ross Nickerson on the CC100-R Wide models from Goldtone. Now a beginner Banjo with wider than standard neck for the same price. This is an excellent option for those who feel they may have trouble playing banjo because of large or long fingers. This gives new banjo students another option, for those needing just that extra bit of fingerboard,...
  • $269.00
    The SB 100 features a mahogany resonator with thumb screws and a 14:1 ratio geared 5th peg. The Savannah SB-100 provides great projection and tone while offering a price that anyone can afford. • Mahogany Resonator • Thumb Screws • Mahogany Neck • 3-Ply Maple Rim • Geared 5th PegSB 100 AVAILABLE IN LEFT HANDED Left handed Beginner BanjoRoss Nickerson...
  • $859.00
    Featuring Midnight Maple Fingerboard and Vintage Artisan inspired inlays! With a bluegrass resonator back for projection, the Artisan Goodtime Two banjo has a 3-ply violin grade maple rim and produces a bright and clear tone that projects well and is louder than its open back counterpart. The Artisan Two is enhanced with a rich brown stain, white...
  • $399.95
    The Morgan Monroe beginner banjo RT-BIDX Bingo Deluxe is a fantastic new model and is perfect for learning to play the 5-string banjo 3 finger bluegrass style. The Morgan Monroe RT-BIDX Bingo Deluxe has a lot of features reserved for more expensive banjos and comes with a 10 year warranty. This banjo has a professional look and great tone for a very in...
  • $639.00
    The Deeering Artisan Goodtime is an easy banjo to learn on and sounds great.The Artisan Goodtime Openback banjo embodies Greg Deering’s lifelong vision for the Deering Banjo Company – to make the best sounding, best playing, best looking, and best value U.S.A. made banjo that he possibly could. It is a never ending quest that Deering pursues every single...
  • 1 Review
    $254.00
    This model has been discontinued by Morgan Monroe.They now offer a better version of the same design called the Morgan Monroe Rocky Top RT-B-24 24 Bracket BanjoHere is a link Morgan Monroe Beginner Banjo Rocky Top RT-B-24 Demo Video - Ross Nickerson - Owner of BanjoTeacher.com This video is actually of the discontinued RT 15. The RT 15 was very similar...
  • 4 Reviews
    $486.00
    I wish the world had banjos like this when I was learning to play or for that matter available for the students I've had in the past 20 years. I know more banjo students in the past would have stuck with it. Notes from Ross Nickerson on the CC 50 models from Goldtone. Lots of customers called to ask me the main difference between the Goldtone Cripple...
  • $879.00
    Featuring Midnight Maple Fingerboard and Vintage Artisan inspired inlays! The patented Special Tone Ring found beneath the beauty of the Artisan Goodtime Special Openback makes it louder and brighter than the standard openback model and is great for players who like to jam and want to be heard. The rich brown stain, planetary tuners, and Deering peg head...
  • $464.00
    Never before has an entry level openback banjo included the features and tone of our CC100 Open Back Banjo Check any competitive banjo in this price range and you'll find more bang for the buck with our Cripple Creek. Features include maple neck and body, neck and resonator binding, double coordinator rods, curly maple headstock veneer, Straight Line...
  • $1,059.00
    Featuring Midnight Maple Fingerboard and Vintage Artisan inspired inlays! The vintage look and vibrant tone of the patented Goodtime Special tone ring set this banjo apart, as clearly louder than the Goodtime Two and great for playing in a band setting.The Artisan Goodtime Special has the look of an older banjo with the rich brown stain, Deering fiddle...
  • $569.00
    Saga Traditional 5- String BanjoIntroduced by Saga in the late 1970's, this unique flathead inspired resonator banjo has that quick attack, rapid decay, and clarity of tone for the advanced student or even the working professional. One-piece solid cast aluminum rim with an integral, buttressed tone ring A heavy-duty, grooved, tension hoop that is...
  • $475.00
    Rover RB-115 Banjo with Resonator The popular line of Rover Student Banjos has been expanded to include two new “wood rim” models. Introducing the RB-115 Resonator banjo. Make the learning experience that more enjoyable with this banjo. Companion to the RB-110 open back banjos, combines all the right traditional features, and the new wood rim design to...
  • $239.00
    This model has been discontinued by Morgan Monroe.They now offer a better version of the same designHere is a link Morgan Monroe Banjo Rocky Top RT-B-24 All Morgan Monroe Banjos arrive set up, tuned and ready to play.Pro Setup is FREE and is a $50.00 value FREE US Shipping to the lower 48 states. We offer a 30.00 shipping discount for Alaska, Hawaii and...
  • $319.00
    The Morgan Monroe Old Glory 5-string banjo is pretty awesome and for sure a collectors item. I played the Old Glory at the factory and the tone and playability was good. They work great as a beginner banjo to learn on and have good intonation on the neck. It is red white and blue on the head with a white wood resonator,white smooth neck and rosewood...
  • $144.00
    This is the same banjo as the RT B01 only without the closed back resonator. Getting the open back version saves you money and they still sound good. The beginner kit comes with a strap which you will help balance the neck which needs more support without the weight of the resonator to help balance it. Although the RT B01 with resonator needs a strap to...
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