See Vangoa 5 String Banjo Review below.
Banjo is one of the classic instruments that directly connects with the USA’s history. When Africans were enslaved in America, they created an instrument that looked like a combination of guitar, ukelele, and percussion. Mostly, the classic instrument is used like playing the guitar, and the white percussion area in the middle is used sometimes as percussion.
Later, it became an iconic American stringed instrument which quickly adopted by many nations around the world. The banjo has become a traditional instrument for Irish people. Many other cultures around the world also started using banjos since they can be played like two different instruments.
Many companies arose to create top-quality banjos, out of which only a few brands were able to make top-tier banjos. Vangoa is one of the few brands that has been producing handmade banjos that can rival expensive instruments that are way out of their league. In this article, we will see a detailed review of the Vangoa 5 string banjo.
Vangoa 5 String Banjo Review: Description
- Brand: Vangoa
- Body Material: Mahogany
- Nech Material: Mahogany
- String Material: Nylon
Vangoa 5 String Banjo Review: Performance
The Vangoa 5 sting banjo, as the name suggests, is a 5-stringed banjo made up of high-quality mahogany wood. The rim and neck of the Vangoa banjo are made up of mahogany wood which is the most commonly used in making banjo and other similar instruments. Vangoa carefully picks each mahogany wood piece which is rich and free of any issues. Due to this, Vangoa 5-string banjos produce rich sound and tone.
The Vangoa 5 string banjo is a small-sized banjo that is designed for kids, teenagers, and medium-sized people. It doesn’t mean that the quality of the banjo is lower because it is made for beginners and kids. Only the size of the banjo is smaller, but the tone of the instrument surpasses every other banjo in this price range.
Vangoa 5 String Banjo Review: Comparison
The price of the Vangoa 5 string banjo is significantly lower. The brand has succeeded in making this banjo much more affordable by making it an open-back resonating banjo and using nylon string instead of steel strings. By making this model an open-back model, there was no need to use Mahogany (costly wood) in the back of the banjo. This reduces the cost of each unit significantly. Also, by replacing the steel strings with nylon strings, they were not only able to reduce the cost but also made it easier for kids and beginners since it won’t hurt their fingers. But nylon string and steel string produces significantly different sounds.
Vangoa 5 String Banjo Review: Usage
The Vangoa 5 string nylon banjo was made for beginners and kids. However, even professional players can use it, given their hands are not too big. The frets in this banjo are closely assembled, so it might be frustrating for people with big fingers and hands to hold the right notes and chords.
But if the user can play the banjo freely, it will prove to be better than any other banjo in this price range. It can even be used on stage for professional performances. The nylon string used in the instrument are durable and are free from rusting. This reduces the need for changing strings often.
The tuner keys of the banjo are chrome coated to resist the keys from getting eroded. Also, the tuner keys are geared and not friction-based. Geared tuner keys won’t let the tune slip away. This might be incredibly useful for new players. Not only the tuner keys but even the pegs and brackets are also chrome coated.
Why Should You Buy It?
If you are a beginner trying to learn with a top-tier banjo, Vangoa 5 string nylon banjo might be the best fit for you. The Vangoa banjo is extremely durable and can be used as both banjo as well as play percussions rolls and fills in the middle. The Vangoa 5 string banjo comes with a lot of free accessories. Also, a free manual with detailed instructions, including positioning of fingers to advanced chords, is mentioned. Finally, the price of the banjo is very reasonable.
I own a music instruments shop. My go to instrument is a banjo. My business makes it easier for me to access the instruments from various brands and of various types. I will give my honest opinion here to help out others in choosing the right instrument for them.