Empress 5-String Banjo
The Empress banjo is a real head turner, ideal for the more accomplished player.
This beauty features a wonderfully figured burl walnut resonator with a spellbinding marbled grain pattern, combined with a classic walnut rim and neck. It is complemented by chrome hardware and fittings, an ovangkol tonewood fingerboard with patterned fret inlays, and traditional planetary geared machineheads.
Aurally, you can be sure of superb depth of sound, paired with a bright and articulate response that rewards exploration and encourages performance of a wide range of playing styles.
You can be assured that the Empress will impress visually and aurally at every turn.
This instrument is named in honour of the 'RMS Empress of Ireland' steam ship which sank on Canada's St Lawrence River in May 1914 with the loss of over 1000 lives. Sadly, Mr Albert Mullins was one of the lost souls that day.
Common 5-string banjo tunings
G, D, G, B, D - Open G
G, C, G, B, D - C Tuning / Drop C
Why should I buy a 5-string banjo?
This B&M Empress 5-string resonator banjo is the standard for bluegrass playing but is also an excellent choice for other musical styles including country, gospel, jazz, folk, classical and rock. It's the go-to style of banjo for 'Scruggs' players who use three-fingers with fingerpicks on the index and middle fingers and a thumbpick for a fast-tempo and lively style.
Its resonator design means this banjo sounds naturally loud and bright and therefore makes for an excellent accompaniment instrument.
Body & Construction
ALL BARNES & MULLINS INSTRUMENTS ARE METICULOUSLY INSPECTED & SET-UP IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BY OUR EXPERT TECHNICAL FOLKS PRIOR TO FINDING THEIR NEW HOME AT YOUR LOCAL RETAIL STORE.