Perfect 4-String Tenor Banjo
'Perfect' for the newer player with an easy-playing feel.
Your ideal entry-point into the exciting world of 4-string, tenor banjos, the 'Perfect' series were first created by Messrs Barnes & Mullins at the start of the 1900s and formed the very core of the early B&M instrument offering.
This Barnes & Mullins BJ304 'Perfect' tenor banjo delivers a warm and controlled sound with an easy playing feel well suited to all, even absolute beginners. Tonally, you can expect a pleasant and mature response when played with fingers or a plectrum.
The BJ304 features a mahogany resonator, an aluminium rim with a Remo WeatherKing head and a mahogany neck. It is completed with chrome hardware and fittings, an ovangkol wooden fingerboard, modern closed gear machineheads, and the iconic 'Barnes & Mullins London W' historic logo.
These modern-day 'Perfect' banjos adhere to traditional banjo design but are matched to modern manufacturing techniques, whilst paying homage to the vision and designs of our founders. However to this day, original B&M 'Perfect' banjos still change hands for considerable sums of money amongst both antique dealers and musicians alike.
Common 4-string banjo tunings
C, G, D, A – Standard Tenor Tuning
D, G, B, E – Chicago Tuning
Why should I buy a 4-string banjo?
This B&M Perfect 4-string banjo is also sometimes referred to as a ‘plectrum’ or ‘tenor’ banjo and is generally used for lively styles such as traditional jazz (Dixieland). It is usually played with a pick (or ‘plectrum’) in either an accompaniment strumming fashion or by picking individual melody notes – much like a guitar.
It makes for an excellent introductory instrument if you’re new to the world of banjos given its use of fewer strings than 5-string banjos, its shorter scale length, and its versatile playing styles.
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.