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Barnes & Mullins BJ400E Rathbone 5 String Banjo with Pickup
The BJ400E Rathbone 5-String Banjo with Pickup by Barnes & Mullins is the epitome of exceptional craftsmanship and eye-catching design, inspired by the storied Rathbone Place, the original location of Barnes and Mullins. Its effortless playability is enhanced by a smooth, low action and swift neck, while the closed back resonator made of rich mahogany provides a distinct, vibrant bluegrass sound with an authentic Remo black banjo head. Geared machine heads offer precise tuning, and the rolled brass tone ring elevates the volume and projection of this exquisite instrument.
Experience a unique twist with the Rathbone 5-String Banjo. Featuring a Humbucking pickup hidden under the Remo head, adjust its volume effortlessly with a single knob located on the instrument's side. Amplify your sound through a single jack socket at the base, adding versatility to your performance.
- Neck: Mahogany
- Resonator: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Ovangkol
- Rim: Mahogany Laminate
- Tone Ring: Rolled Brass
- Brackets: 24
- Hardware: Chrome
- Head: Remo Black
- Machineheads: Geared, Planetary Style
- Pickup: Humbucker
Please Note: Specifications are subject to change at any time.
Barnes & Mullins Origins
In the year 1894, Albert Mullins and S. Bowley Barnes began their renowned musical instrument journal, "The Jo".
With expertise in all things banjo, they quickly transitioned to producing their own banjos and importing various other instruments. Today, Barnes and Mullins' original banjos remain highly coveted, with collectors eagerly seeking them out worldwide.
Tragically, in 1914, at the young age of 40, Albert Mullins lost his life in a drowning accident when the ship, 'Empress of Ireland,' sank on the St. Lawrence River. This unfortunate event occurred on the final leg of his 2-year journey to sell our premium products.
Bowley Barnes carried on the business, which he had begun with his partner in Bournemouth years ago, and relocated it to Rathbone Place in London.
In 1976, Mark Barnes, the son of Bowley Barnes, relocated the company to Grays Inn Road in Bloomsbury. Tragically, in 1986, Mark Barnes passed away, leaving behind a legacy of admiration and respect from both employees and customers. His kind and altruistic nature was always cherished by those who knew him.
In 1999, Bruce Perrin, who had been a Director since 1986, was appointed Managing Director. He relocated the business from London to the current location, Grays Inn House – a contemporary 46000sqft warehouse and office space in Oswestry, Shropshire.
Bruce Perrin says “We are excited about the future and are constantly looking at ways to innovate and evolve, yet Barnes and Mullins has always endeavoured to put the customer at the top of its priority list”.