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Barnes & Mullins BJ500M Troubadour 5 String Banjo Discover the rich history of Barnes & Mullins banjos with the exquisite Barnes & Mullins BJ500M Troubadour 5 String Banjo. Capturing the...

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Sku: BJ500M
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Barnes & Mullins BJ500M Troubadour 5 String Banjo

Discover the rich history of Barnes & Mullins banjos with the exquisite Barnes & Mullins BJ500M Troubadour 5 String Banjo. Capturing the essence of the renowned monthly magazine released by Barnes & Mullins in 1895, the BJ500M ‘Troubadour’ 5 string banjo boasts exceptional craftsmanship and a distinctive, eye-catching design. Its antique appearance is complemented by a detailed tone ring and flange, while the smooth, quick neck allows for effortless playability. The gorgeous closed back burl maple resonator produces a classic, punchy bluegrass sound that perfectly matches the banjo's stunning aesthetic. Crafted with a hard maple neck and maple laminate rim, this banjo also features geared machine heads for superior tuning stability. Additionally, the BJ500M showcases a rolled brass tone ring that enhances the volume and projection of the instrument. Whether you're a novice or a master, the BJ500M is an instrument worth considering.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Neck: Hard Maple
  • Resonator: Burl Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ovangkol
  • Rim: Maple Laminate
  • Tone Ring: Rolled Brass
  • Brackets: 24
  • Hardware: Antique Gold
  • Head: Remo Renaissance
  • Machineheads: Geared, Planetary Style

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”.