IBANEZ BJ350 Mountaineer (Chrome) 5-String Banjo w/Case
*** Please take a look at the accompanying hi-res images as they are of the banjo you will be receiving.
I found this banjo used in a local store and picked it up even though I do not play banjo. This played and sounded the way I felt the best banjos do and I immediately purchased it in hopes of learning how to play. Unfortunately I have not had the time to put in to it and have a stack of other instruments that I like to play, so it needs to go - I just have too much stuff. Anyway, I do think this is an exceptional banjo and folks who are actually players have fallen in love with its tone and feel after getting a chance to play it.
This is a 1970's Ibanez Mountaineer, which was made in Japan. Ibanez banjos at this time, (Artist, Mountaineer, etc...), were often compared to and preferred over Gibsons in terms of their looks (Artist) and their build and tonal quality. After Gibson sued Ibanez, (around 1978), Ibanez discontinued most of their banjo lineup and introduced three new models, of which the Mountaineer was one of them. These banjos were completely different in their looks, but the construction remained essentially the same. The Mountaineer is harder to come by as it was produced in lowed quantity than the Artist. The BJ350 was the top of the Mountaineer lineup, which also included the BJ250 and BJ240.
Features: Peg-style headstock with M inlay. Adjustable mahogany neck with mother of pearl inlay. Rosewood fingerboard. Chrome brass tone ring. Engraved arm rest. Adjustable tension tailpiece.
There is a light 2" long scratch on the back and a smaller 1/2" scratch right next to it, (again, please see the images). They are not too deep, although my fingernail does feel them as I go across it. Other than that, I think this instrument is in excellent condition considering its age. I was going to change out the Remo head, but prior to doing so, I decided to sell it. As you can see, the head does look a bit worn, although the instrument sounds great and the head seems fine. I should also mention that the tuners move fine and hold tune.
Not sure what else there is to say on this, so if you have any questions, please reach out to me and I will do all I can to answer them for you.
This does come with a sturdy and like-new rigid soft-shell case.
Selling to and shipping within the Continental US only! Please contact me if you live outside of the Continental US and I'll see what can be done.
Thank you for taking a look!