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All-Star Gear: Folk Instruments

Top picks from you fine folks

When they're not singing ballads and protest songs, our folkie customers are singing the praises of their favorite gear! So, whether you're into Kentucky bluegrass, Maui vibes, or Delta blues, we've got a wide selection of mandolins, ukuleles, banjos, resonators and more folk instruments you can strum, pluck, or slide on.

We've assembled the best of the best folk gear in this All-Star Gear list, along with quotes from happy owners. Check out the gear and you may just find a new partner for your next gig!

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Washburn M3SW Mandolin

"I love the quality, sound, and beauty of the mandolin. It is my first-ever mandolin and I'm loving it. I have looked around and have not seen anything that comes close."
- Tony in Akron, OH

"Easy to get the sound I like, sounds much better than other mandolins that I tried out before getting this one."

"The longer you have this, the more you will love it. It plays easy -- I have friends that play pro and they even said it's a joy to play."
$549 or 6 payments of $91.50 | Learn more »

Deering Goodtime 2 Banjo with Resonator, 5-String

"The workmanship is flawless. It is apparent to see the Deering Banjo company takes real pride in their instruments."
- Dennis in Pittsburgh, PA

"This is a solid little banjo. Plays very good. Sounds good. No frills."
- Steve in Graham, NC

"Great banjo. Hand-made quality, beautiful sound."
- JK in Piqua, OH
$599 or 8 payments of $74.88 | Learn more »

Luna High Tide Ukulele

"I can't believe how good this sounds, looks, feels -- it's the total package. Everyone you know will be jealous of the fit, feel, and finish of this."
- Jason in Asheville, NC

"The High Tide is very attractive. The dark wood grain and abalone inlay work is sexy. Great tone and stays in tune well. Sounds great plugged in too. That's a cool feature in itself but the pickup is quality too."
- Justin in Visalia, CA
$269 or 6 payments of $44.84 | Learn more »

Dean Backwoods 2 Electric Banjo

"I was very impressed with this banjo. The electric projects loud, clear banjo sound. The bonus was the acoustic projected loud and clear. The banjo has a great sound. I think anyone would be hard-pressed to find a better beginner banjo for the value."
- Larry in Wheatfield, IN

"First banjo for me and not sure where I am headed with it but overall seems well-built!"
- Jeff in Marlborough, CT
$389 or 6 payments of $64.84 | Learn more »

Ibanez M510 A-Style Mandolin

"This thing sounds really good, a nice woody sound and fairly loud...stays in tune after a few tunings over a day or two."
- Larry in Norfolk, VA

"The tone is much richer than other entry-level mandolins I've tried."
- Randy in Hammtramck, MI

"I am pleased with the overall quality, finish, attention to detail, and sound."
- Walt
$149.99 or 4 payments of $37.50 | Learn more »

Peavey Powerslide Lap Steel Guitar

"Durable, weight is comfortable, sounds killer effected or clean, and for a member of the ugliest guitar family it still looks golden."
- Ian in Auburn, CA

"The Power Slide can make some great, surging power chords as you slide into a chord position in songs like "Born to be Wild" or "LA Woman," or sweet, ethereal sounds in moody songs like "Miss You" or "Wish You Were Here" (pickup split half way between single coil and humbucker)."
- Craig
$299.95 or 6 payments of $50 | Learn more »

Washburn B9 5-String Banjo

"The Washburn B9 far exceeded my expectations and will be in my collection forever. The finish is absolutely beautiful and came without any flaws. After setting the bridge up and tuning, it sounds GREAT!"
- Christian in Ames, IA

"The B9 is well built. The factory quality control is very impressive. I'm used to doing at least some setup work on my instruments -- this needed nothing!"

"This is a beautiful instrument. Feels great in your hand and plays wonderfully. I'm glad to add it to my setup."
$249 or 6 payments of $41.50 | Learn more »

Gretsch G9240 Alligator Biscuit Round Neck Resonator

"It sounds, looks and plays great. I was going to replace the cone with a National but the stock cone sounds just as good."
- Paul in New Orleans, LA

"I have played a lot of different resonators, but this one feels the best...the round neck is so playable. It sounds awesome!"
- Jose in Glendale, CA

"I finger pick this guitar more than I slide on it, and I am astonished at the way it plays. It has become my go-to guitar anytime I sit down."
- Steve in Sherwood, AR
$399 or 6 payments of $66.50 | Learn more »

Epiphone Dobro Hound Dog Deluxe Roundneck Resonator

"This is my first dobro...It is loud and proud when you lay into it and it has nice subtle qualities when you get your Piedmont on."
- Stuntman Mike in Olympia, WA

"Picked up guitar, tuned to open G and didn't put it down for hours...Was easy to play, even with my limited play of resonator and slide I sounded pretty good."
- Dan in Cottleville, MO

"This is a great sounding and looking dobro resonator worth every cent you pay for it."
$599 or 8 payments of $74.88 | Learn more »

Martin OXK Koa Ukulele

"The tone is rich, deep and sustaining. And it smells like a wooden instrument thanks to the actual wood linings, blocks and braces inside. The build is fastidious and top notch. There are no glue drips or excess, the soundhole, inlays and tuners are dead centered, the intonation as right on as a uke gets and the Stratabond neck is perfectly carved."
- Edward in Doyleston, PA
$279 or 6 payments of $46.50 | Learn more »

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