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The B50 is a five string closed back banjo model introduced by Ibanez in mid 2012. It is made in China. It marks the return of Ibanez banjos after more than 30 years.

The B50 features a laminated nato rim and a mahogany veneer resonator with ivory binding and natural high gloss finish. It has a mahogany neck with a single coordinator rod and a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with binding and white dot position markers. Components include a rolled chrome tone ring, chrome tension hoop with 24-piece bracket, an 11" Remo head, a purpleheart saddle in a rosewood and maple bridge, a chrome tailpiece, plastic nuts, a chrome armrest, and chrome open gear tuning machines with acrylic buttons.

In 2017 the open gear tuning machines were replaced with friction tuners. For 2018 the mahogany veneer resonator was changed to sapele veneer, the rosewood fretboard was changed to purpleheart and the rosewood and maple bridge was replaced with purpleheart and maple. For 2019 the neck was changed to okoume.

The B200 is a similar model with a basswood or poplar rim and with more elaborate fretboard and headstock inlays. The B100 is a similar model with decorative fretboard inlays.

Specifications

Specifications for B50
Years: 2012–2020
Areas: Europe 2012–2019 / North & South America and Oceania 2012–2019 / USA
Made in: China
Finishes: Natural High Gloss
Body
Body type:
Acoustic
Body shape:
Banjo
Dimensions:
  Diameter: 333mm/ 13⅛"
  Depth: 95mm/ 3¾"
Rim:

  Material: Nato (laminated)
  Finish: Gloss

Resonator:

  Material: 2013–2017: Mahogany veneer
                2018–2020: Sapele veneer
  Finish: Gloss
  Binding: Ivory (acrylic)

Tone ring:
Rolled chrome
Tension hoop:
Chrome
Head:
Remo 11" coated Weather King
Neck
Neck profile:
Banjo (5-string)
Neck material:
2013–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019–2020: 1-piece okoume
Neck finish:
Gloss
Neck joint:
Screw
Coordinator rod:
Single
Scale length:
670mm/ 26⅜"
Fingerboard:
2013–2017: Rosewood w/ binding
2018–2020: Purpleheart w/ binding
Inlays:
White dot
Frets:
22
Nut:
Ivory plastic (32mm)
Components
Armrest:
Chrome
Bridge:
2013–2017: Rosewood & maple
2018–2020: Purpleheart & maple (14.5mm string spacing)
Saddle:
Purpleheart
Tailpiece:
Chrome
Hardware color:
Chrome
Tuning machines:
2013–2017: Ibanez open gear w/ acrylic pearl buttons
2017–2020: Ibanez friction w/ acrylic pearl buttons
Strings (factory):
009/.016/.023/.030/.009
Factory tuning:
1D,2B,3G,4D,5G
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Images

Additional details
B50 fretboard
Fretboard inlay

Sources

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