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Masters of the 5-String Banjo

$49.00

The Banjo Bible, the most comprehensive banjo book ever published.

Nothing else even comes close.

By Pete Wernick and Tony Trischka
432 pages, over 200 photos, 50 tablatures of all-time favorite arrangements.

“I spent endless hours reading it in my teen years. It's a wonderful resource for banjo players and essential for anyone who is serious about playing.”
Kristen Scott Benson
Five-time winner IBMA Banjo Player of the Year

This book is a treasure trove with:

Style, influences, tone, technique, learning, practice tips, improvising, backup, favorite banjos and equipment, set-up, and much much more in this ultimate banjo book — the “Banjo Bible”.


See these excerpts from the Earl Scruggs chapter, concerning melody and tone of the Scruggs sound.

Shipping for 1 Book

  • U.S.: $10
  • Canada: $33
  • All other countries except AU/NZ: $44
  • For shipping to Australia or New Zealand, or for an order of the book with other items, please write us at [email protected].

List price: $60. Is the Masters Book Worth $60? This question came up on the Banjo-L discussion list, and here’s how people responded.

I was looking at the book “Masters of the 5 String Banjo” on line. It looks interesting. Is it worth the almost $60 they are asking for it?

“I have read my copy a minimum of thirteen times since I got it. I continually refer to it. In my estimation, the banjo players of the world should kiss the feet of Pete and Tony!!

It’s that good.”
— Julio
“Well, I for one, certainly prize mine. There is an amazing amount of data and the interviews are priceless. Go for it!”
— Carl
“I have a daughter in college – with the prices they want for textbooks these days, $60 for this book is a bargain, and anything less is a great deal. Thanks, Pete, (and Tony) for making the material in this book available to us all. It’s a great resource!”
— Chuck
“Every banjo player should own this book.”
— Mike I.
“I love my copy of the book! Definitely worth the money IMHO. Thanks to John Lawless for getting it reprinted as I lost my original copy.”
— Brink B.
“I like books and I like reading about banjos so it was worth it to me. It also has tab of a bunch of songs, and a lot of neat pickers talking about how they learned and what influenced them. It reads a lot like this list would if it were only populated by professional pickers who had all their posts edited by professional writers.”
— Mike M.
“This book is one of the most important books to have been written on banjo. It obviously took Tony and Pete a long time and a lot of work to complete it. I got mine for Christmas back when it was first published. It’s old and dog-eared now, but it’s been a resource I’ve turned to again and again.

If I can remind some of you, before this book was reprinted, original presses of Masters were selling on ebay for $200 and above. Considering what you would have had to pay for a copy prior to the reprint, $60 is a good deal.”
— Jim