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5 String Firefly Banjo
Firefly 5-string Banjo, USA made, short scale banjo, nylon string banjo, travel banjo
Firefly 5-string Banjo (Shown with Renaissance Drum)

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The Firefly 5-String is a lightweight 19" scale travel banjo, tuned to standard banjo G scale (G,D,G,B,D) with nylon strings. The 5-string features the same solid maple components & internal drum head tensioning as our Tenor Firefly Banjo Ukulele. Taking a cue from traditional banjo construction, this model incorporates an adjustable coordinator rod to control neck angle. Available with decorative, contrasting laser engraving and now available as a left-handed instrument.

  • Solid hard maple neck & fingerboard; laminated maple pot
  • 19" scale; overall length 28"; rim diameter 9.75", weight 2lbs
  • Available set up for Bluegrass or Claw Hammer - please specify in custom comments. Claw hammer bridge has a wider (1.7/8") string spacing and higher action vs. the standard Bluegrass (1 11/16") spacing

Base Price: $525.00

total price with selected options: $525.00

Laser Engraved Banjo Frame

No extra engraving
Scroll design engraving [+$25.00]
Wheat design engraving [+$25.00]
Firefly Drum Design
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*Renaissance Drum Only:
Tree of Life [+$39.00]
Mandala [+$39.00]

Drum Color:
Renaissance (Default)
Ebony [+$15.00]

Walnut Drum Frame & Fretboard [+$49.00]

Peghed Geared Tuners, includes 5th string [+$99.00]

Frailing Scoop [+$35.00]

Side Fret Markers [+$15.00]

Open to Source Sensors Internal Pickup [+$110.00]

Custom Laser Neck Engraving [+$39.00]

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Complete Specifications
Made in: Sheffield Massachusetts U.S.A.
Weight: 2 lbs.
Dimensions: Overall length 28” Rim 9.75" x 2"
Scale Length: 19"
Nut Width: 1 5/16"
Neck: Solid Maple
Fingerboard: Solid Maple with laser cut and hand inlayed fret markers and nickel silver alloy frets
Body: Laminated maple pot and drum frame
Bridge: Precision, custom, laser-cut hard maple
Tailpiece:Stamped stainless steel
Strings: LaBella custom string set:
  • 1st (d) - .030 Rectified Nylon
  • 2nd (B) - .038 Rectified Nylon
  • 3rd (G) - .026 Silver plated copper wound
  • 4th (D) - .032 Silver plated copper wound
  • 5th (g) - .030 Rectified Nylon
Tuners: Grover 2W friction tuners or Optional Peghed 4:1 geared fine tuners
Pickup: Optional “Open to Source” passive under-bridge transducer and ¼” output jack


10/21 Update - A new tailpiece was needed to accommodate both the 4 string tenor and 5 string banjos with the coordinator rod for neck support and adjustment. The part had to work with three, four or five stringed instruments, as well as knotted, loop end or ball end strings. This was accomplished with a unique slotting arrangement in a one piece stamped stainless steel part. It gets tumbled with a polishing media creating smooth edges and a satin gloss finish.
Armando from Penny Lane Emporium! Great to see you at NAMM and the better to hear you on Magic Fluke’s newest 5 string banjo!

Firefly 5 String String Set Strap for Firefly Firefly 5-String Banjo Gig Bag
Base Price: $10.00

Base Price: $18.00

Base Price: $69.00

Magic Fluke Firefly 5 string strings fluke strap, flea strap, strap, ukulele, uke Firefly 5-String Banjo Gig Bag

Average Rating: Average Rating: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 7 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Fun, quality travel outdoor banjo October 31, 2022
Reviewer: Dave Fluke from Clayton NC  
First off, that’s my real name and no relationship to company that i know of.
Of course when I saw the name and made in USA I had to have something from them.
I almost bought  the uke but went for the 5 string and enjoying it alot.
Hope to get the mandolin sometime as outdoor player

Great people to deal with ordering and during build, thank you

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Firefly Banjo April 3, 2021
Reviewer: Robin from Singapore  
Went to Guitar Gallery in Singapore and fell in love with all the Firefly Banjo and Banjolele! There are the Soprano, Concert and 5-strings (Tenor size), and all sounded so unique and resonates like a real banjo without the heavy weight! Took me a while to decide, it’s like torn between 3 lovers. I ended up with the 5-string and the soprano! Both come with a custom gig bag by MagicFluke! Great banjo to start with!

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5 of 5 So much fun! February 6, 2021
Reviewer: Eric Tisdale from Ventura County, CA  
I've been playing my 5-string Firefly banjo for about 6 weeks now. It's so much fun! With its 19" scale length, its zeroth frets sits between the fifth and sixth frets of my standard-sized banjo (26.25" scale length). But unlike other "mini 5-string banjos" I've seen, the Firefly is actually tuned normally (e.g., gDGBD) -- not up a fourth (e.g., cGCEG). It has every bit as much volume as a standard-sized banjo, too. And I love that the Firefly is light enough that I can stand and play it without a strap (like a ukulele). To this end, it was a good decision to request the clawhammer scoop. When standing and cradling the tail end of my Firefly with my forearm, my right hand positions quite naturally over the scoop.

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5 of 5 Love the Firefly Banjo! October 14, 2020
Reviewer: Kelly Olafson from Singapore  
I just got this from Guitar Gallery here in Singapore as I’m hopefully going to be traveling again post Covid and always missed my banjo when on the road. This little instrument is absolutely perfect for a hotel room - even one with thin walls if you don’t use fingerpicks! And it’s just a lot of fun for practicing at home too. Great sound, wonderful craftsmanship, easy to play and weighs next to nothing. Very impressive!

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5 of 5 Banjo July 6, 2020
Reviewer: Connor from Utah  
This banjo is really great for the size! I replaced the nylon strings with metal ones and it sounds awesome. It packs quite a punch for the size. It can be difficult to tune with the default tuners, but I guess that's my fault for not ordering the upgraded ones. The folks at Magic Fluke went above and beyond to get my banjo shipped to me before a backpacking trip and I'm glad they did, it was awesome being able to play this great instrument up there!

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