Barnes & Mullins Empress 5-String Banjo

£519.00 GBP£565.00
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FREE Setup with all our guitars

Our in house Luthiers QC and Setup every guitar we sell. We're not like other guitar shops.
Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding setups.

Shipping Price Guide
Christmas 2023 Shipping Cut-off Dates

For Standard Delivery Monday 18th December - Orders must be placed by 1pm. 
(Please note we can not gaurantee it will arrive before as this service is down to Royal Mail. If you want a gaurantee please select express shipping at checkout*)

For Express Delivery we advise you get your order in by 1pm on 20th December. 
We use APC Overnight for shipping express parcels, and they are usually very good. 

Shipping Pricing Guide

Standard Delivery for Strings + Picks - £1.50

Standard Delievery for Accessories + Vinyl Records - £3.50

Express Guitar & Amp Delivery (Next Working Day on orders placed before 1PM) - £9.99

Express Guitar & Amp Shipping (Next Working Day on orders placed before 1PM)  - FREE (Orders over £299)

There will be a small surcharge for Scottish Highlands & Ireland, please contact us for more info. 

Dispatch Times

We aim to dispatch guitar orders SAME DAY, if you place your order before 1PM
Depending on the time of year this may change.
The reason we don't always ship immediately, is all our guitars go through our workshop before shipping, to ensure it's setup and playing great for you.

If you require your guitar on a specific date, please get in touch with us after you place your order.

International Shipping

Shipping to most of Europe will be £80 via UPS. Please note, we're not liable for any import duty or charges you may incur due to Brexit. Please contact us for a quote.

USA Shipping £150 via UPS. - (Please contact us for a quote).

Rest of World £POA (Please contact us for a quote).

We expertly pack every item we send included in the price. 

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions. | 01492 588279

14 DAY Returns Policy

We stand by our customers! If you're not happy with your purchase, we will help you find something else!

We offer 14 day returns on all guitars.

The B&M Empress banjos are beautiful instruments named in memory of the 'RMS Empress of Ireland'' steam ship which sank on Canada's St Lawrence River in May 1914 with the loss of over 1000 lives. Mr Albert Mullins, who was on the return leg of a 2 year worldwide sales voyage, was one of the lost souls that day.

Who is this banjo for? 

This B&M Empress 5-string resonator banjo is the standard for bluegrass playing but is also an excellent choice for other musical styles including country, gospel, jazz, folk, classical and rock. It's the go-to style of banjo for 'Scruggs' players who use three-fingers with fingerpicks on the index and middle fingers and a thumbpick for a fast-tempo and lively style.

Its resonator design means this banjo sounds naturally loud and bright and therefore makes for an excellent accompaniment instrument.

Common 5-string banjo tunings

G, D, G, B, D - Open G
G, C, G, B, D - C Tuning / Drop C


STYLE: 5-String Resonator
RESONATOR: Figured Burl Walnut
HEAD: Remo Weatherking®
FLANGE: Chrome
TONE RING: Rolled Brass
RIM: Walnut
BRIDGE: Maple with Ovengkol Tip


NECK: Walnut
INLAYS: Mother of Pearl Patterned


'Empress' Script