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david64 - Posted - 11/22/2008:  08:43:00


In doing a web search for Mastercraft Banjos it pretty much comes up to the Banjo Hut website. Do they make the Mastercraft banjo and if not is there a website for the company that does?

pandjlocke - Posted - 11/22/2008:  10:16:56


It is my understanding that the Mastercraft is an Asian (Korean I believe) banjo made exclusively for Banjo Hut. This according to Paul from BH.

Beware of the urgent crowding out the important - C.E. Hummel

Paddy

david64 - Posted - 11/22/2008:  10:40:45


Thanks for the info!!!

banjonz - Posted - 11/22/2008:  12:11:42


I believe that 'Mastercraft' used to be a designate on some branded banjos just like 'Mastertone' is to Gibson. However it appears no be a brand in its own right. These instruments are most certainly made in Asian (China most likely) and are churned out in the 1000's under various names for various markets. I am uncertain if the Mastercraft brand is made exclusively for the Banjo Hut. It could be though!

Wayne
New Zealand


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saloonatick - Posted - 11/22/2008:  22:48:50


Mastercraft from banjo Hut is what I started out on. The price is low and it's an ok banjo for a beginer. Good luck

"He Ain''t Heavy, He''s my Banjo"

desert rose - Posted - 11/23/2008:  02:05:50


You can order this EXACT banjo from about six different Korean brokerage houses with any name you want on it

Scott

thebanjohut.com - Posted - 11/23/2008:  17:15:42


Each and every Mastercraft banjo has been setup
by myself or Lee Roy and you can not compare it to other Asian
banjos unless they have been setup properly.

There is other good banjos coming out of Asia besides Mastercraft
Including Recording King and Epiphone Morgan Monroe and others
but all of these no matter what brand are much better with the proper setup.
This needs to be professionally done to get the best tone and playability
out of each instrument.


Paul
Mastercraft banjos
Thebanjohut.com


http://thebanjohut.com

desert rose - Posted - 11/24/2008:  01:51:45


Thats good advice and not religated to Asian instruments

Gibsons Stellings Hubers, mine or any other expensive banjo need just as much care in set up as any other

A poorly set up banjo is a poor banjo regardless of the cost

Scott

cthetford - Posted - 11/24/2008:  07:16:28


Getting a little more off topic here, but what constitutes poorly set up? Is it basically the head tension being off or the bridge being out of place? I know the height of the action is part of set up as well, but that's really more of a personal preference sort of thing than good/bad isn't it?

desert rose - Posted - 11/24/2008:  07:50:08


For me set up starts when the first two parts are joined together and progresses thru the whole assembly long before the instrument is whole

Only if the instrument is asesembled perfectly can adjustments be effective and predictable

Scott

1four5 - Posted - 11/24/2008:  08:03:06


A friend of mine got one of the clones from Musician's Friend. The bridge was in a plastic bag taped to the head. That's one of the differences between places like Banjohut and banjo.com and the warehouse places like MF or Music123.

Dean

Helix - Posted - 11/24/2008:  14:06:27


What constitutes poorly set up is some of the following:

1. Truss rod in the neck needs adjustment
2. Rim rods need adjustment
3. Tailpiece too loose
4. Head tension too loose
5. Bridge placement is wrong.

There's more, it's not MY thread.

I like the partnership idea of setting up these banjos here in the market. I wish more people outside the United States played banjo when they build them. I'd like to see some ensembles. This isn't all engineering.

(_)====''===::} Takes a lickin'' and keeps on pickin''

Kstevensmd - Posted - 11/30/2008:  09:39:21


Hi, I started out on a Mastercraft Deluxe from the Banjo Hut and I have been very pleased with it and still play it all the time as a back up. The folks at Banjo Hut were very helpful when I called them to place the order and it was very well set up and played well right out of the box. Clearly, the banjo is a starter banjo, but in my opinion a very good one for the price. My banjo came in a very nice case and with a Janet Davis starter book.

Ken Stevens

Bayou Talker - Posted - 11/30/2008:  15:39:40


Some time ago I purchased a Morgan Monroe to learn how to play banjo. To make a long story short due to several factors it was put away and neglected until recently. It has always had a good sound but after reading some of the comments here about Banjo Hut I decided to bring it to them and have Paul check it out and at the same time see his place. I left it with him to allow him time to do his thing. He put the "magic" touch on it and shipped it back to me in short order and for a very reasonable fee. It has never sounded so good as it does now! You can bet his fine tuning is better than you will ever see from most online shops. I know he will be my first stop when I am ready for another instrument.

Cliff Hebert

Pat Y - Posted - 12/02/2008:  06:11:59


Cliff.............. You can bet his fine tuning is better than you will ever see from most online shops.

I hope you are not thinking of Elderly, Janet Davis, FQMS, Wyatt Fawley, Fitch, Turtle HIll, Hatfield, or many others who frequent this site when you say "most online shops". I think your comment is EXTREMELY short sighted. Sorry, I just call 'em as I see 'em.
peace

Bayou Talker - Posted - 12/02/2008:  19:30:29


quote:
Originally posted by Pat Y

Cliff.............. You can bet his fine tuning is better than you will ever see from most online shops.

I hope you are not thinking of Elderly, Janet Davis, FQMS, Wyatt Fawley, Fitch, Turtle HIll, Hatfield, or many others who frequent this site when you say "most online shops". I think your comment is EXTREMELY short sighted. Sorry, I just call 'em as I see 'em.
peace





Pat, I can understand why you interpreted my comment as you did but that is not what I intended. It was meant as a response to comments such as the one made by 1four5 and several others like it I have read both here and other forums. Of course there are many good retailers that do a good job for their customers such as the ones you listed as the many positive comments about them here will attest. I do believe however, that there are many more out there that are only interested in making the sale than taking care of the customer especially in entry level instruments and those are the ones I was referring to. I am sorry if my comments offended you or anyone else. It was not my intention.

Cliff Hebert

troutbum49007 - Posted - 01/20/2009:  20:02:39


i bought the mastercraft classic maple last july. i LOVE this thing. it ain't the deering tree of life, but man this thing has a ring to it.

"pick it son"

kboone - Posted - 01/21/2009:  19:01:42


I bought a Mastercraft Player Deluxe 2 years ago. I am now ready to move up a level. I will be traveling up to the Banjo Hut for my next purchase. I got a banjo that had a great setup and I had received great tech support once I developed a buzz a few months later. I called up and talked to them and they told me how to resolve it. I also purchased a Mandolin for my daughter from the banjo hut after buying a disaster on ebay. It also came well setup.

I am still playing my Mastercraft and the only thing I did to it (mind you I am a newbie and don't know much about setup at all) was to put a desert rose z bridge on it about a year after I had it. That really made a huge difference in the sound. If you are a beginner I would not hesitate to purchase a Mastercraft from the Banjo Hut.



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