Samick Artist SB-110 Banjo Reviews

Samick Artist SB-110
submitted 4/5/2002

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

AMD/Cargill Custom Guitars

Year Purchased

1998

Price Paid

$850 (Aus dollars) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Loud bright sounding but tends to weaken as you play up the neck. Intonation up the neck not so good but could be in the setup. Good bluegrass style banjo.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Excellent fit and finish overall but changed the strings to D'darrio light guage nickel wound, changed the clear head to a white top coat one to mellow out the sound and added a Grover bridge with bone string recesses to improve tone.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


Resonator has been bound and finished well with a very nice flower motiff on back but neck inlay (perloid) looks very fake but inlay on headstock is quite nice. Too dark wood stain on back of neck spoils natural wood appearance but hardware has remained in excellent condition. Most people are impressed by its appearance.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


A very well made Korean banjo which hardly ever goes out of tune ,even after a long neglected 12 months in the case. I'm making up for that now though and enjoying my playing once more. Fortunately so does everyone else. Good fit and finish overall and very easy to care for particularly good geared tuners.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


Purchased new from Australian Music Distributors and came with 12 months warranty. Asked them to send one out on appro to my local music retailer.

Customer Service

8

Components


Just the bridge but that was a ten dollar upgrade.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


With banjos at this price and quality rarely seen in Australia I would recommend it as a good beginner instrument. Only played/seen the cheaper Samick, Fender and Eston banjos, all made in Korea and wouldn't recommend any of these. Would like to upgrade to something better in 18 months. Hopefully my playing will be worthy of it by then.

Overall Rating

8


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