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Montana Resonator  Banjo Reviews

Montana Resonator
submitted 1/11/2004

Submitter

OldCrook (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Freedom Guitar

Year Purchased

2003

Price Paid

300.00 ($US)

Sound


Not good, not awful. Sort of like an electric guitar with amplification. Plunk-ah, plunk-ah. No real volume on this banjo. A little bite with so-so tone.

Sound Rating

7

Setup


Set up was fair. I tuned the head up a smidge and replaced the bridge. Action was set too low with factory bridge. Strings are off alignment in relation to the nut and the tailpiece, Tailpiece needs replacement. No tone ring.

Setup Rating

6

Appearance


Nice finish. Mother of Toilet Seat inlays. Clear remo head.

Appearance Rating

7

Reliability


Tuning integrity is mediocre. Tailpiece is junk. Average. I would only gig without a backup if it was my only option. I suppose as long as you had a few spare parts and tools on the road with you, this banjo might make it.

Reliability Rating

7

Customer Service


NA

Customer Service

not rated

Components


Cheep: bridge, tuners, head, tailpiece, 5th string peg, and flange.
Not awful: neck and resonator.

Components Rating

7

Overall Comments


I would not recommend this banjo. If you are like I was, and needed a learner banjo, I would look elsewhere. Not a terrible nighmare, but not what a quality instrument should sound like either. I have since heard and played other entry level banjos that blow the Montana out of the water.

Overall Rating

5


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