Franciscan N/A Banjo Reviews

Franciscan N/A
submitted 3/7/2005

Submitter

Wayne Webb (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Pawn Shop

Year Purchased

1999

Price Paid

$135 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


I bought it to learn to play Scruggs style. As far as effects go, I put a rolled up towel between the head and the single truss rod. My wife could tolerate it better that way. Funny though, she says the new FB-59 Fender sounds good and I haven't had to resort to the towel. I'd like to think it's my improved playing but we'll blame it on the banjo. The sound is "tinny" .

Sound Rating

2

Setup


The action was fine just the way it was I think, can't remember that far back. Maybe I monkeyed with the coordinator rod a little. It still has the original head and looks like a rosewood bridge.

Setup Rating

5

Appearance


Kind of Plain Jane but has a beautiful wood finish and the fret inlays look OK. It was in excellent condition and still is. The head was a little worn looking but looks really worn now. A new head would work wonders.

Appearance Rating

7

Reliability


The hardware seems durable enough but the tuners are a whole nother matter. The 5th string tuner is almost useless but does manage to stay in tune for a little while. Play it on a gig??? HAHAHAHAHA

Reliability Rating

2

Customer Service


Does the company even exist?

Customer Service

not rated

Components


The resonator, neck and peghead seem to be well made and the neck even has a truss rod. The tuners are really sad. Cheap guitar-type tuners. It has no tone ring or flange. Maybe if it did have all the above changed......nahhh. Time for a new banjo.

Components Rating

3

Overall Comments


Yeah...it wasn't a bad deal for the price. I learned a lot on it and will keep it around for my boys to learn on. They already play guitar, mandolin and know several banjo chords. For what it is, a beginner banjo, you cant beat it for the price I reckon. If it were stolen I would put an ad in the paper: "To whom it may concern....next time, steal a real banjo.......sucker. "

Overall Rating

3


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