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Second Life Banjo - Carl Arcand 5-string open back Banjo Reviews

Second Life Banjo - Carl Arcand 5-string open back
submitted 7/19/2012

Submitter

plossrw (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Second Life Banjo

Year Purchased

2012

Price Paid

1450 ($US)

Sound


Nice warm mahogany tones tempering a tubaphone style tonering, even tone up and down the neck. Lots of volume for an open back, and great clarity in individual notes. Sounds particularly good in double-c tuning!

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Carl set this instrument up perfectly, in my opinion. Head tension was great, neck action perfectly suits the instrument. Nice job on the nut slots and bridge.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This is a satin-finish mahogany instrument, with ebony and maple accents. Fretboard is nicely done in understated MOP dots, star at the 5th. Really good workmanship, incorporating Bill Rickard parts with a couple of vintage Vega pieces.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


See above. Hardware is solid as it comes. Playing my first gig with it next Sunday - a wedding, doing a duet with my wife playing guitar. I don't foresee any problems at all.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Carl was great to correspond with. He has a great website, and responds quickly to inquiries.

Customer Service

10

Components


All the hardware is first-rate, from the new Rickard stuff to the Waverly planetary's with ebony tuner knobs (wow!) to the vintage Vega head hoop.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


This is a very nicely built one-off. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another banjo from Carl. He runs a nice shop, and deals with the highest quality materials and components. Obviously a very skilled craftsman.

Overall Rating

10


Second Life Banjo - Carl Arcand 5-string open back
submitted 2/29/2012

Submitter

banjorev (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Second Life Banjo - Canada

Year Purchased

2012

Price Paid

850 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


Carl Arcand of 'Second Life Banjo.com' restores old banjos and builds his own. This one has an original neck with an old pot with original hardware. It sounds amazing! It has a no-holes flat head tone ring, medium strings, and an Elite Fyberskin head. It has a great 'rumble' with nice volume and an old time plunk. It's perfect and sweet!

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Setup was spot on. I didn't have to do anything except tune up the strings. The pot, neck and hardware are in excellent condition and I was playing it within 5 minutes after receiving it.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This is a partially restored banjo. Carl uses old, aged rims and hardware whenever he can. Mine had an old pot which was re-finished perfectly, along with it's original hardware that was in perfect condition. The neck was new, but has fantastic inlays and hard maple binding with hand carving at the heel. Very nice indeed! The tuners are high quality with ebony buttons. Overall the banjo is beautiful!

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Hardware is top-notch. Any aged hardware is restored to it's natural beauty or new hardware is added...usually from Rickard Banjo...and we all know how excellent his stuff is! I've only had the banjo a short time but it's solid and feels and sounds great.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Contacting Carl at Second Life Banjo is just a matter of sending an e-mail. He responds within a day and seems very friendly.

Customer Service

10

Components


Even though some parts are older or restored, the banjo looks new. He uses the best hardware available and everything goes together really well.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


Overall I am very impressed with Carl's work. I think the banjo I have could easily be sold for twice what I paid (don't tell Carl!). The workmanship on this banjo is excellent. My next banjo will be from him.

Overall Rating

10


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