Morgan Monroe Reviews

Morgan Monroe MB-10
submitted 3/5/2014

Submitter

bornold (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Used

Year Purchased

2012

Price Paid

100 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


For a $100 banjo it can sound good after it's set up. It's got a nice mellow tone and sounds good for clawhammer styles. Not really the best sounding Travel banjo out there, but good for the price.

Sound Rating

7

Setup


This banjo was used, and the owner had the action set up fine for clawhammer. I tightened up the head a wee bit, and replaced the factory bridge with a dam spillway bridge. Sound good now.

Setup Rating

7

Appearance


This is not a stuuning banjo by any means, but it is not ugly. No inlays except for some plastic fret dots.

Appearance Rating

5

Reliability


If this banjo is one thing, it is reliability. I have experienced any damage, and I take it on campin trips.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Never delt with company.

Customer Service

10

Components


This banjo has really basic components. Guitar style tuners, plastic remo head, every thing you see on a cheap banjo. Replace the bridge and you are good to go!

Components Rating

7

Overall Comments


If you can get it used for under $150 this makes a great travel, camping, and beater banjo.  Not the best but It sounds good for clawhammer.  I recommend a dam spillway bridge and a new set of strings.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe MB-75BK
submitted 3/4/2014

Submitter

newpicker95 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ebay

Year Purchased

2014

Price Paid

250 ($US)

Sound


I play Scrugg/bluegrass style, and it seems to be made exactly for that. It has a crisp, bright tone yet mellow for having a resonator. Nonetheless still has plenty of volume to stick out in a jam.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The neck and coordinator rod were very loose when arrived, to the point that I moved the neck drastically by just lifting it, but i have a feeling this was to prevent damage in shipping. I took it too a local music store to have it set up and they did a great job, except for setting the action way too high for my liking (I'm used to a Deering Goodtime). I easily fixed this (with no luthiery experience at all) by unscrewing the resonator and tightening the coordinator rod and end bolts with a small adjustable wrench.

Setup Rating

6

Appearance


Its a very beautiful banjo, in the "Johnny Cash" kind of way. Its almost completely black (Black REMO head, black chrome hardware, black satin finished wood) except for the dot inlays on the frets, the pearloid tuner pegs,and the inlays in the headstock. It has a quite striking appearance overall. The video posted by Morgan Monroe of this banjo says its completely maple with a rosewood fingerboard, but it seems to have more of a mahogany tone to it.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


The black-chrome Ashton Bailey die-cast guitar-style tuners seem very sturdy and seem to hold a tune exceptionally well. the 5th string tuner had a slight slip of gears making the 5th string rapidly unwind, but i just tightened the string back up and it has been just fine ever since. The black satin finish seems very thick and durable enough to withstand scratching. I have a feeling i will be usng this banjo for quite a long time.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


N/a

Customer Service

not rated

Components


Nothing seems to be weak about this banjo at all. Everything seems very sturdy and reliable. If I were a traditionalist i might replace the tuners with planetary one, but also I think if I were a traditionalist I wouldn't have bought an all jet black banjo. :)

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


First off, everything above that's rated a 9 is in my opinion a 10, but is rated a 9 because of my lack of experience. I am familiar with the Deering brand which are considered the premier American-made banjo, and I am just as impressed with my Morgan Monroe as I am with my Deering and I ever have been with other banjos I've seen/played. This banjo is no Pre-war Gibson (as if anyone on here would even try to compare), but for anyone beginner-intermediate, I have no idea why it would not be highly suited to handle whatever you have to throw at it. It's an awesome piece of musical craftsmanship, and set up properly can sound as good as a banjo four times its cost. You might not be the envy of the traditionalist old timers at the local jam by walking in with a blacked-out banjo, but if you're like me and want an instrument that is highly affordable, looks like nothing else on the market, and sounds fantastic, this is the "jo" for you!

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top
submitted 5/8/2013

Submitter

rslydel (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Atomic music Beltsville Md

Year Purchased

2013

Price Paid

260 ($US)

Sound


Been playing now for 4 months and had a Beginning Fender banjo. I traded it in for the Morgan Monroe Rocky Top. This is a GREAT beginning banjo! I can't stop playing it. The sound and the action is SO MUCH better than the Fender. It's really a pleasure to play. Hammers and Pull offs are much clearer. Dynamics on the banjo are also much better. You can play soft but it had the ability to be very loud and rich.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


It seemed to be perfect out of the box.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Great . Reddish rich type wood.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Seems very reliable. it is staying in tune much better than the beginning Fender I had.

Reliability Rating

not rated

Customer Service


haven't dealt with CS.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


Components Rating

not rated

Overall Comments


Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Appalachia MFB-4DX
submitted 4/27/2013

Submitter

Waldguy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

MusicLandcentral

Year Purchased

2013

Price Paid

1000 ($US)

Sound


Bright sound; fairly loud.
Good response on hammer-ons.
Excellent sustain.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Lots of work needed:
5th string tuning peg too loose - had to add shim;
neck angle needed adjustment;
had to lower bridge somewhat.
Pressure-fit pegs in resonator too loose and badly positioned. I had to plug the old holes and re-drill them.

Setup Rating

2

Appearance


Pretty banjo.
Wood work decent.
Threaded pieces a little rough.
Close look at inlay reveals less than expert work.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


Basics appear solid enough.

Reliability Rating

7

Customer Service


Customer Service

not rated

Components


Components Rating

not rated

Overall Comments


The DX-4 is a considerable step up from the Epiphone MB200 I started with in terms of sound.
However, I was expecting a little better in manufacturing from the top end banjo of MM. Overall, I enjoy the sound and playability, but it took a fair bit of tweaking to get it that way.
Those without the inkling and skills to modify a bit, or a competent shop to set it up, should look elsewhere. Expect some work.
That said, the banjo is very easy on the ears and has decent punch. I expect to play it a good while and may not ever need an upgrade.

Overall Rating

7


Morgan Monroe Cascade
submitted 2/26/2013

Submitter

triiac (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Dean Johnson Music

Year Purchased

20011

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Really has a good sound. This is my second banjo and really was a good step up from the beginning banjo that I had.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Yes

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


The banjo absolutely looks outstanding for a banjo of this price.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Looks very sturdy.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Everything was as promised. Purchased it through ebay and it came promptly. Other than that I've had no contact with the company.

Customer Service

10

Components


I'm giving it an 8 simply because it is a lower end banjo. Having said that it suits where I'm at playing to a tee. Maybe later on I will invest in something more substantial if at all.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


Been playing it for just over a year now & I'm really happy with the purchase. The price included a nice hard case that fits the banjo perfectly. I'm not sure that I will ever replace it unless I really hear something that sounds nicer. I know some players make some other banjos sound nicer but that simply because they are better players than I am. Really think they could make my banjo sound just as well. I'll see if my playing progresses maybe I'll get a bottom grade professional model. If you looking for a lower end banjo to start with you can't go wrong for the price. Sounds great!

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe MNB-1
submitted 2/20/2013

Submitter

Beorn (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo Hut

Year Purchased

2013

Price Paid

439 ($US)

Sound


Sounds nice. Has a classic banjo pluck to it but is a bit less sharp/shrill than a maple banjo. This is what I prefer and like to hear.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Banjo Hut setup the banjo and it plays nice. Being a longtime guitar player and liking a low low action I will probably have the action lowered some more but for now it's fine the way it is. No complaints

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


This thing is purddy. Fit and finnish is good on this one. nothing appears to be chinsey or cheap, but there are a few details left out but hey, this isn't a pro level instrument.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


Hardware seems to be good. Tuners keep it in tune(for a banjo), are easy and smooth to turn. tailpeice seems solid and the brackets are evenly spaced and everything fits together solid.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Buying through Banjo Hut was great! There was a little mix up in the ordering and Paul sorted it out real quick. These guys are wonderful to deal with.

Customer Service

10

Components


The inlays are nice and tight and the wood is beautiful. The finnish is smooth, shiney, and even and the resonator flange is a nice hunk of metal.

I'd say if you come accross a mastertone type tone ring for a reasonably cheap price you might want to see if you can fit it.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


Very happy with this instrument. This was bought so that I and my kids(5) could learn the banjo since we really enjoy folk/bluegrass music as a family. This will do the job niceley and hold us over until we can justify buying a top shelf instrument. I am glad I didn't cheap out for a lower model. In my opinion this is a starting point banjo that will carry you through the learning process into intermediate. Although quality and tone are important, an intrument is only as good as the person playing it. Once you "outgrow" this banjo you'll be ready for that Gibson Mastertone!

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe MGB-1
submitted 12/16/2012

Submitter

Fretting Fingers (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From a friend

Year Purchased

2012

Price Paid

300 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


This banjo is perfect for my style I try to play Scruggs style. The sound is loud and clear. It is about a 1000.00 banjo that I got for 300.00. It has only been played around the house and hasn't been carried all over the place so it hasn't been beat up or anything.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


I was told the banjo came set up, I am going to take it and have it set up and checked over though the sound is very good.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Very easy on the eyes. The pearl inlay in nice not the most fancy I have seen but has just the right amount. The gold has some tarnish but I expect that, it is quite then and doesn't make the banjo sound any better by being there or not.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


The hardware is very sturdy and I think it will last. The finish is very nice and was taken good care of. I would not be concerned using it on a gig at all, the sound is amazing of the banjo actually more than I expected

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Not sure who all will see this but I wanted to add a comment about the customer service of Morgan Monroe. I had a thumb screw that twisted off while I was removing the resonator. And a couple of the tunning buttons was cracked. So I contacted Morgan Monroe and explained what I needed. The salesman asked me if I had the original paperwork for the banjo and I said I didn't, I had bought it from a friend. He explained the lifetime warranty was only for the original owners and I said I understood that and it wasn't a problem. The salesman told me he would make an exception and was sending me everything at no cost. I don't know about other banjo makers or owners but this goes a long way toward being a loyal Morgan Monroe owner!! They are people who stand behind their product and I find it to be refreshing myself.

Customer Service

10

Components


I love the tone ring (Gibson Mastertone) and all the parts seems to be top of the line to me. Of course there is only one Gibson but it is very close and for the price I don't think you could go wrong.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I love this banjo. The sound is right in all the playing positions. It will be the last banjo I will buy unless of course someone drops a Gibson in my lap for next to nothing. I think every banjo player puts a Gibson at the top of the line, but mortgaging the house to get one isn't something I would care to do. It is a shame Gibson has out priced themselves. The Morgan Monroe has the sound I have been looking for and I am very pleased with it.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Matterhorn
submitted 7/22/2012

Submitter

grizzlyadams (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjohut.com

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

900 ($US)

Sound


Sound is very rich and full. Projects nicely. Not overly bright but not particularly dark either. A good sound for bluegrass. Good range of tones closer to the bridge moving towards the neck.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


I had a Cannon bridge put on. After tuning it out of the box it sounded great. Action and intonation were great.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


The nicest looking banjo I have ever seen!

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


I gig with this instrument all the time with no backup, however I only play it on 3 songs at any given show. All the hardware seems to be holding up well. The finish on the arm rest is starting to wear off but I actually like the way that it looks.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


The people at banjohut were awesome. Very patient and informative.

Customer Service

10

Components


All of the components are still holding strong. Have not had to replace anything yet.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


This was my first banjo and I wouldn't have it any other way. It is a beautiful looking and sounding instrument. If you are thinking of getting one definitely do.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe OB 50 Dalton
submitted 4/3/2012

Submitter

MyDarlingSambo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjohut.com

Year Purchased

2012

Price Paid

399 ($US)

Sound


Sounds pretty good. Comes with Fiberskyn head which I replaced with a Renaissance. I wasn't a huge fan of the bridge so I swapped it out with a heavy moon bridge and now sounds fantastic.

It comes with a rolled brass tone ring which sets it apart from similarly priced banjos, but will in time leave you looking for more.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


I had read so many outstanding reviews about the Banjo Hut's setup that perhaps it became impossible to live up to it's own hype. But its not like it had been untouched, only took me 5 minutes to fix what I felt was a little off.

Setup Rating

6

Appearance


I love the way this banjo looks. The wood is a beautiful color and I really appreciate the star inlays. So many of the banjos in this price range look so run of the mill, but this one really stands out among them.

Little attempt was made to hide the wood binding on the inside of the pot, but who really cares. White binding along the fret board is sexy and I really like the dark wood cap on the pot.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Hardware appears to be pretty sturdy. Banjo comes with planetary tuners which really steps it up, I feel. The nickel plating is fine enough but not always super smooth.

This banjo is heavy. It feels like a weapon of war at times, so I wouldn't make this my road rig. However this translates to its sturdiness. I've held banjos that feel like I could break them in my hands, but not this one.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


I live in Denver, CO and received this 4 days after ordering. This is one thing The Banjo Hut really has down. I honestly cant tell you if its under warranty or not because I immediately discarded any literature that came with it (with exception to the awesome Mountain Clawhammer song book)

Customer Service

10

Components


The neck scoop is smooth and looks great.

The No Knot tailpiece should have never been advertised as such. I would call it a No Knot styled tailpiece. There are no notches in the tailpiece to actually achieve the no knot sensation, so It'll have to be replaced if you want to use nylguts or any other knot-less strings.

Double truss rods allow lasting setup and awesome sturdiness. Comes with Morgan Monroe hardcase which is bulky but practically a bomb shelter.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I love this banjo and don't see myself parting with it. I highly recommend it if you're on the fence about what to get. It's doesn't get much better in terms of basic open backs for this price.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe OB 50 Dalton
submitted 1/4/2012

Submitter

Ozark Clawhammer (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

The Banjo Hut.com

Year Purchased

2012

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Great sound in this price range. In fact, I believe it wayyyy outshines the Gold Tone CC-OT and others like it. It came with a fiberskyn head. I am not a fan of fiberskyn heads, but I actually don't mind it on this banjo at all. It is loud with just the right amount of sustain and plunk.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The guys at Banjo Hut did a great setup on it. Action is great with no buzzing frets or issues of any kind. I am considering swapping the bridge out but other than that I think it is great.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Very nice appearance. The binding looks great and is a nice bonus for a banjo this inexpensive. The rim also has a great cap of rosewood on the bottom. It cleans the banjo up real nice and makes it look like a higher end banjo. The star inlays aren't too fancy but look good. No finish flaws or hardware problems.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


This banjo is heavy for an openback and is build very solid. I have other banjos costing much more but this one still seems as solid as they do.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


Banjo Hut.com was great. I ordered the banjo on Thursday and had it in my hands on Saturday. No complaints.

Customer Service

10

Components


Components look good. Sure, they aren't as nice as custom components but they work and I don't anticipate changing them out for new ones.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


This is a great banjo. I own a lot of banjos and figured I would gamble on this one as a backup banjo. I have been pleasantly surprised though. I love it.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB-1
submitted 12/28/2011

Submitter

JGfan (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.banjoteacher.com (Ross Nickerson)

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

450.00 ($US)

Sound


Has perfect intonation up to the 12th fret or so.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Perfect set up. The action was set a bit high for my taste, but I guess that's just personal preference.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Incredibly rich color. I'm not exactly sure what the technical name for the color is, but it's kind of reddish-brown. For a banjo under $500, the wood/finish is quality. Fancy Mother of Pearl inlay on the neck. There are no noticable flaws.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Has Ashton-Bailey Planetary Tuners, nickel frets, rolled brass tone ring, mahogany rim, etc... All hardware is excellent. The finish, as stated before, is quality. I fully expect it to last at least a good 10 years or more.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Ross is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Very friendly and was easy to work with. Came with a lifetime warranty.

Customer Service

10

Components


Don't tune the 5th string up very much, because it will wear a groove in the nut and you will hear fret buzz. I just stuck a tiny (and I mean VERY tiny) piece of paper in there to raise the string back up a little bit. Solved the problem immediately.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


This is an excellent begginner banjo. Much easier and more fun to learn on than a CC-50R or CC-100R. Would reccomend this banjo to anyone just starting out.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Cascade
submitted 12/16/2011

Submitter

london31 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjoteacher.com

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

699.99 ($US)

Sound


Banjo has great tone! Great bluegrass banjo.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Banjo came setup pretty well. Just some small adjustments. No biggie.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


Banjo looks fantastic. Inlay work is gorgeous, wood stain looks great!

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


So far it has held up really well. Tuners hold very well head tension holds great. No complaints!

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Haven't needed them.

Lifetime warranty threw Morgan Monroe!

Customer Service

10

Components


All in all great banjo! Would make a great mid level banjo for anyone. Parts are all good enough without modifying or changing parts.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I love this banjo!

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe MGB-1C
submitted 5/16/2011

Submitter

donolin (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Axe'n Gear Music

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

$700.00 historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


A 100% replacement for a mastertone and my old silver bell

Sound Rating

10

Setup


I removed all of the factory foam packing ,Installed the bridge. adj tail height moved to intoneasation set neck rod 1/4 to the right and it was perfict. all in less than 10 minits. and from past experiences this was a 10

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


It is MorganMonroes top of the line in more ways than one.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Looking at it real relistic the gold is thin and in time will ware but at theprice of gold today I would say I got what I paid for so to me thats another 10

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


It has a life time warranty. I have dealt with three big Morgan Monroe dealers out there and they will stake it all on Morgan Momroe. I know this because I also play Morgan Monroe Mandolins

Customer Service

10

Components


Again I find this instrument in super great condition all the way around

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


After spending a lot of time looking at banjos and comparing prices for what I could get one for my money . you won.t find any finer banjo in quality or price any ware. I am talking a lot of banjo for a lot less money.And I mean big money. Go check one out

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Cameron
submitted 5/9/2011

Submitter

brien-nc (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Waynesville NC music store

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

350 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


Great sound for a newer import banjo.Close to the sound of my original Whyte Ladie

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Had to put a 11/16" bridge on to raise the action.

Setup Rating

7

Appearance


Very pretty banjo

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


Great finish,should stand up to years of playing.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Customer Service

not rated

Components


Great tuners and good well built tone ring.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


First rate banjo for the beginner or experienced player

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe OB 50 Dalton
submitted 4/6/2011

Submitter

walkingblues (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Instument Alley

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

370 ($US)

Sound


After a pro setup, and the addition of medium strings, it's got a wonderful clawhammer tone.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


For a banjo this inexpensive I expected some work. The factory setup wasn't very good, The head was slack and I had to file the fret ends on the treble side of the neck. A pro setup at Mandolin Brothers by Gil made it sound like a banjo worth 3 times as much.

Setup Rating

5

Appearance


Excellent fit and finish overall. It has a satin finish which I prefer over the thick shiny gook on most Asian instruments. Very nice star inlays.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Yes. I've only had it for a few days, but I've a Morgan Monroe Cascade which has held up very well, so I'm hoping for the same.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Didn't deal with them.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


It's all good; fiberskin head, scooped neck, brackets and hooks are much more than you'd expect at this price point. It had a Vega style armrest that, as a personal preference, I don't like. It sits 3/4 of an inch over the head. The joints on the laminate are visible on the inside of the pot, which you don't see on a Huss & Dalton; but this is a $370 banjo.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


A great banjo if you're not expecting perfection out of the box. If you get it set up, you'll be more than happy.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe Banjo Ukulele UB-1
submitted 4/5/2011

Submitter

canuck1954 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Vancouver, B.C.

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

230.00 CAD historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Sounds good for a banjolele. After minor set-up and tune-up, it sounds as good as the Gold Tone banjolele.
It has a plunky banjo sound.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


This banjolele needed a little tightening and setup, but easy to do.

Setup Rating

6

Appearance


For the price, it's a pretty banjo ukulele. It's a concert scale, which I like.
It is easier to play.
It's made of hard maple with a smooth brown satin finish. smooth. Has position dots and side dots on the neck and neck bindings. The hardware, including the rim rod and tuners are antique brass. The fiberskyn head has a nice vintage look like calf skin.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


I think that the hardware and finish are very good. It sounds as good as any banjo uke. Compares well to a Gold Tone I tried, but not as shiny.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


No experience with the company, so I'll give it a 6.

Customer Service

6

Components


I reall do like the brass old-timey look.
Nothing weak that I can see.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


This is a good banjo uke at a good price

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe Morgan Monroe Cameron
submitted 3/18/2011

Submitter

Karen Kruske (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Private seller

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


This is an open back that I enjoy playing clawhammer on, with enough volume to be able to play BG style also. It has a nice mellow tone.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


This was set up when I got it and I have not had to make any changes.

Setup Rating

not rated

Appearance


It has a walnut pot with rosewood fretboard. The hardware is engraved and looks beautiful. The inlay work is MoP.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


It seems that this banjo is very reliable and it is definitely my "weapon" of choice at this point. I have a Vega that I was playing BG music on at home, but have been putting on my picks with the Cameron and playing lately, because it sounds great and is lighter in weight. The Vega is louder but for just plinking I don't need loud.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I have no experience with this.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


I can't see anything that needs upgrading on this banjo. It holds its tune very well and is lightweight enough to play for long periods of time. It has a Grover compensated bridge on it and sounds really great.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I like playing this banjo AND I like looking at it. It's pleasant on the eyes and the ears. It beats out my RK-80 by far and my Vega by a little.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe MNB-1
submitted 3/5/2011

Submitter

BigPants (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjohut.com

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

400 ($US)

Sound


This is more of an entry level banjo, price-wise, that has a resonator but not a tone ring. But if setup properly, even pros can hardly tell. (See below.) I love the sound of this banjo. I have friends that have bought similarly priced entry-level banjos and they sound like children's toys compared to this model. For the cost, I believe this banjo was a steal. Sounds very good playing down the neck. I'm not good enough of a player yet to say what happens when playing more up the neck. Tone gets sweet and harp-like when you pluck/strum up the neck off the head.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The banjo was not really setup very well. Probably could have been much worse, though. I think the strings were cheap, and the tailpiece was too close to the head among other things probably.

I took it to Jon at Woodsong's Lutherie in Boulder, CO when I was there for Pete Wernick's week long winter banjo camp. Jon did an AMAZING setup job. As I recall, I was charged a total of $120 for the job, which included installation of capo spikes for the 5th string, new D'Addario string job, and labor for other setup stuff that's way over my head. It sounds like a $3,000 banjo ever since he did that job. And that's not me talking, it's Pete Wernick! During class at one point, he asked me for my banjo to play something to demonstrate a point he was trying to make (he wasn't wearing his banjo at the moment, as it was a break.) So I gave it to him and he did his little teaching moment. Then Pete kind of looked down at the banjo, and I think he realized that it had very good sound while also being lightweight for a resonator banjo (no heavy tone ring in the MNB-1.) He asked what it was and how much it cost, and he then proceeded to break out into an amazing little 5 minute (or so) mini-recital including Foggy Mt. Breakdown. it was cool to have a legend like Pete showing me what even a modest banjo like mine could do in the hands of a master.

Anyway, when he was done, he basically said that he was really impressed by the sound that came out of that MNB-1 without a resonator. I think that's a good advertisement for The Morgan Monroe brand and the model, but I am pretty sure it's at least equally as good of an endorsement of Jon's skills over at Woodsong's Lutherie. That banjo sounded so much better after the professional setup job. Not cheap, but well worth the money.

Setup Rating

4

Appearance


* Planetary Tuners
* Mother Of Pearl Inlaid Headstock
* Mother Of Pearl Inlaid Fret Board
* Mahogany Resonator with Thumb Screws
* Mahogany Neck
* Rosewood Fretboard
* Rolled Brass Tone Ring
* 24 Brackets
* Geared 5th Peg
* Nickel Plated Arm Rest

The strings on it were cheap IMO and had to be replaced. It was and is otherwise a very beautiful banjo for the price level. It looks like a $1000+ banjo.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


So far it has been VERY dependable. I've had no problems, and have seen no unnatural wear whatsoever.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


This part is an issue, really. Banjohut.com shines when it comes to bang for your buck. They have good prices on banjos. That's about it. The stuff that came with it (finger picks and tuner) were Chinese trash, not worth a penny. The tuner functioned poorly for a week or two and then broke.

They also advertised a DVD that came with it. The DVD and associated printed materials were very poor quality, and hard to read and understand. Not worth the disc or the paper they were printed on.

Clearly, the "Extras" they advertise that comes with your banjo is just so they can say it comes with the crap. In my opinion, they should stop making themselves look so cheap and unprofessional when it comes to the add-ons. Instead, just say "we sell banjos at unbeatable prices--go get a tuner and an instructional DVD somewhere else" I would have preferred that to the crap that came with my banjo.

The case was ok, though. : )

Customer Service

4

Components


Just the strings and the setup was sub-par from the dealer.

The woodwork on this banjo is beautiful for the cost. Well worth the price, and the dealer's price was the best we found anywhere.

Components Rating

7

Overall Comments


Morgan Monroe MNB-1 = Awesome entry level banjo. My Highest recomendation.
Banjohut.com's price=Awesome
Banjohut.com's Setup=Mediocre at best
Jon's (Woodsong's Lutherie in Boulder, CO) Setup was awesome.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe Cameron
submitted 2/3/2011

Submitter

Urban Hillbilly (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

The Banjo Hut

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

599 ($US)

Sound


I went out looking for a Whyte Laydie banjo and everyone said "Gold Tone" so that's where I started. To my dismay, I played not one but TWO WL-250's and hated the sound. It was dead and lacked tone. Patrick Costello raved about the Cameron so without being able to play one, I plunked down the cash and nervously waited. To my utter delight, this thing rang like a bell right out of the box! Tone is excellent and clear with well balanced highs and lows for the clawhammer player. Played with a sponge in the body, you can also deaden the ring and get a very plunky tone if so desired. Action is great, tone is outstanding, a great purchase.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


The action with an upgraded "cannon" bridge was perfect right out of the box. Head tension and tuners were also perfect. I had railroad spikes installed. Two of them were perfect but the 10th fret is a tad deep and puts some note-bending pressure on the string. I'll pull it out a bit and it'll be fine.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


The satin finished walnut looks and feels great. Instead of flashy celluloid body and neck bindings, both are bound in maple for a really great effect. I would have preferred ebony fretboard but the rosewood is very nice. Minimalist inlays. Some complain about the detailed tension ring and armrest calling them "cheap". I think they're very nice actually. I put on an "old tyme-y" wooden armrest but the engraved tension ring looks great.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


This thing is simple and bullet-proof. Shiny surfaces show every blemish whereas a beautiful satin finish like this will look great for decades. The leather handled, hardshell archtop case is also a real stunner with a nice snug fit for this openback.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Haven't dealt with Morgan Monroe but the guys at Banjo Hut were great.

Customer Service

10

Components


Been banging away at this thing for weeks and nothing is showing any signs of failure or weakness. Patrick was right; this is a truly great clawhammer banjo.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


For the price, you absolutely cannot do better... believe me, I spent months looking and trying. I find the tone even more pleasing than my previously beloved Deering Goodtime Special II.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe MB 100
submitted 1/26/2011

Submitter

kb2dhg (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo.com

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

$279.00 ($US)

Sound


A very nice beginner banjo, Clean and looks very nice.
As a beginner I have nothing to compair it to but it does what I expected it to do. Seems to be good solid construction although the hardwear is a little chincy, it does work well...
I like the feel and weight. I would reccomend it to anyone whi is just starting out if for nothing else but to learn how to play...

Sound Rating

7

Setup


Originally I thought the Banjo was set up well, Being a beginner, I could not tell, While practicing along with Some DVD's I purchease I found that my Banjo was not set up properly. The 1st string was tuned to E which was why I thought that my banjo was just a cheap one and that was the eay it sounded. Well after re tuning it. It sounds jut like the rest of them. So I am changing this post. Set up was NOT good

Setup Rating

3

Appearance


For the money I think this banjo is very good looking... I love the finish and color. No fancy scroll work but a nice dark wood finish with nice Morgan Monroe logo on the top of the neck.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


The hardware is a bit cheap but it seems to do the job. I would say that is is dependable but would not use this banjo for a gig. This banjo is strictly a beginner banjo and should be used for practice and for fun.

Reliability Rating

6

Customer Service


Banjo was not set up properly. I emialed them and told them that after playing for a while I found that the banjo was not set up properly. I never got a responce? One of the main reasons I purchased from this comany was because they advertised that the were one of the best in banjo set up

Customer Service

4

Components


I would say this Banjo for the price is a good quality. it feels strong and well built.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I am very happy with this Banjo. I think as a beginner and a beinner Banjo I would definately reccomend it. It gives you what you would expect out of a Banjo for a lot less. Will I eventually up-grade to a better Banjo? Well that all depandes how good I get but I would say definately... Banjo for me has become very addicting! and I am just learning! If you are thinking about learning how to play banjo and am afraid to spend a lot of money.. You can't beat the price and quality of this banjo!

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 1/10/2011

Submitter

MarkT99 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjohut.com

Year Purchased

2011

Price Paid

699 ($US)

Sound


Wow, this banjo sounds, looks and plays great! The 14lb tone ring really kicks out the sound. This is my first banjo and I am quite happy with it! I think that it is a great value as it also came with a hardshell case, tuner and picks.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


This banjo played great right out of the box and the guys at the BanjoHut.com set it up perfectly for me!

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This is a beautiful banjo and feels bomb-proof -- very solid!

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


I just bought it so I will have to see over time but very happy so far.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Not needed so far.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


The tone ring resonates so well -- very loud. It is heavy at 14lbs but very well put together.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I would highly recommend this banjo especially for a begginer as I could afford it and I think that you get alot for your money. I don't think that I will outgrow it. The BanjoHut.com is great to deal with. Paul and Sawyer are very knowledgeable and will answer all of your questions.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 11/17/2010

Submitter

Augie (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Fox Run Music in Dover, PA

Year Purchased

2010

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Good bright sound. Great bluegrass banjo. The head tension is 88 to 90 setup by the seller.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Banjo was setup by Fox Run Music. Light gauge Martin strings were installed to replace medium weight strings shipped with the banjo. The head tension was set and railroad spikes were installed for the fifth string.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


The Morgan Monroe is a very attractive insrument all round. I haven't found any flaws in the inlays or the finish. I receive compliments on the looks of the banjo. The quality of workmanship was much better than I expected for the price.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The hardware appears to be very well plated and I expect it to outlast me. I can only afford one instrument and am pleased to have the Casade as my sole piece. After much playing for 6 months I took it back to the store where I bought it for a chackup. Everything was still tight straight and no adjustments were needed. It stays in tune and I'm not afraid to take it right out of the case and start playing.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I have only dealt with Fox Run and not with the compnay. I am very well pleased with the customer service and attention to detail that I have received. The warranty is a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.

Customer Service

10

Components


I'm very impressed with the overall quality. The tone ring really does a good job. I intend to try a thinner bridge (Snuffy Smith SSIII) to get just a little more bark, but the banjo as equiped is very pleasing.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


Very pleased with the instrument.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Ol' Smokey Ol' Smokey
submitted 8/24/2010

Submitter

Gonzoso (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

East Stroudsburg Pawn

Year Purchased

2010

Price Paid

125 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


I got this as a backup/travel/beater banjo. I really like it, it sounds great. It is pretty loud and has a sweet sound too it. Kinda twangy but not too much so. I am almost liking it as much as my Mastercraft Classic. I gave it a ten because this sounds darn good for a 125$ banjo, way better than I expected.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


It came from a pawn shop. God knows who had it before me or how long it sat in the dry air conditioned room for. The strings were rusty, the head was loose, but otherwise in good shape.

Setup Rating

5

Appearance


It has nice inlay in the fret board. It is a pretty plain banjo, nothing fancy. All the wood is pretty well fitted.

Appearance Rating

7

Reliability


This poor banjo must have gone through hell I think. The strings were old, pitted and rusty. It sounded terrible when I played it in the shop. The head was loose and it was not kept well. Despite this with a little help from the internet and a book I was able to get this banjo sounding great in an hour or so, new strings, tightening the head, etc. The guitar tuners are simple but they work well.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Not applicable

Customer Service

not rated

Components


This banjo seems to be identical in every way to a Gold Tone CC100. The tuners, neck, tone ring, tailpiece all look the same, the only difference is the shape of the head and the label as far as I can tell.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


This is a nice banjo, it sounds very good. I don't think they make it anymore so if you find one used for a fair price I would recommend it. If you want something to compare it to look at a cc100 by gold tone, probably made by the same asian company.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 4/14/2010

Submitter

Vapor (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Indiana Strings

Year Purchased

2010

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


I was looking for a banjo that gave me great sound, looked good, and would give me years of service. This one was on my list. I found it to have an excellent tone range, crisp and loud with a nice ring. It is perfect for the bluegrass style I like. The quality and sound were my primary concern, with money being second, only if it met my expectations.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


The banjo came well set up from the factory. I took it to my Luthier and he worked on the nut a little and now it plays great the length of the neck.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


It is maple with mother of pearl inlays. The fretboard is rosewood with a stain and looks like ebony until you look very closely, and you know the difference. The maple is a walnut color stain and again, very well executed. The chrome works well with the woods and is very impressive. Well done, high gloss and no marks. The whole instrument flows in looks and everyone who has seen it loves it. A classic look.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The hardware is very nice and sturdy. I have not seen anything I am concerned with, and my Luthier was impressed with the quality of the build and the very well done setup from the factory. He also felt it had incredible sound quality. I would not be afraid to play it anywhere even without a backup.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I had one screw on the armrest that had a flaw, and the company responded quickly.

Customer Service

10

Components


The headstock inlay is beautiful. It really moves with the light. The neck inlays are intricate and well done, no sloppiness anywhere. I have not found any problem areas or parts so far, and do not anticipate any. Otherwise this is as perfect as I could possibly have asked for.

It also came with the deluxe hard case, It is well padded with the top of the line interior and accessory compartment. It has Morgan Monroe stenciled on the front in gold.

I have since changed the bridge, added a Kirshner tailpiece and had the nut and 5th string pip replaced with Bone.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I am pleased with this banjo. Other players that have played it are amazed at the sound and build of this banjo. I took my time setting it up, and then had a Luthier take a look as well. It also comes with a Deluxe hard case, which is a bonus to the buyer. So if you spend a little time up front, as far as I am concerned, you cannot get a better instrument, especially for the money. I did not list my purchase price as this is something I feel is personal and each person must weigh out what they are willing to pay, but I will add that everyone who has seen it and/or played it has felt that I received a lot more banjo than I paid for. In other words, this is a great value for the money.

I made a few changes and this has become amazing. Bridge, Tailpiece and Bone nut and pip have really brought this banjo into its own. For thousands less that a big name, I have my true dream banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 4/10/2010

Submitter

Horseshoot (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online. Honestly cannot remember what store.

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

650 ($US)

Sound


After proper setup (store did not set it up) it sounds great! I play Scruggs style, tho I am a beginner. My teacher likes the sound, and I have had a lot of compliments on the sound.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The banjo was not set up. I find the action to be fine, after initial setup. This is an easy banjo to set up.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Classic bluegrass banjo look. Lots of chrome. Nice woods. Good fit and finish. Seems to be a well made banjo.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


This is a well built banjo. It has been reliable so far.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Have not dealt with the company, nor has it needed repairs.

Customer Service

9

Components


The wood, and finish and chrome seem to standout. I really like the tailpiece. I do NOT like the tuners. They are very finicky. I will probably upgrade to better tuners, unless I upgrade to a better banjo first.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I feel it is an excellent first bluegrass banjo. It has a nice sound, and is very reliable and well built. I am very happy with it.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 4/4/2010

Submitter

banjosis (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ebay: Dean Johnson's Music

Year Purchased

2010

Price Paid

649.96 ($US)

Sound


Music style is Bluegrass. I am using no amps or special effects. It came to me fully set up. The sound is bright and loud.
An excellent playing and sounding banjo.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


I have made no changes to the banjo.
The triple ply solid maple tone ring it came with makes it loud and lively. It has great snap and projection.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This banjo is a pristine beauty. The mother of pearl inlays are fully intact and absolutely beautiful. The hardware is chrome, and the fingerboard is rosewood. Comes with nice looking Ashton Bailey Planetary tuners.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


I would use this banjo on a gig without backup. All hardware on this banjo looks like it will last a lifetime.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


This banjo comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Seller was friendly and shipment was fast. Banjo was well packed for shipment.

Customer Service

10

Components


Banjo is still new, and all components seem strong and durable. If this banjo is taken care of properly, it should last a lifetime.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


There is not a current equivilent for the money.
It is a great sounding banjo that weighs about 22 pounds. It comes with a nice case, plus a t-wrench to tighten the head.
I would recommend this banjo for the serious beginner/intermediate picker.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Appalachia MFB-4DX
submitted 3/7/2010

Submitter

banjoboy65 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjo.com

Year Purchased

2010

Price Paid

$950 ($US)

Sound


this banjo suits my playing styles excellently, I play it straight up, no effects. It has an excellent bright, crisp ring to it, and the sustain is awesome. I just got it 2 days ago and I have no dislikes at all. I absolutely love it.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


banjo.com done an excellent job setting it up for me, naturally I had to tune it up a bit due to shipping but not much. I don't plan on changing a thing.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


oh man is it beautiful, the wood and finish is awesome. I ordered it with a clear head just for the purpose of showing off the brass tone ring, because it looks so good with the gold hardware. I love the mother of pearl inlay vine that goes down the entire fret board, beautiful. the only thing is I think when they changed the head, they smudged up the brass on the tone ring a bit, but no biggie, I can get that off there. my only concern is the gold plating wearing off, I hope that doesn't happen for several years, but if possible then I will have it re plated.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


I think this banjo will be here long after I'm gone. I'm sure my boy's will get it then, and as long as they take care of it. it should last them a long time. the finish looks great and should last a long time. I believe this to be a dependable banjo, I don't play professionally, but if I did I would count on it as my only instrument, with no backup.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Morgan Monroe has a good warranty on their instruments, limited lifetime. of coarse I've only had it 2 days so I have had no need to deal with the company yet.

Customer Service

10

Components


excellent components, all the parts seem to be top notch.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I am so glad I bought this banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 12/25/2009

Submitter

fenderleo2 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Donleys Music

Year Purchased

2009

Price Paid

829 ($US)

Sound


Its great, I play the original Scruggs style, and also the Stanley style on this banjo. Its loud if you tighten the head real good, and sand your bridge down, but if you play with a loose head your goin to kill the sound. This one is real bright, but also has a good bass one it. to get it to its best sound, i use a Gary Sosebee banjer bridge, and the original tailpice, and a 5star head, you tighten the head down real good, and get a thin bridge, some scruggs light gauge strings, you just better hold on, its gonna punch!!!

Sound Rating

9

Setup


a little high, but thats always east to fix, switch the strings, and bridge to get this thing to play real good. Also if you want a better banjer head on this one put on a 5 Star head.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


Its a mahogany neck, resonator and rim. No flaws in it, mine also came with one of the newer banjo 5th string tuners so it was real nice. but good all the way around.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


The armrest looks like it might need to be replaced after like 3-4 years of playing maybe more depending on how much you play it. I'd replace the tuners with the 5 Star tuners. and tailpiece is just an ol eagle claw so not much there unless you just dont like the appearance.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


Ive always dealt with Donleys Music for my bluegrass needs. They have the best service and friendliest workers, its not a big town music store, but a small, down home store where they actually care what your needs are. ill always choose them- donleysmusic.com

Customer Service

10

Components


Its just a regular Bluegrass banjo, im replacing he tailpiece, armrest probably, tuners, tone ring and head, but thats just because im lookin for another sound than this one has but its gonna still be a great banjer.
Now the real thing that i like about mine is the neck, the neck on my new one is so fast and slim easy on your hand and fingers, ive played Gibson that cant compete with the slimness and speed of this neck.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


Its great banjo all around for an intermediate banjo but if you upgrade all the things i said these newer Gibson better lookout here comes the the morgan monroe.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Olympus MFB-2DX
submitted 8/13/2009

Submitter

mjmckeon (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo.com

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


It has a very nice throaty tone with the walnut and fyberskin head combination and I have enhanced that with a Katseye bridge and GHS PF-160 strings. This suits me just fine as I play bluesy country rock. Basically I love the sound of this banjo. I must have tried over 50 different banjos and I choose this one for the sound over banjos costing a lot more.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The setup from banjo.com was great. I tweaked it a bit after changing the bridge but that was just personal preference.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


It is one pretty banjo. Almost too pretty for me I, but hey, I bought it for the sound if it looked like a squared eel I'd have bought it anyway.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Pretty solid craftsmanship and good hardware. I don't bring a backup.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


I spoke with them on other issues and they were quite helpful. The warranty is a lifetime warranty and based on my dealings with the company I'm not worried.

Customer Service

10

Components


I had to fight with tuners a bit to get them just right. I may try a different brand someday but I don't feel an urgent need to do it now.

Components Rating

7

Overall Comments


I love this banjo, in fact it is my second one of this exact make and model. (The first one had a terrible accident.) If stolen I'd buy a new one and then hunt down the fool who stole it, I will not be kind.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB-1
submitted 6/25/2009

Submitter

rfish (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

The Banjo Hut

Year Purchased

2009

Price Paid

$459.00 ($US)

Sound


Loud and bright.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Fantastic action. Set up perfectly right out of the case. Just had it about a week, and already love it. Stays in tune very well.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Very beautiful. Made of mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. Mother of pearl inlay on the headstock, but suspect the fretboard inlay to be mother of plastic. Never the less, very beautiful. My guitars are all jealous!

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


From my limited experience, it seems like a very well made instrument. I have complete confidence that it will last me a good long while. Came tuned perfectly right out of the case, and I haven't had to re-tune other than very minor adjustments. Very reliable so far.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Called Paul at The Banjo Hut to let him know how much I liked it, and he was very happy to hear it. He asked me if I felt it was set up properly, and if I thought it was a good deal for the money. I replied that I was very pleased with the whole package.

Customer Service

10

Components


I can't see any reason to replace or upgrade any parts. Everything seems to work perfectly. The inlays and trim are beautiful.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I bought this banjo as part of a beginner package that included the case, tuner, picks, everything. Included a book and DVD that are comprehensive and easy to understand. The only thing I've changed are the picks, which were too small for my fat fingers and thumb. I highly recommend this banjo package to any newbie like myself. I searched around the internet for quite a while, and finally decided on this package, and I'm not disappointed. Hats off to Paul and the folks at The Banjo Hut!

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-2c
submitted 2/7/2009

Submitter

iplaybanjer@yahoo.com (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ebay

Year Purchased

2005-06

Price Paid

Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


This banjo doesnt have a bad sound, thats for sure. I have gotten several compliments on the sound of it, one guy also said he liked the tone of it for clawhammer too. A fairly versatile sound range on this banjo. Althouhg for my style, i would like a bit more sustain on it, especially up high. and a deeper bass sound would be nice too.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


The setup when i got it was actually pretty good. The action was good for me. It was slightly used, so it has probably already been set up before they shipped it. I have changed a few things though, i prefer frosted heads, so i changed the clear head out after about a year, also i changed to a snuffy smith bridge. The bridge it came with didnt seem to good. Now though it is fine.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


This banjo is very easy on the eyes. that's for sure. This thing has a wonderfully carved heel, and peghead. The clear head it originally had also showed off the gold plating on the tone ring. Although the frosted head makes it look good too.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The hardware on this thing is decent. like i mentioned above, the brdge wasnt very good. And there are a couple of cheap parts on the inside of the thing. But nothin that is terrible. The only real big complaint i have about it is the very thin gold plating on the metal. It wears away too easily.

Reliability Rating

7

Customer Service


(does not apply to me)

Customer Service

not rated

Components


there isnt anything that stands out about the parts really, but there are a few cheap parts on this banjo.

Components Rating

7

Overall Comments


This was my first "good" banjo, (used a goodtime 2 for a couple years, which wasnt really bad either) and Ive had it for about 2 to 4 years now. This is definitely a good beginner banjo that will hold its own well enouhg in jam sessions and whatnot. Especially good for the price we got it for off of ebay. (around like 450 dollars) If this banjo were stolen though, id upgrade to at least a deering sierra, if not try to go for something better.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 1/4/2009

Submitter

r.brandon (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Olde Town Pickin Parlor

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

829.00 ($US)

Sound


Rather bright and twangy at this point, still experimenting with strings and head tension

Sound Rating

9

Setup


They could have done a little better job of set up I think, more of a guitar store than a banjo store but they have always treated me right I think the action is rather high and uneven between the first and 5th. strings

Setup Rating

5

Appearance


The overall finish of the instrument is very good, I am impressed with the quality of the inlay work on the fretboard. Only slight gripe is the rather mis-matched grain pattern on the resenator back, the finish is really good though

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


seems well built, the tail piece is rather clunky but sturdy, the tuners are rather touchy and are the one bit of hardware I would consider changing

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


have not delt with the company yet

Customer Service

not rated

Components


once again, the tuners and tail piece could be better but for a banjo at this price range it is quite nice

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


my first banjo and I am pleased with the sound and quality of it, hope to be able to afford an american made instrument at some poing but this one is a keeper for sure.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe Luxmore
submitted 12/19/2008

Submitter

mrmanley (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo.com

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

850 ($US)

Sound


The heavy rim and Whyte Laydie tone ring give it a bright airy tone, but not too bold. The Luxmore has a fairly heavy pot, which adds a nice resonance to the sound.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


The setup was good. Remo Weatherking head and plain-vanilla bridge. All I had to do was tune 'er up a bit and away I went.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


This banjo has a curly maple neck and pot, with gold-plated hoop and brackets. The fingerboard is rosewood, with a nice old-time pearl inlay. The fretboard and frets are smooth, and the neck binding has no gaps or burrs. The lacquer on the wood is a bit thick, but is evenly applied. The peghead has a laminate overlay on curly maple, with more pearl inlay. The only weak aspect of the banjo is the somewhat cheap-looking stamped-metal armrest.

Overall, it's quite a pretty banjo, and appears to be very well-made. (I've posted pictures on my homepage.)

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


By all appearances, this banjo is very well-made and should last for many years.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


The No Knot tailpiece on the banjo was damaged when I ordered it, but Banjo.com ordered a new one from Morgan Monroe and made sure it was set up before it shipped out. I found Banjo.Com to be very responsive and quick to respond to inquiries.

Customer Service

8

Components


This is a Chinese-built instrument, but it seems to use high-quality materials. The curly maple wood is very pretty, the hardware seems to be good, and the construction is sound. I actually am liking the Remo Weatherking head, so I'll leave it alone instead of replacing it with a Renaissance head. The tuner buttons feel like plastic, but they seem to be robust. Time will tell. For the price, the quality of the components seems to be very good.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


For the money, this is a good banjo. Not a great banjo, but a good one. I'm something of a sucker for bling, so I like the nice fingerboard and peghead inlay, as well as the nicely-finished curly maple wood. It's flashy enough and sounds good enough to be a good stage instrument, and yet it's not so expensive that I'd worry about taking it out with me.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top
submitted 11/27/2008

Submitter

Hillbilly Gypsies (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo Hut

Year Purchased

2002?

Price Paid

About $800 New historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Very good quality starter bluegrass banjo for the price. Great bang for yer buck banjo! I eventually changed out the tonering and the bridge and it made a heck of a difference in the quality of the tone but it actually sounds pretty darn good from the star right out of the box.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Not set up at all when I got it.. I had to do it myself.

I swapped out the stock tone ring with an old Stew-Mac archtop conversion ring and it really made that banjo scream! Changing the original head, tailpiece and bridge really helped out too!

Setup Rating

5

Appearance


Very nice inlay and wood work on this banjo ..and the choice of woods used are beautiful!

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Nice finish! Cheap Tailpiece though. ..and I would recommend upgrading the tone ring. As far as gigs go.. I used it for a few years for every gig I played with no back up and it held up quite well.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


No experience there.. Never had a need..

Customer Service

5

Components


Cheap tailpiece for sure, could use a better tone ring but it's really not necessary for a beginner. This is a great overall bluegrass banjo for the price.

Components Rating

6

Overall Comments


Highly recommended bluegrass starter banjo for the price! I have since sold mine to make room for my new Nechville Banjo.

This is not the highest end banjo out there but it is made very well and it can really hold it's own in a bluegrass jam! If you're looking for a descent quality and cost friendly bluegrass screamer then this is a good start!

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe mbrh
submitted 11/19/2008

Submitter

John Greer (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

The Guitar Shoppe, Hudson N.C.

Year Purchased

Sept. 2008

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


I love the sound of this banjo. I play three finger style. It is very loud. It can over power most of the instruments in our group. I used several types of strings before settling on Elixir. You should experiment also to find what suits you.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


It was set up very well when purchased. I tightened the arch top head to suit me. No other work was needed. It is very easy to set up if needed as it has duel coordinater rods.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


It is a beautiful banjo. Mahogony neck and resonator. no flaws were noted in the finish.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The hardware seems to be well made. I do not personally like the clamshell tailpiece, but it is very adequate. I have not changed it. It may be something I learn to live with. an easy change out if not.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I have not needed to talk to Morgan Monroe company. The Guitar Shoppe has handled any problems I have had with other brand instruments in the past and I believe they will continue to do so. It has a limited lifetime warranty.

Customer Service

10

Components


The arch top tone ring is the best. I've not found any other that I like better. The tuners seem to hold their tuning well. It is very loud, so I have to play it away from others if I'm practicing at home. It will penetrate the length of my home with out any trouble.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I would recommend this banjo to any one who wants a good sounding banjo without the high price of an American made. Current prices run in the $800 range and they are worth every penny.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Cameron
submitted 8/21/2008

Submitter

Grey Dog (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.banjoshop.com/

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

599 ($US)

Sound


Nice and mellow, but can still hold a bluegrass edge. I bought this as a lighter, openback travel banjo. The whyte laydie has a nice pluncky (yes, pluncky) sound to it.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Needed some minor tweaks, but it was the dead of summer so things could have been loose from the heat/humidity.

Out-of-the-box it is more of a clawhammer banjo, but a quick bridge swap gave it enough of a personality change to be scruggsy.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


Very nice walnut look and feel.

The engraved metal has a cheaper look/feel to it, but given the price that makes sense.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


Solid enough to be considered a travel banjo in my book, so it must be ready for some abuse and bounces.

Reliability Rating

7

Customer Service


http://www.banjoshop.com/ is absolutely excellent

http://www.morganmonroe.com/ were also good: they sent me a free truss rod cover when the original cracked.

Customer Service

9

Components


Some of the hardware was kludgy, barely fitting, and/or poorly matched. For example, some of the bracket holders were loose, but tightening them up pushed the screw through to the channel and prevented the brackets from being properly set.

Components Rating

5

Overall Comments


Yes. I would recommend more for a clawhammer player, but it is definitely sufficient for a bluegrasser as well.

Overall Rating

7


Morgan Monroe Riverking
submitted 8/15/2008

Submitter

aaron p bishop (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

ebay

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Deep full flathead growl

Sound Rating

8

Setup


good

Setup Rating

not rated

Appearance


simply geogeous

Appearance Rating

not rated

Reliability


Reliability Rating

6

Customer Service


good

Customer Service

7

Components


this banjo is awesome

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I own 9 banjos and the riverking is the best.Hand engraved antique brass, ultimate inlay on neck and resnorator.Truly the best and I'll challange anyone on it

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Matterhorn
submitted 5/23/2008

Submitter

Kstevensmd (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis Music Co.

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

869.00 ($US)

Sound


It really sounds great to me! Very good volume and tone. Excellent action and playabilty. The neck is fantastic. I have only been playing for a year.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Perfect set up as far as I can tell.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


It is a beautiful banjo. Light walnut satin finish. Bronze antique hardware; really unique, I've not seen this hardware on another model. I am a bit of a stickler and went over the banjo carefully; no defects at all that I can see.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


the finish and hardware all seem top shelf; I expect it will hold up very well. It has lots of heft to it!

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


I dealt with Tom Andersen at Janet Davis Music Co. by phone. After checking out the banjo at their website, I gave a call and had excellent service and advice from Tom. Placing the order was easy and I received it promply in perfect condition and with no set up issues. I have used Janet Davis Music many times and have never had a problem. MM has a lifetime warranty and I registered the banjo at MM website. A serial number is printed on the back of the peghead.

Customer Service

10

Components


I upgraded to the suggested Snuffy Smith bridge and had 5th string capo spikes added. It came with a very nice hard case and some banjo tools were included; very handy!

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I did lots of comparison shopping and for the money, I think this is a superb banjo. I read many positive reviews on this model and company. I happened to get it on sale at Janet Davis, but I know Ross Nickerson at BanjoTeacher.com also carries this model at a great price. I think this is an excellent intermediate price range banjo and expect to use it for years! The appearence is the clincher with this model. You won't see many players with a more beautiful banjo.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Appalachia MFB-4DX
submitted 4/18/2008

Submitter

dandaman19620 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjo.com

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


great sound but i have a black deering head on it so its different than the regular frosted remo head that comes with it. i havent played it with the frosted head.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


the banjo was made very nice. its had some what looked like glue or something on the fret board maybe from the inlays but i cant get it off.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


most bueatiful banjo i have ever held. mother of peral inlays all the way from top to bottom. gold hardware is done nicely.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


it feels solid. very heavy but i think it will last a long long time

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


i havent dealt weith the company

Customer Service

not rated

Components


the armrest is kinda cheap just standard. i put a wooden one on it and its great

Components Rating

not rated

Overall Comments


beautiful banjo. you are definatley paying more for the look than the sound. ive heard banjos a couple hundred cheaper sound better but they also have frosted heads. i think the black head might be holding my sound back

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Matterhorn
submitted 3/24/2008

Submitter

Bizdoc (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BanjoHut

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

$915.00 historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Purchased this banjo as an upgrade to my beginner banjo. I had read about banjos that were bright, and had bark and growl. Didn't know what this meant until I started to play the Matterhorn. Very good sound, much better than I had expected. I never expected to hear a difference between my previous banjo and the Matterhorn. Excellent sound, very glad I upgraded.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Banjo came in very good condition and was packed very well. Was out of tune but is to be expected with shipping. Putting in tune is no problem with the chromatic tuner recommended by Paul at banjohut. The left hand action is very good. My previous banjo hurt my fingers when playing. the Matterhorn has a gentle string touch for the left hand. Very nice. Great play action both on strings and up and down the neck.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Very attractive banjo. It has an oldtimey look with the solid maple with walnut stain, nicely accented with the antique brass hardware and semi transparent frosted head. I much prefer this look to the shiney chrome dime store look of some of the other new banjos

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


this banjo appears to be very reilabable, solid in every way.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I have used the banjoHut prior and they are excellent to work with. They have been very helpful in every way. You will not go wrong with the folks at the banjoHut. I had a problem with my last banjo and it was taken care of by Paul at banjohut with no questions, customer satisfaction is important to them. Athough they seem to specialize in the low to mid range banjos. As I Progress to a more expensive banjo I'll have to go elseware just due to lack of product.

Customer Service

10

Components


This banjo is solid maple everywhere, no lesser woods on the banjo. the bell brass tone ring adds that rich banjo sound to the instrument.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I would certainly recommend this banjo to anyone wishing to spend the $900. Having played a banjo from a lower class and moving up to the Matterhorn was a very pleasant experience. I love the looks of the banjo, the playability is excellent, the materials are quality. If your price range is in the $915 area this is an excellent choice.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe MNB-1
submitted 3/5/2008

Submitter

Bizdoc (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BanjoHut

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

459.00 ($US)

Sound


Has good sound, plenty loud, Lacks some brightness, but then it has a tone hoop as opposed to the brass bell tone rings.

Sound Rating

7

Setup


Banjo was set up nicely. Only adjustment that was needed was one of the strings had a buzzing sound. I called Paul at BanjoHut and he told me to turn the tension nut to move the neck slightly away from the strings. This took all of 5 minutes, and all is well. I have called the Banjo Hut a couple of times and they were very good to deal with, always pleasant.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Nice looking banjo. resinator has nice inlayed ring on back, nice fret decorations, not just dots. Engraved arm rest. Very shiney mahogany color. Nice if you like the eye candy.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


good hardware, seems sturdy. Do not attach strap to the bottom hook, the hook will fall off. Banjo Hut recommends not connecting to this either. Would do fine at a gig.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


BanjoHut personnel couldn't have been nicer. Very knowledgable, accomodating. and helpful

Customer Service

10

Components


I chose to upgrade the strings and bridge on the Banjo. Not sure it made a big difference for a beginner, but BanjoHut staff recommended upgrading from the factory strings and bridge.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Would recommend this banjo for a beginner. It performs well, looks good, and I have had good service. I would probably upgrade to a better banjo if this one were stolen.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe Olympus MFB-2DX
submitted 2/29/2008

Submitter

Washburn_B17 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Private Sale (slightly used)

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

750.00 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


The walnut wood this banjo is constructed gives a very good tone. There is not much extrahanious overtones. It has a very snappy crack tone to it. With the synthetic skin head on it, it is bright and snappy. But still has a very good low end on it. I do some recording with my band and the tone recorded is very crisp and snappy with good full walking bass lines.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The gal I bought it from I think didn't know much about setup. And probably left it in the original setup. I do all my own set up work. The head was very loose. I brought this up to tension and the sound was drasticaly better. The stock bridge (which most are) was a tree trunk of a bridge. Makeing the low end very boomy but the high end was obsorbed by the bridge. I have become very fond of the Emerson Power Bridge II's. So I ordered one of these and put it on there. Again making the high end to that crack that I like but still maintaining the low end for bass lines. The stock tail piece was one of those flimsy clam shell tail pieces. Again I have become very fond of the Fults Cumberland Tail pieces. The are very solid hand machined out of brass. This increased the sustain a bit and helps keep a very steady down pressure on the head. So tone is consistant. I know when you are playing a banjo it is hard to hear what the audience is hearing. But from the recordings I have made I am nothing but happy with the sound and the purchase.

Setup Rating

7

Appearance


The walnut wood has a beautiful medium brown natural wood finish to it. This has real wood bindings (not plastic) done out of oak. The metal parts are all chrome. It has an engraved arm rest. The neck and head stock is inlayed with mother-of-pearl and abaloney. The neck inlay is flowered vines that go from fret 2 to 20. Oh, and the truss rod cover on the head stock is made of wood not plastic. Very beautiful.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


I have had it for half a year now and the tone is holding very steady.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


The banjo has a lifetime warranty with the factory. Although, I have not had to use their services yet.

Customer Service

9

Components


The ashton Bailey tuners are very smooth. In my opinion first thing... change the tailpiece to something more rigid and change the bridge out for something that gives you the tone you are looking for. As above, I would recomend the Fults Tailpeices and the Emerson Power Bridges I & II (I for really bright, II for a more tame brightness). It appears to already have a bone nut. So other than the two mentioned there is not much to change out as far as hardware goes.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I am completely happy with the purchase. I got a great sounding banjo and didn't have to spend $2000.00 or more for a top name logo.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB-1
submitted 2/27/2008

Submitter

renaissanceman929 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

theBanjoHut.com

Year Purchased

2008

Price Paid

429.00 ($US)

Sound


Sounds good to me.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


The banjo was set up perfectly. Still in tune right out of the case.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


It's a good looking banjo. Both my wife and daughter commented how much they like the detail on the arm rest.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Seems like it'll be fine, only had it in my posession less than 24 hrs.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


When I ordered, Paul was very helpful and knowledgeable. No problems to call back about. The banjo has a lifetime warranty.

Customer Service

10

Components


I ordered with the strings and bridge upgrade so I can't comment on the stock parts there, but everything seems very solid. Okay, the tuner knobs seem to be cheap plastic, but maybe not. No problems so far.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Paul was great to deal with. Eveything was delivered as ordered. The battery for the tuner was dead, but that is extremely minor. Overall a great experience and I'm already having lots of fun delving into the mysteries of the banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 12/6/2007

Submitter

meritcooper (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.banjohut.com

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

699 ($US)

Sound


Sound rings and has great quality. Once it was tuned, it sounded wonderful. Melodic sounds great on it. Harmonics really ring. I play bluegrass and melodic. It has the sound that I was looking for.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


We tightened a few things but it was setup for me. The action was fine.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Beautiful with inlay. There was a little crack at the 5th string peg but it is hard to see. I figured it happened while being shipped. It is a pretty heavy banjo. I would say it is heavier than average. It has so much shine to it. It has some little engravings or designs on the armrest.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Everything has lasted so far. I have had it for one year. I took this to Camp Bluegrass and it worked great for me. I have put many miles on this banjo and it is holding up nicely.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I dealt with the seller but not Morgan Monroe. I am a very happy Morgan Monroe customer and have tried to purchase one more since this one. I tried to bid on it in an auction site unseen because I know how great mine is. I figured they all must be great. I believe I have a good warranty on mine - I think it is lifetime.

Customer Service

10

Components


The only thing I think is a little cheap is the tailpiece. Mine has a real sharp corner on it. I will eventually sand it down so it quits poking me. That is probably the only thing I have found about it that I didn't like and that is so minimal.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Great banjo for a great price. I received a hard case with mine. BanjoHut.com was excellent seller. My first one came cracked bad from shipping. They got another one to me right away. I would buy from them again.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Olympus MFB-2DX
submitted 11/3/2007

Submitter

mudskipper_cory (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

PlayingBetterBludegrass.com

Year Purchased

10/31/07

Price Paid

1100.00 ($US)

Sound


AHHHHHHHHHH, this sound if just beautiful, a really nice think sound for when you are up on the neck and as you go down it give you a nice brighter sound. I know that walnut is an extremly strong deep wood, so that could be a big part of what gives such nice sound.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Ok, this is all a personal opinion of what you like. I do like very low action on any instrument. So I changed my bridge to an Acousticraft #95 1/2. Other then that the set-up was really awsome.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


The neck is just really beautiful, it has flower inlays on the fret board from like the 22nd to the 2nd fret, and it is just beautiful, I will say at is winhat first attracted me to this banjo. The head also has Morgan Monroe and a inlay on it that is really sweet also. The wood finish is just so damn pretty a reallly nice light brown finish. The drum head even has a design on it that I have yt to find it alter the sound from it. the pictures on any website do not let yoreally see what a beautiful looking instrument this is.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The hardware is good strong really chrome and not plastic crap, and that is one of the reasons why it is so damn heavy. I mean it must be like 30 pounds from the hardware, but also from the walnut wood. I think as long as you put a humid. in the case to make sure it does not warp from weather changes this banjo will go with me to my grave.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I was very skeptical with spending alot of money online and getting a crapping banjo. BUT!!!!!!!!! All of the individuals that I dealt with a playingbetterbluegrass were great curtious people they talked to me about what I was looking for before I even told them that I wanted to order from them. They made sue that it was everything that I wanted, they ARE great people there.

Customer Service

10

Components


Components Rating

not rated

Overall Comments


IT all goes by personal opinion. I talked to alot of people and they all told me GIbson Deering, Stella, I know that they are all well known brands, but that does not mean that they are the only good ones out there. I got a GIbson Les Paul because of that awhile ago, and learned it now sits under my bed I havento played that in years. Alot of people I talked to didnt' say too many good impressing comments about Morgan Monroe banjo's, but I tell you what my banjo teacher has a high model Deering, but my Morgan Monroe sound twenty times better then his does, and the action is much nicer. You can move so smoothly up and down the neck of the Olympus.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe MGB-1C
submitted 10/23/2007

Submitter

littlepicker (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From the Classifieds

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

470 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


I love the sound of this banjo, it has a mellow crisp tone that I I look for in an instrument. For the price I paid it can't be beat!

Sound Rating

10

Setup


It was used so the setup had nothing to do with the company.
This banjo was still in tune when I took it out of the box! If that isn't impressive I don't know what is.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


I took a good long look at this banjo and have to say it looks unbelievable.
One thing that wasn't that good was the thin gold plating, but that was expected for the price.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


The overall banjo is reliable, the parts aren't super cheap. I would definitely depend on this banjo if I were to play a gig.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Customer Service

not rated

Components


I'm going to change the bridge and head but the rest is all good.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


This is an unbelievable banjo for the price and if it was stolen I'd need another one. I love it, you get a whole lot of bang for the buck! I had all my questions answered before I bought it so I knew I really wanted it. I love this banjo and I am going to keep it even if I buy another.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Luxmore
submitted 10/10/2007

Submitter

Fredco (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Kingstowne Acoustic Music

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

699 ($US)

Sound


Perfect, really growls. Excellent low and high end. Like the old Gibson openbacks.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Kingstowne Acoustic did a really nice job, but I thinned out the bridge to better suit my tastes. Not a knock on the set up, just needed a little tweaking.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


The inlay is awesome, the color is awesome. The Remo Renaissance head color really sets it apart from the others I tested.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Lifetime Guarantee comes with the banjo. The folks at the music store can do just about any type of repairs in the store. I don't expect to have any trouble.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Kingstowne Acoustic set up and checked everything prior to purchase. I had to wait awhile for the banjo to come in, but it was worth the wait.

Customer Service

10

Components


The gold hardware really stand out, very nice to look at. The tuners are well made.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I highly recommend this banjo for anyone looking for a great old timey openback with a vintage look.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Luxmore
submitted 10/6/2007

Submitter

Fredco (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Kingstown Acoustic Music

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

699.00 ($US)

Sound


Excellent style and sound, It can muff to a grawl or Sweet like a Bell

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The banjo was set up ok, but I reset the Bridge for my standards.
I also re-tweaked the head, A simple intruement to adjust.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


This instruement is gorgous to look at. The gold Hardware and
accented Tone of Light gold Stain Set it apart from others.
The head is Aged to give it that Authentic old look. I found no
major flaws or bad inlay work, and was happy with all the extra
care in detail.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The hardware is pretty good and stays in tune easy.
The finish is A-Ok and will last, I will use it all the time and
enjoy it for ever.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I have a good warranty and it is easy to get something done where i bought it at.

Customer Service

10

Components


I would probbaly of used a different bridge and had it set better.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I would reccomend the banjo to any one looking for an inexpensive great looking and pretty sounding Banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Admiral
submitted 7/29/2007

Submitter

cvandien (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo Hut

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

2999 ($US)

Sound


I play 3 finger Blue Grass. It always gets positive coments when others hear it and tell me it is crisp and bright great tone. I think the bottom end could be alittle stronger it just sounds weak to me other than that I like it

Sound Rating

9

Setup


It came well set up from the Banjo Hut. It picked up a real bad buzz on the 4th string between the 3rd and 11th fret.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


I love the inlay on the neck. It has alot of gold pearl and I LOVEGold pearl. All the inlay work was well done. OK I am not overly hot by the ship on the back(plain would of been ok or a Clydesdale) But whoever did it, did a fantastic job on the inlay and finish. The engraving on all the gold is just beautiful and very intricate. I get alot of comments on her looks. It was just finished very well overall and is easy on the eyes

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


All the hardware seems to be ok. . Finish and all else seem to be well done as I can not find any flaws. I'd trust her

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Right there to answer all my stupid questions.

Customer Service

10

Components


I am somewhat new to the banjo but it seems to have been put together with quality parts. I'm not very fond of how they did the frets they are real rough

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I love the banjo. It's fun to play and easy on the eyes!

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-2
submitted 7/1/2007

Submitter

newm (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo Barn, Kentucky

Year Purchased

2003

Price Paid

$900.00 ($US)

Sound


This was my first banjo with a tone ring so I was really impressed with it. It;s certainly loud and perhaps a little too bright.
The gold plating on the armrest started wearing off right away.

Sound Rating

6

Setup


Had it set up by David Sohn and he was really impressed with it.
I have only changed the bridge.
I/m told the banjo is easy to work on.

Setup Rating

7

Appearance


The materials used to build this banjo afre exceptional, the resonator hasn't marked at all over the past three years of constant play.
The inlay is stunning and the carved heel and back of headstock are a nice touch.
The flange was mounted a little crooked but that was put right.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


As previously mentioned the gold plating seems a little thin.
I have a Gibson now but the MM did me giood service without a backup for three years.

Reliability Rating

7

Customer Service


No warranty issues as yet.
The warranty is for a lifetime.

Customer Service

8

Components


Great planetary tuners. Nice sounding tone ring. very nice overall appearance.
Needs thicker plating.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


The price is excellent and the banjo is well worth it.
This is a great banjo for beginner of intermediate players but it really doesn;t come close to my Gibson RB250.

Overall Rating

7


Morgan Monroe MNB-1
submitted 5/2/2007

Submitter

adirondackhick (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

The fret store

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


I love the sound of the banjo. Deep and full. does not sound like a begginer level instrument at all.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The banjo was not ready to play at all. On the bright side, I now know how to. Made head adjustments, neck adjustment, etc.

Setup Rating

2

Appearance


The banjo to me is very pretty. Nice smooth rich finish.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


The banjo definatley appears to be quite well made. played it quite a bit and driven over 250 miles with it, only had to tune it the one time so far.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


never dealt yet. but there is a lifetime warranty.

Customer Service

9

Components


parts all appear strong and well made.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I would def. recommend this banjo to anyone. If i lost it or it was stolen i'd get another one. This is much better than a johnson and other begginer level banjos in appearance quality and most of all sound!

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe MNB-1
submitted 4/21/2007

Submitter

DandyRandy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjoteacher.com

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

399 ($US)

Sound


Great sound for an upper level beginner banjo. Loud, bright, good for Scruggs style, which I am learning, and carries well through the Rocky Mountains out the back door. Family hasn't even complained and I pick it a lot.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


Lots of other banjo reviews mention how well the setup was. I was a little disappointed that the bridge was in the case in a bag. Nice case though, by the way, like a cross between a gig bag and hard case. I think it's styrofoam, padded and covered in a black cloth material. If you open it up it looks like a good quality hard case. Everything else was OK though other than the bridge. I actually learned a little because of having to place the bridge. Instead of measuring I used a harmonic method, adjusting the bridge until the 1st string 12th fret harmonic matched the fretted 12fret on the first string. It sounds pretty good, but don't know enough about the rest ot the setup to evaluate accurately. Action seems a little high for me so I adjusted it.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


Very nice looking banjo for the price. Some internet photos make it look orange, but it's not. really. My wife calls the color redwood . That was a main concern before it arrived, but it looks good.
Rim: 3-ply solid blocked mahogany rim
Tone Ring: Rolled brass tone ring (brass is good)
Flange Assembly: 1 piece flange
Tuners: 10 to 1 gear ratio Ashton Bailey planetary tuners (stays in tune pretty well considering newness)
Resonator: 14" Mahogany Resonator (beautiful gloss finish with faux ivory trim and circular inlay, removes easily with 4 screws)
Inlay Pattern: Abalone Heart Pattern Inlay (nice)
Fretboard: Rosewood (could probably use some oil)
Bridge Wood: Rosewood Tipped Maple Bridge (adequate, but will probably replace)
Frets: 22 Nickel Silver
Head: Frosted Remo
Hardware: Nickel (nice shine, engraved armrest)
simple tailpiece, but not cheap quality
No flaws that I can see. Good quality, doesn't have the feel of a cheap banjo.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Plastic tuner pegs look like plastic tuner pegs, but planetary tuners work well. I think this is a dependable banjo and will last a while. I wanted a little more than a Goodtime or Gold Tone Cripple Creek, but didn't want to spend a whole lot more and this was one of the few in the $350-400 price range that looked worthwhile and had good reviews. I haven't had it long, but will give it a good score for dependability and modify it later if need be.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


Have not dealt with them, but ordered late Thursday night and it arrived the next Thursday during the day. Ross at banjoteacher.com is good to deal with.

Customer Service

9

Components


Nice looking overall. They need to work on the look of the pegs and the tailpiece, but you also have to consider the price. The pegboard is outstanding and really adds to the quality look. Someone mentioned that they thought that MM might use a sticker on some, but I don't think so. It has a high gloss finish over a beautiful design that really catches the light in a colorful way.
One negative has come up since I wrote this review, The strap hook that should be just to the left of the neck is not there! The one below the tailpiece is though. Am waiting to see what Ross at banjoteacher.com has to say about getting the piece and will update later.
OK, he got back with me. Don't need the piece for the strap, will just use the hooks.
Also, I bought a Fullts 1934 tailpiece, cost about 1/4 the price of the banjo. It doesn't fit. Be careful if you buy any replacement parts. They were nice enough to give me a refund and it was the banjo's fault, not theirs.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I recommend this banjo for someone looking for something better than a basic beginner model. It would do well in any jam or band.
If it were stolen I would buy something even higher quality as I plan to stay with the banjo, but would definitely regret losing this one.
I really like it for the price. It's very easy to play,even with a fairly high action and light strings.
I would have asked about the setup before buying it.
I have only played a couple of other banjos in shops, but this one sounds pretty good for the price. Overall, definitely worth the price.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Palisade MOTB-500
submitted 4/17/2007

Submitter

Mr. Furious (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Wiskey River Music, Wilmington, Ohio

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

800 ($US)

Sound


Very rich tone, not terribly loud. I know a lot of players like their banjos loud, and I may get to that point, but for now I like the non-twangy quality it has. Toward the bridge it is more nasal, but still surprisingly mellow.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


I had the store owner lower the action. That was all it needed. No changes.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


This is the prettiest banjo ever. Lots of gold playing and gorgeous wood. No flaws!

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The tuners hold well. It keeps in tune for days when it sits in the case. Everything I have seen indicates good workmanship.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Not dealt with company.

Customer Service

9

Components


Components Rating

not rated

Overall Comments


Overall Rating

not rated


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB-1
submitted 4/14/2007

Submitter

Grateful Dude (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjohut

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

460 ($US)

Sound


This is more than a just a starter banjo.
It is strong enought to jam with others and the quality of the sound is more than what you would ever expect from a banjo at this price range.
you can play bluegrass definatly but this banjo does not have the annoying twang of maple (it's mahogany). I can play soft mellow music, gypsy, jazz and even some traditional Asian music with it.

One thing i love about this banjo is the amazing overtone it has.
My banjo instructor, who has a beautiful Gibson that costs more than 5 times this one, was just amazed and impressed by this banjo's amazing tone.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Flawless set up.
Only needed to tune it

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


this is a beautiful banjo.

not as fancy as ones that cost 4-5 times more than this one
but the color of mohagony is just gorgeous and the mother-of-pearl inlay completes the beauty of it.

most banjos at this price rage look like they are from ikea but this one looks like a high end banjo.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


i've only had this for half a year.. had no problem so far.
it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


i never had to deal with the company yet but
morgan monroe banjos come with a lifetime warranty.

Customer Service

10

Components


satisfied

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


If you don't want to spent thousands of dollars but want a nice banjo that sounds like a decent instrument and looks like a decent instrument, buy this one.
Also, if you are looking for more than just twangy bluegrass misic, you want this one.

This was my first banjo so even though many stores sell the same model $100 less price than Banjo hut, mine was a starter package that contained all the accessories i need plus a nice starter book, so i say it was a good deal.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB-1
submitted 3/15/2007

Submitter

pistolhunter (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Fret Store

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Sound seems to be excellent. Has great tone and projection. Has a rich bright sound. The brass tone ring seems to do the trick.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


Intonation is perfect. Action is light and NO fret noise. Head seems to be tensioned correctly.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Great looks. This Banjo is very appealing to the eyes. The resonator and neck are both Mahogany with a flawless finish. Neck is gloss finished but very easy to navigate. This instrument has great binding and inlay work. More than expected for the money.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


From the tuners to the tailpiece it appears that the hardware is high quality and will last for many years. I would be glad to play this instrument anywhere.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


N/A No contact with the company.

Customer Service

5

Components


Components seem to be well made and durable.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I would certianly recommend this banjo for someone starting out or like myself a "Leisure Picker" with moderate experience.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe MGB-1C
submitted 2/26/2007

Submitter

cmp2727 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BanjoBarn

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

600.00 ($US)

Sound


The sound is loud and crisp....unbelivable . I have many friends who play prewar Gibsons and Deerings and they are blown away by the sound ,they cant believe what an incredible comparison this Morgan Monroe is to their top of the line instruments.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


It arrived completly set up except for the bridge.....Which I set myself and that only took 2 minutes. I did however upgraded the string with Earl Scruggs med and an Emerson power bridge....Talk about opening this bad girl up WOW!!!!

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


This by all means is a beautiful banjo...Curly maple resinator and neck,gold plated hardware with a clear remo head and a bell brass tone ring. great inlay on the head stock and the rosewood finger board with the wreath pattern gives this banjo the LOOK demands attention You cannot NOT notice this instrument.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Three words......... QUALITY, QUALITY and QUALITY This banjo should last a lifetime with proper care. Ashton planatery tuners 4:1 ratio Tunning is easy and I have no problem keeping it in tune.....I can use this banjo on a gig matter of fact Im in the process of buying a Morgan Monroe Cascade to bring along as a back up....And thats just in case

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Have never had to deal directly with the company .....It comes with a lifetime warranty ( as all Morgan Monroe products)

Customer Service

8

Components


Nothing cheap about this banjo.....as far as strings and bridges it all a matter of taste. The banjo as a whole ,stands out on its looks and the quality of its sound.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


The price is a reflection of Morgan Monroe bringing top quality at a very affordable price.....Why pay more when you can get more for less. If it were stolen, I have a list of persons I would run over with my car and the thief would be at the top of that list.....In comparison to others all I have to say is LOOK OUT GIBSON YOU HAVE SOME COMPITION Morgan Monroe pretty new to the banjo world and with no doubt in the future will rock the banjo scene

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe MBB500 Matterhorn
submitted 2/6/2007

Submitter

papapicker (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Neenah WI

Year Purchased

2007

Price Paid

735 ($US)

Sound


Full rich bluegrass tone. It caught my ear after "test" picking several other banjos

Sound Rating

10

Setup


great action and was setup fairly well, just a few minor adjustments to personal taste.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This is what I was looking for, a banjo that looked like like it was 100 years old already. the antique bronze look has gotten several compliments already.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


everything was tight stays in tune frets all good quality and and great fit. engraving and finish AWESOME! everthing looks and feels good and sturdy and appears it will be around to pass down as an heirloom for the grandkids.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Haven't had to deal with them other than registering, which I was able to do online very smoothly.

Customer Service

10

Components


I will probaly upgrade the bridge and strings at some point in time, but seem fine out of the box.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


For the price point you cant beat this banjo. I would put it up against more expensive model and be able to hang. I will get this one insured, if it were damaged or stolen I would want another one.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 1/9/2007

Submitter

greadore (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

E-bay

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

575 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


This banjo sounds really good! It has bark and a sharp sound. Definitely brighter and sharper than the Gold Tone Cripple Creek I had. It is loud and has a full sound.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


Setup was excellent when I got it. Have not had to adjust anything.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Very nice looking banjo with the headstock and fret board inlay. Quality and appearance is excellent.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The hardware seems good. The tuners are a little touchy, but that seems to be only a minor weakness with the banjo. Seems like it wil last a long time. The banjo is very heavy. Would use it on a gig without a backup.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Haven't dealt with them. Bought it used, so I believe the warranty is not transferrable. However banjo seems like it will last a long time.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


Banjo is heavy and the pot assembly seems to be of good quality. The bridge and tailpiece seem good as well. The tuners are probably the weakest part of the banjo. They are not bad, but a little touchy in tuning, but once tuned the banjo stays in tune well.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I would definitely recommend this banjo without hesitation. I got a good deal on the banjo plus a lot of other freebies on E-bay, but even at the normal price I think it's great. It is a very good sounding banjo that should last years. I don't see any need to upgrade to a more expensive banjo for a long time. Favorite features are the sound and feel of the banjo; it is very easy to play.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Appalachia MFB-4DX
submitted 1/5/2007

Submitter

jasonmke (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

ebay

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

600 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


ooh! aaah! such a sweet sweet rich, full, bright sound - very disting slides, hammer ons, pull offs, and bends- great sound, so soothing like the voice of an angel... has a nice vintage tone that I love

Sound Rating

9

Setup


bought it used, setup was great. its so easy to play. has a weatherking head on it, and I replaced the strings with martins. sings like a bird- can't wait to try some different heads and bridges-

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


beautiful inlay. nice and flush without any visible fillers. wood really shows the tiger stripes well. my only complaint is that they used 3 pieces of wood for the neck and its noticable when you look at it. other than that it looks great, resonator is book matched well, the striped ebony fingerboard looks and feels really nice.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


the hardware is gold, gold has a tendency to rub off so I'm sure that his will do the same. It seems to be durable, doesn't feel cheap or anything like that. Its very heavy. I wouldn't want to drop it on my foot, but if i did it probably wouldn't hurt the banjo as much as it would hurt me.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


bought it used. never dealt with any companies but the guy I got it from was nice...

Customer Service

9

Components


eh, nothing real stands out above anything else- but nothing seems really cheap to me either.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


definitely recommend this banjo. its a great one.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Cameron
submitted 12/15/2006

Submitter

Westelk (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

playbetterbluegrass.com

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

599 ($US)

Sound


This is a nice clawhammer banjo. The Whyte Laydie tone ring paired with a Renaissance head provides a bright loud sound--too bright for me. I changed to a Fiberskin head, which toned down the highs and provided a better balance for my tastes.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Setup was fine; although, I added a higher bridge.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This banjo's woodwork is stunning--beautifully designed and well crafted. The satin finish looks much nicer than the thick glossy finish on most imported banjos. It is bound in maple on the neck and both the inside and outside of the pot rim. Unfortunately the armrest and tension ring have tacky embossed-engraving and they are chrome plated. I replaced the single-leg armrest with a Vega-style rest and I replaced the tone ring with one from Stewart McDonald's--$60 for tone ring and armrest. With those modifications, the banjo is now a ten.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


This is a durable banjo.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I have not contacted Morgan Monroe

Customer Service

not rated

Components


None of the parts are in need of upgrade because of their quality, but it is a shame that Morgan Monroe paired ugly hardware with such elegant woodwork. Fortunately, replacing the ugly parts is easy and inexpensive. The Cameron comes with a free case made for a resonator banjo. Although the case does not fit an open back banjo, I easily improved the fit with foam rubber covered with polyester fleece.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


If you want an imported walnut banjo with a Whyte Laydie tone ring, you have two choices the Morgan Monroe Cameron and the Recording King California Delux. Both are nice banjos. After considering features and appearance, the Cameron was my favorite and it costs less. You should also consider Gold Tone Whyte Laydies. For me, the Cameron wins, and I would replace it if it were lost. Although many people favor a Whyte Laydie tone ring for clawhammer, you should also consider brass-hoop tone ring banjos, which have a mellow tone. Look at the Recording King California, Gold Tone CB-100, and Gold Tone Bob Carlin.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe MBB500 Matterhorn
submitted 11/19/2006

Submitter

Alex1757 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

instrumentalley.com

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

759 ($US)

Sound


full sound nice and loud. I still need minor setup adjustments to get it a little brighter.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


like I said needs a little setup. the head was tight and needed to be loosened.

Changed the tailpiece to a Fults and now it is perfect . Have tried a few bridges and I think I like the one that came with it the best , though the kat eyz pegged is great also.

Setup Rating

7

Appearance


It is a looker. Nice maple finish. I love the bronze low key look. the first one I recieved was damaged in shipping and the imprint was mismatched fading from shallow to deep. The replacement is great. I give the second one a ten


I love it more every day

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


It is reliable as can be so far. Stays in tune well. The finish is great seems like it will hold up pretty well.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


had to get it replaced. I had to pay to return it, but it was worth it. They had me take pictures before I returned it, but got the new one to me very quickly.

Customer Service

8

Components


The components are great. No problems here

Did change the tailpiece and that brightened it up quite a be

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I highly reccomend this banjo. It is a great price for what you get. If it did get stolen I would definitely get another. I love the finish. An overall great banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB 2
submitted 11/18/2006

Submitter

travis_towle (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Midwestern Music - Topeka, Kansas

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

900.00 ($US)

Sound


Great - best sound for the Price... Very professioinal looking and playing!

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Little high on the action down by the head - I had to lower strings on the front by adjusting the rods inside. I had to finsih a fine set up and then re-tune it. I have found that you have to do that with every banjo you own. Now it is GREAT.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Nice - very nice.

MNB-2 Professional 24 Bracket 5-string Nickel Banjo:

Rim: 3-ply solid blocked mahogany rim
Tone Ring: 24 hole diecast bell brass tone ring
Flange Assembly: 2 piece tube and flange
Tuners: 10 to 1 gear ratio Ashton Bailey planetary tuners
Resonator: 14" Curly Maple Resonator
Inlay Pattern: Abalone Wreath Pattern Inlay
Fretboard: Rosewood
Bridge Wood: Rosewood Tipped Maple Bridge
Frets: 22 Nickel Silver
Head: Frosted Remo
Hardware: Nickel

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Only problem so far - I play a lot and have noticed that the nickle frets are wearing down on me were I fret the most, and I also am wearing the stain off of the frets in those same areas. But everything is expected as HARD and often I play this thing. The hardware nickle is still looking GREAT but needs to be cleaned all the time... That is nickle - but it looks richer then CHROME!

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


no idea yet

Customer Service

5

Components


Only problem with the componets was the tuning pegs - they are plastic and crack. I have had them replaced with newer better ones. No problems now. No big deal!

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


This is a very great 2nd banjo after your learning jo. This is a nice sounding jo and is better then the mgb-1's by FAR in looks and sound.

If you can find a mnb-2 with the nickle like this one BUY IT because they stoped making this one. Great sounding for the money! Very pro looking and playing too!!!

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 11/17/2006

Submitter

bengarside (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

The Banjo Hut

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

689 ($US)

Sound


Sound was good right out of the box, very loud bluegrass sound

Sound Rating

9

Setup


Great right from the box (was setup by store)

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Love the classic bluegrass banjo look, very nice detail

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Everyhing looks good, just got it, so can't tell for sure down the road, but everything seems up to quality standards

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


Lifetime warranty .... Period.

Customer Service

10

Components


Not too sure if the planetary tuners are the best, in fact, i'm sure they are not the best out there, but seem to be ok

Components Rating

7

Overall Comments


Definately worth the money

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe MBB500 Matterhorn
submitted 11/13/2006

Submitter

ccorbin (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online Guitar

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

700.00 ($US)

Sound


I love this Banjo, it has exceeded all my expectations

Sound Rating

10

Setup


It was set up fine for me, The bridge was shipped down but that is all I had to do

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Instrument is beatiful, looks better than many name banjos costing hundreds more / Antique finish gets many compliments

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Hard ware is very nice and I expect this instrument to last a very long time

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


comes with a life time warrenty but have had no reason to contact Morgan Monroe

Customer Service

10

Components


For the price paid I feel it has more upgraded components than their competitors

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I highly recomend this banjo , I would replace my banjo with another Morgan Monroe if it got stolen without Question!

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Luxmore
submitted 10/23/2006

Submitter

jwallen18704 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mountain Music, Old Forge, N.Y.

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

750 ($US)

Sound


Play bluegrass style and find the banjo is excellent. I bought it for practice - lighter and quieter than my resonator model. The sound is rich and full.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The setup was right on and required no adjustments when I got home. The action was low and the tones were right. The store owner checked the set up prior to me leaving the store.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Most have seen the Morgan Monroe advertisements with the Luxmore & Cameron. They are truly beautiful I especially like the light tiger maple color of the Luxmore. It has a custom inlay on the fingerboard and engraving on the gold tension ring. The rim is 1/2" inch thick and has purfing on the lower edge. I found no flaws on the banjo. For the cosmetic differences, maple vs. walnut; the Luxmore is worth the small price difference.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


So Far so good with the gold finish. I haven't owned a gold plated model before and hope the finish holds up, Time will tell.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


The owner was extremely helpful. When I arrived unnannouced, he spent the next few hours with me going through the three instruments that I was interested in. He was not pushy but very helpful. I believe there is a 2 year warranty.
There is no label inside the rim defining the warranty. The serial number is on the back of the peghead. Had no experience with the manufacturer at this point.

Customer Service

10

Components


I tried changing the tailpiece to a Price Straighline, but I noticed little difference and replaced the original tailpiece.

Components Rating

not rated

Overall Comments


I will recommend this instrument. I fact, I would replace it if somethiing happened to it.

Overall Rating

not rated


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 9/18/2006

Submitter

chiro972 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjohut.com

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

699 ($US)

Sound


This banjo souds absolutely great to me. It is certainly no pre-war Gibson, but compared to everything else I played, this one was the best sound. Very bright and loud. I am learning 3 finger Scruggs style and this banjo suits that style to a T

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The folks at banjohut.com were very helpful. In fact I purchased another make and model from them and it didn't suit me, so they shipped this one right out and sent a shipping label to ship the other one back. The setup on both banjos was superb. Intonation was spot on and the action was nice and low, but absolutely no buzzing frets anywhere.

I highly recommend banjohut

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This is simply a beautiful banjo. Nicely bookmatched flame maple on the resonator back, with flame maple sides. The maple neck also has a bit of flame to it. Peghead inlays are ornate and beautiful and the fretboard inlays are also very nice.

Everyone who sees it thinks I spent thousands.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The chrome is very rich looking and certainly seems like it will last. Others have mentioned the tuners, but I have very little to compare to. I have never tuned an expensive banjo, so I don't know how much better the tuners might be. Compared to my guitars, the planetary tuners seem a bit touchier, but they seem to hold a tune very well. In fact after the strings settle down from playing a few times, it seems to rarely need tuning after that.

I don't gig because I am a beginner, but I have gigged with guitar and other than maybe wanting a backup in case of a broken string, I can't imagine why you would need anything other than the Cascade.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


No need to deal with morgan monroe yet, but they have a lifetime warrantee. Customer service from banjohut.com was absolutely wonderful

Customer Service

10

Components


The only downside to this banjo is the case. It comes with a hardshell case that is just fine for around the house and taking to jams. If I was going to travel a lot with this banjo, I would upgrade the case. It is a little thin and flexy. The padding is a bit thin. The latches are OK, but the type of latch isn't the most secure.

Again, it's not a bad case, and it will suit my needs fine, just not real heavy duty.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I highly recommend this banjo, especially for the price I paid. If it were stolen, I would certainly replace it with another just like it. I think there are a fair number of decent intermediate banjo's in this price range, but very few that look as nice and sound as nice. It is a heavy banjo due to the tone ring, but the sound that comes from it is well worth it. If you are looking to step up to a cast brass tone ring banjo without spending a fortune, this is definitely one to consider. The guys at banjohut will treat you well if you go through them.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB 2
submitted 7/21/2006

Submitter

krkintex (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Private Owner

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

400 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


I bought this as my beginner banjo and it was a great buy for me. The banjo sounded good when I purchased it but I wanted more "twang" so I changed out the bridge to a very thin (custom thinned) Sosebee, lowered the action and tightened the head. Sounds real good now. The changes did brighten the sound for me.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


I'm the third owner and I was told it was set up professionally but I lowered the action and changed the bridge out.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


This is a beautiful looking banjo. I love the finish on the wood. The looks were part of what sold me on it. Workmanship seems to be good.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Hardware and finish seems like it will last. I would have no problem with using this on a gig (if I ever get that good).

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Haven't dealt with the company. Have owned the banjo for a year exactly and have not had to contact the company about anything.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


Like I said earlier, I changed out the bridge and lowered the action. The tone ring really rings out. I may try changing the tailpiece later to experiment, but I'm pretty happy with the sound (and factory tailpiece) for now.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I would highly recommend this banjo to someone starting out (like me) and on up to an intermediate player. If it was stolen, I would try to find another, even though they aren't being made anymore. Update 7/25/2011 - I've had this banjo 6 years now and I will never sell it. It's my practice banjo, camp banjo, travel banjo, etc. The sound coming from it sounds as good (to me) as some of the high priced banjos out there. Yes, I have a second banjo (Sullivan Greenbriar Archtop) that is my main jammin' banjo, but I'll be keeping my MNB-2.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe MGB-1
submitted 7/18/2006

Submitter

lonebanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Appalachian Music Shoppe

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

650 ($US)

Sound


This banjo sounds awesome for the price. It has a loud, clear ring. Bell-like.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The guys at Appalachian Music Shoppe are pros at set-up. The original bridge had been switched with a bone and wood one made locally. I did not play the banjo with the original bridge, but I was wild about how it played with the new one.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This is a nice looking banjo. The wood is lovely and has a nice finish. The gold hardware is a bit showy.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


The gold is already starting to tarnish. I don't mind especially because, as I said above, the gold is too flashy for me. I think I'll enjoy the tarnished look for a while and maybe someday have the hardware chromed.

Reliability Rating

6

Customer Service


Customer Service

not rated

Components


This banjo is solid and rather heavy. Everything seems to be of good quality.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I love this banjo. When I went banjo hunting I played so many different ones. This was one of the first I played. I kept coming back to it. I loved the sound and the banjo "fit" me and my playing style very well, but I didn't like the look of the gold hardware. I kept searching trying to find the look that I wanted but finally decided to go with the banjo that I loved to play.
I'm really happy with this banjo. Though I will continue to add to my instrument collection, I'll likely keep this banjo.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 6/17/2006

Submitter

banjo scotty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

The Bluegrass Shop,St.Pete.Fla

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

699.00 ($US)

Sound


They did a very vine job of setting up.It has a very rich/full sound,and will get loud if you're not afraid to pick it.I like it just the way it came to me.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Yes thebanjo was set-up to suit me,and the action was about 1/4 inch at pot end.I prefer a little higher action as it keeps the tone/volume up.Might change the strings and bridge just to experiment a little. But I do like it like it is.Am very satisfied.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


The Cascade is very pleasing to the eye.In fact I would call it an eye catcher.The intire woodwork is,including neck is maple.The finish is very smooth and glossy,no flaws,nicks,or blemishes any where.Inlay is of a traditional type mother of pearl.All metal parts look to be of high quality and highly polished chrome.No rust,ect. Very attractive instrument.I like it much.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


I believe the hardware will last a very long time.The chrome seems thick and durable.I would think,but I don't know for sure,that the finish is of a newer type formula than what was used say in the 40's/50's ect.So I would say,Yes It will last and not wear off any time soon.
I take this banjo to Gigs ,Jams,ect.because I do depend on it.I do not need a back-up banjo with the Cascade I trust it to perform for me.I might break a string, but then ,who doesn't,Just change it and go on.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Haven't had to deal with them yet,although,any company that is able to put a banjo like this one on the market,I'm sure would do all that thay can to satisfy the customer.It carries a lifetime warrenty.Can't get any better than that.

Customer Service

5

Components


Standard (parts) Ashton/Bailey planitary tuners,clamshell tailpiece.The tuners seem to have a small amount of free-play,But stays in tune very well.I can deal with the tuners.

Components Rating

not rated

Overall Comments


I would recomend this banjo to anyone who is seeking quality sound,looks,durabilety,and depedability.If this banjo were stolen,I would hope that the thief would play it as an honor to what it is.OH,he should also repent for he wrong doing. You can tell that I love this banjo very much,and would put it up against any TOP LINE banjo to compete in all catigories .I would of course, get a pro to play it for me in that catigory.It is a very fine instrument.Thank you for the chance to comment.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Everest MFB-1DX
submitted 5/5/2006

Submitter

CHawk (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly's

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

1,295 ($US)

Sound


When I tried the banjo the sound was rotten, I don't believe that Elderly's did anything to it other than remove it from the case. I also figured this Banjo had potential. I retuned the head, put in a Sosebee submerged wood bridge and Gibson, Earl Scruggs med strings and now it sounds great. Wonderful sustain, strong bottom, and crisp, clear notes when picking. It can bark right out when needed and lay back when necessary. I am extreamly pleased with this Banjo now.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The banjo was not, in my opinion set up correctly. The action is still a little high, but I am working on it. I did retune the head and changed the bridge to a Sosebee submerged wood and these make the banjo come alive !!!

Setup Rating

4

Appearance


This is one "purdy" banjo. The inlay work is out of this world. There are no high spots, all is smooth. I get complaments all the time on how nice the banjo looks, it's a beauty.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


This is one solid banjo. The gold tone finish is done well, and all the wood work is top notch. I would be proud to take this on stage or to any jam session.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I have to date not had any reason to contact Morgan-Monroe customer service, but I know from talking with other MM owners that their customer service is good.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


The hard shell case is also high quality. It has an arch top to protect the bridge and the banjo fits snug so there will be no movement inside the case. Plenty of storage inside also.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


If you are in the market for a banjo in this price range I strongly recemmond the Morgan-Monroe Everest. Just make darn sure the Banjo is set up right, either by yourself or a luthier. I have no doubt that this Banjo will keep up with the Gibson's out there, after all I traded one in for this Everest !!!!

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 3/29/2006

Submitter

countrydirt (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Denver Folklore Center

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

695 ($US)

Sound


I bought this to replace a Deering Goodtime Special. I needed something with more bite to cut through the sound of guitar and mandolin. I have not been disappointed.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


It was set up well, but after playing for a few days, I have noticed some loosening of the head. Rich at the Denver Folklore Center walked me through what he was doing on the set up.

Took it in to a picker and luthier after about 6 months of playing. He thought the set up was still good.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Fantastic appearance for my first bluegrass banjo. It does have a bit of a "bleach" stain on the fingerboard at the 16th fret, but it is not seem distracting. The resonator has some chips in the finish near where the resonator meets the soundholes. But, it has nothing to do with the functionality.

Oiled the fretboard and the bleach stain went away.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


Bridge seems a little rough and not finished as well as I might like, but I intend to replace the factory bridge soon anyway.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Only had 1 issue with some chipping on resonator binding. They indicated this was not covered, so I will just deal with it. Besides, now the inside of the resonator is signed by Pete Wernick!

Customer Service

not rated

Components


The tuners can be a little balky at times. Tailpiece seems very functional.

Components Rating

7

Overall Comments


So far I love this instrument. It sounds great and looks like a bluegrass banjo - in other words, traditional with a bit of flash (MOP and Chrome). After playing this for almost 6 months, my impressions have been born out. This is a pretty good banjo. I really like the low profile neck, it is smooth and fast (at least for me). It remains to be seen what the life of the banjo will be - I play about 1 hour per day. Will the fret wire hold up?

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MRHB-1
submitted 2/28/2006

Submitter

skevincampbell (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Individual

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

450 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


This banjo sounds great. It was richer originally, but now is much brighter after setup. I play Scruggs style. It suits me fine. I now have a narrower bridge, and the head is tighter than it was originally. It is louder now, also.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


This banjo was fairly well setup. In tune. Nice mid to low action. It just needed a little tweaking. I'm sure the seller had it set up to suit him. We are not done with it yet.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


This banjo looks very nice. It is a mass produced instrument, but has some nice inlay work. The wood is mahogany and in perfect condition. The seller took great care of it. It has a black Deering head on it, and it looks great.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


I have not had it long, but everything seems adequate and more. The finish seems very durable. It stays in tune well. I won't be playing on stage any time soon, but that is not the banjo's fault.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


N/A, as of now. No need to contact Morgan Monroe about anything.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


The tailpiece might not be as strong as it could be, according to my teacher. I'm interested to see how it will look and sound with a 5 Star white head on it. Everything else seems to be very good on this banjo

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I would absolutely reccomend this banjo for the price. At $450, I don't think I could have beaten it. I was looking at more expensive models, mostly Gibson and Sullivan, and I was surprised by how this banjo looked and performed. It was in excellent shape and I am very happy with it. It sounds as good as the others I have played and tried. If stolen, I would certainly be upset. I would have a hard time getting as good a banjo for the money.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MRHB-1
submitted 2/24/2006

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Guitar & More

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

$550 ($US)

Sound


I waited to review this banjo untill it had some time on it. This thing is great! it rings out and will hold its ground with the big names. When you play this banjo you can feel the whole instrument resonate it is just awsome to play!

Sound Rating

10

Setup


The set up was ok. I did a little tweek on the action and replaced the bridge.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


The Morgan Monroe line has some of the most ornate banjos for the money. The inlays are finished smooth and level the chromed hardware is very nice looking. The finish is great not run or inperfections found.
My wife states it looks better than those $3000 banjos for what thats worth.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


This is my second MM banjo the first get played everyday for 2-3 hrs no wear after 2 yrs on it. I would expect the same from the archtop.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I have not had to deal with the company direct. With that said the dealers that I have purchaced from have been great to deal with. I have not had any need to have either of my MM banjos worked on.

Customer Service

9

Components


Quailty seems very high for the price. The only bad part to me seemed to be the bridge but I seem to always change that on every banjo I have bought.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


This is a great banjo for the money. This would be a great banjo for anyone who wanted to take out and not be afraid of loosing a 3K banjo.
If someone swiped it I be mad but ordering another MRHB-1 to replace this one.
Compared to some of the other banjos I have played it is just as good and better than some costing 3 times the price. Highly Recomend this one to anyone looking for an archtop.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe MGB-1C
submitted 2/5/2006

Submitter

jeanetbrown (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo.com

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


This banjo has a dark warm sound from the factory. Different, but full-bodied and complex. I bought it for the sound after listening to the sound samples at FOTW.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Perfectly setup and packed. Arrived in showroom condition, just like they promised.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Looks like a much more expensive banjo. Everything fits, finish is perfect, good fretwork, and it was put together right.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


I wipe it off after every use, and it looks new, with just a little love wear.
Very sturdy.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


n/a

Customer Service

not rated

Components


I changed to a Snuffy II and Gibson lights. It is a whole different animal. The sound brightened up, and the tone is just between cracking and mellow.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


This is a fine banjar for a beginner to intermediate. I have played it every day for over a year, and have yet to tire of it. I lkie the fancy look, sort of a poor man's Gibson. I have a new Calico that does not shame the Morgan at all.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Olympus MFB-2DX
submitted 1/9/2006

Submitter

Steven (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Indiana Guitar Man

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

899 ($US)

Sound


I play Clawhammer and 3-finger Scruggs. This banjo shines when played either way. The chords sound-off with a solid "chunk" and individual stirngs ring beautifully (no wolftones) when played with picks or fingernail.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


The banjo was shipped strung, however the bridge was not placed. Placing the bridge and adjusting its position for continuity at the 12th fret was very easy. I did not check the tension of the head at that time, but I did not notice any deflection in the surface of the head once the bridge was placed and banjo tuned. The action of the strings, i.e., height above the fingerboard, was comfortable to me.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Here is where the Morgan Monroe Olympus really shines. The inlayed neck gives an old-time/vintage aura to the banjo. The stripe on the neck, from its layered walnut/maple contruction is also a nice touch. The overall finish is that of fine furniture: glossy. But the most remarkable thing is the natural walnut finish: somewhere between tan and light brown. The photos of the banjo on the internet do not do justice to its color.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The hardware is chrome plated. The banjo is heavy and feels solid. The individual pieces: tailpiece, tuners, hooks, nuts, tension hoop, flange, and tone ring look like quality parts.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Terry at Indiana Guitar Man was very helpfull. I had the banjo in my hands 5 days after I phoned in the order. Morgan Monroe has a Lifetime Warranty on its instruments and every time I contacted Mike the Morgan Monroe Guy while deciding which model to purchase, Mike was quick and informative with his response.

Customer Service

10

Components


Those Ashton Baily tuners make tuning very easy. Other than maybe switching the head (for aesthetics or personal mood), I won't change anything.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


This is one fine looking and great playing banjo! Although it took me one year to save sufficient money to purchase it, it was well worth the wait. The banjo lends itself well to frailing or picking. My favorite feature is the naturally finished walnut.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Ol' Smokey Ol' Smokey
submitted 1/8/2006

Submitter

New Kid (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjo hut

Year Purchased

2006

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


nice beginer banjo sounds great projects well ...Update 03/2006, This banjo gets better and better has a great old openback sound as a great first banjo to learn on or a travel banjo great buy.Wish they offered a resonator kit to go with it!

Sound Rating

7

Setup


setup well

Setup Rating

6

Appearance


understated all light maple wood

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


very light seems fragile to me but have not had any problems

Reliability Rating

not rated

Customer Service


banjo hut was a nice shop .Owner seemed initially uniterested in selling me a banjo but came thru with a nice deal on a better banjo than I was originally looking at, along with a starter package.

Customer Service

8

Components


Components Rating

7

Overall Comments


great travel banjo, have recently upgraded but ill still keep it . For the price its a good basic openback banjo. i would buy it over a deering goodtime any day 1/2 of the price.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 12/27/2005

Submitter

beejo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Music Land Express

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

627.99 ($US)

Sound


Banjo has a wide range of sound. Nice bluegrass sound. Good bass and nice trebles. Really rings up the neck! Very loud banjo. The bridge must go, or be shaved down to get the tubby sound out. Recommend a Veerman Bridge. Sound very comprible to a Gibson, but a 1/4 of the price. You will not be disappointed

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Like most new banjos, the head was loose and the bridge was off. I tightened the head up where it needed to be and installed the bridge. Tightened up the tuning peg screws, and checked all other hardware. All looks good. May adjust the action down after installing a new bridge. All-in-all, very easy to set up out of the box.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Being made of all Maple, you can imagine how it looks. Has a sunburst finish on the resonator. Very professional looking. Has a distinct inlay pattern. Inlays in all the right places. This is in the Master series of the Morgan Monroe line. The only difference in this compared to others is it is chrome, with no fancy etching on the hardware(except on the armrest) and it has regular inlays. Highly polished chrome hardware makes this banjo really sparkle. Has a million dollar look for under a grand!!

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


This banjo is very solidly built. Has a 3ply rim, 1 piece flange, maple neck and resonator. This is high quality workmanship in a low price banjo. The finish is there to last, unless you never put the thing down, or never clean it. No gold plating to rub off or tarnish which in my opinion is a BIG plus.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Comes with a lifetime warranty. Nuff said.

Customer Service

10

Components


Like I said above, it has a 3-ply maple rim, maple neck and resonator, 1 piece flange, clamshell tailpiece, and Ashton-Bailey tuners. Just a couple of things I would change would be the tuners and the tailpiece. The tuners are a little touchy and take a little time to fine tune. Also the tailpiece is a little bulky and a little ugly to me. I know it has the older look, but I like the presto look myself.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


Very Highly Recommended!! Very good quality for the price. I would put it up against a Gibson anyday(with someone who can play mine). It really delivers the bluegrass tone I was looking for me, and now I have money left over to do what I want with it. This thing really blows my old Ephiphone MB-250 out of the water. Very good drive in this banjo. If you are looking to up grade, or are just starting out, buy a Morgan Monroe Cascade. You will thank me later. Happy picking!!

Overall Rating

not rated


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MRHB-1
submitted 11/8/2005

Submitter

CashOnTheBarrelhead (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BanjoBarn.Com

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

535.00 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound


I got this, because I'd switched from playing mostly old time, and folk music to bluegrass style. It's very loud and bright. I was very surprised with it, to be honest. I'd put it up against any other banjo I've heard and I've heard quite a few of them. It was sold as used, due only to shop wear.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


The head was a little loose when I got it, but otherwise it was in fine shape. I love the action. I got a local to set it up for me, but after watching him I wanted to kick myself, because it was obviously a very easy process.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Pictures of this banjo do not do it justice. The pearl on the headstock it beautiful. the inlays don't seam to be real pearl, but still compliment the appearenceof the banjo well.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


This banjo seems to be put together very well. I expect it to last as long as I do. It also has a lifetime warranty.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I've not dealt witht he company. I've had no reason to. The shipping was extremely quick, though.

Customer Service

10

Components


I really like the neck and tuners on this banjo. Also, the fact that it's an arch top. I'm very pleased.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I would recommend this banjo to anybody who wants a good banjo, without shelling out the cash for a gibson. It actually sounds as good any new gibsons I've heard. If it were stolen, I'd probably track the bandit down and break his knee caps. It's pretty heavy, would be the only aspect others might not like. I myself like 'em heavy.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB 2
submitted 10/21/2005

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Banjo.Com

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

$589 ($US)

Sound


Sound Is Great, Very Clear

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Banjo Was Perfect...Awsome.
I Put On A Fultz Tail PIece And A KatEyz Bridge,
Sound Is Much Crisper And Brighter

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This Thing Is Beautifull, A Must See

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


So Far So Good

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Warrenty Is A Life Time , The Service Has Been Awsome.
I will Always Shop @ Banjo .com

Customer Service

10

Components


They Should Replace The Tail Piece With A Better One,
And Also A Better Bridge..

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Over All I Love This Banjo, Plays Awsome, Looks Great

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-2
submitted 9/13/2005

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Folk of the Wood

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

900 minus? ($US)

Sound


Thanks to the clear head, maple neck and resonator, this banjo has a bright, sparkly sound which is great for melodic-style banjo. A slight amount of the bottom end may be sacrificed, however, you can still get a hair-raising 'rifle crack' in strings above the 4th. As for volume, I played it on a park bench, here in Korea, and folks came running to me from all directions...many of them had never seen or heard a banjo before. They were smiling and clapping their hands in amazement at the sound and were shocked when I showed them the "Made in Korea" sticker.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Micky or Tradd at Folk of the Wood did it. The action is one-eighth of an inch at the twelfth fret which is perfect for me.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


Beautiful appearance...inlay, hand carving, gold plating...people actually gasp when I open the case. There were some tiny flaws on the rim which one would need a magnifying glass to really see well. The binding and inlay are perfect. It has a maple neck and resonator. The rim is mahogany, the fingerboard, rosewood with lots of fancy mother of pearl inlay.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The case is made in China and it is terrible! It didn't close fully so when I picked it up with the banjo in it, there was a gap about a quarter of an inch wide. I went to the hardware store an bought a brass latch which I screwed on at a strategic place and now it is okay.

The gold plating is wearing off the banjo way too fast, in my opinion. I must sweat pure acid...the armrest plating is gone, man, just gone already. They must put it on thinner than Bible paper, so I'm not impressed with it. Having said that, look at Willie Nelson's guitar...does appearance really matter all that much? Besides, when my arm is on the armrest, no one can see it anyway.

The banjo is strongly built and short of Methuselah or Grandpa Noah, it will outlast any human being.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Lifetime guarantees from Morgan Monroe. I think this company is really out to knock the socks off the acoustic instrument world, and they are ready to please, check 'em out at www.morganmonroe.com. They are new-kids on the block, and are suffering some expected rejection, but sound samles show that these banjos deliver a lot of bang for the buck. The same guarantee comes from Folk of the Wood, whom I understand doesn't play second fiddle to anyone as touching customer service.

Customer Service

10

Components


It seems to be very well built. The resonator is beautiful and one can see that the wood was carefully chosen with special consideration given to the grain.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


Yes, for the money, it is hard to beat this banjo, and I would recommend it to intermediate and advanced players. If American fingers made it instead of Korean, you could multiply the price by at least two if not more. However, have them check the Chinese-made case before shipping it to you.

If this banjo were stolen I would hunt down the thief with a blood-sniffing rabbit, hit him over the head with a wet noodle, and break ever bone in his quivering lip!

I love this banjo and being a lover of deluxe, I'm tempted to upgrade to the top of the line Morgan Monroe, the Admiral, which has aparrently has a sand-cast broze tone ring, and superior tone. However, I also like the unique sound and understatement of appearance of Stelling's Red Fox.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-1
submitted 9/7/2005

Submitter

creekwater (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Musicians Toy Store

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


I play Bluegrass. This banjo has a good tone, very bright, also has good bottom bass. The bass D string is fantastic. I like the way this banjo looks. Good quality workmanship through out. I like the neck, the action is low. Notes true all the way up the neck.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


This banjo was not set up to my liking. I tightened the head. The action was good. This banjo was as good as any Gibson I have owned as far as setting up.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


This banjo has the Wreath style inlay. Finish is a light cremona. Highly figured curly maple in resonator and neck. Hardware is good.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


This banjo is as good as any banjo I have owned. I have owned Gibsons, and Deerings. This banjo has plenty of volume.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


It is under a full lifetime warranty. I have not dealt with the company.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


So far I have not seen anything I would replace on this banjo. I did sand the bridge down to make it thinner. I came with a 5/8 ths bridge. The tuners work ok.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Yes I would recommend this banjo. I like this banjo ok. I am not really fond of the clamshell tailpiece, but it works ok. I think this banjo will just get better the more it is picked. Of course it does not sound old as it is brand new, but it has as much volume as any Gibson I have owned. It is very easy to play, the neck is fast and fits my hand well. I did pick other banjos made by this same company, but this banjo was better than any of the others, and that includes higher priced models made by this company. The rim looks good, and the tone ring is finished very well. I do not see any problems with this banjo.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MRHB-1
submitted 9/6/2005

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Ciderville Music Powell, TN

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


Sound of this Arch Top is tremendous. It is very loud with great tone and sustain. It came with medium strings and I replaced them with light strings. Made a big difference to the sound.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Banjo was damaged when purchased. It was dropped in the show room resulting in some damage to the resonator. I had the resonator replaced and the instrument set up at Cambell Music in York PA.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


The finish on this is beautiful. It has a really cool maple sunburst on the back of the resonator with outstanding inlay.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


All hardware incliding tuners, flange and tail are well finished.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Never had it factory repaired, however I have had no difficulty in finding the replacement parts needed for the restoration.

Customer Service

9

Components


The banjo is Korean and the quality and workmanship are excellent.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I bought this instrument with the sole purpose of using it as a practice banjo instead of my Gibson RB3. The more I play it the better it sounds to me. It has a different tone than the RB3 (louder with a little more ring) but for the price it is an excellent pro level 5 string. They only issue might be its weight. The tone ring is very heavy and might be a little much for some pickers.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB 2
submitted 6/23/2005

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Meguire Music

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

$699 ($US)

Sound


The sound seem to be great. I played several and for the money this seemed like a great buy. I live out in the country my neighbor about a half mile away can hear me when i'm out pick'n on the porch.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Set up was not too bad. I made a few adjustment and put on a Cotton Mill bridge.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


No problems here. The finish was great no dings nicks or rough metal.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The only problem I've had is after 4 months the turners loosened up and I retighten them. After a year the tailpiece cut the head. The Price tailpiece brought this one to life night and day difference.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


None needed on the banjo. The music store however is top noch if you purchase from them they will take care of you.

Customer Service

10

Components


Did not like the strings but as mentioned above Meguires gave me two new sets to try.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I would recommend this banjo highly. I like the feel of the neck and the sound. For the price its hard to beat.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 6/8/2005

Submitter

Cedarguy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Vance Music

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

699.0 ($US)

Sound


I play mostly bluegrass and this banjo. And I can get plenty of volume out of it if I want. Hammer ons, Pull offs, and slides all sound very good. The tonal qualities are great in all positions.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


I like a high action and brighter sound, So I installed a 11/16 bridge and tightened the head. All adjustments were very easy to do.

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


Wow, It is a great looking banjo. There were no flaws I could find.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


It seem very well constructed, I have no fear using it in any performance without a backup banjo.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Life time warranty. I havent had it long enough to worrie about any repair issues. Mike with Morgan Monroe has replied to every email I have sent him. Their web site and warranty registation online needs a little help.

Customer Service

9

Components


All parts seem to be in good working order. I dont see any parts that standout but then none seem to be bad.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


The Cascade seems to be just as good as any other in that price range. It has a great sound that just seems to improve the more I play it. I would recommend it to anyone.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Ol' Smokey Ol' Smokey
submitted 5/1/2005

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Mountain Music, Old Forge, NY

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

199 ($US)

Sound


I play 2 and 3 finger style and some claw hammer.
I was very impressed with the sound of this banjo. Very bright, crisp tone, and excellent sustain, not what I expected from an open back.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


I had the music store owner tighten the head a little as he said that he had just gotten it in and had only been set up for about a week. Other than that, no problems with the set up. I may put meduim guage strings on it in the future as the strings that are on it seem to be light guage.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


This is a pretty basic open back banjo. Maple neck with light flame veneer on the head stock, RW fret board, cross-type inlays (nicely done, no filler present), light finish or maybe just sealer (?) on the neck and maple ply rim. Good fret work (not scratchy or sharp).
Remo head, rolled brass tone-ring (!), gutiar type tuners that might remind you of Klusons, maple and RW bridge.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Chrome plated hardware seems fine. Tuners are OK for the price. The finish is either very light, or maybe just a sealer was used as the wood feels somewhat un-finished.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


This is my second Morgan Monroe banjo and have not had to contact the company. The dealer is very helpful and knowlegable (Al, at Mountain Music). He knows banjos and gives excellent service. He gets a 10.

Customer Service

10

Components


This appears to be a very well made banjo for the price.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


This banjo is a good deal for anyone wanting a travel/practice banjo that sounds like a more expensive instrument. For $199, it is a good value.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Foggy Mountain Appalacian MDX4
submitted 3/19/2005

Submitter

Bigbike4 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ebay auction

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

770.00 ($US)

Sound


sound is just fantastic. Full rich sound nice and loud.
Can play many types of music on this fine instrument.
I love the entire sound range this instrument makes.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Since I bought this on line from a store that was going under I did not expect much in the way of set up. Action was okay but could have been better-music store did not specialize in banjos. I easily remedied this myself by resetting the neck to lower the string action. the head was also a little loose, so I tightened it to the sound I like.

Setup Rating

7

Appearance


This instrument is just stunning! Gold plating everywhere, MOP intricate inlays on the neck (go to www.morganmonroe.com) to see this beauty this picture does not do the inlays justice. The neck is maple as is all the wood on the instument except the fingerboard which is ebony to make the multicolored inlays stand out more. Just stunning. No flaws anywhere.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Morgan monroes carry a lifetime warranty on them that you can register your instrument on line. these are great mid level instruments (I am sure they do make entry level as well).
I can count on this banjo and would go to a gig without a backup.
Gold plating on the imports is known to wear quickly, we shall see with time, but right now she is a beauty and I would expect MM to replace any part for free that does not stay nice and plated.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


The company is great to deal with or so I have been told. You can register your instrument on line and email them thru their website also with questions and concerns. I have been told that they will send replacement parts to you if you do not live near a dealer.

Customer Service

10

Components


Where to start with this beauty? The inlaid MOP ebony neck, the not to thin but not too thick just right neck is a joy to play. The tone ring itself weighs over 10lbs on this beauty and has either 18 or 20 holes in it (I forget) but it is bell quality and is over a 3 ply maple rim. The instrument is very heavy and very sturdy. I could only wish my playing could do it justice.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I would definately recommend this banjo even if the price is $1100 (I did not pay that, but it is worth every penny of $1100 if not more).
I would hunt down and destroy all the living dna related people to the scum bag who would steal my banjo!
I love the look, the play action and the sound (most important) cause what good is look if you can't stand the sound?
I have played other Morgan Monroes (rocky tops) as well as Alvarez and Harmony banjos and this is by far the niceist banjo I have ever played. You will not be disappointed in this instrument.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MRHB-1
submitted 3/7/2005

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Missty Mountain Music Crossville, TN

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

550.00 ($US)

Sound


This banjo has great volume. Arch Top tone ring makes this banjo loud, clear with great bass and treble. Very bright sounding.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Steve at misty mountain music had this thing set up so well that when I first heard it, my head turned towards it, and no other banjo in the store would do. The action is perfect, and I haven't made any changes.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


The appearence is flawless, and the finish is as good as anything I have seen in banjos costing 10 times as much. The inlay work is beautiful, and well done. The finish on the maple neck and maple resonator is perfect.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


The hardware is finished well, and is as durable as on anything else I saw while looking to purchase a banjo.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Never had to deal with Morgan Monroe, but the dealer couldn't be better. Steve is not only knowlegeable about instument set up, he is also a good guy who will take care of any problems asap.

Customer Service

10

Components


All of the components seem to be made to last. The tuners are quality, and the banjo stays in tune well, the plating is flauless. Maple neck, resonator, and mahogany rim, cast brass tone ring.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I would highly recommend this banjo, or any other in the Morgan Monroe line. For the price paid, you can't go wrong. If this banjo were stolen, I would hunt down the perp's entire gene pool. I love everything about this banjo. My favorite feature is the easy playability, and sound. I would put this banjo up against anything in the BIG "G" store in Nasville when it comes to sound, appearence, and how easy it plays.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-2
submitted 2/27/2005

Submitter

Bear0422 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

The Banjo Hut.com

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

799.00 ($US)

Sound


Great for Bluegrass and three finger picking! Rich sound, nice and bright. This is my first real banjo and it is awesome!

Sound Rating

10

Setup


The banjo was set up perfectly! strings were nice and low to the frets, the action was great. Paul did a great job setting it up.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Really easy on the eyes, nice gold plated trim. Abalone and MOP on the neck looks great! That i have been able to see, there were no flaws in the finish or equipment.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Hardware is really top quality, if i played any gigs, I would not have any problems with using this banjo. the gold plating does seem a little thin, but time will tell.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Paul and Kathy at the banjo hut are really exceptional people. The were really friendly, i called with what i thought was a problem and spoke to Paul for at least 15 minutes and he finally straightened me out. Great people to deal with, will definitely buy from them in the future.

Customer Service

10

Components


The best componenet to me was the 18 hole beel brass tone ring. This was awesome.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


For the money I paid, and believer me, I did a lot of looking, I don't think this banjo can be beat.I love this banjo, very professional sounding and impressive looking. As for as comparioson to other banjo's , i think I got the best deal. I have tried sevral name brands along with MM, and this one, to me, can't be beat.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB 2
submitted 1/18/2005

Submitter

bigdaddymedic (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

morrell music, bristol tn

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

585 ($US)

Sound


i looked at a bunch, the cheap ones sound cheap and i didn' t have the money for the high dollar ones

Sound Rating

9

Setup


music store was not much help, they did not sell me any picks, dude said i didn' t need any becaue the mm mnb-2 was loud. friend/mentor at work did the set-up.

Setup Rating

5

Appearance


looks, sounds and plays great. no problems with fit and finish

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


so far so good

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


morrell music in johnscity tn was of no help, the bristol store so/so, the folks at music outlet in pigion forge tn are really good (i found them after buying my mongan monroe)

Customer Service

2

Components


life time warrantee

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


for the price, i am very happy. now if i could just play!

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Cascade MFB-5DX
submitted 1/16/2005

Submitter

friendlyhippy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjo.com

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


my prefered playing style is bluegrass, and this banjo is the perfect companion, lots of pop, bright tone, good bass, i love it

Sound Rating

10

Setup


my banjo was set up perfectly when i got it, and i imediatly switched out the tail piece for a kersh, as opposed to the clamshell that was on there, next is a bridge then this thing will be a truley beautieful instrament

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


aside from the magnificent tone the banjo was also assembled well, the inlays blend perfectly, and all lines run together very smothly, i just wish it was gold plated, someday i will own one

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


like i said its assembled real well and there are no signs of defect in the finish or the binding so im fairly confadent that it will outlast me with proper care

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


bought this one through banjo.com, good people, nice careing, and they say the set up your banjo, which is uncommon as far as online, mail order goes

Customer Service

9

Components


very solid banjo, weighs a ton, has a solid tone ring brass, solid maple rim, maple resonator, maple neck, planetary tuners, duel corridanator rods and a one piece flange, what more could you ask for for the price

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


definatly recomend this to anyone, nice banjo.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-2
submitted 11/26/2004

Submitter

mrogers (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Misty Mountain Music, Crossville Tennessee

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

$600 (includes tax) ($US)

Sound


Suits the bluegrass style perfectly. Lots of pop. I am really impressed with this banjo. I played a $4000 Gary Price banjo when I went to pick up this one, and though the Price banjo was a little brighter and was, of course, an impressive banjo, the Morgan Monroe held its own, especially considering what I paid for it. The Price banjo would score a 10 on my scale, but the Morgan Monroe would be a good 8 to 8 1/2. I think it sounds just as good as many banjos over $1400.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Steve at Misty Mountain did a great job of setting up the banjo. It sounds great, and the action is low like I like it.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


This is a great looking banjo. When It arrived at Mist Mountain, it had a couple of dings in the resonator that apparently happened during shipping, but Steve had already ordered a replacement resonator. He replaced the dinged resonator with a new one, and the banjo finish is now flawless. The resonator is made of beautiful curly maple and hardware is gold plated. It has a clear head. Just beautiful.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


This is a quality banjo. All parts are tight fitting. Although I've just had it for a few days, I have no double that this banjo will last me a long time.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


I haven't dealt with them, so I can't say. It has a lifetime warranty on the workmanship though, and they shipped a new resonator at the request of the dealer. Sounds like good service to me.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


All the components seem to be of high quality. Some may not like the clamshell style tailpiece.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


I give it a 10 because I just don't think you can get another banjo this good for this price. I would recommend this banjo to anyone. I love the sound of this banjo. When I went shopping, some of the banjos that I I played were: Deering Sierra, Deering Maple Blossom, Nechville (can't remember the model), Gibson RB250 and Gibson RB4. All great banjos, but I just couldn't get over the fact that the Morgan Monroe sounded so great for the money! Oh, and if your are in Middle Tennessee and looking for an instrument, you might want to give Steve a call.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-2
submitted 10/1/2004

Submitter

spselby (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Rohdes Musik Heidelberg

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

430 (Euros) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


This thing rings! It will easily stand out in a crowd.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


As I now have a GDL and a replacement for my Aria Tree of Life, I have taken the resonator and flange off. I also tweaked the truss rod. I now have a good looking clawhammer banjo while I save up for an openback as pretty as my GDL.

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


The banjo is curly maple with a dark (I think) cremona style stain. The hardware is gold. The only bug here is a small bubble in the finish over the carved heel. Otherwise, no problems.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


I still need to find someone in Germany that will install a 5th string capo. I am also trying to find a proper strap to fit it. I am now using a Folk of the Wood Circle strap. Next step, the capo.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


The banjjo developed a crack in the pot that went all the way through the wood. I gave it back to Uli, who sent it to the maker. They did a good job on the repair, you almost can't see the crack.

Customer Service

10

Components


The inlay is top notch, the wood and engraved parts look good and should last a long time.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Here is the kicker, this is an MGB-2 built for a European distributor. The name on the peg head is Tennessee (my spelling, not theirs), it doesn't carry the MM name anywhere.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Everest MFB-1DX
submitted 8/13/2004

Submitter

AlBob (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjo.com

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

1,295 ($US)

Sound


Playing BG and Oldtime. Banjo has great tone and dynamics. Full bass, sparkling treble even tone up and down the neck soft or loud.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Setup was done by John Drummond at banjo.com. I had him install a clear head also. After a brutal 3000 mile trip with UPS (the shipping box was thrashed) all it needed was a tuning. Action was nice, head was good 10 +

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


If you like fancy this is a beautiful instrument. Flame maple neck, rim and resonator. Ebony fingerboard with MOP and abalone engraved vine inlay. Beautiful abalone headstock inlay, neck and resonator. MOP and abalone concentric rings and mountain scene inlaid on resonator. Gold plating on all metal parts.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Instrument is well built and solid with an excellent finish. It will last as long as I'm around.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Lifetime warranty. This is my second MM. I have not had a warranty issue. The retailer banjo.com, was excellent, answered all my questions and followed up on delivery. I highly recommend this store. Johns a picker and cares.

Customer Service

10

Components


Flame maple neck, flamed resonator and solid maple rim. Gold plated one piece flange. Dual coordinator rods, truss rod. Planetary tuners, geared 5th, 2 point armrest. Solid adj. tailpiece.This is probably as good as an import banjo gets. The components are solid and this puppy is heavy, feels like a 20 pounder.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I played a Sierra, an RB-1 and a Maple Blossom, all good banjos for the price. This instrument is equal to or better than the ones I tried. Besides the sound I got a beautiful instrument. I'll probably never stepup to the 2000 dollar + custom banjos ( I'm a casual player) so for my money this is a great deal.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rockytop MCB 1
submitted 5/25/2004

Submitter

AlBob (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Folk of the Wood

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

349.00 ($US)

Sound


I'm leaning towards oldtime picking styles and tunes. I don't know much about banjos but I've been around and played other instruments for years. This banjo has a nice bright sound and even tone. The bass is a little thin.

Sound Rating

7

Setup


Banjo was setup from store. All it needed was a tuning. Action is a little low but good for a begginer.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Its a pretty instrument, not to ornate, hearts and flowers inlay on neck, ivroid binding on neck and resonator and nice headstock inlay. The instrument had some minor cosmetic flaws, A impression in the finish on the resonator, a seriously bent resonator attachment screw and poor finish and plating on the armrest.

Appearance Rating

7

Reliability


Seems like a good starter banjo.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Was disappointed with lack of response regarding the cosmetic issues mentioned above, 3 emails no response. I feel the instrument should have been sold as a second. however Mickey and Todd were very helpful in the selection process, and the Banjo was shipped promptly and securely. Morgan Monroes have a factory lifetime warranty and Folk of the Woods 100% trade in policy is nice. I will purchase from them when I upgrade (to the MGB 2C) but hope they treat a $800.00 customer better than a entry level purchaser.

Customer Service

5

Components


for what it is is seems good, looks better than the other low dollar instruments.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


I think for the price this banjo is well built with good fit and finish. It plays in tune the tuners are positive, nice factory bridge, for my first banjo I'm quite satisfied. I'll trade up to another Morgan Monroe model. I think Korean instruments are as good as the American counterparts apples to apples and unfortunatly The extra cost for a comparable American made instrument is beyond my budget.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB 2
submitted 3/25/2004

Submitter

jcuempire (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Appalachian Bluegrass

Year Purchased

2003

Price Paid

Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound


This is my first banjo, but I think it sounds great. Except when I'm playing it.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The setup was good. I have found some flaws since I have gotten more info about banjos. I hope to send it to Kyle Smith for setup. He told me that he could make it sing. I believe him

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


Very good looking. no doubt about it

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Seems like a quality instrument. Others have told me that it is very nice

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


NA

Customer Service

not rated

Components


I want to replace the head and the bridge. I am getting rr spikes installed and D- tuners

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Absolutely. Without hesitation. If you don't have $1000, this is your banjo

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB 2
submitted 3/25/2004

Submitter

jcuempire (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Appalachian Bluegrass

Year Purchased

2003

Price Paid

599 ($US)

Sound


This is my first banjo, but I think it sounds great. Except when I'm playing it.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


The setup was good. I have found some flaws since I have gotten more info about banjos. I hope to send it to Kyle Smith for setup. He told me that he could make it sing. I believe him

Setup Rating

8

Appearance


Very good looking. no doubt about it

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Seems like a quality instrument. Others have told me that it is very nice

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


NA

Customer Service

not rated

Components


I want to replace the head and the bridge. I am getting rr spikes installed and D- tuners

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Absolutely. Without hesitation. If you don't have $1000, this is your banjo

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-1C
submitted 1/19/2004

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Ebay

Year Purchased

2004

Price Paid

$545.00 ($US)

Sound


This Morgan has a nice clear crisp loud sound. Right now it is being played with the strings that came from the factory, but would like to add a set of Earl's medium gauge to it....I let a very accomplished player try it out. He loved the sound, and said he liked the neck much better then the Mastertone he played{he also plays a high dollar Deering}. Plays easy too. No complaints about its sound. Will be used for Scruggs style.

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Only thing I did to it as far as set up goes is to set the bridge and tune it up right out of the box. Also set the tailpiece. Seems good to me. Might have a luthier look at it later, but for now, no problems.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Looks very nice. This model has the clear head, which I am not a fan of, but that is not a problem. Very nice inlay in the neck and peghead, without going overboard as some banjos do. Very tastefully done. Nice finish on the neck and resonator. No flaws in apperance. Wood is has excellent finish, all metal perfect.. Done right.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Hardware does seem to be quaility stuff. Yes I would use this on a gig if I were that good that I was playing gigs! I don't think a backup would be needed, but if I were to use a backup, it would be a Morgan Monroe too. This banjo will last a long time with just the standard maintaince and care that is given to any good instrument.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


I have never dealt with the company, but from what I read in other reviews, Morgan Monroe customer service seems to be very good. Much better then Gibsons. This MGB-1C has a lifetime warranty, and I figure would be under warranty as long as I, the original owner have it. Not sure if the warranty is transferable to the next owner. I give the customer service rating a 10 based only on what I have heard and read about their service, and the fact that a lifetime warranty is given with this banjo.

Customer Service

10

Components


I have no complaints with the componets on this banjo. I might add a Emerson bridge later, just to see how sound could improve, in any. This banjo is built. It weighs as much, or maybe a little more then my Gibson Les Paul Custom. Nice brass tone ring. Nice and heavy, no cheap, lite, little thing here. This banjo came with the hardshell case, which has no name on it but I would guess this is the Morgan Monroe case, plush lined in black, brass hardware. A very nice case.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


Oh yes I would recommend this banjo, to any beginer, or even accomplished player, like the guy mentioned above with the Deering, that can play like Earl himself![the great Jim Keene of Ohio} If you are a beginer, do not waste your time on a cheap piece of junk banjo, you will never be happy with it. I would definately recommend this for the price I paid. $545 for banjo, case and shipping, from Tennessee to Ohio. I don't think that deal could be beat for a brand new quaility banjo like this. If this banjo were stolen I would be very P.O.'d, but would definately purchase another unless I could get a Flint Hill Special in the same price range, which is not going to happen. I originally wanted a Gibson RB-250, which would cost about $2100 new, but have no regrets now about the Morgan. I also considered the Washburn B-16, and Fender banjos, but found too much bad about the Fenders. In the $500 price range, this Morgan is impossible to beat in MHO. The shop I got this from said it compared to an RB-250, I asked,

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-2c
submitted 12/10/2003

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

The Anderson Exchange

Year Purchased

2003

Price Paid

675.00 ($US)

Sound


I am learning Scruggs style.This banjo booms out with ringing highs and a very

Sound Rating

10

Setup


Setup was just OK.One resonator bolt was stripped but both the dealer AND the manufacturer sent me replacements.One string has a large

Setup Rating

7

Appearance


Unbelievable looks!Carved Neck.All gold hardware,flamed neck and resonator,white binding,abalone Bella Voce head inlay..Neck inlays are MOP.Clear head makes it look awesome!!

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Fit and finish are first class.Heavy plating,nice gloss on the wood,neck.
Heavy 12 pound banjo, seems like you could drive railroad spikes with it.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


Company is outstanding!! I emailed them a few times before I bought and the response was ALWAYS within 12 hours.Only problem I had(so far) they handled IMMEDIATELY with NO questions asked.

Customer Service

10

Components


EXCELLENT TUNERS!Bridge slots were not cut even.I replaced the bridge with a Keith Emerson Sweet Power II and the difference,even to my rookie ear,is substantial.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


For the price I paid,this is the deal of the century!!Both my instructer and the tech at Guitar Works in Evanston Illinois are VERY impressed with the Morgan.I had both of them play the used Gold Tone Orange Blossom I was considering and the Morgan.All three of us said the Morgan sounded best.BY FAR!!And that was before the Emerson bridge.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MNB 2
submitted 10/2/2003

Submitter

Robert lloyd (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Music Madness,Pickens S/C

Year Purchased

2003

Price Paid

$500.00 ($US)

Sound


Learning Scruggs style, ist banjo was a (K) so can not compare the two. But to me it sounds great. Teacher said that his next banjo will be a Morgan Monroe after playing mine.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Purchased at Music Madness in Pickens S/C.
Dont believe it is set up properly, head not level ect.
Going to have Kyle Smith look at it next week.

Setup Rating

5

Appearance


Looks as good as most of the other banjos that I looked at. And better than the ones in this price range.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Store advised that the 4th string tuner was slipping when they received it. They contacted Morgan Monroe and a new tuner was shiped the same day.
Easy to tune and seems to stay in tune.

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


New tuner sent same day as Morgan Monroe was advised of the defect.

Customer Service

10

Components


Only had the banjo for about two months so hard to say. 5th string tuner seems a little large but not in the way.
Case that came with it is good looking and very sturdy.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


For the money $500.00, banjo, case, tax and all I would recommend it to all beginners and intermediate players.

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top MGB-1
submitted 9/29/2003

Submitter

miket (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Appalachian Bluegrass

Year Purchased

2003

Price Paid

640 ($US)

Sound


I'm very happy with the sound. It's nice and loud with good tone, perhaps a bit on the bright side.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Setup by the store and I haven't made any changes other than to tighten the screws in the tuning pegs (which were slipping a bit).

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Beautiful instrument with gold hardware. There are two small gouges in the fingerboard high up on the neck which I didn't even notice for several weeks.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Seems reliable but I've only owned it for a month.

Reliability Rating

not rated

Customer Service


Dealt only with the store, not the company.

Customer Service

not rated

Components


Components Rating

not rated

Overall Comments


I continue to be very happy with this banjo. It's the first I've owned but I wanted something better then an entry level instrument and I haven't regretted the decision to buy this one. My instructor tried it out and thought I got a great deal on it as well. If my playing improves over the next few years I would probably consider upgrading but would likely keep this one as a backup/traveling banjo.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe MGB-1
submitted 6/1/2003

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Morgan Monroe

Year Purchased

2003

Price Paid

650 ($US)

Sound


sounds just great. Sounds so good I put my Gibson up for consignment (although that sounded pretty great too!). It's just that I love to buy and sell them - when I'm not playing them.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


I took it to a local outfit to set the action and bridge. It can be difficult to get to the coordinator rod to change the action. Seems like the tail piece gets in the way somewhat.

Setup Rating

6

Appearance


A real beauty with its gold plating. There are no flaws.

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Quality and workmanship seems real good. Also seems quite durable.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


I dealt directly with Morgan Monroe and not one of the distrbutors because of a special request I had made to the company.

Customer Service

9

Components


The tuners seem to really hold well with no slippage. Iintend to replace the bridge with an Emerson Power Bridge just to experiment and see what happens. The sound is great without it but we'll see.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


Definitely recommend it as more than competitive not only in its price range but compare to more expensive instruments.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top
submitted 1/18/2003

Submitter

Nicholas (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Folk of The Wood (online)

Year Purchased

2002

Price Paid

350 ($US)

Sound


Sounds very good to me - bright and crisp. My banjo instructor likes it as well. Of course I am new, but this should serve me until I save enough for Deering's Calico.

Sound Rating

7

Setup


Sorry to say I don't believe it was set up. They adjusted the action and tightened a few things at my music place.

Setup Rating

5

Appearance


I think the banjo is very pretty considering the price I paid for it. The inlay is beautiful IMHO. No appearance flaws - the armrest was dented slightly - it was obviously banged around a bit before it was packed up.

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


Very solid. No complaints.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Seems like other people have had better luck with this company than I have. I doubt they take an order for this cheap an instrument seriously. They didn't mind shipping me a (slightly) dinged up one. Again, not too big a deal really. I'll leave it at that.

Customer Service

3

Components


The tuners are very good and the instrument is all around solid. Considering it is an entry-level model under the $500 range, I have to give it a 10.

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


I would recommend this banjo to another entry level student. I haven't tried the entry level Gold Tones, which are also supposed to be good.

Overall Rating

8


Morgan Monroe MGB-1
submitted 1/16/2003

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Strains of Music, Waynesville, NC

Year Purchased

2002

Price Paid

500 ($US)

Sound


Great tone and clarity, my luthier told me this banjo sounds better than the 70s Gibsons and I agree, loud! nice ring, not tinny. Really unbelievable

Sound Rating

9

Setup


Neck needed some relief, head tension was okay (g) action just a little low. all fixed by luthier here for next to nuthin

Setup Rating

6

Appearance


Simply beautiful...Gold hardware, engraved armrest, clamshell tailpiece, abalone inlays. highly figured grain maple split resonator, mahogany rim, maple neck. I think the inlay on the headstock is really a sticker under the laquer, but hard to tell for sure and who really cares?

Appearance Rating

9

Reliability


Seems very solid, and has already taken a tumble off of the stand due to my rambunctious 4 year old son. sinish is nice, no chipping or flaking on the gold hardware.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


The first two banjos I got from them had some flaws ( I was worried), minor, albeit not something you want to deal with on a brand new banjo. I emailed the company, and promptly recieved an email back from the MM president explaining that some changes were being made in the design and I would recieve a replacement as soon as they recieved the new batch. Very courteous and prompt.

Customer Service

10

Components


The fifth string nut is a little too large, but not really in the way, and as pretty as it is, I would go with a different tailpiece as this one is prone to wiggle a little. Tuners are nice. Overall very good.

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


A steal at twice the price, I love it. Everyone is incredulous when told that not only is it an import but it only cost $500(US) This is a relatively new company, and I would not be suprised to see the price go up before long. Get one while you can!!!

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe MGB-1
submitted 1/2/2003

Submitter

rfoy11 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly Instruments

Year Purchased

2002

Price Paid

550 ($US)

Sound


I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the tone. Very comparable to the RB-800 I owned.

Sound Rating

9

Setup


I only had to move the bridge slightly for better intonation. Otherwise, it was ready to go.

Setup Rating

9

Appearance


Nice looking instrument. Gold plated with attractive wreath pattern inlays. Excellent finish.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


Fairly heavy, solid feeling instrument.

Reliability Rating

9

Customer Service


Life time warranty from manufacturer. No problems with dealer. Smooth transaction.

Customer Service

9

Components


10:1 ratio on tuning pegs is o.k. but 4:1 would be better. The neck is thicker than I like at the first four frets. Hardware is good quality.

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


This banjo was purchased as a back-up instrument that could be taken while traveling. I have owned Gibsons, Gold Star, Baldwin and Stelling. This banjo is descent and well worth what I paid for it.

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top
submitted 7/25/2002

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Mac's Music and More Shelbyville Indiana

Year Purchased

2002

Price Paid

499.00 ($US)

Sound


I pick Scruggs Style Bluegrass. Can't yet afford that Gibson and was highly impressed with the Morgan Monroe. To me It doesn't have the sound of a Gibson as some say but it's a heck of a lot closer than you might think for the money. It is a lot louder than I thought it would be when I got it and keeps getting louder as I learn more about setting it up properly. (it's only 2 months old now) a bright enough sound but not as crisp as I like. A little heavy on the bass side to me. One problem I am having is when I play while using a capo I always have to retune the 2,3,and 4 strings. I know some retuning in common but on this banjo it really seem like a lot more than I've ever had to before on several different types of Banjos.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


It was not set up at all when I got it. No fault really of Mac's, he is just getting into the bluegrass side of music and really trying. A GREAT guy to do business with. I had to tighten the head (and still don't have it just right) and adjust the action a bit. I was getting tons of buzz at first from all over the neck but now only occasionally between 3 and 7. maybe she is

Setup Rating

1

Appearance


The most beautiful one i've seen in ages. I'm really in love with the looks of it. Go to www.Morganmonroe.com and look at then for yourself. The MNB-2 is a better sounding banjo (10 pound tone ring only difference i think other than appearance) but the mnb-1 is a lot prettier i think.

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


She's only 2 months old right now but I don't see why it won't last forever. i'll probably never use the lifetime warranty but it's great to have it. I'll let you know if it changes. The case was a great deal too. Came free with the Banjo and is a sturdy, hardshell with Morgan Monroe emblem and all. I love it.

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


I haven't dealt with the company yet but I'm not afraid to. I've talked to a few people in this area who have had to contact them and were really surprised at the great service. one guy damaged the instrument himself, told them that, asked for suggestions, and they sent him a new one !!!

Customer Service

10

Components


I'll have to

Components Rating

9

Overall Comments


Definately !!! Last year (and still) all I heard about was Gold Tone Banjos sounding just like Gibsons but for under $1,000. I never saw one under $1,000 and i saw and played alot of them. They are awesome banjos, really, but for 50% of the money I got maybe 85% of the banjo. I will be upgrading to the MNB-2 next month. it's about $100 - $200 more but WELL worth it. I've been playing on one down at Mac's. . . . . hahaha
I would recommend the mnb-1 to anyone from beginner to

Overall Rating

9


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top
submitted 7/15/2002

Submitter

Morgan Monroe (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

nashville new and used music

Year Purchased

2002

Price Paid

600 ($US)

Sound


i play bluegrass and this banjo is the best i have heard, i have had many gibson owners say it sounds beeter than there's

Sound Rating

10

Setup


action is nice and low with no buzzing very easy to play

Setup Rating

10

Appearance


maghanoy neck and maple resonators has a clear remo head gold hardware italian reef abilon inlayed fretboard

Appearance Rating

10

Reliability


it will last for a long time as long as it not abused like any instrutment only thing I would worry about is breaking a string

Reliability Rating

10

Customer Service


the warranty is a liftime along as it has not been abused

Customer Service

10

Components


gold hardware
ablon inlay
remo head

Components Rating

10

Overall Comments


for the price and guality I would recommend it to everyone expierinced and beginner, I love this banjo better than any gibson I have played or any one for that matter

Overall Rating

10


Morgan Monroe Rocky Top
submitted 3/5/2002

Submitter

Unknown

Where Purchased

Picker's Paradise (AL)

Year Purchased

2002

Price Paid

500 ($US)

Sound


Just learning to play and it sounded the best out of the selection he had..(especially for the price)...Using it to learn bluegrass style of playing ( Only dissappointed that it was made in Korea)

Sound Rating

8

Setup


Everything was set up when I bought it and haven't had to make any adjustments. Except for tightening the head.

Setup Rating

7

Appearance


3-ply solid blocked mahogany rim, 14" mahogany resonator, Rosewood tipped maple bridge, rosewood fretbaord, Abalone Heart pattern inlay

Appearance Rating

8

Reliability


Rolled brass tone ring, 10 to 1 gear ratio Ashton Bailey planetary tuners

Reliability Rating

8

Customer Service


Customer Service

not rated

Components


22 nickel silver frets, 1 piece flange, rolled brass tone ring

Components Rating

8

Overall Comments


Looking forward to learning with this banjo as it seems to be a great beginning banjo.

Overall Rating

8


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