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Clifford Seales Luthier Reviews

Submitted by BTuno (see all reviews from this person) on 9/12/2017

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Clifford provided inlaid rosewood fretboard, and ebony peghead overlays for the neck of a very special 1925 Gibson Style 5 neck that I assembled and finished.  The wreath style inlays were skillfully hand cut and inlaid into the fretboard and overlay, and sent to me for assembly.  He made the inlays exactly as I specified which included an unusual configuration that was on the original tenor neck.  His inlays are the highlight of the new neck!    He also provided me with some handmade style 5 marquetry binding for the neck.  I could not find anywhere else and his marquetry is beautiful.   Thank you Clifford, it was a pleasure working with you on this project, and I would highly recommend talking with him before you start your next neck project.   He's the man!!! 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by banjomartin88 (see all reviews from this person) on 4/10/2014

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I had Clifford Seales do some hand cut inlay work for me and it is absolutely phenomenal! I could not be more impressed with the quality of work I received. Not only was the work top notch but, Clifford is a top notch fellow as well. He had no problem working with me to cut exactly what I wanted down to the smallest details. I also never had one bit of trouble getting in contact with him and never felt rushed to gout what I needed to say while on the phone with him. I would recommend that anybody needing inlay work done to call Clifford, you will not be disappointed!

 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by BanjoDaddio (see all reviews from this person) on 12/28/2013

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Great Work! I'd recommend him highly...

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by 5-stringreiny (see all reviews from this person) on 12/1/2013

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Clifford came recommended as someone who could add the 1st and 15th fret inlays to my Granada Hearts and Flowers Gibson neck.  I sent him the neck and he had it completed within a week.  His work exceeded all expectation and the finished product looked as if it were all factory original finished.  What was really impressive is that Clifford remained in constant communication throughout, sent photos showing his progress, and he constantly asked for feedback and any input throughout.  It was a team effort to make sure I got just what I wanted!  Clifford is a straight-forward, honest fellow who takes great care of his work and customers.  Highly recommended!  Thanks Clifford!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by mixmkr (see all reviews from this person) on 10/3/2013

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Clifford replaced the dots on my Deering Sierra with a custom inlay design, refretted with stainless and totally refinished the entire banjo in high gloss at my request, to replace Deering's satin finish.  Also new custom ebony truss rod cover, and nuts and bridges to choose from.  The resonator had some decent buckle rash which is now totally gone and the high gloss finish doesn't even offer a hint that existed.  You'd never know there were inlay dots, where the new inlay did not totally cover where the dots where.  Of course replaced the spikes and communication was A+ complete with MANY photos thru out the process via email.

Oh...the pricing... MORE than fair and much less than the cost of a new neck from Deering.  I liked the neck profile, so it was nice to keep this one and give it such an upgrade.

This banjo is definitely now a "looker" and eliminates the "plain jane" look of the older Sierras...but still sounds as good as any great banjo.

Can't recommend this craftsman any higher than an A+....unless I'd give him an A++

Thanks Clifford.  Definitely more work coming your way.

Since it appears I can't add pics to this review, I'd be glad to provide any or you can search the forum for "Sierra upgrade project" and see some there.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Eddie Thomas (see all reviews from this person) on 9/15/2013

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I recently had a banjo neck re-frettted by Mr. Seales.  The job was fantastic and I am very satisfied.  Mr. Seales used stainless steel frets and the neck plays and feels excellent in my hands.  I have recently had my Vega 5 string re-fretted by a top luthier and comparing both jobs, Mr. Seales was as good and I wish he had also done my Vega, as he is in near vicinity and very reasonable in pricing.  His attention to detail is impeccable and I would recommend him to anyone.  He also does fantastic inlay work, and is willing to work with you however you want it done, even taking custom orders.  I would like to thank Mr. Seales for the super job he did on my banjo neck, and would not hesitate to take any job I may have in the future to him.  I would give him 10/10 stars!

Overall Rating: 10

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