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Where Purchased: Eagle Music Shop
I pluck and pick and drone and even hammer and I've found that banjo guitars suit my style even more than guitars. This has a full mellow sound that is more dark than bright and suits me down to the ground. I always play open back and I'm not convinced the resonator improves the sound in any way. I particularly like the sound of the CC-100 banjo, perhaps more than more expensive Goldtone banjos, and this is comparable.
Sound Rating: 10
It came perfectly setup with an excellent action, perfect intonation and I've made no changes.
Setup Rating: 10
It has the dark maple appearance of the Cripple Creek range and looks very nice.
Appearance Rating: 10
I've read that the Goldtone straightline tailpiece can warp but this 6 string version looks very solid to me. No obvious weaknesses. It stays in tune really well.
Reliability Rating: 8
Eagle Music Shop have a good reputation and my dealings with them have been good. The setup confirms that they know what they are doing. I haven't tested returns yet so I'm not going to provide a score here.
Customer Service: not rated
This is the cheap Goldtone banjo guitar and seems to be a CC-100 pot with it's dual co-ordinator rods (or is it a a CC-50 with an extra co-ordinator rod, as the CC-100 is light maple in colour, or perhaps a CC-OT pot which matches colour and co-ordinator rods but with a different head) with a guitar neck. The description does state that the rim is 1/2 inch but it's actually 7/16ths. I guess considering the price the components are cheaper than the more expensive Goldtone Banjitars but it's a big step up from cheap banjo guitars and the components are very decent.
The Goldtone banjo guitar string set is what might be described as top heavy so the bass strings are thicker than is usually found on banjo guitars and sound much better. With other banjo guitars I've replaced the A string with a much thinner string for droning but I've not been tempted to do this here. The A and E drone quite nicely.
Components Rating: 8
I'm going to be very happy with this banjo guitar for a long time. I can't see any reason to go for a more expensive banjo guitar.
Overall Rating: 10
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