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J. Mogi  12 inch fretted Banjo Reviews

Submitted by rubicon (see all reviews from this person) on 6/8/2014

Where Purchased: From Builder

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Incredible sound ! Play it hard and it has all the punch you could ask for I was really shocked ! Then played softly it produces a very nice warm old tyme sound .The rim produces a very deep bass which I really like yet has ,crystal clear bell like treble the intonation is spot on to the last fret on the neck !

Sound Rating: 10


The action was set up just right, string spacing was perfect this was nothing I ordered or asked for just happened to be the way he built it . Jason used evo fretwire which is another plus . This banjo plays very well for me . Jason builds the neck with a v type shape similar to an old dobson neck it has a great feel to it . I love it !

Setup Rating: 10


The Banjo is very simple but elegant he used a very highly figured Ebony on the peghead and fretboard . The rim is highly figured walnut around a laminated maple rim . The neck is also figured dark walnut The banjo is flawless in workmanship fit and finish is perfect att, to every detail .

Appearance Rating: 10


This banjo came with peghead tuners a first for me ,they work very well are light and keep the weight down , I have to add they are very easy to change strings . The rim hardware nuts , hooks and tail piece are from Bill Rickard the tension hoop was made by Jason in his shop . The tension hoop has a nice scoop cut out in it and all the hook nothches line up spot on

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I spoke with Jason on the phone very pleasant and friendly . He was very concerned the banjo arrived safely . which it did well prof packed . He assured me to let him Know if any issues arise to contact him and he would take care of it . cant ask for more than that .

Customer Service: 10


no weak or cheap parts

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

 Jason is a small builder who puts great care and workmanship into his builds , they do not come up for sale often and are built by hand one at a time .  Again this banjo has great sound and is built rock solid .   I am sure it will last a lifetime .    I would Highly recommend a Mogi banjo !!

Overall Rating: 10

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