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Where Purchased: custom order
Sound is excellent, characteristic of 17-fret tenors. Punchy, loud, but still warm and enjoyable.
Sound Rating: 10
I asked for a specific action (~3/32" @ 12th fret) and it was set up exactly for that. No changes except tightening the head a little. Strings were dead center on the neck, all very good.
Setup Rating: 9
This is a block rim, not sure of the woods. Fretboard is jatoba or "Brazilian Cherry," very nice. Simple appointments, dot markers etc., no headstock inlay, but nice looking nonetheless.
Appearance Rating: 8
Very solidly built, excellent connection of neck to pot (dowel stick), no issues, I expect it to last.
Reliability Rating: 10
Zach was great to work with, good communication, very efficient.
Customer Service: 10
Parts are all good; I asked for a simple no-knot tailpiece etc. so nothing fancy.
Components Rating: 10
Overall this is a very nice 17-fret tenor, simply but effectively fulfilling the possibilities of its design (which was after all very popular in the 1920's & 30's). Solidly built from good woods and parts, exactly according to my requests. Nice job.
Overall Rating: 9
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