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Zachary Hoyt  17 fret tenor Banjo Reviews

Submitted by KingStudent (see all reviews from this person) on 6/17/2014

Where Purchased: custom order

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


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

Customer Service

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 Comments

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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