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Pisgah  Possum (11' walnut) Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Kev1 (see all reviews from this person) on 8/8/2014

Where Purchased: Direct from Patrick Heavner

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 1150 ($US)


Great sounding banjo, definitely not bright, not too loud (thanks to the persimmon tone ring), perfect old-time sound I was looking for.

Sound Rating: 10


Only thing I had to do when I received the banjo was to set up the bridge and play. I installed a higher bridge, not that it was needed, just a question of personnal preference.

Setup Rating: 10


The banjo is plain looking, which is NOT a bad thing to me, quite the contrary. The persimmon fretboard and peghead match the walnut neck and rim gorgeously. This is a really beautiful banjo, professionally built with appalachian hardwoods.

Appearance Rating: 10


I've looked at (admired) the banjo again and again, I can't see the slightest problem with it, every single part (wood or hardware) will last a lifetime I'm sure.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Patrick has been very helpful, answered every single e-mail I sent immediately and answered every question I had. Couldn't have been better / easier.

Customer Service: 10


I wouldn't change a thing, maybe install a natural head someday just to give it a shot but really no hurry here....

Edit: I have installed a natural goat head (by John Balch) and a mystery wood bridge by Bart Veerman since the review, the banjo sounds much better now - and it already had a great sound and tone. Perfect set up for my taste !

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I couldn't be happier with that banjo, it sounds exactly as I hoped and is exquisitely built with beautiful woods. Every aspect of the transaction with the Pisgah Company has been perfect.

I highly recommend this banjo to anyone looking for a great sounding / looking open back banjo.

Overall Rating: 10

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