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Pisgah  12" maple dobson, persimon fret board.,brass hardware Banjo Reviews

Submitted by suebatkin (see all reviews from this person) on 3/2/2019

Where Purchased: Music Emporium - Lexington MA

Year Purchased: 2019
Price Paid: 1,400 ($US)

Sound

I play clawhammer banjo. This banjo has a beautiful warm yet crisp sound. The dobson tone ring allows sound to project, but it doesn't affect the warmth that I always look for in a clawhammer banjo. Less plunky than without the tone ring, but plenty plunky for me. It's a great banjo. I highly recommend it.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The set up was pretty good. I told the folks at the Music Emporium about some buzz and they immediately alleviated the problem by adjusting the bridge and doing a few other things.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

This is a beautiful banjo. It has a persimmon fretboard and a maple pot. The dobson tone ring gives it a golden appearance, which i love!!

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Can't answer this, as the banjo is new. But it certainly is sturdy and seems like it will be reliable over time.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

The folks over at Music Emporium in Lexington MA were fantastic. They allowed me to sit in the shop for several hours playing all kinds of different banjos. They were super accommodating and knowlegable about their stock. I would highly recommend this place to anyone in the market for a new banjo. It's one of the few places on the east coast that has such a big selection.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Nothing cheap or weak about it. Patrick -- the founder and owner of Pisgah, takes a great deal of pride in his work. Every detail works.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I was in Asheville NC last week and wanted to see the shop where my banjo was made and meet Patrick.  He was so accommodating.  He gave me a tour of the place and talked a little bit about his journey as a banjo maker. I would really recommend this banjo.   It's great for the price and has a wonderful sound and feel. 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by markdriscoll (see all reviews from this person) on 1/17/2019

Where Purchased: from make

Year Purchased: Jan. 2019
Price Paid: 1567 ($US)

Sound

Bright, full sound.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Perfectly setup.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Solid and grounded.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Patrick was amazing; reliable and available.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I'm so glad I went with Pisgah! Half-fretless openback banjos are difficult to get correct, but this came out better than I expected. Just below $1600 it is a good price. For those interested in getting a fretless or half-fretless you can't go wrong with Pisgah. 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by peterleyenaar (see all reviews from this person) on 1/27/2018

Where Purchased: Pisgah Banjos

Year Purchased: 2018
Price Paid: 1150 ($US)

Sound

Beautifull warm sound with good sustain, rich overtones,
makes one want to play it all the time

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Banjo was ready to play, all what was needed was tuning.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Exquisite in its simple elegance, beautifull refind workmanship , very smooth and comfortable in the hand

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Everything about this banjo is to perfection,

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Patrick is very good to deal with,flexable and gets back to you almost immediately or within a couple of hours.
Lifetime warranty, this banjo will outlast me by a long shot,
Lucky for the next person who gets it.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This was a very good buying experience,

A beautiful Banjo, one has to pay a lot more to find

the same quality as a Pisgah banjo.

A very unique instrument, built to perfection, for

a reasonable price

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by st croix (see all reviews from this person) on 5/10/2015

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Year Purchased:
Price Paid: historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

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Sound Rating: 1

Setup

Setup Rating: 7

Appearance

Appearance Rating: 1

Reliability

this Banjo is 100% solid. no complaints.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Customer Service: 1

Components

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Overall Rating: 10

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