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Where Purchased: Sam Ash-Tampa
Year Purchased: 2016
Price Paid: 3915.00 ($US)
Style--All Bluegrass and original Folk (Scruggs to Bela)(Mark Johnson)
Gibson RB-4 owner for years
This banjo actually rings all the way up the neck(clearly)
Sound Rating: 10
The CG2 had light ga. strings .009--.021 from the factory.(ckd w/guage)
Wide neck action is amazing. Head tentsion set to 90 from the factory(ckd w/drum dial indicator). A bit light on volume so I added a Sullivan American made Roasted Factory Floor Maple Bridge(20 bucks). What a difference! No tone change,just more volume.
Setup Rating: 9
This banjo is a real piece of work! Not one flaw in the whole instrument. Wider Walnut neck is a pleasure to look at,feel and play. These guys really stepped up to the plate on this new edition banjo.
Appearance Rating: 10
This banjo seems to be a well built master piece. All the best in this one besides gold.( Not paying for gold either)
Reliability Rating: 10
Rep for the company seemed to be helpful. (new sales)
Life time warrenty as long as you don't run over it.
Customer Service: 10
Everything looks like "Banjo Heavy Duty" to me. This is definitely not a light weight. Case is nice also.
Components Rating: 10
Being a Gibson lover and going off the deep end and trying an Open Back model has been interesting. I would love to have a CG2 neck on a Gibson to try. I'm not a Clawhammer guy and I don't use finger picks on this one.This banjo rings without picks.(tiny christmas bell type rings all the way up the neck). When making Home recordings(Tascam dp-3) and using a shure sm-137 for the banjo--Well that captures the ring. I always said that Gibson banjos had a great ring if set up right. Well this CG2 model shows what a real ring is. I'm not taking anything away from Gibson banjos because there is nothing to me better for straight hard Bluegrass. If I was a Clawhammer guy only this would be the best. Tune into Youtube choosing something like Mark Johnson and Emory Lester and listen to the sound. I enjoy playing "Ground Speed" and other Scruggs tunes on this banjo. What a pleasure to have this banjo and a Gibson to play every day. No one should be without. Bill from Tampa
Overall Rating: 10
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