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Where Purchased: Direct from Zachary
Year Purchased: 2016
Price Paid: 680 ($US)
I play only clawhammer. It's got bright and lively sound. It came with Zachary's own bridge but because I had never seen a bridge like that I tried a Moon bridge and Kat Eyz but found it best with the bridge he sent. I give this a 9 rather than 10 because I generally prefer the sound of a 12" banjo so next one I get from him will be that.
Sound Rating: 9
Everything was set up just fine.
Setup Rating: 10
Gorgeous! Great craftsmanship and attention to detail. The pot is great, the neck and fret board too. That S scoop is my favorite touch.
Appearance Rating: 10
Hardware all looks good. No complaints or issues.
Reliability Rating: 10
Zach was great to deal with. He probably doesn't remember that I contacted him many months earlier and hassled him with questions. This time I just made up my mind to go for it.
Customer Service: 10
I love Gotoh tuners and that's what this banjo has.
Components Rating: 10
Kind of hard to believe he's selling an instrument like this for the price that he is. I've owned just about every makers instrument over the years. I don't think I missed anyone. I had instruments custom made for me as well. These could be selling for a heck of a lot more.. Look at his website and understand what principles guide him and you will understand.
Overall Rating: 10
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