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Where Purchased: hoytbanjos.com
Came with a good plinky sound I was looking for right out of the box it was shipped in. It has excellent low-end, louder than my previous banjo but by not so loud that my neighbors are pounding on the walls.
Sound Rating: 10
Banjo was set up great right off the bat. Bridge was placed well, action feels great, no buzz whatsoever. The 5th string in particular is at a great height.
Setup Rating: 10
I love the look of this banjo, and everyone who sees it remarks on how beautiful it is. It is Mahogony with Rosewood fretboard (I'm partial to darker woods). The wood by the scoop was a little dry but a bit of lemon oil sorted that out.
Appearance Rating: 9
I think this is as reliable as they come. I'm not a gigging musician by any means, so this will definitely stand the test of time in my apartment.
Reliability Rating: 10
Zach is amazing. He was very quick to respond to any emails, and incredibly polite and patient. There was a problem with the express shipping (through no fault of his) and he was proactive in reaching out to me about the delay and easing my nervousness.
Customer Service: 10
I like the simple raw brass components that compliment the wood very nicely. The frets are EVO gold which will hold up very well. I may replace the bridge at some point, but for now it does it's job.
Components Rating: 9
If I had a banjo custom built I would have made it nearly to these exact specifications, and would have paid 2-3 times as much. This banjo has exceeded my expectations, and will keep me happy for many years to come. Zach is still growing his business, and I'm very proud to own one of his pieces. If you are looking for a high quality hand made American banjo without breaking the bank I highly recommend checking out what he has in stock.
Overall Rating: 10
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