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Pisgah  12" Cherry Possum  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by MariaC (see all reviews from this person) on 12/29/2016

Where Purchased: sent from Pisgah factory

Year Purchased: 2016
Price Paid: 1195 ($US)


The sound is full, crisp, reverberant and clucks especially when you play over the scoop. The strings resonate with a rich, powerful but mellow tone. I like to try different styles of clawhammer and this banjo is great for that.

Sound Rating: 10


The setup was standard and well done, it arrived ready to play. I like the medium weight strings they put on and the high action. I wish I had remembered to ask for a couple of capo spikes.

Setup Rating: 10


The pared down design accentuates the beauty of the locally sourced wood grain. Unique simplicity, very fine workmanship. The inlaid star at the top made of different colored wood goes very well with the clean lines of the design. It is fairly lightweight.

Appearance Rating: 10


A lot of thought and care used in choosing the quality of the hardwear. I have no doubt about it's durability and the durability of the finish. I wouldn't think twice about bring it to a gig without a backup.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Patrick Heavner answered all of my questions by email within a day and was friendly and helpful to a fauIt. I ordered it mid October and it was done by mid December.

Customer Service: 10


All the parts are high quality no complaints.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

The Pisgah Possum exceeded my expectations in terms of sound, looks, and playability. It feels really good to  hold and play and I  give it my highest recommendations.

Overall Rating: 10

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