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Pisgah  Custom Banjo Reviews

Submitted by marktsmall (see all reviews from this person) on 4/26/2018

Where Purchased: Direct from PBCO

Year Purchased: 2018
Price Paid: around $1700 ($US)

Sound

Perfect nice and crisp without being too bright

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

I asked that the banjo be set at 1/10" from the top of the 12th fret to the bottom of the 1st string - that is exactly what arrived

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Walnut w antique brass - very nice - the banjo has a bunch of character and the fit and finish exceeded my expectations - so much so that I ordered another one the week this one arrived. The next one is a different style

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

I have some top notch instruments, including a Martin 00-45 and several other Martin Custom Shop guitars. I am proud to have this banjo sitting right next to them on any stage. I am also confident that this instrument can take the heat.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Patrick Heavner is the owner of this 5 or 6 person shop. Every communication with him was prompt and helpful.

Customer Service: 10

Components

I love the antique brass hardware. My recollection is that Patrick founded the company that manufactures the hardware. I would not change anything on the banjo.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Has anyone out there tried Pisgah Banjo Co. banjos? I have been playing banjo for a few decades and was ready for a change. I had some very specific ideas about what I wanted for a new banjo, but could not find anything to fit the bill. I looked around on the web and went to some boutique shops up here in Boston. I still could not find what I wanted. I was looking for an A SCALE neck, light weight, antique looking but new, with a few other features. I saw Pisgah banjos in a couple of spots and I thought they played well, were priced reasonably and looked pretty cool, but they still didn't include all of my specs. I emailed Patrick Heavner at Pisgah and he got right back to me. We started communicating, he took all of my specs, gave further input and in less than 3 months, I had exactly the banjo I wanted. (check out the “banjo tool” on their site) 

My Pisgah is absolutely perfect for what I want to accomplish. The look, feel, and right down to my 1/10” at the 12 fret  spec, fits me to a T. My shoulder is loving the 23 1/2” scale too. The banjo has a Victorian peg head, a persimmon tone ring (light weight) walnut neck and rim (light weight). I like this banjo so much that a week after I received it, I ordered another Pisgah;  curley maple, paddle headstock, persimmon tone ring, antique brass… - to use with nyguts. What tops it all off is that the wood used is harvested right there in Asheville where so much of this music was and is being developed. To me that is one notch higher than “made In The USA”. Most importantly, the communication with Patrick was outstanding. I find all of this to a rarity in any marketplace today. If you are looking for a banjo that is perfectly custom and reasonably priced, Pisgah Banjo Co. is the destination. I hope that this post is helpful. Mark T. Small     Please visit www.marktsmall.com

marktsmall

www.marktsmall.com

Mark has played on the bill with; Johnny Winter, Albert Lee, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, Coco Montoya, James Cotton, John Mayall, Jimmy Thackary, Shemekia Copeland, Bettye LaVette, Marcia Ball, Toots & The Maytalls, Elmore James JR, David Lindley, Robert Cray, Savoy Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, Jonathan Edwards, Robert Randolph & The Family ...

Overall Rating: 10

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