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Crestwood  3061 5 string bluegrass Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Lake (see all reviews from this person) on 5/20/2018

Where Purchased: Thrift store

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: $80.00 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

Sounds like a $150.00 starter banjo should

Sound Rating: 5

Setup

Sagging head, rusty strings, etc. I tightened the head, moved the bridge, lowered the tailpiece and put on a new set of martin light strings, the tone improved.

Setup Rating: 5

Appearance

Simple narrow neck, gloss finish, ivory trimmed, plain pegboard. This is a "plain Jane", but like (almost) all banjos, it is beautiful.

Appearance Rating: 5

Reliability

As reliable as a $150.00 starter banjo should be.

Reliability Rating: 5

Customer Service

Don't know

Customer Service: 5

Components

It has 24 brackets, an arm rest, thumb screws for the resonator, an ell cheapo tailpiece, a geared fifth string tuner, and simple guitar styled tuning pegs.

Components Rating: 5

Overall Comments

This is the same inexpensive banjo rebranded by Jameson, ADM and probably a dozen other companies.  It is a fine starter banjo for a young student or for someone who wants to spend minimal money on a new hobby to see if they will stick with it for a couple of months, at which point it can become your camping banjo, pick nick with 20% chance of rain banjo, etc.  I like to play it as well as my better banjo when learning a new song to work my fingers a little. Doing that makes me appreciate the tone and volume of my other banjo just that much more, and I often leave it sitting around in a double "C" tuning to mess around with. All banjos sound good, just some better than others.

Overall Rating: 6

Submitted by Lake (see all reviews from this person) on 5/20/2018

Where Purchased: Thrift store

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: $80.00 ($US) (bought USED)

Sound

Sounds like a $150.00 starter banjo should

Sound Rating: 5

Setup

Sagging head, rusty strings, etc. H tightened the head, moved the bridge, lowered the tailpiece and put on a new set of martin light strings, the tone improved.

Setup Rating: 5

Appearance

Simple narrow neck, gloss finish, ivory trimmed, plain pegboard. This is a "plane Jane", but like (almost) all banjos, it is beautiful.

Appearance Rating: 5

Reliability

As reliable as a $150.00 starter banjo should be.

Reliability Rating: 5

Customer Service

Don't know

Customer Service: 5

Components

It has 24 brackets, an arm rest, thumb screws for the resonator, an ell cheapo tailpiece, a geared fifth string tuner, and simple guitar styled tuning pegs.

Components Rating: 5

Overall Comments

This is the same inexpensive banjo rebranded by Jameson, ADM and probably a dozen other companies.  It is a fine starter banjo for a young student or for someone who wants to spend minimal money on a new hobby to see if they will stick with it for a couple of months, at which point it can become your camping banjo, pick nick with 20% chance of rain banjo, etc.  I like to play it as well as my better banjo when learning a new song to work my fingers a little. Doing that makes me appreciate the tone and volume of my other banjo just that much more, and I often leave it sitting around in a double "C" tuning to mess around with. All banjos sound good, just some better than others.

Overall Rating: 6

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