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Quail Creek Banjos  Gourdy  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Schmidtrock (see all reviews from this person) on 3/26/2021

Where Purchased: https://www.quailcreekbanjos.com/

Year Purchased: 2021
Price Paid: Extremely Affordable ($US)

Sound

Plunky, deep and earthy.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Banjo shipped with bridge taped down.
Extremely well packaged in multilayered bubble wrap as well as bags of 'peanuts' for extra cushioning.
Lindsay thoughtfully placed pencil marks for bridge setting. Intonation was right on with his marks.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The peghead, fingerboard, tailpiece and heel plate are beautiful, rich ebony wood. There is a very pleasing skunk stripe showing the length of the fifth string fingerboard. The dark rich ebony contrasts extremely nice with the beautifully carved and oil finished walnut neck. As nice touch and nod to the history of this style, there is a brass plate on the peghead acid etched with the 'hobo' symbol. The gourd pot is sanded nice and smooth with a light oil finish.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

The tuning pegs are very smooth and appear as friction pegs but are internally geared. Very cool setup! The head skin is fastened securely with glue as well as pleasant decorative furniture tacks around the rim. A bone nut ensures years of reliable tuning and playing. Lindsay's meticulous artistry with attention to the details really stands out in this instrument.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Lindsay Lewellen / Quail Creek Banjos is an excellent person to get to know as well as do business with. The whole process from quote request through delivery was the best I've ever been through for any transaction. Frequent and informative communication was provided as well as build photographs through the process. I'm extremely happy. After our interactions through this commission, I consider him a friend.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Everything stands out on this beautiful gourd banjo.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I highly recommend Quail Creek Banjos to anyone considering a custom built banjo. Besides the gourd models, Lindsay builds beautiful open back, fretless and semi-fretless models as well as fully fretted. His skill and artistry are in my opinion at an extremely high level. Plus he's a Banjonaut too!

Be Well

Kevin

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by kjordan712 (see all reviews from this person) on 10/5/2020

Where Purchased: Quail Creek Banjo

Year Purchased: 2020
Price Paid: ($US)

Sound

Deep, warm, full tone.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Customer Service: 10

Components

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I love my new Quail Creek fretless gourd banjo.  It has a rich, deep, full tone that I can feel reverberating in my chest when I play it.  Lindsay at Quail Creek is both a meticulous craftsman and wonderful human being who is a joy to work with.  I can't wait to get my next Quail Creek Banjo, most likely a semi-fretless.  

Overall Rating: 9

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