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Where Purchased: Quail Creek Banjos
Year Purchased: 2022
Price Paid: 2140 ($US)
Absolutely outstanding! The banjo has the nice 12" depth, but with the brass & maple it still has great upper frequencies. Paired with a goat skin head it sounds amazing!
Sound Rating: 10
The banjo arrived with perfect set-up. 1/8" string height at the 12th, straight neck and perfect head tension. Better 'out of the box' than about any other banjo I've ever purchased.
Setup Rating: 10
The banjo is stained in dark walnut with aged brass hardware. It has a mother of pearl custom fish inlay on the headstock and an ebony fretboard with 'micro' brass dot inlays. It has an elegant, yet worn-in look about it. I love it!
Appearance Rating: 10
Hardware and tuners all seem to be top notch. Too early to tell, but I anticipate zero reliability problems.
Reliability Rating: 10
Lindsay Lewellen is one of the nicest gentlemen I've ever spoken with. He is very responsive and did a great job communicating with photos during the build progress of my banjo. I would definitely consider ordering another from him.
Customer Service: 10
Not a single component needs upgraded. All top notch materials were used in the build.
Components Rating: 10
I ordered this banjo in mid-2021 and the build was completed in August 2022. The ordering process was simple and Lindsay offered several great suggestions regarding my specifications. When I finally heard the banjo I was blown away. I was exactly the sound I had in my head! The appearance was also just as I had envisioned. The banjo has an elegant yet rugged appearance (by design) and a tone and playability that is as good or better than any banjo I've owned to date. I would highly recommend a Quail Creek custom build to anyone has the patience to wait, and knows what they want (but can't find it elsewhere). It has been a great experience...!
Overall Rating: 10
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