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Quail Creek Banjos  Custom 12" Maple Rim w/ Brass Tone Ring "Wolf Creek" Banjo Reviews

Submitted by buckeyeman (see all reviews from this person) on 9/7/2022

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

Customer Service

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

Overall Comments

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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