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Where Purchased: Self Made
The banjo is an archtop so it is very flexible. It
works very well with a variety of styles of picking. I
can easily attain the Scruggs sound that so many
people like. Also I canget a very good Reno and
chromatic sound from it. Generaly I keep my
torque wrench set to 6in/lb when I tighten the head.
then I may make small adjustments here or there. I
keep in a transitionable spot because I use so
many different styles when I play.
Sound Rating: 8
The setup I had at first was with a 5/8 bridge and
light guage strings. But I have found as I am adding
new parts, such as the new neck I am about to
install, that a higer bridge (ie.11/16) and medium
guage strings give me a more substantial tone and
more volume as well.
Setup Rating: 7
As of now it is just standard. It has dot inlays. I will
be adding to my prewar style archtop tonering a
premium curley maple neck. The new inlay pattern
will be a tree of life style vine. Custom vine
engraving on all the metal parts and a yellow to
dark red burst finish will top it off. It's going to be a
Appearance Rating: 6
I only go for the best and my parts supplier knows
that we have a close working relationship. I rely
totally on my banjo because I trust the people that
helped make the Mountain Ivy possible. Check out
www.fqms.com and et your free catalog. they're
Reliability Rating: 10
I have never had a problem with any of the places
that i have dealt with I reccomend them to anyone
who demands the finest quality in work and parts
Customer Service: 10
As I said I'm in the process of completing the
project so there are currently items that need
Components Rating: 7
I couldn't be any happier with the soud I am now
getting with this banjo. Many other banjos that I
have played were nicer for one specific sound but i
got the all around deal. Just what i wanted.
Overall Rating: 9
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