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Dean  Backwoods 12 BW12 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by conleyt (see all reviews from this person) on 7/1/2004

Where Purchased: Musicians Friend

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 199.00 ($US)

Sound

Unique! Kind of like a cross between a banjo and a bouzouki.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

Setup was non-existant! First had to tighten the head, including re-installing lugs that were rattling around the shipping box! Next installed the bridge (a nightmare to intonate on a twelve string). Still trying to get the action closer to the fingerboard.

Setup Rating: 1

Appearance

Actually a very pretty banjo! My biggest disappointment was finding out the rim is aluminum, as opposed to the mahogany rim in the BW6 6-string model.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

Can't really make a judgement call on that yet, but I have a few doubts.

Reliability Rating: 6

Customer Service

Dean customer service has been a joke so far! I've been communicating with them via email on the issue of the high action. They seem pretty clueless.

Customer Service: 2

Components

Aluminum rim, Nato neck, Remo head, closed guitar-type tuners. After I get the action strightened out I will install a Kevlar head I have laying around to see if it improves the sound.

Components Rating: 6

Overall Comments

At $199 it isn't to bad, but for the $359 price I still see advertised here and there I wouldn't bother. Also, I wouldn't recommend it if youy don't want to do any tinkering.

Overall Rating: 5

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