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Sullivan  Sullivan Bardstown Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Rick Woods (see all reviews from this person) on 5/8/2004

Where Purchased: First Quality Music, Louisville,Ky

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: 2495 ($US)

Sound

The Mahogany and tone ring give me a richer sound whether I am picking up or down the neck. The sound seems to get richer and fuller the longer I have this new instrument. Incredible volume.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Everything was great. I had Eric install fifth string spikes and Keith tuners. There isn't anything else this banjo needs. He had it in a-one shape but still took me to his work bench to go over everthing again to make sure it was to my satisfaction.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The quilted mahogany is a feast for the eyes. The inlay work and finish is remarkable. Beautiful banjo, Beautiful!

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

From tuners to tailpiece, everthing is top quality. Surely will still be sounding, looking, and funtioning superbly long after I'm gone. Pride and craftsmanship shine. The Sullivan's aptly named their company "First Quality".

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

From the time I entered the door at Fist Quality the customer service was the best. J. C., Mike, Eric, and Bill were all great. Could not have felt more at ease. Treated with respect, dignity, and patience. Great group of people. With the lifetime warranty I know they would take care of any problems I would have but I don't anticipate any.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Neck, Inlay, tone ring, tailpiece, finish, tuners, all top notch. Nothing cheap. Fast feel, easy play, all due to great components.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Bill Sullivan said to me the day I ordered it, "Rick, we will build you a beautiful banjo, the best, I promise". He was 100% correct. Sounds better than any banjo on the market. If you haven't heard or played a Sullivan, you owe it to yourself to do so. If anyone stole my banjo, I would be devastated and hunt them down with a vengence, then I would have the Sullivan's build me another one.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Unknown on 11/27/2003

Where Purchased: first quality music

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

i already have a pre-war gibson, and the bardstown banjo is as close to the old sound as i have ever heard.it has the real deep hollow sound that i like. it has a powerful volume, and the right tone and sustain.the tone is very rich all the way up the neck. this banjo is perfect for me, and my group stringtown.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

the banjo was almost the way i like em set up.eric sullivan put the final changes i wanted and it was ready. the only thing i did to it was raise the angle up on the tailpiece when i got home, and the banjo opened up even more.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

the banjo is finished in a beautiful quilted mahogany. the inlay work on it is second to none. there are no flaws on this banjo, it is awesome.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

all the parts on this banjo are the best you can get. from the heavy duty flange, right down to the incredible sullivan tone ring. these banjos are made to last. i have already put the bardstown through its paces on all our shows since i got it, and it is turning heads. it is the only banjo i am using.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

i have had no problems with this banjo, but if i did, the sullivan crew would be there to help. they built me a new neck for my old pre-war, and done a great job.the bardstown banjo has a lifetime warranty.bill, eric and jeff are great to work with.

Customer Service: 10

Components

the two things that i really like are the neck and the sullivan tone ring. the neck has a fast feel to it, and the tone ring has the sound very close to my old banjo.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

i am very proud to have this banjo, and i would encourage anyone looking for a banjo for the stage or the parking lot, to give the sullivan banjos a try. these banjos are hard to beat. i dont know what i would do if someone stole my banjo, but i would hunt em down.

Overall Rating: 10

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