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Kay  Golden Liberty KBJ100 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by RevSteve58 (see all reviews from this person) on 10/22/2008

Where Purchased: ZoZo Music (eBay)

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 299.00 ($US)

Sound

Bright, clear and banjo-y. Not a $5000 Gibson, certainly, but better than a lot of lower priced banjos I've heard.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

Needs set-up, but it is playable until I can get to the local music store.

Setup Rating: 5

Appearance

Absolutely beautiful. The black Remo head is accented nicely by the gold-plated hardware.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

All hardware seems solid and dependable. Haven't had to retune in 4 days of playing. Some items could be upgraded, of course, but for the price I am impressed.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Haven't dealt with customer service. 2 year warranty.

Customer Service: 6

Components

Tuners seem pretty solid. Head assembly appears to be pretty good quality. J-hooks are the weak link in an otherwise above average quality product. I'll be upgrading these soon.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

Overall I'm very pleased with this banjo and can't see needing to upgrade to a new banjo anytime in the forseeable future. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a good instrument on a budget. If stolen I'd try to recover it. If not I'd buy another just like it.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by gene walters (see all reviews from this person) on 11/16/2006

Where Purchased: Aarons outlet

Year Purchased: 2006
Price Paid: 275 ($US)

Sound

sound is very loud and bright. sounds like a tin can. Not a good banjo
even for a beginner.

Sound Rating: 2

Setup

this banjo was not set up at all by anyone. I carried it to my music
store and had it set up.

Setup Rating: 2

Appearance

beautiful banjo. couldnt ask for a better looking instrument. gold hardware , black remo weather king head, rosewood fingerboard,
30 brackets geared fifth string peg, gold eagle on resonator. gold plated
armrest and tail piece.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

top of the line banjo, all hardware looks somewhat dependable,
should last for years.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

havent delt with

Customer Service: 5

Components

peg head tuners should be upgraded, these move and loose tune
if not careful. tail piece could be upgraded but this one will do.
at $275 this banjo sounds like a $20 unit. I bought it for a travel banjo
but will not carry it anywhere.

Components Rating: 5

Overall Comments

I would not recommend this banjo. i ts not a good value at any price in
my opinion. if this banjo was stolen i wouldnt care. i like the looks but not the sound. i bought this instrument without ever playing it--bad
mistake. always play before you buy. always buy the best you can afford even if your a beginner.

Overall Rating: 5

Submitted by Gary in Tennessee (see all reviews from this person) on 6/1/2004

Where Purchased: Morrell Music

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: $359 ($US)

Sound

Bluegrass banjo with very good drive for a banjo without a tone ring. Sounds like it has one and is Kay's top of the line retailing at $649. Loud, full, and bright sound. Huge upgrade from a beginner banjo. Consider it a strong intermediate. Appears to have full sound range coming from a novice who has been taking lessons for 3 months.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

The banjo was set up by the music store with new Gibson Earl Scruggs medium strings. Much easier to play than my entry Morelli bluegrass banjo with 1/16 inch more between strings. Also very easy to fret. My instructor likes it and makes it sound very good. Totally adjustable.

Setup Rating: 8

Appearance

Absolutely gorgeous banjo with gold hardware, distinctive black head, and beautiful gold eagle on the resonator. Rosewood fingerboard, mother of pearl inlays, nickel silver frets, 30 gold plated brackets, gold plated armrest, gold plated geared 5th peg, gold plated shell, medium stain wooden resonator.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Deluxe 5 string banjo. Hardware top of the line. Quality finish. Black Remo Weather King head will not show wear. Totally dependable.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Never dealt with.

Customer Service: 5

Components

None of the components appear cheap. 30 brackets unique. Geared, encased tuners (don't know the term), 5/8 bridge, gold plated tailpiece. Banjo is definitely intermediate level at a very good price. I bought at $290 off list.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This banjo cannot be beaten for what I paid. Should be easy to find if it were stolen as it is so distinct if used in public. I love the appearance. It is an absolutely gorgeous instrument unique to all other banjos. My first banjo was a entry level Morelli bluegrass banjo and I've played my instructor's Gibson Mastertone. I would consider this banjo about 3/4 between the two.

Overall Rating: 8

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