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Submitted by harmonist34 (see all reviews from this person) on 10/26/2004

Where Purchased: Willie's American Guitars

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 900 ($US) (bought USED)


Beautiful sound - bright and loud. I personally find it much more pleasing to the ear than many Gibson banjos I've heard, though I prefer a Deering Golden Era's sound.

Sound Rating: 8


Setup was bad from Willie's - Had Tom Nechville get it into playing shape for $110 or so (new bridge, spikes, 5th string adjustment, neck adjustment, etc.) and now it's great. The tailpiece on this model is lousy, in my's difficult to restring.

Setup Rating: 8


Very pretty banjo - walnut adds a nice touch and the inlay is tasteful. Nickel plating on the hardware is definitely showing the wear, but I think that adds character!

Appearance Rating: 9


No problems thus far, other than the tailpiece design that I dislike. I definitely trust this thing to last me a long, long time.

Reliability Rating: 9

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Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

I am still ecstatic at purchasing such a beautiful sounding, beautiful looking banjo for under $1000. As far as I'm concerned...there are better banjos out there but absolutely none for anywhere near this price range. You get the "cool factor" of having a banjo that's a few years old, but they were made recently enough and there are enough of them out there that with a little effort you can obtain one at a reasonable price. I highly recommend, if that's not obvious.

Overall Rating: 9

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