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Where Purchased: Freedom Guitar
Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 300.00 ($US)
Not good, not awful. Sort of like an electric guitar with amplification. Plunk-ah, plunk-ah. No real volume on this banjo. A little bite with so-so tone.
Sound Rating: 7
Set up was fair. I tuned the head up a smidge and replaced the bridge. Action was set too low with factory bridge. Strings are off alignment in relation to the nut and the tailpiece, Tailpiece needs replacement. No tone ring.
Setup Rating: 6
Nice finish. Mother of Toilet Seat inlays. Clear remo head.
Appearance Rating: 7
Tuning integrity is mediocre. Tailpiece is junk. Average. I would only gig without a backup if it was my only option. I suppose as long as you had a few spare parts and tools on the road with you, this banjo might make it.
Reliability Rating: 7
Customer Service: not rated
Cheep: bridge, tuners, head, tailpiece, 5th string peg, and flange.
Not awful: neck and resonator.
Components Rating: 7
I would not recommend this banjo. If you are like I was, and needed a learner banjo, I would look elsewhere. Not a terrible nighmare, but not what a quality instrument should sound like either. I have since heard and played other entry level banjos that blow the Montana out of the water.
Overall Rating: 5