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Where Purchased: Bishline Banjos, Rob Bishline
Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 3050.00 ($US)
Mainly Bluegrass. This Banjo sounds better than any I've heard or played. Very rich tone all the way up the neck. Described by many who have played it as "sweet".
Sound Rating: 10
Perfectly setup for my taste. Low action. Very easy to play.
Setup Rating: 10
Beautiful highly figured Curly Maple neck and resonator. Incredible inlay work. As good or better than any I've seen of the high end banjos..
Appearance Rating: 10
No hardware problems on this Banjo. Yes I would take it anywhere with no backup.
Reliability Rating: 10
Have not needed any customer service, but very confident any problem would be resolved. Lifetime warranty.
Customer Service: 10
Tony Pass "Thinskirt Lost Timbre" rim, Hopkins special tone ring made for Bishline. Waverly tuners, Kirshner tailpiece, Gary Sosebee submerged timber bridge, tunnelled 5th string, laminated neck for strengh. All componets are the best available.
Components Rating: 10
I would recommend a Bishline Banjo to anyone. I have owned several high end Banjos, this one tops them all. I still own a Stelling bellflower, a Gibson J.D. Crowe. My Bishline has a better tone, a better finish than any I've owned. It comes in a TKL Professional arched top case. This is a stunning Banjo in looks and tone.
Overall Rating: 10
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