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Prust  tackhead with square peghead Banjo Reviews

Submitted by tannerstan (see all reviews from this person) on 11/7/2014

Where Purchased: Online

Year Purchased: 2014
Price Paid: 238 ($US)

Sound

This banjo is loud, with a deep soft sound. Great tone as well.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The banjo was set up, except for the bridge. He includes with the delivery of the banjo a paper telling you exacly where to place the bridge, so it helps a lot. I did have to stretch the strings a bit before they would hold tune.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

It is an all maple banjo. Small wooden markers on the neck for helping learn the fretless positions. The finish is just a simple stain. Sanded a bit rough but its supposed to be a simple banjo, nothing fancy. No gloss. The tacks are a brass color with some engraved design. very pretty. Simple tension tuners. Calf skin head.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Not really any hardware on this banjo. Everything seems pretty sturdy.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

They offer money back if not satisfied. Eric Prust stayed in contact with me and made the banjo very quickly. He was very helpful and kept me up to date on the progress.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Not a lot of components. Just a simple tackhead banjo,

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This banjo is really great for the money. It isn't a kit and it still cost me well under $300. If you are thinking about heading in the minstrel banjo, or just fretless banjo direction, I suggest getting one of these banjo's. Its simple, very light, loud, very pretty, simple, and affordable.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by dustyelmer (see all reviews from this person) on 1/2/2014

Where Purchased: from Eric

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 208 ($US)

Sound

Sounds great. Despite being an A-scale, it sounds really good with heavy nylguts tuned to dGDF#A.

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

Action is good.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

The maple neck is pretty, and the oak rim is nicely grained. I really like the tailpiece as well. Looks like it ought to.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

I can't see what could possibly break on this banjo. It's very solid.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Not sure about a warranty, but Eric and Donna were both very nice and responded promptly to all the emails I sent. I'd highly recommend them.

Customer Service: 10

Components

The pegs are solid and work well. Everything is handmade and very solid. No complaints at all.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Best $200 I've ever spent. You can't beat this banjo for twice the price. It's a joy to play.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by sawbones (see all reviews from this person) on 6/1/2011

Where Purchased: on line

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: 258 ($US)

Sound

Good old time sound. It actually projects more than I thought it would. I have played one other tackhead banjo before, and this one has superior sound.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

It was ready to go out of the box, with instructions and advice. Extra bridges were provided as well.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

This banjo is supposed to look like a simple, wooden, hand made, Civil War type of Banjo. And it does! There are no flaws, it looks just like it is supposed to.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

I could depend on it. I plan on taking it to some rendezvous out in the woods.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Great service! Very helpful

Customer Service: 10

Components

I love the 13 inch head and I have never owned a tack head before, It stands out I believe, but it doesn't overwhelm

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I will probably get another one someday soon!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by boavirett (see all reviews from this person) on 8/31/2008

Where Purchased: direct from builder

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 258.00 ($US)

Sound

frailing /early 3 finger style Classic fretless nylon string sound
This banjo is like none I've ever played before.Reminds me of the difference between a classical guitar and a steel string guitar, except that it's fretless. Definitley like comparing apples and oranges (openback vs. resonator) Like it very much.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

setup (placing the bridge ) was easy but he sent 3 bridges to try out
and i liked the lower one best-action closer to neck .

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

Maple neck with rose wood tailpiece and rosewood stopper inside head
Oak rim and brass tackheads holding calf skin top. The joints on the 3 ply rim are barely visible- great woodwork.He placed 12 "fret" markers (rosewood stripes ) flush in the neck, for a minimal extra fee-sets off the maple nicely.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

all hardwood-lasts forever .finish don't know about but seems good.
Yes to gigging w/o backup.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

emailed him from banjobuyer.com and dealt with him directly.Fine easy to deal with a real pleasure.Warranty? don't know.

Customer Service: 9

Components

n/a

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

yes If you're looking for a basic banjo fretless civil war era you can't beat the quality or price.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by kbaake (see all reviews from this person) on 5/1/2008

Where Purchased: Direct from Eric Prust

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: $320 ($US)

Sound

The resonance is amazing with strong fundamentals and subdued but well audible harmonics that perfectly match the style of the banjo. It is plunky, but the tones seem to leap out of the tight head. I play a variety of old time styles at an early intermediate skill level and this suits me perfectly. It shines on Mike Seeger songs in modal tunings as well as Minstrel songs, but also does well as on G tuning (especially when lowered to E).

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Strings were lose for mailing and the bridge was in an envelope with instructions on exactly where to place it. I haven't made any changes, but when it is time to replace the strings I will probably try Aquilla Nylgut strings, which Eric recommends for the lower tunings that I like. The strings it came with are La Bella nylons, which sound great, too, and can be tuned to standard G.

I requested wood inlaid marker dots where frets would be to help me adjust to fretless and to provide finger reference points up the neck. This is well worth the extra $20, although your ear quickly figures out the right positions.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

It is simple but elegant, with a natural maple neck, white oak pot, and calfskin head that is has natural variations in color from cloud white to gray translucent. Looks real nice in my music room.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

The pot brackets and other hardware seem sturdy and well machined. Everything is crafted well to last, as far as I can tell. The tuning pegs fit snuggly. But the banjo also is lightweight, which I prefer, about the same as my Deering Goodtime.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Eric answers emails the same day and is extremely helpful. When I was first interested we had several email exchanges about going fretless, the differences between the tensioning model and tackhead models, and use of fret markers. Eric was informative but never pushy. After I made my choice Eric kept me up to date on the progress and sent pictures when it was ready--a week after I placed the order. When I got the banjo I had a few questions on tuning and working with the violin style tuning pegs, which were new to me. Eric's advice was helpful and I now feel in synch with this wonderful instrument.

Customer Service: 10

Components

Can't see anything that needs to be upgraded, unless you wanted to ask for machined tuning pegs that might be easier if that's what you are used to.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

As others have mentioned, this is an amazing deal at $300 for a unique musical instrument. It opens up a world of sounds, which are truly old time and almost organic in tonal quality. I would buy another.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by RWPark (see all reviews from this person) on 9/9/2007

Where Purchased: From Eric P.

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 200.00 ($US)

Sound

Sounds like a fretless with a 13 inch calfskin head. Real nice and mellow.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

The hole for the bass string friction peg needed to be reamed a bit so the peg matched the height of the others. A little peg compound helps the turnability of the pegs. Comes with 3 different height bridges to compensate for head sag due to humidity. UPDATE - bought a set of "perfection" style pegs that look like friction but are planetary. Huge improvement in tunability.

Setup Rating: 7

Appearance

Actually, this is a very pretty banjo. The neck on mine is almost tiger stripe maple. The semi-transparent calfskin head has mottled areas that look like clouds. The other review said it was a simple primitive banjo. I'd say simple but not primitive. It's quite well made.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

A simple oil finish on the neck as befitting the style of banjo. The pot is white oak, stained to match. The tailpeice is walnut attached to the dowel stick(which protrudes through the back of the pot) ,with rawhide. The neck is thick down by the pot. Yeah, I think it's pretty sturdy.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Top notch folks to deal with. I think if there were any problems Eric and Donna would try very hard to remedy the situation.

Customer Service: 10

Components

A Highly figured maple neck, calfskin head, the finest of upholstery tacks and three scroll-sawed bridges. It's all good.
Some might not like the friction pegs but once you use them a bit they aren't that bad. Although I'm not jumping around from tuning to tuning a lot.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

This is a very playable banjo. My first excursion into fretless playing and I'm loving it. I mean, $200, come on, this has got to be the best bargain in the banjo world!

Overall Rating: 9

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