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Aaron Rubley  custom  Banjo Reviews

Submitted by bigdan (see all reviews from this person) on 10/29/2007

Where Purchased: from the luthier

Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: $2400 (australian) historic exchange rates / currency converter


I wanted a banjo that I could play alot of reno style single string licks on and not have them sound like the notes are merging together, which happens on my other instrument.
This banjo has fantastic base/low end, if I move toward the neck it becomes incredibly rich sounding, but move back to the bridge and it's an awesome bluegrass machine with a bright clear sound.

Sound Rating: 10


The banjo was setup for me personally by the maker, so no problems there.

Setup Rating: 10


again, the appearance was customized for me, but I'm extremely pleased with it, the inlays are a mixture of timber and pearl, with some marquetry on the resonator.
Always a head turner at sessions.

Appearance Rating: 10


very reliable, and carries a lifetime garante.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

customer service was one on one with the maker.

Customer Service: 10


My banjo came with fantastic tuners, most of the hardware is actually made exclusively for Aaron's instruments, and is, in my opinion, some of the best I've seen.
everything is well built, and after 4 years I can't see any signs of this banjo not outlasting me!

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I don't know what I would do if this banjo was stolen, I guess I would approach Aaron for another one, but to me it's irreplaceable. In fact, I am going to have another made at some point to be more of a working/gigging instrument, just so I never have to worry about this one.

Overall Rating: 10

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