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Deering  GDL Banjo Reviews

Submitted by GDL-008 (see all reviews from this person) on 3/30/2012

Where Purchased: Music Mart

Year Purchased: 1983
Price Paid: 4500.00 ($US)

Sound

This Banjo can sound like any Banjo you want it to. Sounds great up and down the neck, can play as soft or as aggressive as you want.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Added keith tuners that was it.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Just about as prutty inlay as you can find

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

30 years old June 3 of this year still looks like new, has spent a few years under the bed.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated

Components

Needs no upgrade at all.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by jogibas (see all reviews from this person) on 6/1/2008

Where Purchased: Eagle MusicUK

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

This instrument sings like a bird. Great sustain, wonderful seminal banjo attack and tone.

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

This dealer lives Deering and it shows straight out of the case.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

The GDL oozes quality both build and materials, the burr walnut resonator, inlays and hardware are just beautiful.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

No compromise build and material guarantee long, trouble free playing

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service


Steve Noon at Eagle clearly believes in the product when I was choosing my first banjo , with me unwilling to buy Chinese,he directed me to the Deerings, I was glad I listened the GDL is my third.
Deering still behave like a family company, with the name on the headstock at the helm.
Lifetime warranty instills confidence.

Customer Service: 10

Components

The only sub standard component is the player!

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

For me a banjo is quintessentialy a product of American heritage, anything not made in America, however technically good is always a substitute for the genuine article. The Deerings opitimise the brand values of Proudly Made in the USA

Overall Rating: 10

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