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Washburn  washburn B-17 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by daddycool (see all reviews from this person) on 2/11/2009

Where Purchased: New Generation Music

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 1000.00 ($US)


I like bluegrass music. I was thnking this was the one as it is a beautiful banjo.

Sound Rating: 3


The banjo was not setup properly and I have spent many weeks tweaking . The action was too high, The bridge was a big clunky piece of wood.I completely disassembled the banjo. The tone ring had oblivously been driven on the rim with a rubber hammer. After finally getting it off I sanded the rim for a couple of hours to make the ring fit properly then reinstalled everything and set the coordinator rods properly.Replaced the bridge with a snuffy smith w/crowe spaceing. Tightened the head consider ably and the banjo finally began to play.

Setup Rating: 1


This is a beautiful banjo. They obviously spent all their time on flash and none on playability

Appearance Rating: 9


The banjo tuners are lacking with lots of slack in their gears. Hard to tune precisely.

Reliability Rating: 5

Customer Service

Banjo has a lifetime warranty.However when contacted about help in getting the banjo setup, Nut filed etc. They said none of this was covered, Sorry.....

Customer Service: 1


Cheap bridge. Cheap tuners, Bad tailpiece.

Components Rating: 6

Overall Comments

I would not recommend this banjo as I bought it. I would go with Gold Star or Gold Tone. The money is not that much difference. This banjo is basically as I see it a Fender FB.59 they look and sound the same. But with a few more frills.

Overall Rating: 3

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