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Where Purchased: Folk Of The Wood
Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 900 ($US)
Great beginner/intermediate instrument for Bluegrass. Nice and bright for Scruggs style. I've since played a few banjos in this price range and rated this one accordingly. Played using a pick-up and sounded sweet through my acoustic amp.
Sound Rating: 9
Folk of the wood set this instrument up well. Only played around with strings and bridges. Grover bridge with inserts really brightened it up and prefered GHS Light strings.
Setup Rating: 9
Overall appearance was A1. Great tiger stripe maple on neck. Tree of Life inlay up the neck flawless. Only slight flaw was finish on arm rest where chrome was a little thin.
Appearance Rating: 8
Hardware overall very good for money paid. Stayed in tune very well. Only fault was a couple of the tuner buttons cracked with use.
Reliability Rating: 8
Sent email regarding tuner buttons. A complete set were posted off to me at no charge to myself. Thankyou Goldtone.
Customer Service: 10
Apart from the buttons I was happy with all components. Tailpiece was easily adjusted .
Components Rating: 9
For the price I paid as a beginner I would buy this banjo again.and would have been devastated had it been stolen. Compared to my Gibson which was over 4 x the price I'd play the Gibson every time and for clawhammer I'd definitely choose my Reiter but I,ve had an enormous ammount of fun with the Goldtone over the last 2 years and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking in this price range.
Overall Rating: 9
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