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Karrera  Karrera Banjo Reviews

Submitted by mat_gon_jinn (see all reviews from this person) on 5/23/2009

Where Purchased: K Mate (eBay)

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: $200 (AUD) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

I'm only a beginner so it suits me fine.. Great beginner banjo, (not that I've played any others), but to me it sounds awesome.

1st to about 3rd frets don't really ring out enough for me. Namely with hammer ons and pull offs... Where's having the capo on the third fret and playing below there songs sound awesome! The hammer ons and pull offs and slides are very full on, you can here them clear as day and sounds really nice.

The 3rd string developed a really annoying ringing sound after about 6 months when it's picked. I'm pretty sure it's the nut, but haven't bothered with it, I guess now I'm used to it.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

I had to put in all the strings and set up the bridge position so for me it was a daunting task. But I managed to get it as close to what I think is right as possible.

Setup Rating: 7

Appearance

Rosewood fretboard and rosewood resonator. Tuning pegs are pretty good quality, but the 5th string tune peg has to be done up pretty tight for it to stay put..

Appearance Rating: 7

Reliability

The 5th string nut has ripped off, so I cut it a bit deeper with a knife. It broke off some more so I twisted it around an am now using the other side of it. I don't think it'll last. The finish scratches off pretty easy, had it for a year and a bit and has a few scrape marks on it.

Reliability Rating: 6

Customer Service

Got it off eBay, I can't remember the warranty on it.

Customer Service: 5

Components

The 5th string nut, and the main nut. Possibly the bridge.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

I would definately recommend this banjo to the beginner who has never played anything, and want to see if they'll follow through with playing banjo.

I would yell at the next person I see if it was stolen, then buy a better one.

I love it, my favourite feature is that it's a banjo, sounds good, and is awesome fun to play.

I haven't played any other banjos.

Overall Rating: 7

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